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    Phi Phi Le Island: Maya Bay Swimming

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2012
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    This will by My Maya Bay Swimming Pictures as we did swim at maya bay using our water proof olympus tough and panasonic lumix cameras for pictures and videos but did not snorkel since only those at long tail boats and big express boats can stop at the snorkeling areas of Maya bay. When Swimming at Maya Bay, be careful of the strong undercurrent below the surface and it really gets deep really fast as the clear emerald waters can be deceiving. do not go outside the marked areas if you are not a good swimmer.

    Maya Bay was a popular destination then even before the shooting of Leonardo Di Caprio's 2000 film, the Beach. Maya Bay has one of the three areas for Snorkeling in Phi Phi Le Island and the other ones are in Lo Samah Bay and at the Southern End near Bida Yai Island. Maya Bay is made beautiful by the surrounding Karst Limestone Cliffs around it. Maya Bay has a wide 200 meter sugary fine white sand beach front in the middle part of the bay and some isolated pockets of white sand beaches at the left side of the Limestone cliffs. There is a single store in the beach selling drinks and there is bathroom facilities too and a park ranger hut. Since It is The Main Attraction of the Phi Phi islands National Park and that all Phi Phi Island Tours come through here, the tour guides pay for the park entrance fees for the tourists at 400 baht per person as admission fee.

    It can be really crowded here even in the lean season of may to october as more than 30 speed boats (both private hired and big group tours) and long tail boats converge into maya bay everyday. You are alloted 1 hour to do your thing like sun bathing or swimming or snorkeling at Maya Bay if you are in a big speed boat tour and the express boats only stay at the entrance to maya bay as they don't have docking facilities in the beach for these large boats. You must try to pick a spot with less people but this will be next to impossible unless you are in maya bay in the late afternoon (most tours go to maya by in the morning).

    There are no lodging and commercial and hotel facilities in the Island as it is banned due to the Swiftlet Colony at Viking Cave. Maya Bay is 48 kilometers away from Chalong Pier in Phuket and can b reached by speed boat in 50 minutes or express boat by 1 1/2 hours or by long tail boat by 2 1/2 hours.

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    Phi Phi Le Island: Monkey Cove

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2012
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    This will be My Phi Phi Le Island Monkey Cove Tips with pictures

    Phi Phi Islands have two monkey areas, the monkey beach in Phi Phi Don which is for swimming and snorkeling during the peak season of November to April via Big Group Speed Boat Tour and the Monkey Cove with small hidden beach at Phi Phi le Island (during the lean season of may to october) which is for photo ops and monkey feeding with bananas and bread provided by your firendly speed boat tour guide for free. you can throw the food at the pig tailed macaque monkeys hanging at the many vines at the limestone cliffs or at the 4 meter mini beach beside it and the monkeys will catch it or dive at the sea to get it and then climb to the nearest vines in the water to go up the cliff again. you can take pictures and videos while they are at it. Monkey Cove is located in the Center part of eastern Phi phi Le, between viking cave and Loh Samah Bay.

    The Phi Phi Island Group has 6 islands (Phi Phi don, Phi Phi le, Yong Island, Phai Island, Bida Nok Island, Bida Nai Island) but only 2 islands are popular for day tours from phuket and these are the largest island, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le (where Maya Bay and where leonardo di caprio's the beach was filmed in 2002). The Phi Phi Island Group is part of Krabi Province and sits at the Krabi Sea, 48 kilometers from chalong pier in Phuket and a 50 minute ride via speed boat and 1 1/2 hour ride via express boat.

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    Phi Phi Le Island: Maya Bay

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2012
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    This will be my Phi Phi Le Maya Bay Tips

    Maya Bay was a popular destination then even before the shooting of Leonardo Di Caprio's 2000 film, the Beach. Maya Bay has one of the three areas for Snorkeling in Phi Phi Le Island and the other ones are in Lo Samah Bay and at the Southern End near Bida Yai Island. Maya Bay is made beautiful by the surrounding Karst Limestone Cliffs around it. Maya Bay has a wide 200 meter sugary fine white sand beach front in the middle part of the bay and some isolated pockets of white sand beaches at the left side of the Limestone cliffs. There is a single store in the beach selling drinks and there is bathroom facilities too and a park ranger hut. Since It is The Main Attraction of the Phi Phi islands National Park and that all Phi Phi Island Tours come through here, the tour guides pay for the park entrance fees for the tourists at 400 baht per person as admission fee.

