Map of Phi Phi Don
I have drawn this map so that you can see the shape of the island. By seeing the shape, you can understand why the consequences of the tsunami were so great here. The main bay area is on this isthmus, I guess it would have been full of people that morning as most of the resorts on Phi Phi Don are located along the shores to both sides of the isthmus and to the east (right).
Koh Phi Phi
With turquoise coloured sea and palm trees overhanging white beaches, Phi Phi looks like everyone's idea of a perfect tropical island. This was probably why the makers of 'The Beach' decided to film the movie here. This photo was taken during my visit in 1992. Whether it still looks like this, I don't know.
Remembering Phi Phi Island Cabana
Stayed at Phi Phi Island Cabana Resort but this was long before the tsunami. Now a new building and under construction.
Great location as it is right near the jetty and centrally located on the nice side of the bay with great sandy beach. Have a good dive and snorkelling center. The staff wore Singapore Airlines crew uniforms.
Great to have seafood barbecue dinner at the resort just by the beach.
"Beck" speak up about his sadness 5
To break a silent, he ask... if i have a family or not, i said, yes, i still have the both parents, and he smile showing his teeth (can see his happy for me... but i dont dare to ask about his family, it seems he dont want to talk about it) then he ask me... all of them small like you ? then i just laugh... i said, yes what make you ask me like that i ask him, then he said.. it because u have nice body... then again i just laugh... so i ask him, so your family also thin like you too huh!! ? he lost his smile somehow...then said, no my father and my family all fat... im the only person who are thin... because i took herbs he said... he made me laugh... then i understand what he meant... (i smell marijuana from my room earlier) then i said... hhaaa!! i know your secrete... then he said... well, i like to see people happy, all my friends here came to be happy, this 2 canadian guy are very young... and he wanted to be happy... so i gave what they want... i just say "yes"... then he said... i like to see you smile, so i make you happy... i just laugh at it and say thank you... then he became silent again.. then he said, you are really honest person, and we spoke heart to heart... i like to be your friends and keep in touch with you... then he ask for my book for him to write his email address... he said, he cannot read english... but i said, how you wanted to read if i write something to you ? he just told me that he have friends who will write for him... and after that we just had a normal conversation.....
Land transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Boat Lagoon Marina. Free coffee, tea and soft drinks. At 09:00hrs departure to Khai Nok Island for snorkeling & swimming. Have lunch on beach. Arrive at Phi Phi Don Island’s Monkey Beach for sightseeing, or swimming relaxing on the white sand beach for forty minutes. Continue to Phi Phi Ley Island and discover the magical landscape of Maya Bay (the movie "The Beach" was partially filmed here). Time to relax and swim (from the beach). After this, there will be one snorkeling stop (from the boat) inside this marvelous bay for 30 minutes. You will see a spectacular array of reef fishes (depending on sea conditions). Discover Lho Sa Mah Bay (swimming sightseeing and snorkeling) and Phi Leh Cove (sightseeing), continue to the "Viking Cave", where swallow bird nests are collected to prepare the well know bird nest soup. Departure to Bamboo Island. Return to Phuket Boat Lagoon by speed boat and transfer back to your hotel on the island. If you have it, bring snorkel gear with you. If not, they provide.