Koh Phi Phi – A girl could get kinda stuck here…

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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 πŸ™‚

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…

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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!

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Phi Phi is also the place where i experienced a Bamboo Tattoo πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚
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.

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Safe to say i am very impressed and will be recommending bamboo tattoos to everyone i know…and strangers too! πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Koh Phi Phi – A girl could get kinda stuck here…

  1. Thanks for this post!! I really want to get a bamboo tattoo done while I’m in Thailand in a few weeks. Do you remember where in Koh Phi Phi you got it? And how much it cost? And how quick it healed!? Haha.. (can you tell I’m nervous)

    Keep up the great writing girl. I love it.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ and thanks for reading!!
      Haha don’t be nervous it’s much much better than a machine tattoo!
      I got mine done in a place called Devil Tattoo which was recommended by one of the locals and it was a very good recommendation! They were really nice and very clean which is the most important thing!
      My tattoo cost 4000 baht which is about Β£70 and took about an hour, you may be able to get cheaper but i really liked the artwork i saw in there.
      As for healing, it was pretty much instant, they gave me a tiny pot of vaseline to put on the first time i showered but apart from that its been absolutely fine πŸ™‚
      You have to let me know what you get when you go πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks for the info Connie! I will be in touch πŸ™‚ I read almost your entire blog this evening…it honestly answered so many questions about my upcoming trip. Your writing is beautiful, easy to read and informative. Take care of yourself out there!

        PS – Connie is my middle name πŸ˜‰ x

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      2. Glad i could help πŸ™‚
        Haha no way? I never meet people with my name! Thats gotta be some kind of weird fate that u found my blog lol
        Hope your trip is as exciting as mine has been πŸ™‚ x

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