    It can be really crowded here even in the lean season of may to october as more than 30 speed boats (both private hired and big group tours) and long tail boats converge into maya bay everyday. You are alloted 1 hour to do your thing like sun bathing or swimming or snorkeling at Maya Bay if you are in a big speed boat tour and the express boats only stay at the entrance to maya bay as they don't have docking facilities in the beach for these large boats. You must try to pick a spot with less people but this will be next to impossible unless you are in maya bay in the late afternoon (most tours go to maya by in the morning).

    There are no lodging and commercial and hotel facilities in the Island as it is banned due to the Swiftlet Colony at Viking Cave. Maya Bay is 48 kilometers away from Chalong Pier in Phuket and can b reached by speed boat in 50 minutes or express boat by 1 1/2 hours or by long tail boat by 2 1/2 hours.

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    Phi Phi Le Island: Loh Samah Bay

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2012
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    This will be my Phi Phi Island Loh Samah Bay Tips and Pictures

    There are three coral formations which are ideal for snorkeling around Phi Phi Le Island, the first is at the entrance of Maya bay (accessible via big boat tour) which is 40 meters away from the beach, the second is at the Southern Part Of Phi Phi Le near Bida Noi Island with a 20 meter white sand beach beside it (accessible by private speed boat tour and long tail boats) and Loh Samah Bay at the North Western Part of Phi Phi le island which is accessible by group speed boat tour and hence this is the one we did the snorkeling for obvious reasons. you must have a life jacket when snorkeling here at lo samah bay as the waves and undercurrents are strong but the coral formations and the assorted fishes are plentiful. the coral reefs is just 2 meters down from the waterline.

    The Phi Phi Island Group has 6 islands (Phi Phi don, Phi Phi le, Yong Island, Phai Island, Bida Nok Island, Bida Nai Island) but only 2 islands are popular for day tours from phuket and these are the largest island, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le (where Maya Bay and where leonardo di caprio's the beach was filmed in 2002). The Phi Phi Island Group is part of Krabi Province and sits at the Krabi Sea, 48 kilometers from chalong pier in Phuket and a 50 minute ride via speed boat and 1 1/2 hour ride via express boat.

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    Phi Phi Le Island: Viking Cave

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2012
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    This Will Be My Tips and Pictures in Pileh Viking Cave in Phi Phi Le

    The Viking cave is located in the North east part of Phi Phi Le Island and is actually a huge cave with nesting sites of the swiftlet birds. the swiftlet bird's nest is a prized posession and worth it's weight in gold as it is one of the four prized delicacies of chinese cooking hence the bird's nests of the swiftlets (which are made from dirt and saliva of the birds) are harvested and processed and sold to chinese restaurants for astronomical prices lthat goes up to 2,000 US Dollars a Kilo! this is the reason why Phi Phi le island is uninhabited as to guard against poaching these valuable birds nest at the Viking Cave. It is called viking cave due to ancient paintings in the caves with boats that resembled viking ships. Phi Phi Island Boat Tours just makes a photo stop here and no tourist is allowed to enter the cave.

    The Phi Phi Island Group has 6 islands (Phi Phi don, Phi Phi le, Yong Island, Phai Island, Bida Nok Island, Bida Nai Island) but only 2 islands are popular for day tours from phuket and these are the largest island, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le (where Maya Bay and where leonardo di caprio's the beach was filmed in 2002). The Phi Phi Island Group is part of Krabi Province and sits at the Krabi Sea, 48 kilometers from chalong pier in Phuket and a 50 minute ride via speed boat and 1 1/2 hour ride via express boat.

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    Phi Phi Le Island: Pileh Cove

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2012
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    This Will Be My Tips and Pictures in Pileh Cove in Phi Phi Le

    The Phi Phi Island Group has 6 islands (Phi Phi don, Phi Phi le, Yong Island, Phai Island, Bida Nok Island, Bida Nai Island) but only 2 islands are popular for day tours from phuket and these are the largest island, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le (where Maya Bay and where leonardo di caprio's the beach was filmed in 2002). The Phi Phi Island Group is part of Krabi Province and sits at the Krabi Sea, 48 kilometers from chalong pier in Phuket and a 50 minute ride via speed boat and 1 1/2 hour ride via express boat.

