A Tale of Two Islands
For most tourists coming to Phi Phi, it will soon be evident that it is a pair of islands.
The larger Phi Phi Don is where all the accommodation, restaurants and diving centers are located and where your boat from Phuket or Krabi will dock.
The smaller Phi Phi Le is a no man's land where tourists take day trip to the island and around it for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as a mandatory visit to the bird's nest collection cave. It is also the location for the filming of the "Blue Lagoon".
There are other islands in the bay but they are further away. So it is Phi Phi Islands.
Phi Phi Don
In general, you will not be impressed with Phi Phi Don. It is heavily touristed and heavily marketed. You will not be able to walk down the main strip along the beach without being offered the chance to learn to dive 5 times. That can get quite annoying if you dont want to dive. BUT, I will say that the longer you stay, and the more you just accept that this is a tourist place, the more fun you will have. There is a lot of fun to be had on Don. There are numerous bars and full-on clubs. With the diverse population that the area's attractions attract, you wil be able to find the type of nightlife that you are looking for. With many, many beaches along the island's coast, sun worshipers will be utterly pleased. Plus, there is a wealth of cheap accomodation, or if you prefer, some nice hotels. In all, Phi Phi at first will probably turn you off, unless you are a frat boy. But, if you give it some time, you will find that there is ample opportunity to enjoy yourself.
One of the things i was amazes to see when i arrived to this tiny Island is so many internet shops.
I though that im arriving to some island in the end of the world and seems to be that it wasnt at all as i though...
So if its something you need then dont worry about that !
Using it wasnt expensive though i cant remember the prices plus i believe that in the last 3 years it was changed anyway.
Locals Playing Rattan Ball (Takraw)
Takraw is a game similar to volleyball. You play with a rattan ball, and you cannot use your hands. It looks like fun, but it's very difficult!
Lets hope that one day soon the people of Ko Phi Phi will be able to enjoy a game as they rebuild their lives.
Packing for a Liveaboard trip
Waterproof dive crates or pelican cases, or even a tough plastic samsonite case to protect your gear from being squashed in the airport, if none then a dive knapsack or duffel or trolley bag are okay as well. At least 2 swimsuits, rashguard, wetsuit, booties, hood if you get cold easily, windbreaker, cap, shades, slippers although you'll be barefeet onboard, shirts and shorts, sarong Complete toiletry kit..shampoo, soap, toothbrush, lotion, deos etc. Sunblock! Ear drops. Basic first aid and regular medication you take as you are on board a boat so no pharmacy around. Although the boat does have its medicine box, its pretty limited. Antibiotics for emergency, decongestants, paracetamol, tummy tablets, seasick tablets. Vitamins. Feminine Hygiene products just in case. Compact hairdryer is also nice to have. UW camera equipment, strobes, battery chargers, lots and lots of compactt flash cards or memory sticks or your laptop to download the photos. You own dive equipment if you have it. From Mask, Regulator, BC, fins, snorkel, wetsuit booties, boat provides weightbelt. But if you dont have your own dive gear, most boats rent out dive equipment as well. Mask defogger, flashlight. Fruits, snacks, chips and sweets (chocolate!) to tie you down in between meals. Can bring your own coffee or tea if you're picky about this. Wine maybe