Paradise beaches between cliffs and tourists
After two days underwater in Phuket, we took a boat to Koh Phi Phi. A destination we were looking forward to seeing since we arrived in Thailand.
Actually, the whole area is a set of islands. There are two main ones. One is the Koh Phi Phi Don, which is larger and is where you can stay. The other is Koh Phi Phi Lee, where it is forbidden to build and you must go on tour or private boat. It is best known for being where part of Leonardo di Caprio’s film “The Beach” was shot.
Koh Phi Phi Don
The arrival on the island is a film. You are surrounded by cliffs, you can see fish swimming in the crystal clear water and typical Thai boats huddle on the beach. The center of the island, full of guest houses, bars and tattoo places, is like a small Salou in the middle of the strait between the two main beaches.
At night, the beaches are filled with tourists wanting to party and fireworks shows. Also, if you’re not too drunk, you can see that the tide has gone down about 15 meters. Many people entertain themselves looking for shells to take home as a souvenir, although you shouldn’t if you care about preserving the environment.
One morning I went to Kho Phi Phi Don’s viewpoint and sat there appreciating the scenery so I would never forget it. I will remember this island as one of the greatest paradises I have ever seen, but unfortunately invaded by tourists…
Koh Phi Phi Lee
The next day we bought a one-day tour to visit the famous beach of Koh Phi Phi Lee and its surroundings. Surrounded by cliffs and crystal clear waters, the place did not disappoint anyone.
We enter from behind, climbing stairs hanging from a cliff and crossing a small forest until we reach the beach. It was exciting to see the beach for the first time.
Although we were disappointed not to be alone like in the movie. On the sand there were about 10 stranded boats and about 200 tourists taking pictures and bathing. Still, it’s worth seeing.
On our route, for 12 euros, we were also taken to a few surrounding islands. We were snorkeling and saw beautiful beaches. Bambo Island and Monkey Beach are two names to aim for.
From Koh Phi Phi to Koh Samui
After 3 days enjoying Koh Phi Phi and its surroundings we said goodbye to cross to the other side, to the Gulf of Thailand, where we would visit the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao.
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