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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

After a few days of hustle and bustle in Phuket (is this place really an island?) every traveler needs to get away and what better place than the beautiful Koh Phi Phi island. Located just south of Phuket a ferry ride could be anywhere from 1.45 minutes to just over 2.5 hours (once we had to wait while the ferry passengers stopped for a snorkel). Local booking agents will charge about 1000 baht ($50NZD) for a return trip, and you can leave them open dated for the return section. The trip is really easy, included in the price is a taxi pick up from your hotel, and a crusty croissant and coffee. A word to the wise, take a jacket because they like to pump the air conditioning on those boats. I spoke to somebody who had taken a speed boat direct from Phuket to Phi Phi which took an exhilarating hour, and was about 2000 baht per person.

 

High season can see the island packed out (not this year due to the Bangkok protests) so best to book some accommodation before you go. When your ferry docks you'll be at Ton Sai bay, the hub of Phi Phi and a cute little village. Sandy paths, giant fig trees and numerous seafood BBQ joints decorate the beachside. The tourist accommodation offices are right at the end of the pier and have all the available rooms listed or you can break off and try and find your own thing. If you are after something not so built up head to the left and follow the path (past all the Korean hotels and resorts)to the end. Beneath the towering limestone cliffs you'll find old style bungalows and cafes that have somehow with stood the test of time. There is also a designated swimming patch amongst the boats. PP Nice Beach Guesthouse has bungalows in high season for 800 baht ($40NZD) per night. To the right of the pier is a bunch of more expensive resorts, but for those with money, they'll need to take a longtail to the more remote locations. Where ever you decide to stay on this beautiful island you'll find it hard to believe that it was devastated by the 2004 tsunami.

Photo Credit:

Kho Pippi Maya Beach: Chmouel Boudjnah

Phi Phi Bungalows : http://ginasmithphotography.com/

 

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