Koh Phi Phi
A 1 hour 30 ferry ride from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi was actually in reality closer to 2 hours but they did show the film Avatar which kept us entertained.
Arriving in Koh Phi Phi it looked like a postcard. The sea is so blue here and although it is a small island it has a great atmosphere.
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Phi Phi viewpoint is a must visit, although the walk is not the easiest (starting at some steep steps) it is definitely worth it. We found the route by following the tsunami evacuation signs I would recommend taking water and going later in the evening. Also, comfortable walking shoes would also be recommended. Going up at 5.30pm left us in a great position to seek out a spot to wait for the sunset (a time I imagine when the viewpoint is at its busiest).
The viewpoint is at nearly 190km and takes about 20 to 40 minutes to walk up depending on fitness levels and temperature levels. It really shows off Phi Phi as such a beautiful island. There is also a little shop at the top that sells drinks and ice creams. At viewpoint 1 we paid 30 baht each (we’re still not sure what this goes towards).
Night Life – Koh Phi Phi
A great fire show happens at Slinky bar right on the beach every evening – it had already started when we got there at 9pm but went on until after 10pm. A great atmosphere outside this bar that draws a large crowd for the incredible fire show.
Kongsiam Bar is also great for live acoustic music – right opposite the delicious ice cream roll stand.
Reggae Bar transforms after 8:30pm and becomes packed quite quickly with a crowd being drawn in for the muay thai fights. They ask the audience if anyone wants to participate with the winner winning a bucket cocktail. Makes for very good entertainment with also a chance to see more professional fighters.
Having only booked a few days in advance through paying a deposit online we booked a Phi Phi Ley Tour with Adventure Club for 800 baht each. This featured a 4 hour tour (meeting at 7.30am for the morning option) and visiting Viking Cave, Pi Leh Lagoon, Loh Samah Bay and Maya Bay. We had to go to Adventure Club the previous day to pay the balance and try on fins and confirm details.
We were in a group of five on this trip on a long tail boat with a great instructor who could free drive to an incredible depth. Being the first time we had snorkelled the instructor put us at ease straight away. It was also great to go to Maya Bay in the morning before all of the speedboats and tours embarked onto it. The highlight was seeing a huge jellyfish and also a sea turtle. Although for most of the stops we stayed close by with the instructor at Maya bay we had 45 minutes to either snorkel or relax on the beach. They also had water and watermelon on board the boat. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen though as we failed to top up on the cream during the trip we suffered from sun burn.
Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited even getting up at 6am on the deserted beach was so worth it. Will definitely be back again!
Next post will be another stop at Bangkok pre flight.
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