Koh Phi Phi Don (Phi Phi Island) is one of the most popular islands in Thailand. Well known for its spectacular beauty, making it one of the most photographed places in Thailand. Two mountains joined by one long stretch of beach with a bustling vibrant town. The long tail boats lining the shore of the beach, the gigantic rock formations and turquoise sea making the perfect paradise picture. An island with no roads and everything is done on foot.
Phi Phi Island was spoken about a lot before we came to Thailand, everyone recommend that we visited so of course it was on the list. We decided to stay for one night instead of trying to cram everything into a day trip. I mean the ferry over from Phuket was 3 hours, and we wanted time to explore the Island and the surround islands.
Where we stayed
We stayed in Sand and Seaview Resort. It is located on the left side of the harbour in a quieter part of Phi Phi. The location was good because we had the best of both worlds, the bustling town only a short walk away, but peace and quiet right on our door step. Our accommodation wasn’t to shabby, a bungalow right near the beach with the basic amenities – just what you need. However, the owner of Sand and Seaview resort couldn’t wait to sell us a boat tour, literally as soon as we checked in he was onto it. We were advised not to book with him as we were told the captain of the boat is on Ketamine. I’m sure it would have made an interesting trip but we didn’t fancy being at sea with Captain Ket. Once the owner knew we had booked elsewhere he didn’t speak to us.
What we got up too
The most common thing to do on Phi Phi is take a boat tour to the surround areas. People come from far and wide to visit Maya Bay, famous for the film ‘the beach’
. Everyone wants to experience that slice of heaven that Leonardo DiCaprio did! There are many people offering tours in Phi Phi – speedboats and long tail boats. You can haggle your price down but be sure that it includes the fees. Read all about our tour we did here
. *Highly Recommended*
We wanted to get up to the viewpoint but as it gets ridiculously hot during the day we thought early morning would be best. The viewpoint is very easy to find, it is sign posted throughout the town. We started walking up to it at 8am, what better way to get them legs working by walking up dozens of steps followed by some steep hills. I looked like I had done a HIIT session by the time we reached the top, the amount of sweat pouring out of my body was disgusting. It was a baking hot morning! What makes matters worse is it’s only a 20 minute walk to the top! C’mon Cass where has your fitness gone!? I rewarded myself with an iced chocolate from the cafe at the top. I had done the exercise, I deserved the reward 😉
I don’t think I need to say anything about the view. Just look at it!
The small town of Phi Phi is extremely lively at night with bars dotted throughout the town and along the beach front. The neon lights and loud music pumping out the party vibe, grab your buckets of cheap alcohol and be prepared for a good night.
Not forgetting about all the places to eat! From cheap fast food, street food, beach front restaurants right to fine dinning – there is something for everyone.
So was Phi Phi what we were expecting?
In all honesty, no. It was nothing like I was expecting. Phi phi is tourist heaven, rammed with people who are all here for the same reasons – us included. The photo’s you see plastered all over social media do not show the real Phi Phi. In fact any pictures of Thailand’s ‘slices of paradise’ do not match the real location. I know I sound like a negative Nancy, but it’s true.
Unfortunately in 2004 Phi Phi Island was hit by the Tsunami, we got speaking to a local Thai man who has lived on the island for 13 years and had the unfortunate experience of the Tsunami. He explained that when it happened the houses were made from Bamboo, so everyone just flurried to the jungle which was directly behind the beach. He went on to say that it is not possible to do now as Phi Phi is now covered in hotels. I suppose it’s good and bad for the locals as the tourism is bringing in money but at the same time the Thai culture is slowly disappearing as Phi Phi becomes more of a party hot spot. At the viewpoint it shows a photo prior to the Tsunami, it’s kind of crazy to see how to Island has revived and how the town has been built purely on sand.
Summary – Phi Phi is a beautiful island and a great place to party. Worth the visit but I personally wouldn’t rush back.
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