    The Pileh Cove is in the South Eastern Part of Phi Phi Le Island and is part of the Phi Phi Island National Park and just before the small bida nok and bida nai islands. Pileh Cove is an isolated cove with emerald green clear waters and coral reefs below and some Phi Phi Island speed boat tours allow a few minutes of snorkelling here. the cove itself is just about 300 meters in length and the water here is shallow and clear and is surrounded by the Karst Limestone Hills that Krabi Islands are famous for. It is similar to El Nido in Palawan Philippines but the Karst Lime Stone Cliffs there are longer and the cove bigger.

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    Khai Nok Island: Swimming and Snorkeliing

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2012
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    part two of my khai nok islands tip with pictures of swimming and snorkelling with the fishes.

    The Khai Island group of 3 islands (Khai Nok, Khai Nui and Khai Nai island) is a popular snorkelling and swimming destination in itself and there are half day and full day tours to the Khai islands from Chalong Pier Everyday but Khai Nok Island receives the lion's share of the tourists as it is the largest of the three Islands and it has the largest white sand bar that connects this dumb bell shaped island that has rows and rows of beach bunk beds and unbrellas for the thousands of day tourists coming to this island. Khai Nok Island gets the lions share because almost all of the Phi Phi Island and Krabi Islands Speed Boat Tours have a pit stop here for 1 to 2 hours where the guests can relax at the beach bunk beds (you have to pay 100 baht extra for a pair of bunk beds) and have free fresh fruits like watermelons, dragon fruits, papaya, pineapple. there is also some beach bars along the sand bar that you can have assorted brewskies and soft drinks and alco pops like vodka cruiser and bacardi breezer for 120 baht a pop.

    Khai nok island also has clear green waters where you can swim and snorkel and be with the fishes as the fishes here are friendly and you can feed them bread too. just be careful of the strong undercurrents at the shoreline. the sands is is powdery white.

    Khai Nok island is 40 minutes by speed boat from Phi Phi Don and is part of Pha Nga Province.

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    Khai Nok Island

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2012
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    This will be a two part tip of Khai Nok island with more pictures.

    The Khai Island group of 3 islands (Khai Nok, Khai Nui and Khai Nai island) is a popular snorkelling and swimming destination in itself and there are half day and full day tours to the Khai islands from Chalong Pier Everyday but Khai Nok Island receives the lion's share of the tourists as it is the largest of the three Islands and it has the largest white sand bar that connects this dumb bell shaped island that has rows and rows of beach bunk beds and unbrellas for the thousands of day tourists coming to this island. Khai Nok Island gets the lions share because almost all of the Phi Phi Island and Krabi Islands Speed Boat Tours have a pit stop here for 1 to 2 hours where the guests can relax at the beach bunk beds (you have to pay 100 baht extra for a pair of bunk beds) and have free fresh fruits like watermelons, dragon fruits, papaya, pineapple. there is also some beach bars along the sand bar that you can have assorted brewskies and soft drinks and alco pops like vodka cruiser and bacardi breezer for 120 baht a pop.

    Khai nok island also has clear green waters where you can swim and snorkel and be with the fishes as the fishes here are friendly and you can feed them bread too. just be careful of the strong undercurrents at the shoreline. the sands is is powdery white.

    Khai Nok island is 40 minutes by speed boat from Phi Phi Don and is part of Pha Nga Province.

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    Snorkelling in Phi Phi Islands

    by machomikemd Written Nov 14, 2012
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    being a touristy destination, Phuket and the Nearby Islands in Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea have excellent swimming and snorkelling areas and you will be spoiled by the number or choices, it depends on the places you will want to do the swimming and snorkelling activities. The best areas are not in phuket island but in the islands in Pha Nga Bay like in Phi Phi Le island (at Maya Bay, Monkey Beach, Pileh Cove), Phi Phi Don Island, Khai Islands, Koh Larn (coral island), Ao Nang in Krabi, Railey Beach in Krabi and at the Similan Islands, further away in the Andaman Sea.

    If you are booking a speed boat tour around the islands in Phang Nga Bay and Andaman sea (like Phi Phi Island tours, Krabi Island Tours, Pha Nga Bay Tours, Similan Island Tours, etc), the snorkeliing gear is provided but not the fins, you have to rent them for 100 baht a pair for the whole day.

