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Phi Phi - Paradise Fading Fast

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An April 2001 trip to Ko Phi Phi by Ben the Grate

Phi Phi Don Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Recently made world famous from the film The Beach, Phi Phi Island's remote charms are being upgraded to glitzy Vegas. Go now, while you still have the chance.

Phi Phi - Paradise Fading Fast

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Overview

Phi Phi Don Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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Kick it on a beach with whiter sand, warmer and bluer water, and more perfect coconut trees than you've ever experienced. Rent a kayak and paddle to uninhabited islands. Stay in a treehouse. Explore a cave. Snorkle amongst coral and fish that are unmatched save on the Great Barrier Reef...but better! No sharks!Quick Tips: DON'T DRINK THE WATER! Bottled water is available everywhere for pennies. To get to Phi Phi (pronounced Pee Pee) you simply must endure a transit of Phuket (Poo-ket). Don't be sucked into the rumored glamour of Conde Nast's "World's Best Tropical Island." Get out of there as fast as you can. Don't buy your ticket from the ferry desk at the airport, wait until you g...Read More
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These are perhaps the nicest rustic and typical Thai beach cabins on the island. In high season cabins range from $8 to $30 per night, depending on size and location, and they have some REALLY nice cabins. The cheapest ones are the first to go, and this place is often booked solid in the high season. The old British gentleman that runs the place will tell you when a cabin will become available and reserve it for you with a small deposit. Or, if you're staying on down the beach, you can stop in here each morning around 9 and see if anyone left early (it happens all the time).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Phi Phi Paradise Pearl Resort
Long Beach
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
(01) 229-0484

Phi Phi Long Beach

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Hotel

Phi Phi Long Beach Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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Not the cheapest cabins on the beach, but certainly affordable, these ramshackle huts have simple beds with mosquito nets. Some have private bathrooms (a major plus since the community ones are a bit grotty) that even have western toilets! But you have to pour water into the bowl to flush them. Such a hut will run you about $3.50 per night. To get closer to the beach in a nicer cabin you'll pay around $8.

To have even cheaper accomodations, just keep walking down the beach away from the village and the huts get smaller, cheaper, and more rickety.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Phi Phi Long Beach
Long Beach (Hat Yao)
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
075-612410

Velas Vallarta Suite All Inclusive Resort

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Hotel | "GENERAL INFO on accomodations"

Velas Vallarta Suite All Inclusive Resort Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Accomodations on Phi Phi are spartan, which is a major part of its charm. Expect a rickety wicker cabin on the beach, a mattress on a flimsy set of springs with a mosquito net hung over it. Also expect to pay less than $10 a night for such charm. But also expect substandard toilet experiences, ranging from nice western toilets that have no flusher (instead you scoop water out of a basin and pour it into the bowl) to a hole cut in the floor and you squat over it. TAKE TOILET PAPER! There won't be any provided for you. The best thing to do once you arrive in Ton Sai on the ferry is to GET THE HELL OUTTA THERE! There are cabins in Ton Sai, even a hotel or two, as well as abou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Velas Vallarta Suite All Inclusive Resort
Av. Costera S/N, LH2 Fracc. Marina Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48354
+52 (322) 226 9500

Ko Phi Phi Dining

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Restaurant | "GENERAL DINING info"

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Dining on Phi Phi is easy. Food is usually traditional Thai, but "westernized" meaning "not as hot." Be thankful. There are tons of places to eat in Phi Phi, most of which are in Ton Sai, the village. However, if you're staying on Long Beach, each resort has its own restaurant, and there is also a little restaurant situated between Phi Phi Paradise and Phi Phi Long Beach resorts that became my favorite, especially for breakfast (their tomato and onion pancakes were TO DIE FOR!) You shouldn't pay more than about 40B for a meal on Long Beach (less than $1) unless you're drinking sodas or beer. Grab a boat and head to town for a more "upscale" dining experience, though stil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Ko Phi Phi Dining
Throughout Ko Phi Phi
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Hiking from Long Beach

Attraction | "Short beach hikes from Long Beach"

Hiking from Long Beach Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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From Long Beach, stroll down the beach away from the village and the rows of cabins will thin out. You'll eventually see an obvious trail branching left into the jungle.

Take this trail for about 5 minutes and it will lead you over to a beach that has no huts, and is consequently deserted most of the time. The few times I have seen other people there, they've been skinny dipping, so I infer that this otherwise taboo activity is tolerated at this beach ONLY.

