If you are looking for the non-plus-ultra island in Thailand, you should definitely visit Koh Phi Phi – such a chilled place, which offers you a lot! I´ve started my trip by taking the 1.45 hours ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi (costs for one way: approximately 450 Bath) and within the moment I have put my feet back on the ground, I felt so unbelievable right on this crazy little island. And here are the reasons, why:
Legendary fireshows and limbo-partys at the beach
Arriving on Koh Phi Phi, all I could see was a wonderful beach, everywhere young travelers and backpackers and no cars at all, which was quite inviting to me. Patrick from Patrick Barl Films, which I already knew from our collaboration on Phuket, picked me up at the pier and we walked together to the hotel. After the check-in, we decided to take a walk to the beach, where we have literally crashed into a crazy beach party at Slinkys Bar, where a big fire show was going on. The show was so good that Patrick and me were filming all the time just to capture the best moments of this event to show you how talented the artists are. Unbelievable how graceful they´ve danced on just a tightrope doing their fire tricks in daring height! The dj was playing an incredibly good electronic set, which made my Ibiza-techno-heart beats faster. And on top of that, the drink prices were also just too good to be true: absolute danger-zone for not getting drunk, I can tell you. After we have danced some kind of limbo (now I know, that I really have other talents than that :D) at the beach with this quite wild party crowd and after we have drunken enough of the free-shots you´ll get for every limbo dance you are able to finish successfully, we walked home to get a little nap before starting our second day on Koh Phi Phi.
Beach chillout & sunset watching from Viewpoint No. 1-3
After working (yes – we had to, because unfortunately we were NOT just there for vacation), we decided to check out the party beach by daylight. Extremely white sand there, clear water, a bit too busy for my taste, but I haven’t expected it differently. In the evening we did the hike up to PPs viewpoint to watch the sunset over Phi Phi Leh, Tonsai Village and Loh Dalum Bay. On the way up, there are three viewpoints on different heights. You have to take loads of stairs to get to the top, which contains a quite tough leg workout and a lot of sweat and if you are not used to it, you might get a little muscle ache the next day. After we have finally made it from viewpoint 1 to viewpoint 2, we were so damaged from the hike that we decided to skip the third and highest one to just enjoy the sunset from the middle viewing plattform. I promise you that the view down to the beach is just epic and a pretty nice subject for the perfect picture, so it´s really worth the effort. Even though you can find little shops at the viewpoints, it´s recommendable to take some water with you and to wear comfortable footwear. Please leave your high heels or flip flops at home for this adventure trip, they would be just an inconvenient obstacle!
Exploring the Phi Phi Islands by long-tail boat and snorkel
For the next day we have booked us in for a Phi Phi Islands roundtrip (day-tour) with one of the traditional Asian long-tail-boats and we could not wait for it. After getting up early, we walked together to the office, where we were being picked-up for our tour with U-RIP Boat Trip. Breakfast, lunch, water and the snorkeling equipment was all included in the price of around 600 Bath.
First stop was at Monkey Beach, where we have played a bit with the loads of free-living monkeys there. After it, we headed off to Shark Point, where we had the chance to go snorkeling in the phenomenal clear sea in front of Phi Phi. Guys I cannot express myself to find the right words for that experience! It was just insane! This is a real must-do while being in Thailand. Almost everywhere you go, you can find crystal clear and incredible colored water. While being underwater, I have seen a lot of bright colored fishes, corals, urchins, sea anemones aeven found NEMO, the little orange-white fish of the same-named movie.
Beachvibes at Leonardo di Caprio´s “The Beach”
After we were driven to Loh Moo Dee Bay and Runtee Beach, we have spent a couple of time at the national park Bam Boo Island, where we have also received our delicious rice and chicken for lunch. At this time of the trip, we thought that this trip really could not get any better. But what followed at Phi Phi Leh, the little sister island of Ko Phi Phi Don, was just breathtaking. We drove to Pileh Bay & Lagoon, the Loh Sa Mah Bay and to the world-wide famous Maya Beach, where Leonardo di Caprio´s “The Beach” was filmed. Words cannot describe how stunning this little island looks like. We could not stop filming and taking pictures, because we really wanted to share this experience with you.
Hidden between two rocks, “The Beach” convinces with its ultra-thin white sand which felt so soft under my feet, and its stunning natural look. All you can see in the background are unreal looking rocks and the deep green of the jungle. And like at almost all beaches of the Phi Phi Islands, we do not have to talk about the water conditions: Just insane! This is really the-place-to-be for the perfect holiday snapshot! Unfortunately, it was a bit busy there that afternoon. Maybe it´s more clever to go in the morning, when the loads of backpackers are still too wasted from their previous party night.
This tour can also be booked just for half a day, but I highly recommend you to do the full trip to see the most of beautiful PP. Its nature is just stunning and the little bars and restaurants remind me of Ibiza with their hippie flair and a cozy, laid back atmosphere. Coming to the end i have to say, that leaving Koh Phi Phi felt a bit strange, because actually I really could have spent more time on this crazy little island. But I am sure, that we have not seen us for the last time, because I will definitely come back soon.
Luckily, I had so many weeks left to explore Thailand to the fullest. This adventure showed me, that I was totally right in Thailand and I was looking forward to the many future experiences that followed. Like for example the wonderful Hong Island Tour and the chilled Klong Muang Beach of Krabi.