The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand, between Phuket and Krabi. Koh Phi Phi Don is a slice of paradise with beautiful mangroves and limestone cliffs. Famous from the movie, "The Beach," starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Phi Phi offers a great mix of mellow resort vibes with a fun party atmosphere.
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The only way to get to Phi Phi is by ferry, which is easy to book from Krabi or Phuket. There are booths everywhere and the prices are generally the same. I paid 700 baht ($20) for round trip ferry tickets. This site is really helpful for getting ferry times and prices. There are no cars or motorbikes on the island, so put on your Fitbit and pack comfortable shoes.
As you get off the ferry, be prepared to pay a 20 baht (sixty cent) “clean up” fee. I looked at it as a small price to pay to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the country and most resilient places in the world. I can’t forget how the 2004 tsunami devastated the island. Being there, surrounded by both the mountains and the sea was surreal.
1. Go Snorkeling
Walking through Phi Phi you’ll see information for Speed Boat and Long Tail Boat Tours. The price is the same at every place, 1500 baht ($35) for 4 hours of beach and island hopping. However, different tours go to different beaches. Make sure your tour includes snorkeling gear. Shark Point in Long Beach was an extraordinary place for a novice snorkeler. Although I didn’t see any sharks, I did get to swim with the fish.
2. Visit Monkey Beach
The monkeys are ADORABLE and quite tame. If boatloads of people came to feed me daily, I’d be pretty friendly too! Although people are told not to feed the monkeys, they do. Because of this the monkeys are comfortable jumping on people and even boats in search for a snack. I however, decided to observe the rules and hang back a bit. I was brought here on a Speed Boat Tour but it is accessible by kayak from Phi Phi.
3. Take a Dip in Pileh Bay
Home to the clearest, bluest waters I’ve ever seen. The first thing I did was jump feet first into the hidden gem that is Pileh Lagoon. The warm salt water bay is completely closed off to the rest of the island and enclosed by limestone mountains. Swimming in this spectacular sea of turquoise was my "pinch me" moment. I was brought here on a Speed Boat Tour but it is accessible by kayak from Phi Phi.
4. Watch a Muay Thai Fight
The infamous Reggae Bar is a Muay Thai hotspot where the audience gets as much ring time as the professionals. Anyone who wants a free bucket can volunteer to fight. I was impressed by the skill of some fighters, while others simply gave up. The noticeable difference between the pros and the joes was that the professional fighters did a ritual known as Wai Khru Ram before each bout. It was an obvious sign of respect for the art, their coaches and their opponents.
5. Get a Beachside Massage
After walking around the island for two days I decided to treat myself to a Thai Massage. The mixture of pleasure and pain was unfamiliar but the calming sound of the waves and the ocean breeze made relaxing effortless.
This post was shortened from the original article 48 Hours in Koh Phi Phi .
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