Ko Phi Phi Le Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
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Ko Phi Phi Le Things to Do

  • Phi Phi Le Island: Maya Bay Swimming

    This will by My Maya Bay Swimming Pictures as we did swim at maya bay using our water proof olympus toughtand 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 or Maya bay. When Swimming at Maya Bay, be careful of the strong undercurrent...

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  • Phi Phi Le Island: Maya Bay

    This will be my Phi Phi Le Maya Bay TipsMaya 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...

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  • Phi Phi Le Island: Pileh Cove

    This Will Be My Tips and Pictures in Pileh Cove in Phi Phi LeThe 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...

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  • Phi Phi Le Island: Viking Cave

    This Will Be My Tips and Pictures in Pileh Viking Cave in Phi Phi LeThe 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...

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  • Phi Phi Le Island: Loh Samah Bay

    This will be my Phi Phi Island Loh Samah Bay Tips and PicturesThere 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...

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  • Phi Phi Le Island: Monkey Cove

    This will be My Phi Phi Le Island Monkey Cove Tips with picturesPhi 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...

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  • Phi Phi islands: Overview

    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...

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  • Viking Cave

    The main attraction on Phi Phi Le is the Viking Cave so called because of the drawings of viking ships on the walls. The cave is large; approx 3.2km square with a roof of about 15m high. Within the cave there are a lot of long and bendy looking bamboo poles. Together these poles form some rather rickety -scaffolding and are what the nimble, agile...

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  • Feed the colourful fish

    Maya Bay is renown for its beautiful and dramatic scenery. The bay is sheltered by tall limestone cliffs and encircled by a small white beach. It is calm and peaceful, almost like a room.Snorkelling is the main reason people come to Maya Bay, that and wanting to see the location at which "The Beach" was filmed.Another fun thing to do is to take...

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  • Ao Pileh (Phileh Bay)

    The daytrip boats will stop at this bay where time will be given for snorkelling. However, the corals here are not in good condition and there are many sea urchins around.

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  • Viking Cave

    This is the place where workers take great risks to obtain the valuable bird nests from the high caves. The water is amazingly beautiful at this spot. The daytrip boats will pass by Viking Cave but they are not allowed to stop at the cave itself.

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  • Maya Bay

    This is the place where 'The Beach' starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed in. Maya Bay is a small bay where every daytrip boat to Phi Phi Islands will stop at so prepare to see the hoardes of tourists. There's nothing much to do here except admiring the scenery around, swimming in the beautiful turquoise waters, or just lazing by the beach.

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Ko Phi Phi Le Restaurants

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    by Sosdaa Written Dec 6, 2004

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    Phi Phi Charlie has a good restaurant and the prices are cheaper than Patong. However if you add wine to your list then the tab does go high. The best thing would be to buy booze from Phuket town before your trip to Phi Phi. Lots of booze available at Tesco Lotus.

    Favorite Dish: BBqued prawns were good and so were the pork chops. Generally the food was good. They have a good bakery too but did not get to try it. The stuff looked good though. Could not sample much as we were staying at the Phi Phi Princess which is also good.

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Ko Phi Phi Le Transportation

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    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2012

    Being a main tourist area and a bustling beach town, phuket has many options for the tourists and one of the options in island hopping around Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga Provinces is via a speed boat but hiring a private speed boat for a day of island hopping around phi phi islands, krabi islands, james bond island, similan islands, khai islands, koh lanta islands and more will set you 30,000-50,000 baht for a whole day boat rental (the price is for the boat and if you are only three persons, divide this by a three and if ten person, divide by ten) depending on the route and the number of islands visited (example is phi phi island and khai island only or krabi + phi phi islands + james bond island or Phi Phi Island + Koh Lanta island, etc). the private speed boat is up to ten persons only and lunch and park entrance fees are not included, just the snorkelling equipment and free water and juices. if you want to have it cheaper, then just book a speed boat tour of the assorted islands with a big speed boat for 35 people at the many travel agencies in and around phuket and the price will be 3,000-4,500 baht per person and it includes everything like park entrances and free drinks and juices and snorkeling equipment and even the buffet lunch.

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Ko Phi Phi Le Local Customs

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    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2012

    If you booked the big boat or the speed boat phi phi islands tour, chances are that the Phi Phi National Parks Entrance fee of 400 baht per adult and 200 baht per child fee is included in the package you pay at the tour agency, however, if you booked a long tail boat or a personal speed boat tour, then the admission fee is not included, so you have to pay it at the booth fronting the beach in Maya Bay in Phi Phi Le Island as all Phi phi Island Tours go to Maya Bay. The park booth is located near the public restroom and is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and the park entrance fee covers the permit for all the six islands of the Phi Phi Island Group.

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Ko Phi Phi Le Warnings and Dangers

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    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2012

    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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Ko Phi Phi Le Tourist Traps

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    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2012

    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.

    Unique Suggestions: don't smoke around unless in the small area beside the designated smoking spot

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Ko Phi Phi Le What to Pack

  • Bring a Hat, Shades and Sun Block

    This is a must if you are Going to a Phi Phi Island Day tour more so if you plan to be in the center of the many beach activities that are available in the beaches in around the Phi Phi and Khai Islands and will go on daylong beach bumming or swimming. if you have a fair complexion and is afraid of getting sun burned or having an accidental tan...

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  • Bring two cameras with extra batteries

    I still don't like to bring Digital SLR Camera in my travels as these cameras as to bulky and cumbersome to operate and you must change the lens often and since I'm not a professional Photographer, prefer to bring a pocket ultrazoom camera that you can combine taking pictures and videos at the same time like an Olympus SZ MR-31 and a water proof...

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  • Girl Watching

    hey, me and my wolf pack are red blooded males and every red blooded males appreciates beauty when they see one. specially of the skimpy cloth kind hehehe and here at Maya Bay in Phi Phi Le Island is a veritable feast for the eyes as there are beauties galore from every nationality that you can think off and the beauty of having a pocket ultrazoom...

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  • Viking Cave

    Most tours take you for a visit to the viking cave which is aprt of the tour. We got a good shot while passing the outside of the cave. We did not do any tours since we felt the weather was not good and the seas were rough. However many tours were operating despite the bad weather.The Viking cave, with paintings dating back over 400 years ago that...

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  • Anyone wants to go fishing

    Fishing on Phi Phi is another option of enjoying your trip. This is a photo of one of the tourists who did a fishing trip. Was not us. We saw this on our last day or else would have probably joined in. This guy caught a huge barracuda and from what i understood they cooked it up for him later. Lots of tour agents who have a line up of various...

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Ko Phi Phi Le Favorites

  • Free Bottled Water and Softdrinks

    f you booked on a big boat or a big group speed boat tour of the phi phi islands then don't despair if you are thirsty of feeling dehydrated due to the humidity in the beaches or plain tired of the swimming and snorkeling as the price you pay for the tour includes free bottled water and softdrinks that are found in the big coleman ice coolers found...

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  • Emerald Green Waters of Maya Bay

    The Waters along Maya Bay are Emerald Green in Color and is crystal clear as you can see the fishes and corals in the deep areas of the bay near the sea and this kind of quality water is due to the fact that There are No commercial Establishments allowed at Phi Phi le Island and also you cannot go overnight tents at the Beach hence the quality of...

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  • Powdery Fine White Sands of Maya Bay

    there is a main 400 meter (1/4 mile) stretch of powdery white sand beach along the middle part of maya bay that you could literally put your toes into and would not feel hot. this prime stretch of beach sand is corowded with speedboats and long tail boats docking at the beach and a small swimming area for swimmers and snorkelers. there are other...

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