The next leg of our adventure took us to Koh Phi Phi. This is the second time I have visited the island but this time round I enjoyed so much more!
Koh Phi Phi is another island known for its party scene with endless boat party options, great bars and beach bars. However, there is also a very much relaxed side of the island that takes you to hidden beaches, private longtail boat trips and small group excursions to breathtaking places.
From Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi it cost us 150baht per person; depending on who you book the tickets through, the price varies. The ferry took 1.5 hours so we were there before we knew it!
What MUST you do in your short stay?
With no time to spare we booked our trip to Maya Bay as soon as we got there. You are not short of places to book through and all prices vary – just introduce some bartering techniques to lower the price to one that suits your budget.
Our trip cost a total of 2000baht between us; 1200baht for the trip + 400baht for Maya Bay entry. The cost did not bother us because it was hands down the best day we had experienced so far on the islands.
What the trip included?
• Sorkeling at shark point
We started off the day with a short longtail boat ride to Shark Point where we were able to snorkel around the beautiful corals and watch the hundreds of fish. No sharks were seen this time but our boat driver mentioned the reason was because it was busy! So fingers crossed you are lucky enough to see some friendly sharks!
• Monkey island
Next we spent about 30 minutes on monkey island, where we were greeted by friendly monkeys and their babies! They were all so placid and gentle; not bothered in the slightest by the GoPro in their faces!
• Pileh Bay
This place has got to be up there in the most breathtakingly stunning sceneries I have ever seen in my life! Pulling into the bay was like a dream! The water is crystal blue and is surrounded by huge limestone rock formations. We anchored up in the center of the bay and jumped in for a swim and the water was divine! I could have stayed here for the rest of the day it was THAT beautiful, but only having 45 minutes meant we had to take it in as much as we could before moving on. * this is one good reason why a private longtail boat is a great idea as you are able to stay in places that you love for much longer*. Lunch was also included in the package, a tasty fried rice dish and as much water/coca cola as you pleased. Great place to stop for lunch!
• Snorkelling around Maya Bay
Around the corner from Pileh Bay is Maya Bay, which is the famous location of where ‘The Beach’ was filmed with Leonardo Decaprio. Oh, and it is sensational. Entering the bay is filled with such excitement and awe as you see it’s natural beauty.
Before setting foot on the glorious beach we had 30 minutes to snorkel in the water close to the entrance. The boat driver helped attract the dozens of colourful fish by feeding them left over rice from lunch, so you are not short of great underwater pictures surrounded by fish!
• 3 hours on Maya Bay beach
Now for the BEST part! MAYA BAY! This is the most popular place to visit in Koh Phi Phi Don. Daily, hundreds of thousands of crowds pass through to take in the beautiful scenery, waters and sandy beach of this unforgettable island. Crowds come from surrounding islands so it can get extremely busy! Luckily, we were there for THREE HOURS so we watched the crowds come and go and eventually it quietened down and we were able to enjoy it even more.
If you fancy a short hike you can venture up to the Maya Bay viewpoint and take a look from above the trees!
• Watch the sunset at Sunset Point
After getting your fill of Maya Bay you are then taken to a perfect spot in the ocean to watch the sun go down! It’s magical! By then you’re pretty friendly with the other people on your boat so it feels so relaxed; everyone is having fun and enjoying the moment. What a way to end a brilliant day!
• Swimming with the illuminated plankton
Unfortunately it was near enough impossible to get any photographs of the plankton, so I took this opportunity to leave everything on board and jumped in the sea to experience the electric blue illuminations! It was so much fun to see and an experience you are sure not to forget!
Now for those glorious white sands!
If you have longer here then great! But, for those of you who don’t, here are two of the beaches you must visit! 😀☀
As Phi Phi is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful island in Thailand, you are not short of incredible beaches. Some more accessible than others. You will not be able to get enough of the limestone mountains, caves and paradise beaches.
On the SouthWest side of this small island is Long Beach. You can get here one of two ways; Longtail boat – 5 minute ride or have a leisurely walk over rocks between beaches or via short jungle trails. It is be-you-tiful!!! 💛
LOH DALUM BEACH – main beach
I chose this beach because, although it may not be the best in terms of idellic, it is the main beach, so, that means it’s easily accessible for those who only have a couple of days here. As I mentioned before Phi Phi has some AMAZING beaches, but, can require quite a walk or the need for a taxi boat which can use a full day up!
DALUM beach is situated perfectly and is beautiful in its own right! With many many beach bars to chose from, white sands, crystal ocean, picturesque landscapes, you can’t help but relax here for a couple of hours. Not to mention the sunset 🌅 ! Spectacular!
Whether you want to check out the view point through the day or for sunset is entirely up to you but it does get busy at night! It is a rewarding 20-30 minute steep climb to the top and a mission of preventing mosquitos from attacking you, but, yes, totally worth it!
We went for sunset and managed to find ourself a great spot to perch on whilst watching the sun go down with some lovely German friends we had met along the way! The view is fantastic! You are able to see both the East and West sides of the island in a panoramic view. The sunset was not to shabby either!
I also heard the sunrise view is something special!
Phi Phi, you are a dream! 🙌🏻💛🌅🌏
I hope you got something useful from this blog post and I also hope it’s reaches your expectations as it did mine!
Thanks for reading my lovelies!
Love Sarah 😀 xxx