From “There Are No Rules” | TBL Pt. 2

There Are No Rules

by Rachel Routier

Welcome to Phi Phi Island (pronounced pea pea). Beauty is abundant in the daytime, while the nightlife thrives once the sun sets. The movie The Beach was filmed there. And it’s a great place to snorkel in the ocean to see Dori and Nemo and many other lively colored fish. When I say there are no rules, I’m taking it lightly. Of course, there are rules and laws in Thailand. However, the beach parties on Phi Phi Island are more epic than anything I’ve ever seen at PCB.

*Disclaimer: Moms with teens/college kids should not read further. Instead, enjoy this post about the orchids in Thailand.

The beauty of the islands and waters around Phi Phi Island
The beauty of the islands and waters around Phi Phi Island

The Phi Phi Island beach party can be heard late at night from all aspects of the tiny, hourglass-shaped island. From a distance, one can see flames shooting into the air and sparks rising up into the night.

Phi Phi Island Beach Party
Phi Phi Island Beach Party

When I say no rules, I mean that this party is epic. Chang beer flows. Fire is abundant. I danced on a square shaped dance floor that was ringed with fire. I watched people do the limbo under a flaming bar. Others ran and jumped through a flaming hoop like circus lions in cartoons. I watched a Thai local carry people beneath the limbo bar. He cleared the flames every time with his charge, regardless of their size. I saw Thai people do amazing tricks while jumping over a flaming jump rope. People went skinny dipping, played strip Jenga, and I even saw one boy climb a wooden pole, take off his pants, and sit up there naked while drinking a beer.

Fire tricks
Fire tricks
A girl jump roping. I imagine her saying, “Look Mom! Guess what did on Spring Break?”
A girl jump roping. I imagine her saying, “Look Mom! Guess what did on Spring Break?”

The local workers did amazing tricks with the jump rope. I sat in the sand and watched them for several minutes. Sadly, none of my pictures of them turned out. I watched them do double Dutch, do pushups in a circle while hoping over the flaming rope, and other amazing tricks.

This girl jump roped a lot. “Look, Mom!”
This girl jump roped a lot. “Look, Mom!”
Waiting for that brave person to jump in
Waiting for that brave person to jump in

The party was amazing. Definitely something to go see. Just remember, do not walk home alone. Take the way back through the market that is bright with lights and full of people. Don’t walk home along the beach.

Sunset on Phi Phi Island
Sunset on Phi Phi Island

Even with music blasting from each bar and loud people, the sound of the ocean waves can still be heard. The sand is still soft underfoot. The lights and stars gleam off the water. And in the morning, you know this view is still waiting for you at sunset.


Rachel Routier
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Text and Images © 2014 Rachel Routier
Re-print © 2014 The Black Lion Journal
Re-printed with permission.
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