During my backpacking trip to Thailand, one day while I was chatting with a few locals, the name of Bamboo Island popped up. I was anyway exploring the possibilities of visiting some new places, so I decided to go there.
Travelling without any agenda or destination in mind, gives you freedom to choose your pace & place. There is no hurry to rush into things.
Bought a ticket from a tour agent for THB 1500 and off I went to this very small island. Koh Phai (Bamboo Island) as it is known locally, is a flat evergreen island with fine white sand and beautiful crystal clear water.
After checking into a tent by the shore, I went into the woods. It is a fairly small island and you can walk around the whole perimeter in about 45 minutes. I took more time since I wanted to soak in the place.
Isn’t it a beautiful place to stay ?
There was something mystical about this island which held me spellbound. The place was not very crowded. Roaming around inside the bamboo jungle actually fascinated me. Not for a single second I felt scared. I was alone yet I felt safe. Whooshing sound of sea breeze and chirping of birds made me feel at home.
I could also see some clusters of tents and roosters scrambling around with their full throated crowing.
This kid was feeding the rooster & they had started hiding because of my camera. Can you see it?
Bamboo Island is ideal & famous for camping and snorkeling. People come here, stay for a few days and learn snorkeling. I found there was a second kind of group who stop for 1-2 hours of snorkeling and hop onto another island.
Island hoppers of a day trip engaged in snorkeling.
I stayed for one night. Tent was basic and the toilets were made of a mix of wood & bamboo.
Tropical fruits, tea, coffee, a bar and barbecue dinner. What else do you need? 😀
The locals were very friendly. Despite the language barrier, I played beach games and football (made of coconut shell) with them. This was where I learnt to say “Thank you” in Thai.
When I returned the ball to one of the players, he said “cupp” (कप्प) meaning Thank you. I had heard this word before so I started using that word immediately.
Handball match is in progress.
They smiled & said something amongst themselves, I was happy at my achievement and there was no way they could communicate to let me know that I was wrong.
Later at BBQ dinner time someone who could speak a bit of English explained to me that “cupp” is used by men & women should use “cupp-un-ka” (कप्प अन का). 🙂
Next day when I was leaving, there was another round of “cupp”s & cupp-un-ka”s but the correct ones. 😀
It was great fun staying there. I could have stayed several days but I needed to move on to my next unknown destination.
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