Thanks to an accumulation of frequent flyer points I was able to visit Thailand in April 1999. I'd never been to Asia, except for a couple of hours at airports whilst travelling to other destinations, and I found Thailand a magical and fascinating experience.
We stayed for five days on Phi Phi Island then and spent a further five days at Cape Panwa on the Krabi Coast and finally three days in Bangkok.
The Thai people are very gentle and kind, the food was excellent. Both my companion and I love Thai cuisine and we were able to indulge ourselves totally. We always had to tell our waiter or waitress NOT to reduce the amount of chilli, because most restaurants now cater for the many Europeans who visit Thailand and are not used to "hot" cooking.
Phi Phi Island is quite simply, one of the most beautiful places on earth but both of us were sorry we hadn't discovered it ten years ago, because today it's overrun with tourists, just like ourselves. The beachfront is now a row of hotels and we were both struck by the huge number of cats. As far as the environment is concerned, if care isn't taken now, the beautiful coral reefs which surround this island group, will deteriorate rapidly because there doesn't seem to be an awareness amongst many tourists, of how fragile coral is.
The following pages contain some photographs which really do not do this lovely country justice. Click on the photographs to see the enlargements.