“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” – Robert Doisneau
What originally started out as an excursion to Phi Phi Island (pronounced Pee Pee), turned into an unexpected but pleasant reroute to Racha Yai.
The constant change of weather in Phuket caused us to plan our trip to Phi Phi Island on our last full day in Phuket. The weather that Saturday appeared very optimistic, with no chance of rain showers or wind, which indicated smooth sailing. Since we were heading out to Bangkok the next morning, we decided to make the excursion as leisurely as possible. We rented a private yacht charter with Red Marine, a travel agency our Airbnb host put us in touch with. Rita, my main point of contact with Red Marine, had high hopes for the day’s events.
As we began sailing to Phi Phi Island, the waves became slightly violent. Small splashes began hitting us on deck. The further out we sailed, the more violent the waves became. In fact, it got so bad that it felt like we were wrestling the ocean. Wave after wave were crashing into our boat, going over the deck, soaking us from head to toe. Our captain then notified us that it may be too dangerous to continue sailing through the rough waters. He suggested we pit stop at a nearby island, check the waves again, and decide whether to continue on to Phi Phi Island or not.
Unfortunately after our pit stop, the water remained choppy, and we were unable to make it to Phi Phi. Our captain then recommended he take us to Koh Racha Yai, a leisurely island that was close by. I was bummed that we were unable to make it to Phi Phi, but as we began to pull up on the shores of Racha Yai, that feeling immediately disappeared.
I was in awe. The shores of Racha Yai were crystal clear. Our captain informed us of a more secluded and private beach just a short walk into the island. Many tourists pull up on the main beach and spend their day there with no knowledge that there is a nicer beach just a ten minute walk away.
I maneuvered through the island, staring at the landscape, hungry to take in my surroundings. With my camera attached to my hand, I clicked away at the Andamon Sea looking perfect in the backdrop of the palm trees.
If you ever find yourself in Thailand, make sure to head to Koh Racha Yai and explore this beautiful island.