The amazing beaches and sealife is everywhere you look, it seems in Koh Phi Phi.
The nightlife was almost too good, as we partied along the beach with people from all around the world. What I mean by too good is I can't remember the names of the bars we even visited. However, I know we passed by the Apache and Reggae bars, but after that it is a blur (too much Thai whiskey).
When I go back I will be able to update my info, I hope.
Fondest memory: My best memories of Koh Phi Phi would definitly be the cliffjumping and snorkeling day trip that I went on.
I will also miss very much the weather and swimming in the warm, blue-green ocean probably the most. I will try and remember the nightlife, but all I know is that it was excellent.
Here are some good websites that will help you with information you need about the Island:
Favorite thing: No matter where you stay you must do the island hopping day tour. You will cruise around the two main islands. Phi Phi Don, the largest, with scenic bays, lush coconut groves and a variety of accommodations; and the smaller and uninhabited Phi Phi Ley, considered more spectacular than its “big sister” with even more picturesque coves, better snorkeling and diving, caves, and lagoons.
Do the Henna Tattoo. Oh come on ! You re on vacation. So its a not a real tattoo, it will last for a couple of weeks, and your Mom would want to kill you (because she thinks its a real tattoo) your collegue will think you re crazy, your younger brother adores you, but you look cool and macho for a week or too. Its worth it !
Fondest memory: I got mine in Thai caharacters !!!!
The greatest reason to come to Ko Phi Phi is for the beaches. The Island is like many other places one would go to 'get away from it all'. Western food seems to be more common than Thai food here.
The island is much more a place for rest and socializing than experiencing true Thai culture but it's also a great place for the weary, tired backbacker to rest their mind and body for a few days.
Favorite thing: I didn't actually stay in one and so decided to put this under general tips. But I saw lots of resorts and bungalows like these ones along the way in different islands. They look really tranquil and above all not crowded.
Favorite thing: Rent a long tail boat instead of one of those tour packages and you'll have more time to explore all the hidden corners and coves of the Phi Phi. For less than 1000 baht (20 eur!!!) you'll get you personal guide and 6 hours of fun exploring without being disturbed by the crowds of tourists visiting the islands.
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Fondest memory: Never have I expirienced such a bad service anywhere in Thailand. Local people where very unfriendly. Food was terrible. Alright, the beaches, snorkling and diving are great but don't expect anything more.
Favorite thing: 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.
As our speed boat approaced Phi Phi Don a line of 200 local long-tail boats moored end-to-end prevented access to Tonsai Beach. This was in fact a Thai picket line. The local authorities had deemed that a new pier be used for access to the island but the locals weren't happy as this would adversely affect businesses at the old pier. They had therefore organised a blockade to prevent tourist boats getting to the beach. Very French, I thought .... Next thing you know, they'll be setting light to English sheep.
Our speed boat sped around the island to another beach where we disembarked. There was a lot of shallow water though so we had a long walk from the boat to the beach.
Favorite thing: I never imagined encountering sooo many leopards sharks in one liveaboard dive trip. The Leopard sharks of Phiphi are mostly residents to a particular dive spot so they are almost always there. And what's so nice about them is they swim around ever sooo slowly. They're not afraid of divers, they are very tolerant and don't dart out into the abyss at 100kph. Thus you get to swim with them up close. Sometimes they just swim directly at you and you just have to let them pass. If they're not swimming around, you can see them on the sandy bottom resting or napping.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Cats!! Cats everywhere! Cats of all sizes and colours! I like cats, by the way...
This particular cat (in the picture) draw a lot of attention, lying in front of a shop...
If you want to see a very cute cat family, please check out my More Photos travelogue. :-)
The beaches on the main side of the island are quite busy. We stayed on the other side of the island. If you want to swim without walking too far, swim when the tide is highest. As it goes out you have to walk a long way to get to waist deep water....
Fondest memory: Sitting in the outside restaurants, candlelit dinners, and great Thai food.