Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

by Leslie on December 10, 2011

It rained our first two days in Koh Phi Phi, which actually was okay by me since it gave us time to stay inside and watch our bright red faces slowly peel off. Jolian and I had a hard time looking at each other without making disgusted faces, so we thought it kind to spare the general public from the heinous sight.

On the third day though, the sun came out and we surprisingly looked a little more human, so we hired a long tail boat to take us around the breathtakingly beautiful islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi is made up of six islands total, these being the two biggest and most well known. Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two containing all hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., while Phi Phi Leh still remains uninhabited. Both are absolutely stunning with their high limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.

Our boat’s first stop was at Maya Beach on the island of Phi Phi Leh, the location of the film The Beach. My jaw dropped looking around the picture perfect cove surrounded by cliffs on three sides. The clear turquoise water was dotted with large circles of black, which turned out to be schools of tiny black fish. We continued on, stopping at other spots around the island to swim and snorkel and saw lots of parrot fish, angel fish and a trumpet fish. The last stop on the boat ride was at the secluded Monkey Beach on Phi Phi Don. The beach, as the name suggests, is inhabited by monkeys. They’re wild, but clearly used to the constant boats of tourists that come up to take pictures. I had a thirty minute photo session with 2 monkeys in particular. Evidence below.

On a whole, I’d say Phi Phi Don is geared more to the young, party crowd, with nightclubs lining the beach, techno music thumping until the wee hours of the morning. Given that my bedtime has been around 9:30pm on this trip, the scene wasn’t for me, but I was still able to enjoy the beauty of the island and appreciate that the 21-year-old version of myself would’ve loved this place.

On our last morning we boarded a ferry to Phuket where we hopped on a plane to Bali to spend our final two weeks. Lots of Bali posts coming up soon!

See the black area to the left of the boat in the picture below?  That is a school of fish! The picture on the right is a close up of them.

Monkey mania below:

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