Date of stay: January 2015
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Koh Phi Phi is to my knowledge the most popular islands in Thailand. The famous Maya Beach (made famous in The Beach starring Leonardo Di Caprio). Destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, the island has been rebuilt and developed to an even greater extent than before. Though I’ve had a lot fun here, I personally don’t like Ko Phi Phi. I find it too built up and touristy. It’s very overdeveloped and ruined, but thousands of people visit each year and love it. Visit for yourself and decide.
Nightlife– It is crazy. Fireshows and Thai boxing matches are regular at the beach bars. Massive beach parties. Partying is not cheap here and is one of the reasons people spend too much money here!
Shark Feeding – One of the most popular trips out of Koh Phi Phi is an early morning excursion to feed sharks. A six-hour trip will start at about $15 USD and will have you feeding black tip and leopard sharks. Most tours also include visits to coral gardens for snorkeling.
Snorkel in Maya Bay – Made famous for its starring role in the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach, Maya Bay is on Koh Phi Leh and is usually included with all the island/snorkeling trips you see advertised. For those who want to see the place without lots of boats and people, you can spend a night on the island. It’s a far better way to experience the seclusion of this place.
Hike to Phi Phi Viewpoint – The twenty minute walk up to the Viewpoint will be rewarded by an amazing panoramic view of Phi Phi Le and Phi Phi Don. The Viewpoint is over 600 feet high, so you’ll need to be reasonably fit to get here, but your camera will thank you! The best time to go is at sunset or sunrise.
Useful information in Thailand:
Be aware of the drugs in your alcoholic drinks, some local bartenders might put methanol in your drinks. As there are heaps of beach parties, you might be able to get in with alcohol bought at 7 eleven.
Try to keep emotional intelligence when dealing with street vendors. In Thailand, they can be rude if they think that you are trying to cheat when bargaining.
If you arrived at the Surat Thani Airport, bring some Bahts (Thai Currency) with you. I couldn’t find an exchange office in the airport so I had to withdraw money and therefore some fees were applied.
You can usually find expats working there so they can give you useful information about where to buy stuff or hire tours.