The beach is sprinkled with lovely coconut palm trees and the water is shallow for what seems like miles. If you feel crowded on Long Beach, this is the place to head.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Hiking from Long Beach
Long Beach
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Kayaking Phi Phi Le

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Attraction

Kayaking Phi Phi Le Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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The best way to see Phi Phi Le is by sea kayak. The trip can range from Beginner to Intermediate, depending on how you do it. The only intermediate level kayaking is done when kayaking across the channel from Phi Phi Don to Phi Phi Le. For beginners, rent sea kayaks from Phi Phi Paradise resort (about $10 a day for a double) and then hire a longtail boatman to ferry you and your kayak to Maya Bay around 7am (another $10, though you can bargain him down to $5 if you're good). If you're a strong kayaker, you can kayak back. Otherwise, tell him to pick you up at Viking Cave around 4pm. Spend an hour or so enjoying Maya Bay, as you'll likely have it to yourself at this hour. If...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Kayaking Phi Phi Le
Long Beach
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Getting to Phi Phi

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Phi Phi Island is in extreme southern Thailand, and chances are you're in Bangkok. By far the most efficient way to get to Phi Phi island is to fly to Phuket on Thai Airways. You can buy a ticket for less than $100 round trip, sometimes much cheaper if you buy it from a travel agent in Bangkok. However, if you're in Thailand because it's one of the cheapest places on earth to visit, your primary budget option is the bus. There is one first class bus each day from the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok to Phuket and it costs about $10 each way. It leaves at 7pm (subject to change!) and the trip takes a grueling 14 hours. (Or you can fly it in 1 hour for $40 more each way!) There are ...Read More
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Ah! So it's time to leave and after a week of drinking yourself silly and baking in the sand, you've probably forgotten whether you purchased a one-way ferry ticket or a roundtrip. If you purchased roundtrip, you've probably lost the ticket anyways... If you still have your ticket, you're in luck. Ask at your hotel what time your ferry leaves (make sure to show the ticket, because each ferry leaves at a different time). Then ask any Thai person at the dock WHICH boat you get on with your ticket, as there may be up to 6 ferries in dock at any time. If you don't have a ticket, there is a travel agent at the opposite end of the dock from the boats on the right hand side who can sell y...Read More

The Magic of Phi Phi

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Leaf Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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The wonderful thing about Phi Phi island is its remote and rural character. The people here are different from most Thais, though still gracious and friendly. The beaches here are bleached-white and very fine sand, usually backed by steely gray cliffs draped with green jungle. The water here is warm, usually air-temperature (about 80 degrees) and a shocking blue. Snorkelling, especially around Phi Phi Le, reveals shocking reds, blues, yellows, and greens as the reefs here are prolific. Make sure you don't spend all your time smoking pot on Long Beach. Go into town and treat yourself to a Thai massage (cheapest you'll ever get at $5 per hour). Subject yourself to the steep...Read More

Phi Phi Le

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Phi Phi Le Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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Made famous by Leonardo diCaprio in "The Beach," Phi Phi Le is a lovely but crowded excursion from Phi Phi Don. Phi Phi Le is uninhabited and the only way to get there is to take a tour boat, longtail boat, kayak, or...swim (NOT recommended). It lies 1km off Long Beach on Phi Phi Don, and a boat takes a few minutes to get there. Kayaking will take you an hour. Swimming will likely take you the rest of your life. It may appear close, but the channel of water between the two islands hides deceptively strong currents, making this a kayaking trip for experienced sea kayakers only. The primary attraction on Phi Phi Le is now Maya Bay, that spectacular beach from the movie. The...Read More

Ko Lanta - Adventure Bound

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Ko Lanta Photo, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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Ko Lanta is a large island southeast of Phi Phi island. It is similar to the Phi Phi of 30 years ago...remote, ramshackle, makeshift, and perfect. Little electricity exists on the island, and accomodations are the epitome of spartan. But Ko Lanta is for the adventurous! You can sleep in a treehouse high above the ground. You can climb into labrynthine caves and have deserted beaches all to yourself. Or, kayak or longtail boat to a nearby deserted island and pretend you're Robinson Crusoe. You can reach Ko Lanta by ferry from Phi Phi Island or from Krabi. If you're in Phuket, your only option is to take the ferry to Phi Phi and then the ferry to Ko Lanta. From Phi P...Read More