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    Phi Phi Tsunami Memorial Park

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    On the 26 Dec 2004, tsunami hits Phi Phi Island and it changed many lives. One thousand three hundred lives were lost and many people suffered injuries and trauma.

    A tsunami memorial was built in memory of those who died. It is located on the side of Loh Dalum Bay and about 50 meters from Phi Phi View Point Hotel.

    There is a nice garden which were built by volunteers from all over the world.

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    Khai Island

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Our final stop was at the beautiful Khai island. There are lots of beach benches and umbrellas for rental. The water here is crystal clear, you could bring your little children into the shallow water and the school of fishes will swim towards you. Bring some bread along and within a minute, you will be surrounded by the fishes.

    This is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, sun tanning, beach ball, chill out with a cool beer in your hand and lots of photo taking opportunity .

    After Khai Island, we were just 15 minutes away from the pier where our transfers were waiting to send us back to our hotels on a minibus.

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    Monkey Beach

    by imstress Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    We were given 45 minutes at Monkey Beach. We decided to go for our canoeing while some choose to swim, snorkel or laze by the beach.

    The gang of monkey appeared from nowhere. They were waiting for tourist to feed them. Do not go too near to them especially when you have food with you. They will snatch your food from you. A packet of potatoes chips were snatched away by the naughty monkey. The tourist almost got bitten by it. And the whole gang of them was fighting over the packet of chips. There are over a hundred of them living on this island. Don't mess around when monkey business is in progress :)

    I took the swing which was attached to a very strong branch. As we were the only boat around, we had the whole beautiful beach to ourselves. When we were leaving Monkey Island, few other boats came.

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    Snorkelling

    by junecorlett Written Jul 29, 2009

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    My family on the Phi Phi tour

    Take the day trip out to Phi Phi.
    A full day of snorkelling and simply relaxing.

    If you book your Phi Phi island tour through your resident hotel, you will be given a departure time as well as the expected time of arrival at the end of the day. Most hotels have their own guide who will accompany you on the tour.

    You will be taken to a pier or beach where you will be taken by high- speed boat to the island.

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    Ko Phi Phi Li

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 12, 2004

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    Its kind of weird writing a Must-See tip for Ko Phi Phi Don, and telling you to leave that island! But, that is exactly what you should do. Ko Phi Phi Li is about a 20 minute boat ride away from Don, if you take one of the long-tail boats. A speed boat will obviously get you there quicker. Awaiting you at Li is an almost completely enclosed bay, surrounded by towering cliffs and a great beach to boot. The sand is really good and there is a roped off swimming area for you to partake in as you please. Around the inner rim of the cliffs are ample snorkelling and diving opportunities, though the better diving is elsewhere. I recommend you get snorkelling gear for this trip, because the area is amazingly beautiful. Behind the beach is a small rainforest, with a Ranger station in the middle, if there is any trouble. If you continue on, you will come to a small hole in the rock that you can climb through to catch a glimpse of the other side of the island. From there, there are also great places to snorkle. Just be careful, the rock is pretty sharp there.

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    Maya Beach

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 12, 2004

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    The movie "The Beach" had a spectacular beach in it (go figure). The name of that beach is Maya Beach, and it is the single beach of Phi Phi Li. A massive uproar was had by the local people when it was found out that the movie would be altering the beach to make it "movie ready". What they did was basically pay off the government so that they could bulldoze the trash out of the way, bring in a bunch of palm trees and put some new plants in the ground. My thinking is that the government was making a money decision, knowing that the movie would increase tourism. And it did. Before, Phi Phi was an afterthought. Today it is maybe the biggest draw of Thailand’s west coast. That is good for the economy, but bad for the environment. The movie makers did try and restore the beach to its prior state, and by all accounts did a good job of that. Now, the problem is the number of tourists that flock here to say that they were on the Beach's beach... like me!

    When I arrived at the Beach, it was absolutely packed with tour groups and various boats. Thankfully, we decided to wait it out and see if they would leave. They eventually did, and we were one of only a handful of people left. That is when you can really enjoy the unique scenery.

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    CLIFF JUMPING

    by mamasan69 Updated May 23, 2005

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    MY BROTHER JUMPING FROM 15 METERS-Koh Phi Phi.
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    As I stated in some detail in my intro page, the cliff jumping deal (500bht each) was a great experience and price. The whole activity was fun and interesting, unless of course you are afraid of heights. On another note, be prepared to climb up sharp rocks and wear good quality sandles or shoes that you can get wet, if not this trip may not be for you.
    The video that the guide offers you at the end of the day is a great investment (1500bht) as it something you can look at later, and laugh (or cringe in my case).
    After we booked our day trip the guide picked us up after about 30-45 minutes, but we didn't know that he was filming various sites around Phi Phi. After we watched the video this added to the whole adventure, his shots of snorkeling were amazing. The whole experience was something I will never forget, the jumping was such an adrenalin rush I can't explain it, and the snorkeling was new for me, but out of this world.
    As for the snorkeling, the guide gives you a pair of flippers and a mask, however my mask had a pretty good leak. I would suggest buying a mask of your own, especially if you plan to spend more time doing this activity than we did.

