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Favorite thing: Entry into Thailand is relativley easy. Almost every nationality obtains a visa for 30 days at the point of entry. Only a hand full of nationalities require a visa to enter the Kingdom. The 30 day visa however is very difficult to extend once in Thailand. The visa run – as people call it who wish to stay longer, means to return to the border and re-enter Thailand for another 30 days. Tourist visas issued at a Thai Embassy are valid for two months and can be extended once within the country.
Written Nov 8, 2006
Favorite thing: While travelling between Phuket Town and Ko Phi Phi by boat or ferry, you can see underwater tin mining dredges.
While most tin mining in Southern Thailand and in Malaysia is alluvial soil along rivers, this is unique that mining of tin in under the ocean waves.
So worth taking note and a photo for me.
Written Oct 24, 2006
Favorite thing: When you see clear smooth blue waters with snorkelling boats gathering. You can see the coral covered rocks below. The sea is so salty, you can taste it. Everyone is getting ready their snorkels, wearing their flippers and ready to jump in.
It is quite a euphoria when you finally put your head under water and see the colorful fishes darting around and brilliantly hued hard and soft corals. Your body is moving up and down as the waves are near the rocks. The sun is occasionally covered by the clouds, temporarily reducing your visibility.
It is fun if you have an inexpensive disposable underwater camera to snap the underwater world and each other. Hopefully, you are wearing a waterproof watch to help you keep time while you frolick away as Jacques Cousteau.
Written Oct 24, 2006
Favorite thing: Hi
I am conducting research for a PhD in Tourism Development and Planning, registered with the Faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University, Leicester, England.
The subject of my research is Sustainable Development and Planning in Koh Phi Phi, focusing upon the different stakeholder interests that interact within the destination to determine whether sustainable development is possible. As part of this process I am trying to establish as many contacts as possible in order to obtain a wide range of views on the subject to ensure that I have a comprehensive picture of the situation regarding the redevelopment on Phi Phi. It is important that I obtain as many viewpoints as possible so that I might make valid conclusions from my research.
There may be people in this forum who either have a link with Phi Phi or would be suitably informed about the wider issues of sustainable development in Thailand. I would like to ask if you would be willing to visit my research website - www.freewebs.com/fayetaylor/ to find out more about my research and, if you are willing to complete one of the online questionnaires - ideally the 'new'one. I would really appreciate any information or opinions you have regarding the redevelopment plans for the island.
I would be extremely appreciative of any assistance that you can provide
or alternatively if you can make any suggestions of other people that
might be suitably informed on this matter.
I look forward to hearing from you
De Montfort University, UK
Written Sep 4, 2006
Favorite thing: 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).
Updated Mar 25, 2006
Favorite thing: 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.
Updated Oct 3, 2005
Favorite thing: Here are some good websites that will help you with information you need about the Island:
Updated Jun 5, 2005
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.
Written Jan 29, 2005
Favorite thing: 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 !!!!
Written Dec 14, 2004
Favorite thing: 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.
Updated Oct 5, 2004
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