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    Swim at Tonsai Bay

    by machomikemd Written Nov 14, 2012
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    If you don't want to shop after eating the buffet lunch at tonsai bay and you want to use the 50 minute to 1 hour extra time to go around Tonsai village and don't want to go to the other side at Loh Dalum Bay (which has a more beatiful beach and has less boats and more shallow waters than tonsai bay and is just a 3 minute walk from tonsai village), then just lounge around or have a dip at the beach in tonsai bay. However, this will be hard as there are literally lots of speed boats and long tail boats that are docked at the beaches and the current here is strong but still you can find a small spot to undertake a brief beach activities at Tonsai Bay

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    Tonsai Village

    by machomikemd Written Nov 14, 2012
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    This will be my Tonsai Village things to do tip

    Once you are on a lunch stop at phi phi don, be sure to eat your lunch fast as you are given just 50 minutes to 1 hour to go around phi phi don before going back to loh samah bay in phi phi ley or monkey beach further north of phi phi don for snorkeling. This bustling community of local Muslim, Thai trader, and western diver, traveler and holiday maker create a rich and colourful spectacle and a wondrous area for shopping! This is the heart of the islands where the Thailand Style bazaar like village is noisy, exciting and fun, where there are many hotels and resort, a wide nightlife scene and some of the best restaurants on the island. If you prefer to swim at the other side of tonsai bay, the loh dalum bay, it is just a two minute walk from tonsai village.

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    Ko Phi Phi Don: Overview

    by machomikemd Written Nov 13, 2012
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    This will be my tips on Phi Phi Don Island: The first one is the overview

    Phi Phi Don Island is the only inhabited Island in the Phi Phi Island Chain and where there are commercial activities. there are restaurants, scuba shops, 7-11 convenience stores, fruit juice shops, beach bars, souvenir shops, garment shops, hotels at Phi Phi Don Island and most of these are concentrated on the Isthmus between the two large limestone cliffs of Phi Phi Don at Tonsai Bay. Tonsai Bay has a pier for docking the big express boats and the long tail boats and speed boats just dock at the beach. the other side of Tonsai Bay is Hat Yao beach, where the water is calmer and is not deep and with lots of corals.

    Most Phi Phi Islands Day Tours have buffet lunches at Phi Phi don and you have 1 hour extra time to shop or hang around or walk to Hat Yao Beach to enjoy a brief swim or snorkel.

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    A shopping frenzy in a high energy village

    by tvdandy Written Feb 5, 2012
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    If you have a craving to do some haggeling with locals, head right from the pier to Tonsai Village. Every type of cheesy tourist item can be had here. The area is literally crammed with shopping options for about 5 blocks intersecting with each other. There are also a ton of restaurant and bar options. Here is the place for ATM's, money exchange, internet cafe's and travel agencies as well. Even if you are not into shopping, this area has a very energetic vibe just to stroll around in and people watch. This area also has cheaper accomodations compared to beach front.

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    Craving a more 'Spring Break' type beach

    by tvdandy Written Feb 5, 2012
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    Loh Dalum beach will be more of your thing if you are craving a beautiful beach, but with plenty of busy action, especially among the young backpacker set. The beach is easy to get to. As soon as you jump off the ferry, the beach is on the opposite end of the pier, so just walk a straight line across the village of Tonsai. There are tons of places to eat and drink, right along the beach. And at night, this beach is famous for some outragous fire dancing performances and awesome techno dancing right until dawn. I would say best for people under 35.

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    The most beautiful beach on Phi Phi Don

    by tvdandy Written Feb 5, 2012
    Beautiful Long Beach at Phi Phi Don
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    The famous Long Beach on Phi Phi Don is the place to be if you want the ultimate in physical beauty and relaxed environment. Beautiful white sands complement a crystal clear shallow reef. The scenery is great, but I will say I wish there was more wave action for swimming, also on some parts of the beach the water can have quite a few rocks embedded in the shallow water. So overall, not exactly a hard core swimmers paradise, but definately a snorkelers delight. Still, what a wonderful place to chill, take a dip, read a book, grab a chang beer at one of the many beach bars and restaurants that line the beach, and realize what a lucky rascal you are for being there.

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