There is really no feeling quite like the look exchanged between 11 people, all who speak different languages, when they are convinced they are going to die. Okay, so we weren’t going to die but capsizing into the Andaman sean wasn’t something any of us really wanted to do.
The best part is, we had all paid to be in this situation.
How could we go to Phi Phi Island and not take an island tour? Dana and I didn’t have the funds to pay for a real boat to take us around and were thrilled when we saw we could take a longboat around for half the price.
So in the morning, we ventured out to the dock for what we thought would be a relaxing day.
About 30 seconds into our journey, we realized how windy it was. Normally, this would just mean some messy hair but in a long boat it means that the waves are as tall as the boat.
But we kept going.
The French were freaking out
The Spanish were freaking out
And Dana and I, the only English speakers, were freaking out.
Our driver kept telling us to move to one side, and then the other, and to hold on.
I had already prepared my survival plan.
I just need to wedge myself out between the bars of this awning, drop my bag, and swim towards that cliff.
But really the main thing on my mind was that I’d be losing my camera. & I had come up with a survival plan that involved me with my hands over my head holding my camera as well- but I knew that one would be less likely.
When we finally had a short break from the waves, our driver asked if we wanted to go back.
We all understood that one.
we all shouted yes.
But somehow, majority doesn’t rule in Thailand.
Because we kept going
All of us were shaking in fear and soaking wet.
But the waters calmed down.
And we were graced with bright turquoise oceans and white sand beaches.
& it was breathtaking.
But I’m convinced that wooden longboats may not be the best way to travel.