A rustic long tail boat moored on the white sandy beaches against dramatic limestone cliffs rising from the shimmering turquoise blue lagoon adorns the travel vouchers and shops of every lanes of Ao nang town offering day trips packages to nearby glistening beaches which are paradise for beach bummer and offering stunning corals reefs that are heaven for adventure junkies. Yes, we are talking about the famous Phi Phi Islands, which is one of the most sought after destination of Thailand and easily accessible from both Phuket and Krabi.
An island which hails to be a picture postcard destination. A place you would just wish to stay forever and forever.
As, we both love beaches and water, so we wanted to take the touristy road, island hopping to the famous islands of Phi Phi which are known for stunning beaches and breathtaking views. Phi Phi island was on the top in our “places-to see” list. Located 46 km from Krabi and only an hour speed boat ride will take you to some of the stunning islands of Thailand, as they say the journey is more beautiful than the destination. True to that, this trip is one of our most memorable trips where journey was the highlight of the trip.
We booked our tour package after talking to a couple of travel agents until we hit the best price. The agents have the tour prices a little inflated and it’s always a good idea to bargain with them.We got a good bargain at a price of 1500 THB per person in total which included both Phi Phi Island and 4 Island Tour from Krabi.May be you can get a better deal than this, do not forget to use your bargaining skills.
We were picked up from our hotel lobby sharp at 9:00 am and joined the others as we were driven to the jetty where the speedboat was anchored. We were given a sticker with the travel company’s name on it and were pointed in the direction of the anchored speed boat. We were introduced to our guide on the boat who spoke English, Thai and Chinese.
As we embarked on our journey on a boat cruise that winds its way into the vast blue horizon we felt the sea breeze on our faces and sound of waves in our ears, as we escaped to some of the exquisite paradise islands. Here is the list of some of the amazing islands of our trip.
Our first stop was the Bamboo Island which is part of one of the most beautiful National Park. We enjoyed swimming in the warm, crystal clear waters and exploring the island, we had one hour to bask in the glorious sun and lolled on the beach in joy. The tour operators were very strict about timings and it’s always a good idea to carry a water proof watch with you so that you can keep track of time. A couple was left behind on this island as they could not make it back to the boat on time.
From Bamboo Island, we headed towards Hin Pae for some more snorkelling in the crystal clear water and to feed the numerous fish. Oh yes, fishes love bread. See how they attack on the slightest piece of bread. Spending 30 minutes floating on the surface of water chasing little Nemo’s, we were back to the boat. We were served with fresh fruits and drinking water.
Then we headed towards the Monkey Bay to see the wild monkeys. But to our dismay there were none and we were not allowed to go near the beach too.But our guide was generous enough to allow us to snorkel. Sam popped into the water to explore life under the sea while I was busy feeding fishes and taking photos.
We passed through the famous Viking Cave where the local people collect the swift nests which is exported to China to make world-famous bird’s nest soup. Initially I thought that there is some construction work going around but later our guide informed that this is the way you can see in the below pictures, it might not seem that impressive though.
Next stop was Maya Bay where the famous movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo Caprio was shot. Due to the popularity and hype , it was over crowded with hordes of tourists and boats struggling to park.The best time to visit this island is early morning when the crowd is less. Maya bay is surrounded by vertical cliffs on three side with a single entry which is accessible. It is hopelessly stunning but not secluded.
Phi Phi Don
A delicious special buffet Thai lunch awaited as we reached Phi Phi Don.We happily ate our heart out as we were quite exhausted snorkelling. Phi Phi Don is one of the largest of all the islands and inhabited, dotted with resorts, shops and restaurants. So, if you are planning to stay in Phi Phi and head to Phuket or Koh Lanta, this is a ideal place. Originally it was a small fishing village which was made more popular in 80’s as backpackers paradise.There are few shops near the beaches selling beach dresses, hats and trinkets but it is way too expensive.After having sumptuous lunch we spent most of our time lazing on the beach, soaking up the sun.
After lunch, it was time to move on to next destination, emerald sea water surrounded by impressive cliffs capped with green foliage formed a spectacular view as we reached the snorkelling point.The boat stopped in the middle of the sea and every one on the boat jumped into the water for snorkelling before heading to the main island.Isn’t the below picture inviting ??
Palm fringed bay to wide sandy beaches, it’s a perfect tropical destination. As far as eye could reach it was beauty all around, with every corner oozing spectacular views.We were in love with the islands <3 <3 <3
Trip Included :
- Mask and Snorkel Kit
- Life Jacket
- Lunch, fruits, Coke and water
- National Park Entrance Fee
- Hotel Transfers
- Experienced guide
- Its better to find a perfect deal wandering through shops of travel agents than booking online.
- As it has tropical weather all around the year, a water-proof sunscreen lotion, cool shades and hat is a must to protect yourself from the scorching sun.
- Carry an underwater camera to capture your snorkeling moments while you experience the amazing under water world.
- Carry towels with you, as you have to pop in and out of water often.
- Swimming Suit and Beach cover up is a must.
- Wear comfortable funky flip-flops.
- A good book to spend your time lazing around beaches.
- And last but the most important, stay hydrated !!!!!
Have you been to Phi Phi Islands, which one is your favourite ??
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