New Year’s Eve on Koh Phi Phi

One thing that I really wanted to do on this trip was to spend New Year’s Eve at a beach party in Thailand. So, my friend Bubba and I decided to go to Phi Phi Island for NYE.

(By the way, Bubba does NOT like to have his picture taken, as you can plainly see in this picture taken at Patong Beach, Phuket.)

But, I digress.

We hopped on a ferry for the 2-hour trip to Phi Phi, checked into our not-fancy, but serviceable lodging for the night, then headed out to see some of the island.

Koh Phi Phi is one of the jewels of the Andaman, which also makes it one of the most popular destinations for tourists. There are no cars and all of the streets are only about 10 feet wide. You can walk from one side of the island to the other in about 5  minutes. This means that even if you take a boat to see the amazing parts of the island that you can’t get to by foot, there are still going to be tons of tourists around. I realized that this trip was not going to be the one for nature photography. I’d have to come back another day with a plan.

I was also interested in getting a fire staff because I knew there were many fire performers there. Through asking around, I found out that there was going to be a fire show later that night. You know what happened next.

After the show, we went back to the room and I put the Nikon away. I had a feeling that it was going to get a little bit crazy. I was right.

Alcohol. SMH. My ability to show tolerance for everything and everyone is severely tested by drunk people. Now here I was on a tiny island on NYE surrounded by thousands of young, crazed, mostly drunk people who don’t speak English. I thought to myself, “Wow, this is not what I had in mind for NYE in Thailand.” But then, I realized that it wasn’t what I had in mind, but it was WHAT I HAD. I stopped having resistance to it and had a ball.

Here’s a video of the scene at midnight. You might want to turn your sound down a bit…

I met some lovely people and took (and gave away) several pictures with my Fuji Instax Mini 90 instant camera. It’s such a great way to make instant connections with strangers. And, because the island is so small, I would run into people I had met before and they are all like “Hey, it’s Tony!” and hugs all around. For those of you with travel in your future, an instant camera is a great thing to bring along. Make sure you bring a marker so that you can write your contact info on the picture (I use my Instagram handle, which is also my real name. Handy.).


The fire performers that I would photograph later that evening.
I was at the Banana Bar (where the bartender will sell you a spliff! Yay!) whenI met these kids during the day…
…then ran into them again at the same bar later that night!

So that was my NYE on KPP. Would I do it again? Probably not. Did I have a good time? Hell yes!



Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: