The boat ride here was one of the most dangerous i’ve been on, at one point i could see more sea than sky out the window! But i’m alive so thats all that matters 🙂
Arriving on the island you instantly get a feel for the place. It’s a lot more touristy than other islands but strangely it’s still really chilled out.
I think the fact that there are no cars helps, no roads just paths, people and bicycles.
The taxi’s are just a guy pushing a cart…
You can’t go to Phi Phi without having at least 1 night out so we found our home for the night, got dressed up (put on our least smelly clothes) and went for a walk through the town.
It’s a totally different place in the evenings! Guys with monkeys charging for photos, half naked girls promoting night clubs, all the cheesy holiday stuff to get you in the party mood.
We ended up in a bar with cheap cocktails, a Man vs Food style burger challenge and a boxing ring for volunteers to fight for a free bucket of alcohol!
A great night! And we even got to see traditional Thai fighting too!
Phi Phi is also the place where i experienced a Bamboo Tattoo 🙂
As soon as i knew i was coming to Thailand i knew i wanted this to happen!
It’s a traditional way of tattooing without the use of a machine. Needles are attached to a thin piece of bamboo using cotton, dipped in ink and then gently tapped into the skin – this means the skin is punctured and not torn which means less or no bleeding, no scabbing and pretty much instant healing. As there is little or no bleeding the ink does not get pushed out of the skin which makes the tattoo last longer.
It used to be just performed by Monks in Temples as a blessing, the Monk would meditate with you and feel your aura, he would then choose a blessing that he feels you need and place it on your body. This was the experience i initially wanted but then i found out that Monks aren’t allowed to touch women so i had a re-think and decided i wanted an elephant 🙂
Elephants are a very important animal in Thailand and they have played a big part in my journey…they’re also my mums favourite animal 🙂
As i lay on the bed i suddenly realised that i chose for it to go on my ribs and remembered the pain of my previous rib tattoo…thankfully i found that bamboo tattoos are much less painful than machine tattoos. Phew!
1 hour later and i have one of the most detailed tattoos in my collection. The shading is beautiful, it’s hard to believe it was all done by hand with hundreds of tiny dots.
Safe to say i am very impressed and will be recommending bamboo tattoos to everyone i know…and strangers too! 🙂