Ko Pei Pei Lei, Thailand
We celebrated that evening with a sunset cruise on a Thai junk called the June Bahtra. The crew provided fresh seafood and cocktails as we sailed leisurely around the Andaman. During the cruise we passed by “James Bond Island”. This was the site where the Roger Moore classic “The Man With the Golden Gun” was shot. The traditional Junk was a wonderful experience. The Thai people are extremely friendly.
We found “The Beach” to be the most exotic strip of sand we’ve ever set foot on. The back drop of massive green-tipped rock formations is awe inspiring. They completely shelter the bay from the waves of the rough Andaman Sea. It really was just as the movie described it. The only stretch is that unless your name is Michael Phelps, you cannot swim there from any other island. It is way to remote and you have to go by boat. If you are looking for amazing scuba diving in the area, we recommend the Simillian islands (less than an hour out by speed boat).
The weather is usually perfect in that part of the world. It was sunny and 85 degrees when we were there. The water is warm and you can see your toes on the bottom. There is virtually no pollution in this pristine ecosystem. The underwater wildlife is spectacular!
A trip to this “Beach” involves a 20-hour flight from BWI to Bangkok, Thailand. From Bangkok, it’s a one-hour flight to Phuket. Once you are in Phuket, it’s easy to hire a boat to take you out to the island. A snorkelling day trip is about $55 per person and includes the lunch buffet. The Beach is 16 hours ahead of Ocean Time. One U.S. dollar will get you about 35 Thai Baht. Everything is pretty cheap once you get there. This was one of the most amazing days of our lives and we would love to get back again someday. It is truly a traveller’s paradise! Sawatdee (hello/goodbye in Thai),
– The Rox