A couple of shots taken at dusk from Koh Phi Phi – The famous ‘Beach” paradise. Plenty of photo opportunities on this stunning island .. Once Idyllic and now hellish – ruined by tourism and gap year brats staggering around from theme bar to theme bar.
We went there in 2008 and returned again in 2011 – the difference , even those three years, was very noticeable . I spoke to a local girl – she was in tears about what had happened to her beautiful homeland – Pollution, noise, overcrowding, selfishness and teenage drunkenness every day and night.
The once famous memorial garden for victims of the tsunami lay in ruins, whilst, only a few metres away on the beach, the party kids guzzled buckets of cheap booze, took selfies of themselves astride giant phalic wooden sculptures and danced , ankle deep in litter, to bland booming club music ..
A sad, maybe, inevitable turn of tourism events but after that second trip I knew I’d never be back.