Hard to Fine a Private Spot in Maya Bay
Thanks to leonardo di caprio and the movie the "beach", maya bay in Phi Phi Le became the star attraction of the islands in the Phang Nga Bay and such that it is packed full of people everyday, even in the lean rainy season months of may to october as more then 30 speed boats and long tail boats converge to the small 400 meter main beach of maya bay to off load the thousands of tourists going everyday and you would hardly find a private spot to to sun bathing or swimming and snorkelling. the worst time to go here is in the morning and there is less people if your phi phi island tour goes here in the afternoon, unfortunately our tour was here in the morning hence we were packed like sardines in the beach.
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Designated Smoking Area in Maya Bay
there is a single designated smoking area at Maya Bay in the beach just beside the park ranger hut where the tour guides pay the entrance fees to the Phi Phi Islands National Park and a single trash bin with cigarette tray on top. you are only allowed to smoke there and throw your cigarette butts at the trash can and if you violate this and smoke at the beach front near the shore, then prepare to pay a 2,000 Baht fine per offense.
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Urgent update: Poisonous Jellyfish
This is an urgent update! Unfortunately many of the beaches in South-Thailand have incidents of Jellyfish with burning tentacles. It may look like the spreading is increasing.
Phi Phi Island and the eastern side of Phuket is one of the places where the most poisonous jellyfish, the socalled Box Jellyfish, have been observed.
Not far from Phi-Phi island, in Klong Dao beach, Koh Lanta, a 10 year old swedish girl went into an anaphylactic shock and died after Box Jellyfish stings.
Some beaches in other countries use net to catch the Jellyfish. It's about time Thailand and Malaysia do it or warn the tourists with signboards.
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DON'T BE A DUMBASS LIKE ME
Like many of my previous trips it seems that I can't help but injure myself doing something stupid. Alcohol is the usual cause of my blunders, but hey it's all in "fun".
This time I was dumb enough to play with a fire ring and paid for it with a nice burn on my arm for my trouble. Every night one of the bars called the Sunset had a big fire show on the beach with most of the staff involved. After the show the staff would bring out this big fire ring and a fire skipping rope. I never tried the rope but I did try jumping through the ring at least once a night. However on one of my last nights on Phi Phi, I decided to try to flip through it. I did make it and was happy about it, until I noticed a black mark on my arm and realized I got a little too close.
I guess the best advice is not to play with fire especially when there is lots of alcohol involved.
- Beer Tasting
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Tsunami Escape Route
When visiting Andaman Coast in Thailand, please, please find out about the Tsunami warning escape route signs. I was on Phi Phi Don on July 28, 2007. At about 4pm the tsunami warning alarm suddenly went off! Everyone was panicked! I was near the peir at that time. I just ran towards the hilly area of the view point. I followed the local people climbed up the a hill behind people's houses and waited there. The warning was not announced in foreign language until 30 minutes later! Most of the foreign tourists had no idea what happened! Apparently my experience was just a false alarm. That was very lucky! But it was a scary experience!!
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SMILE! You are caught on camera
Remember that just before you board the speed boat, you were asked to smile at a camera? The photographer had developed our photos and have them printed onto a ceramic plate and selling it for THB150.
If you like it, you can buy it back as a memento. If not, you can imagine that your face will be broken into pieces as they smash the pile of unsold plates.
Do you know that more then 40 Million sharks are killed every year! This particulary because of shark finning and the idea that Shark Fin Soup is sooo delicious. If you want to make a difference do not eat in restaurants that offer shark meat or shark fins - since without sharks there will be no life in the ocean.
Still not convinced... do you know how shark fins are taken... the shark is caught - the fin removed and then the shark is thrown back into the sea... without fin!
Feeding the monkeys - be alert!
The monkeys come down to the beach to be fed by tourists. People who haven't experienced this before are always excited, but should be very wary. Monkeys can be quite savage and dangerous, particularly to children. The large males are the most worrisome as they can be fairly aggressive to both humans and other monkeys.
When feeding them, try to be aware of where all the monkeys are, which can be difficult as they're all running around. One time I was feeding a mother monkey and her baby, a larger male jumped onto me to steal the bananas out of my arms. He was very heavy and could have knocked me over if I was smaller. He almost bit me as he grabbed the bananas from my arm, and monkey bites can be vicious and infection is likely as their teeth are coated with bacteria. Many diseases/infections can be passed through the saliva or through contact including Herpes B Virus, which in 70% of human cases can be fatal.
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WHO FORGOT THE WATER BILL?
The water was shutoff in some areas of the island during the day due to a shortage during our stay. It is only off for short periods, so sometimes showering can be hit and miss. The longest it was out for one time was around 1 to 1.5 hours, so it's not too bad.
It seemed to go out around noon while we were here, so unless it has changed, a person might keep this in mind.
- Family Travel
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Do Not Stay Away!!
The people of Ko Phi Phi rely on the tourist industry for their survival. Help the people by supporting international aid organizations. Then plan your trip and head to the island! With our help Ko Phi Phi will be able to rebuild to its former glory.
When you go out in Phi Phi, you will undoubtedly be given the option to drink a "bucket". A bucket is a heinous concoction of various alcohols served in; you guessed it, a small bucket.
Note to self: A small bucket is equal to many big glasses.
They are the quickest way to find yourself passed out on the beach.
Ton Sai Beach
On arriving at Ko Phi Phi Don I was surprised at the number of ferry’s arriving at this time. Ton Sai beach is a landing point and not a place to stay. Walking up from the ferry our feet were covered in oil from all the boats moored here.
My first impression was off putting. Look behind the cheap bungalows and you will see piles of plastic bottles and burning rubbish.
It is not too late to save this beautiful beach.
Evacuation route when tsunami
There are signs around the tsunami affected area to warn the visitors when tsunami comes. Take note of the route and be sure which direction you should head to.
Drugs in Thailand
If for any reason you think you should bring drugs into Thailand be warned - if you get caught you stand the chance of the death penalty. Even foreigners are punished by death.
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The sea can be pretty rough from May to October, so if you tend to get easily seasick, you'd better take some medication with you.
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