Our final full day in Thailand was spent on the eagerly awaited Phi Phi Island!
All of the travel organizers only sold either days out at sea (similar to what we’d done already ie. snorkelling, visiting beaches and caves) or a short day trip with the last ferry back to Phuket leaving at 2.30pm. As we wanted to do our own thing on the island, we opted for the short day trip. We really wanted to spend longer on the island, but we’d already booked our room in Patong as were leaving for Phuket airport in the early afternoon the next day, so didn’t want to risk staying over on Phi Phi.
Anyway, a minibus picked us up from our hotel at 8am and drove us down to the pier. We got our photo taken by a random woman and hopped on the ferry. The journey was surprisingly comfortable and they were playing Kung Fu Panda on the way there and the Dark Knight Rises on the way back!
2 hours later, our destination was in sight! 😀
Ko Phi Phi is made up of six islands in the Krabi Province of Southern Thailand, considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the world. Ko Phi Phi is one of Thailand’s most famous destinations for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other marine recreational activities. Unfortunately the number of tourists visiting the island every year is so high that Koh Phi Phi’s coral reefs and marine fauna have suffered major damages. We only managed to visit Ko Phi Phi Don (‘ko’ meaning island), which is the largest, most well-known and only populated island. Despite the number of shops, restaurants and hostels, there is still a lot of natural beauty to be found. The area is very laid back and has no roads, similar to islands in Hong Kong.
When we arrived, we were greeted by rows of people recommending their accommodation or waiting to collect guests. Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of this, so I hope this photo of Ry will make up for it 😉
If that doesn’t float your boat, how about some giant pizza?!
The laid-back vibe was also accentuated through funny signs, hippy shops and sleepy cats.
We made our way over to the beach as we wanted to visit Monkey Beach, but the longtail boats were too expensive and we didn’t have enough time to kayak over. It was a shame, but at least we got to see a giant penis on the beach…
We passed some stunning views on our way to the Viewpoint.
I’d already seen quite a few of my friends’ photos from the top and it looked amazing, so we couldn’t wait to get up there!
The climb in 36 °C was not fun though.
Luckily the views made up for it, even the first stop was beautiful!
Slogging on through the heat…
WE MADE IT! 😀
The Viewpoint is 186m above sea level and provides a breathtaking view of the entire island!
Ry also loved the beautiful garden up there.
After taking in all of Phi Phi’s natural beauty, we popped into the restaurant half way down to the bottom. Oh sweet air con! Check out that view too! (Sorry the photo’s so dark)
The food was divine! Ry had a beef pad-thai,
and I went for a Thai-style squid salad.
With just under an hour before we had to return to the ferry, we took another walk around the island…
…ending on the beach for a much needed paddle in the sea!
Goodbye Ko Phi Phi, we’ll be back again!
The Captain also informed us on the speakers when we were passing the other islands. This is Ko Phi Phi Leh, the smaller island to the south, made extremely popular when parts of “The Beach” were filmed there in 1998. It is now a national park that is uninhabited apart from birds nest harvesters and a few Maya Bay wardens, as it’s filled with tourists during the day.
Oh, and do you remember I mentioned a random woman taking photos of us before we boarded the ferry. Well these bad boys should explain it..
£2 well spent 😉 I gave mine to my nan and it takes pride of place on her photo shelf and I’m sure Ry’s parents will make sure his face-plate will get the best spot on the mantelpiece when it eventually arrives too!
Our final morning in Thailand was spent making the most of our hotel’s breakfast buffet…
… before getting taxied over to the airport to await our 4pm flight back to Hong Kong.
Thanks for having us Thailand! We’ll be back 😉