Thai Experience: Phi Phi Islands

The trip to Phuket from Maseru was rather heavy for me- I was emotional, angry and disappointed; a LOT had happened- a lot of hurtful things. I considered canceling the trip (group travels are HARD), but I had sacrificed way too much and LSL25 000 in too deep. Canceling was NOT an option at this point, it would be preposterous!

Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, it’s waves seem to whisper to me; if you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard” Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

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Four hour drive from Maseru, 10 hour flight from Joburg, 8 hour layover at Qatar and 6 hours to Phuket- my anger didn’t subside. I was angry, really angry and upset over several things about this trip (won’t go into the details now). Secretly I had hoped I was traveling alone, my usual solo trips- easy, no drama or group issues (but it wasn’t that kind of party); so the show had to go on and it did if my last two blogs are anything to go by.

Three days later the bitterness still lingers within, albeit more manageable. I needed healing, peace and calmness. Only Phi Phi  would do me right. Coming to Phi Phi Islands was medicine, just what the doctor prescribed- always magical, soothing, healing and uplifting. It was a chance to introspect, think, forgive- all the while being inspired by the beauty of this place.

The package (via Diamond Seas to Phi Phi Islands costs 2 000.00 Baht (equivalent of LSL900) on a speedboat and includes a pick up from your hotel at 07:30am, refreshments, lunch and a full day of island living. You can also bring a little extra cash for additional drinks and souvenirs, if you so wish. I recommend you do.

The speedboat took off, cutting through the blue waters. My heart was a little fragile as I processed what had happened. I shed a little tear- hiding behind my sunglasses and then in that moment, the waves whispered to me “Don’t cry my child, everything is going to be okay”. I felt a smile coming and I laughed a little; then a little bit more. Life was beautiful, I am blessed abundantly, young, black and educated. I am traveling and experiencing so much. Why am I wasting time being angry?

This is Phi Phi Islands for crying out loud!

The package also comes with snorkeling gear so you can relax. Wear your shorts, bring your shades, sunscreen and a towel. I started with snorkeling at Phi Phi Don, sight seeing at Monkey Bay and had Halal lunch, the day was nothing short of amazing. I’m not one to eat much, but I particularly enjoyed the Monkey Leg soup. It was refreshing and left a lingering taste on my palate.

I met new people, a gentleman from Sweden  traveling with his family on a two month long vacation, a group of friends from China  and another guy from Turkey  who now lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand . Had a a long conversation with a Chinese guy using a translator application, totally rocked (he knew about Lesotho ). The world is truly diverse and is yours to explore.

I dived into the ocean off the boat in Maya bay, taking a risk and facing my fears (off course I can swim, but this is the ocean). Did a bit of snorkeling again just to appreciate the beauty of the underworld and cut my foot in the process. I enjoyed a Mai Tai cocktail at Khai Island,which tasted terrible but alas sexy.

As we head back to harbor, I sit quietly and take it all in. – I’m so blessed to be experiencing moments like these, to be alive, to be here! I should really appreciate “the simple things in life, find joy in nature’s treasures and live life- we are on borrowed time after all. So I go back full, happy, at peace and inspired!

2019, I am ready!

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