Our second destination for the Thailand Trip was Ko Phi Phi. We flew to Krabi where we took a Taxi to the pier, got tickets for a ferry, and at last landed at Ko Phi Phi.
Ko Phi Phi was hit with a Tsunami in 2004, nearly all of the buildings were knocked down. By 2010 most of the buildings had been restored, now it’s the hot spot destination for young travelers. The island is packed with stores, tourists, and night life.
It was low tide when we arrived so the Taxi Boat could not take us to the hotel, we got to walk along the path to the end of the beach to the Bay View Resort. The resort was in the perfect location, walking distance to the restaurants, but away from the noise.
Unfortunately, it was overbooked and they did not have the room I had booked in advance available. While Tory and Alex enjoyed their stay at the hotel…Mark and I had a very different experience.
On our first full day there we decided to chill on the beach. We set out on a journey to find long beach. We walked up through some mountains, stopped for lunch at Viking Nature Resort. Then found our way to Long Beach. It was a bit further from the crowds with white sand, umbrella’s and beautiful water.
The next day we hopped aboard a large speedboat to go island hopping. We hit all the famous islands, Monkey Beach, Maya Bay, etc. It was a long day, but very beautiful. Followed by a delicious dinner and even some beer pong.
There is only one ferry from Phi Phi Don to Railay, the next destination, so Mark and I decided to wake up early and go scuba diving. We were paired up with a dive master who worked to get us the best day diving he could. He took us away from the crowds, showed us the fishes, and kept us entertained.
Although the island has natural beauty, in my opinion, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I completely understand why tourists began flocking to the Phi Phi islands, the water is amazing, the rocks are beautiful, and the beaches are fantastic. It’s become too popular though. When they rebuilt after the tsunami, it was because they needed tourists to come back, but it was not built to match the natural beauty. The streets were dirty, some of the beaches completely lined with boats, and the tours to the most beautiful beaches are so filled with boats and people that it takes effort to get a photo without it all. I had a fun trip because of the company, but I don’t think I’ll be back.