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Over tourism has been on the rise all over the world as traveling is becoming more convenient and accessible. And the Phi Phi Islands is no exception. Just remember to leave the islands better than when you found it.
Joe and I traveled here during low season so we didn’t plan accommodations ahead of time. When we stepped off the ferry and instantly found a room reasonably priced with A/C directly on the beach. Little did we know that we were staying on the “rave beach” where parties happen every night till around 2AM. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and it was an amazing experience
Where to Stay
There are several guesthouses, hostels, and resorts to choose from. In Southeast Asia everything is cheaper than in the U.S., it’s worth the splurge because less money gets you more. If you’re looking for a beautiful stay, opt the Zeavola Resort. You’ll get luxury in paradise. Plus the breakfast is to die for. For a larger selection
We spent our days wondering the island, laying on the beach, and taking boat tours to explore the surrounding islands. Then we would spend our nights drinking buckets of gin and tonics and watching the talented fire knife dancers. And if you are brave like we were, sit in the front row and you can become part of the show. It was one of the coolest things we’ve ever gotten to be apart of.
We were having such a good time that we decided to stay 3 more days but get off of party beach to a quieter place. We found this adorable bungalow on the west side of the island. We felt like we were back home in Maui surrounded by lush, green vegetation.
What to do in the PHi Phi Islands
Phi Phi View Point
Climb the 300+ steps to ascend to the Phi Phi View Point, it only cost 30 Baht to enter. Once on top you get to see a panoramic view of the island! Going at sunrise or sunset will get you some pretty epic shots. There are a total of 4 different view points to check out and if you climbed all those stairs to get there, you might as well stop at all of them. A few beaches are only accessable hiking down to from the top of the mountain. Chances are you’ll have any of these beaches all to yourself.
Take a boat tour to see the surrounding sights. Some of the sights include Viking Cave, Maya Beach (where “The Beach” was filmed), and Monkey Island. You can take a private longtail boat tour if you want to be more low key or romantic, but if you are like minded like Joe and myself you can sign up for a party boat tour which includes unlimited free booze and a meal. We chose the Shipwrecked tour which you can book from the Gold Bar. We had a blast, met new friends, and the staff working were wonderful.
Catch a Sunset
Watching the sun set into the water can never be bad and never gets old!
Explore the island by foot and go shopping, I mean the entire island is one huge market! And yes Koh Phi Phi is a bit more expensive than the rest of Thailand but hey you only live once right?
Eat Your Heart Out
EAT, EAT, and EAT again. There are tons of cafes, bars, and street vendors that will satisfy anyones taste buds. The food on Koh Phi Phi was never a disappointment and we never ate at the same place twice. You know, gotta spread the wealth. You must try the pancakes and the simple grab and go street vendors by the beach, especially after a night of raging!
Kayak Around the Bay
Rent a kayak and paddle your way out to explore the limestone cliffs jutting out of the ocean. Since it is a bay, its easy to paddle (meaning no waves). This is a definite must do for the drop dead gorgeous pictures and everyone needs a little cardio in their lives especially if you ate as much as we did! We rented a two man kayak paddled out about 150 yards until we go a little tired, laid down in the kayak and took a nap. There are plenty of places to rent kayaks on the beach.
Take a Thai Cooking Class
Eat all your hard work after taking a Thai cooking class! Personally its not my thing, I’m more of ‘heat a can of soup up on the stovetop’ type of girl, but I’ve heard wonderful things from fellow travelers that have done this activity and enjoyed it very much.
Take Lots of Pictures
Party Like its 1999
Party the night away on the beach or at any of the bars or pubs in town. There are tons and each come with there own quirky swag.
Watch a Fire Knife Show