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Phi Phi: Take Me To The Beach

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A June 2002 trip to Ko Phi Phi by kiwilee

Sightseeing Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand More Photos
Quote: The two islands, Phi Phi Lay and Phi Phi Don, where 'The Beach' was filmed managed to captivate my attention for so long that I had to cancel my trip to the north of Thailand.

Phi Phi: Take Me To The Beach

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Overview

Parking Lot Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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The boat headed towards the pier and I was blown away. Phi Phi was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Out of the crystal clear seas, huge cliffs tower, offering fantastic rock climbing or just brilliant views. After arriving onshore the selection of food, bars and people made Phi Phi my most memorable experience in Thailand.Quick Tips: The best time to visit is May/June after peak tourist season. You get all the facilities, enough people to make amazing friends, and still have plenty of space on the beaches. Oh, and the accomodation is a lot cheaper too.Best Way To Get Around: There are no cars on the island (what a fantastic idea!), so you either walk or take a longtail boat to y...Read More

P.P. Charlie Bungalows

Hotel | "PP Charlie Bungalows"

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Nice, simple, fan cooled rooms with porch. Clean bathrooms, towels included. Unfortunately I was woken up each morning by construction going on right outside...

500 baht/night, although we were a distance from the beach (increase the closer you get). Discount for stays of three nights or longer. Air-conditioned internet access and three restaurants.

The Beach Bar has good, if not pricey for food and drinks, and a shade cloth outside to take away some of the heat.

Very friendly, semi-professional place. Very good for meeting peole, or just as a gathering point.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

P.P. Charlie Bungalows

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
075 620615

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A five minute walk from the pier, Chong Khao are your typical Thai bungalows.

Almost haphazardly arranged on the very western end, bordering the cliffs and jungle, we had visiting monkeys every morning and learned not to leave clothes to dry overnight outside.

They had a very standard rate of about 350 baht for two people and 480 baht for three (low season). This would depend on style and size of room, with some newer rooms. One of my rooms even had a flushing toilet to go with the bathtub (no hot water though).

Very nicely run place - try and take half a day spearfishing trip offered at reception. Dinner tastes so much better if you (or your guide) catches it yourself.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2002

Chong Khao Bungalows

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
(01)8948786

Viking Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Viking Restaurant"

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This is called the 'Viking Restaurant' simply because of a man spit-roasting chicken in a Viking hat every evening. They serve all the local staples, but what I loved was that for 90 baht you could have half a chicken, served with garlic bread, salad, corn cobs, and more.

After a hard days snorkeling, seeing people attack half a chicken with gusto is a sight to behold.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2002

Viking Restaurant
Main Street, two doors down from Amsterdam Bar
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Karma Bar

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Attraction

Karma Bar Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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THE most chilled bar in the world.

Lie on the mats on the beach, sit on the huge chairs at the bar, or swing on the giant swing. Listen to the likes of Moby and marvel at the stars, and just think how good life is.

And it gets better. The friendly barstaff come out at about 11pm and put on an amazing fire show on the beach, at no cost. The guy in the cowboy hat is the best fire dancer I've ever seen. The girls said he had a great body too.

Truly the best way to enjoy the reason most people come to Thailand - for the beaches and to get away from it all.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Karma Bar
Follow road off Ton Sai for 10 mins. On the beach
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Jordan's/Tiger Bar/ Reggae Bar

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Story/Tip

Jordan's Irish Pub Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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Apart from Apache Bar, these three are where all the action is. You can hear them from miles away, so just follow your ears.They seem content to ply you with free drinks, so take advantage of this offer. Have an hour off between 11 and 12, then you should be set for the rest of your night with your midnight bucket.Jordan's is a faux Irish bar, with a live band every night and some sort of Guiness, they could almost be authentic.Right next door is Tiger Bar, which powers out hip-hop and R & B mainly. The very friendly staff here ask you how much alcohol you'd like in your drink, or just let you pour it yourself. Check out ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Phi Phi Lay Snorkeling

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Attraction | "Phi Phi Lay"

Phi Phi Lay Snorkeling Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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I set off along with another boat for the short journey (about 20 minutes) to the smaller, uninhabited island of the twins Phi Phi Lay. As we left the seclusion of the bay the sea got decidedly choppy. Those that didn't fancy getting wet (surely the idea of a snorkeling trip!) sat under the cover further back in the boat. As we pulled up along side the 'promised isle', our driver/guide told us that the scaffolding we could see was from the movie The Beach. I'm not sure if this was true though. We pulled into a bay surrounded by towering cliffs and tiny beaches. The snorkeling was fantastic - lots of fish and coral of all colors (though not the best I'd seen). Plenty of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2002

Phi Phi Lay Snorkeling
Phi Phi Lay
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Sightseeing

Attraction | "Viewpoint"

Sightseeing Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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"Make sure you get up to the viewpoint, it's amazing!" I walked along the path and saw the barely visible sign that pointed the way up the steps. So I started climbing. What my friend neglected to tell me is that there are about 500 steps, then a hike up the path before you get to the top. Every sweaty step of the 20 minutes was worth it though. You can see all of the west part of the island, across to Phi Phi Don. I thought I could even pick out my bungalow, a tiny speck in the distance. The best time to go is sunrise/sunset to add spectacular colors to the awe inspiring views. There is a small shop just behind the rocks, so grab a drink after exerting yourself and settle in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2002

Sightseeing
Overlooking Ao Ton Sai and Ao Loh Dalum
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

DIY Thai Boxing

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For those that have seen the sport of Thai boxing, you'll know how violent it can get. Yet tucked away in the Reggae Bar there is a Thai Boxing ring and punters are encouraged to make full use of it.

Any other country in the world would surely ban the mixture of alcohol and then trying to punch/kick your mate. Appropriately(?), though, they even supply gloves for you to mess around with.

A couple people seemed to get very serious while in the ring, but the majority of people seemed to use it as an excuse to play wrestling, throw strangers to the canvas, or just jump on the bouncy floor.

Another little quirk that added to the Phi Phi experience

Hole In A Cliff Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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There were a few things that struck me about seeing this bay. One: Unlike in the movie, it isn't totally enclosed - sorry to spoil the illusion. Two: how it's beautiful beyond words. The swim to the shore, the scramble through a sea tunnel in the rocks. Then the doorway, a rocky arch (pictured), before a short walk up the track to the beach. It seemed like such a romantic way to come across such beauty. It certainly lived up to its expectations as paradise. I'd never seen anything quite like it (except perhaps on the other side of the island). A special moment was when our party of 12 was alone in the bay to savour the sights. Alone and reflective... Three: how the tourists her...Read More