Koh Phi Phi, Krabi

From what I had read about Koh Phi Phi it was named one of the best islands for partying.

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  • I bought a ferry ticket from Hi-ED Travel in Koh Lanta for only 300THB per person to Phi Phi Island.
  • Picked up from our hotel at 12pm and took the ferry at 1pm. Estimated to arrive at Phi Phi Don at around 2.30pm.
  • At the jetty, you’re given a sticker to wear on your clothes to determine where you are going to because the ferry makes transfers to both Phi Phi Island and Phuket/Krabi.

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On arrival, you’ll be ousted by 20 baht for a environmental fee to keep the place clean. Now this is grand and I’d be all for it, but the place isn’t that clean when compared to some of the other islands in Thailand.

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Phi Phi Don is the main island. The geography of this island is unique. It is made of two bays that sit back to back, with a narrow strip of land between them.

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This narrow strip of land makes up the village of Phi Phi Don and is where most of the island’s accommodation, restaurants and bars can be found. Marketed as a tropical island, the flurry of activity around the numerous supermarkets, restaurants, tattoo parlors and ATMs may just surprise you.

Fruit Juice

Grab yourself a local fruit juice, mixed and shaken with ice. I had a weakness for delicate and refreshing pineapple and mango shake. Usually, fruit shakes cost between 40 – 70 Baht.

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Buckets

As soon as the last rays of the sun had vanished, buckets stalls appear in the busy streets of Tonsai village. These colorful buckets are very popular with travelers who can make their own cocktails at reasonable prices. Each bucket contains soft drinks and a bottle of liquor.

You simple just mix everything directly into the bucket. Everyone can drink through a straw and sip cocktails.

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The price of a bucket depends on the alcohol sold with it. Thai whiskey (“Mekong”, or “Mekhong”) is cheaper than Scotch or vodka. Be careful, there are recent reports of drink spiking happening in Thailand so watch your drink (bucket).

The town unfortunately is very touristy indeed. As long as you’re happy to drink, party (like we are) and spend the day wandering around in a haze of hangover, then you’ll have no problem!

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Koh Phi Phi was among the most devastated areas after the tsunami hit, but four years later you wouldn’t know it. The place is well developed with hotels and resorts and crawling with travelers.

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I stayed at PP October Guesthouse. (54/2 Moo 7 Aonang Muang Krabi, Ton Sai Bay, Koh Phi Phi, 81000 Phi Phi Don.)

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 £5 a night accomodation

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Positives:

  • Close to everything on Phi Phi Don
  • Cheap
  • Balcony
  • Toilet roll included
  • Fan
  • Aircon

Negatives:

  • There isn’t any room service offered (as you can imagine from looking at the price)
  • The room didn’t come with a wardrobe or refrigerator but we did have a balcony which we rarely used
  • Shower facilities are included in an ‘en suite’ bathroom but there is no hot water as it is broken and not connected.
  • Whenever you need to use the toilet it is so hot you need to have a shower immediately afterwards.
  • Mosquito nests were broken

PP October House

PP October House

Source: Hotel Bookings

Woke up at 7.30am to a humid room and a few mosquito bites. Before going to sleep last night I discovered that the netting in my room to keep pests away was broken which allows easy access for insects.

I got ready to head towards the viewing point. We didnt get there till 8.45 as I was really hungry. One of my favourite spots on Koh Phi Phi Don is the Viewpoint. It took me 20 minutes to struggle up the 300 metre climb to the top but it was SO worth it when I was rewarded with views like these. Just make sure you bring plenty of water with you!

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Ko Phi Phi comprises 6 islands, 2 of them are the main island – Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. On Ko Phi Phi there are 2 villages and under administration of Ao Nang sub-district, Muang district, Krabi Province. The islands are surrounded by the Andaman Sea.

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Our PP October House is a 3-minute walk from Tonsai Bay and Tonsai Pier. It offers fan and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi but we decided to be cheapskates and only have the fan. Big mistake!

The guesthouse is a 5-minute walk to Loh Dalam Beach and a 15-minute walk to the view point. Long Beach is 10 minutes away by a longtail boat. Ratsada Pier is 2 hours away by ferry.

Nestled in a cove, north-west of Loh Dalam Bay, Monkey Beach is accessible on foot or by renting a canoe, or be lazy and charter a longtail boat. It is possible to snorkel around Monkey Beach by renting the equipment from the same agent you rent the canoe from. I made the mistake of buying my own goggles and snorkel and the goggles constantly leaked water into them so it was difficult to see.

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There are apparently hundreds of monkeys living on this island. They don’t hesitate to come out of their natural habitat to greet tourists that drop by nonstop.

We canoed to Monkey Beach and upon arrival witnessed a monkey stranded on a rock in the open water. At first I thought it was just a buoy floating in the weather. Another canoyer attempted to ‘save’ it and a stampede of monkeys on monkey island came out of no where scretching and hissing at them. Was the craziest thing I have ever seen. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch it on camera but it will remain a memorable memory.

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As cute, funny and amazing as they are, it’s important to remember that they are wild animals. Be warned – they can become quite aggressive at times by hissing at you or even worse biting people. A monkey bite, no matter how trivial, can quickly turn dangerous. Monkeys are regular carriers of rabies; even the ones not rabid can create dangerous infections and fevers thanks to the high level of bacteria in their mouths.

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Macaque monkey bites have been known to cause infections such as Bacteroides, Fusobacterium, Streptococci, Enterococci and Eikenella Corrodens – all are as unpleasant as they sound. (Every bite must be checked by a local doctor who will probably recommend getting a tract of painful and expensive rabies vaccinations.

Rabies has no early symptoms and is fatal if not treated immediately. Monkey bites can be vicious and many other infections, besides rabies, are likely as their teeth are coated with bacteria. Many diseases/infections can be passed through the saliva or through contact including Herpes B Virus, which in 70% of human cases can also be fatal.

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Since it was going to be my last night on Koh Phi Phi, I made my way from town to the beach to catch a fire show at Slinky bar.I had gotten there a little early so I ordered a drink and grabbed a great seat for the show. It was amazing to watch, and as it seemed like it would go on all night, I removed myself from my seat, got another drink, and walked on down the rest of the beach. Apparently most of the other bars on the beachfront have fire shows too, but none were nearly as impressive as the one at Slinky Bar. So after the fire shows became less impressive, and my drink had run out I headed back to my bungalow to prepare for my early morning departure.

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