On Thursday, we took the early ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi at 8.00h in the moning. With just 1 hour ride, we were at Koh Phi Phi pier by 9.00h and started our search for an accomodation. We did not book anything in advance as the prices were high with relatively bad ratings. We had to see for ourselves what the options were before comitting to something with bed bugs and cockroaches.
On Koh Phi Phi there are no cars, no tuktuks, and no motorbikes, so we walked from the pier with our backpacks looking for a place to stay. As the island is very small, you can reach everything by foot. We found something reasonable quite quickly and decided to settle with a negotiated rate (50 TBH per night cheaper than the asking price).
On 21-22 November 2018, the Thai celebrated their national festival of Loi Krathong. Loi Krathong is one of the most important days in the Thai calendar. It occurs on the full moon day of the 12th lunar month, the ‘high water’ season when water overflows the banks of rivers and canals. (Thank you, Wikipedia!)
In the aftenoon we went to see a street show organized for the Festival. It started off with a school dance show, followed by traditional Thai dancing, and a pagent contest. The traditional dancing was definitely a new experience! It was not so much the dancing, but the music that struck us. It sounded like the soundtrack of ‘The Shining’ movie with different instruments and rhythms coliding with each other.
Later in the evening we watched people releasing beautiful lotus shaped rafts made out of leaves and decorated with flowers and candles into the water. We understood that the symbolic meaning is to be letting go of the dark and welcoming a year of good luck through the shining of the candle.