Phi Phi Don
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.
Favorite thing: 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.
KOH PHI PHI
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.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Budget Travel
Koh Phi Phi
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.
- Family Travel
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.
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.
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Favorite thing: Scuba diving!! It's a wonderful world down there that you cannot afford to miss!
Fondest memory: Sitting on the porch of our bungalow, happy but quite tired after diving all day, sipping refreshments, watching a bunch of cute kittens playing quite in front of me, enjoying the sun, the heat, the peace...
- Diving and Snorkeling
Fondest memory: 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. :-)
WEATHER - when to go?
Favorite thing: This is not my favorite thing, this is about the weather... ;-)
High season (November till March): the best weather, the best time for scuba diving, but huge crowds of tourists
Low season (June and September): variable weather (lots of rain, rough sea), low prices, few tourists
Middle season (April, May, July, August, October): mostly nice weather (occasionally rain and rough sea), lower prices and less crowds than in high season
We stayed here ten days in the beginning of July (in 2002), and the weather was quite fine and enjoyably hot (ca. 32 C). There were showers almost every afternoon, but they were very short (but heavy!) and refreshed the air nicely. Only the sea was pretty rough, so we couldn't make diving trips beyond Phi Phi Leh Island, but it didn't bother us, since diving around Phi Phi Leh was amazing enough. And it was not too crowded.
Under Sea Tin Mining
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.
A Tale of Two Islands
Favorite thing: 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.
Ao Loh Dalam Beach
Favorite thing: Ao Loh Dalam Beach is such a great place to chill out for long periods of time as we did with many other cruise tourists this particular day.
The water was great here although the sun was quite hot this day.
The thing to do though when the beach is so hot like that, is just to grab a deck chair with a big beach umbrella then find an ice cold beer and just watch the happy people playing at the beach in paradise.
Fantastic atmosphere and environment!
Fondest memory: The crystal clear waters and fine white sands of Dalam beach with the towering cliffs at either ends of the beach.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
Remembering Phi Phi Island Cabana
Favorite thing: 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.
Map of Phi Phi Don
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).
Sunset dinner cruise
Favorite thing: When staying on Phi Phi Don island there are a variety of short cruises and fishing trips available.
One evening we decided to do the Sunset dinner cruise which starts at 3pm and goes for 4 hours.
This trip takes you to Monkey beach and the Viking cave at Phi Phi Ley island where they made "The Beach" movie.
After that you can do some snorkeling then swim at Maya bay before finally heading out to the smaller of the Phi Phi islands to see the sunset.
After the sunset they serve you dinner while the boat slowly makes it's way back to Phi Phi Don island and Tonsai bay.
Fondest memory: Walking though the cave at one side of Phi Phi Don island into a rain forest that leads to Maya bay and the most perfect beach that you will ever see.
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