Date of stay: 3 nights, November 2010
Where you stayed: Ao Tao Koh Beach Resort
Travelled with: As a couple
Tour or pre planned: Pre-planned
Phi Phi is a fantastic little island off the coast of Phuket in southern Thailand. It can be reached by a 2 hour ferry ride from Phuket. Phi Phi is known for its party vibe and laid back feel. If you are not in for a party stint and really just want to take in the beauty of this beautiful island then one of the many beach resorts around the coast of the island is the place to stay. These are between 10 – 20 minutes by long-tail boat away from Phi Phi centre. The centre itself is a hub of activity, people, bars, restaurants and for some reason, lots of tattoo shops! If you choose to stay at one of the beach resorts along the coast, you’ll really feel like you’re on a deserted island - it’s beautiful and peaceful. These resorts have the ocean at their front door and the mountain and forest at their back door. A trek through the forest could take you anything between 2 and 5 hours...and can be quite treacherous at times. There are quite a few good view points so climbing the mountain is definitely worth it.
The food in Thailand is delicious to say the least and eating at the same place everyday won’t mean the same boring food. We ate at our resort’s restaurant 3 times a day and enjoyed every meal. Local Thai dishes cooked by a family run restaurant – not much more we could have asked for.
We did a half day snorkelling trip to Phi Phi Leh, which is the little island just off Phi Phi, where the movie The Beach was filmed. Phi Phi Leh is still pretty untouched and the blue water, white sand and high cliffs make it breathtaking! The snorkelling around this little island was superb. I would definitely recommend a trip to Phi Phi Leh.
I would recommend booking accommodation in advance as if you stay on the other side of the island your accommodation will arrange a long-tail boat to pick you up when the ferry arrives. We booked ferry tickets through a travel. The boat only runs twice a day so it’s worth checking up on this before travelling.
Points to highlight: If you want a huge party go to Phi Phi centre. If you want to chill and enjoy the beauty of the island, book a resort on the coast. We spoke to a few people that didn’t know Phi Phi was such a party island and couldn’t sleep at night in the centre as it was too noisy. Just depends on what you’re after - but it is worth reading up about Phi Phi before going.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your accomodation: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
By: Dave and Kelly