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    Viewpoint

    by Scouski Updated Mar 25, 2004

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    Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

    At the centre of this island there is a viewpoint high up on a hill, from where you can see the whole of the Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley (the two islands) and take some magnificent pictures of their surroundings. There are steps upon steps upon steps taking you up to this point and in the high temperatures it can be exhausting just getting up there (recommend doing this activity really early in the morning when its not so hot), but believe me - as they say "it's worth it" the views are spectacular - a photographers dream. A place to go to sit, relax, contemplate, read a book - which is a nice contrast to the island at ground level, since Koh Phi Phi is a huge party island by night and accommodates major party animals in peak season, bars such as Reggae and Rolling Stones stay open as late as 5am and the music is far from sombre.

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    Pileh Cove

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Our boat arrived at Pileh Cove for a brief stop. This is the exact location where Leonardo DiCaprio jumped from.

    It is 5 feet deep and not safe for non-swimmers. You can tell from the emerald blue water that it is very deep. . For our safety, we only cruise by here as the water is too deep for swimming or canoeing.

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    Phi Phi View Point

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Phi Phi View Point is the best place to have an excellent view of the two bay, Ton Sai Bay and Loh Dalum Bay.

    You have to climb up a great number of steps before you reach the top. The view from the top is rewarding. You can have a paranomic view of the twin bay. If your time coincide with sunset, that will be a beauty.

    Bring a torch along so that you can find your way back.

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    Maya Bay

    by Custodyspice Written Apr 4, 2004

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    If you go to Phi Phi you must go and take a boat to Maya Bay, of the Leonardo de Crapio fame (The Beach). We took a long boat and, be warned the sea around the cove can be a bit choppy, and my life kinda flashed before my eyes. When I went in 2000, there was a lot of litter and cans on the beach, which ruined it, hopefully its been cleared up. But the view of the Bay from the Beach is truly breath-taking.

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    Phi Phi Ley - Maya Bay

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Our first stop was Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh. This is where the movie, The Beach was filmed and starring actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Maya Beach used to be a peaceful and not so crowded. But the media has made this bay famous overnight. Now it is included in almost all the itineraries for Phi Phi Island tours. Rows of speedboats are parked at the beach, with a small area left for swimmers and canoeing. Big boats are not allowed to stop by.

    You can choose to swim, canoe or walk around the island to take some pictures for 45 mins. I went to the Lo Sa Ma bay in search of the hidden lagoon. Follow the sign pointing to the toilets and it is about 50 meters away.

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    Phi Phi Ley - Loh Samah Bay

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Our second stop was Loh Samah Bay where we did our snorkeling. There were lots of fishes swimming around us but the water is not crystal clear. Just put on your life jacket and mask. I would prefer my own swimming goggles. Non-swimers will also be able to see the fishes swimming around them. Just dip your head into the water and you could see all the marine fishes swimming around you. There were thousands and millions of them. Don’t worry as the fishes will not bite you. You could see some dead corals too. For those who rented the fins, they can swim deeper to see the corals.

    Most of us had a hard time getting back onto the speed boat as the steps were narrow and only two small steps. I had a bruise arising from this climb.

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    Maya Bay

    by Fernandocramos Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    You can hire a long tail boat and go to Maya Bay By yourself. We payed 1200bht for 5 hours and the driver took us to visit many points in Koh PhiPhi Ley. First we stoped in a bay with cristal waters where we could swing and dive. After there we stoped in a litle beach where I did snorkel and after this we stoped in Maya Bay.
    The best hour to visit Maya Bay is around 12:00 because during this time you dont find that hundred tourists that goes in tours. The tours usually goes in the morning, returning at 11:00 and in the afternoon they disembark in the island around 14:00 and returns at 17:00, so if you stay there during the interval the beach will probably be empty as you can see on the photos.
    Going with longtail you have to pay a tax to stay on the beach. This tax is included if you go with tours.

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    Viking Cave

    by imstress Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Viking Cave

    The Viking Cave is where a big family of swallow lives. This is where the workers will climb to great heights without any safety nets to pluck birds nest.

    The water is very clear over here and you could see school of fishes swimming around our boat as the crew from our boat feed them with bread.

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