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My experience in Koh Phi Phi Islands (Beaches in Phuket)

Updated on August 16, 2014
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Have you read the popular travel guide “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”? Well, in July 2009 my boyfriend and I took the book to a whole new dimension. We decided to open it to a random page and to travel to that destination, no matter where it is - within the next two years. In suspense, we opened the book and landed at “Koh Phi Phi”. Then, we stared at the page and at each other, not knowing what or where Koh Phi Phi was and preceded to read the mini description of our future vacation destination. Phi Phi islands are considered as some of the most beautiful in the world. They're known for the limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches and caves. In June 2010, we landed in Phuket, Thailand – the hub to Phi Phi islands.

Phi Phi What?

Phi Phi (pronounced "Pee Pee") Islands refers to an archipelago of islands 30 miles (50km) southeast of Phuket, Thailand. There are six islands - Ko Phi Phi Don, which is the largest and only populated one, Ko Phi Phi Leh, Ko Mai Phai which is also referred to as 'Bamboo Island', Ko Yung, Bida Nok and Bida Nai. As you may have guesses, koh is "island" in Thai.

You Probably Already Know Phi Phi Le

Parts of "The Beach" was filmed at Koh Phi Phi Leh, further adding to the popularity of the stunningly beautiful island with huge cliffs. Maya Bay is located on this island and is surrounded by 100-meter cliffs on three sides. We explored this part of the island's beaches with soft white sand, swam in the warm and crystal clear waters, and snorkeled around the reef, seeing lots of colorful fish and coral.

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Breathtaking cliffs we passed on our way to Phi PhiApproaching Phi Phi by speedboat
Breathtaking cliffs we passed on our way to Phi Phi
Breathtaking cliffs we passed on our way to Phi Phi | Source
Approaching Phi Phi by speedboat
Approaching Phi Phi by speedboat | Source
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Getting to Phi Phi Island

We booked a day-trip to Phi Phi from a travel agency down the block from our hotel, and by the way, there are loads of travel agencies and you can definitely benefit from shopping around for the best package deal. Our trip included a pick-up from the hotel, a speedboat to 2 islands (Phi Phi Don which has a monkey beach and Phi Phi Le), buffet style lunch, snorkeling and snacks - not just for us but also for the monkeys we'd meet.

We were picked up at 7 in the morning to make our way toward Rassada Pier in Phuket Town where we gathered with other passengers and our flamboyant tour guide, who called himself "Beautiful Lucy".

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Lots of tourists come to Maya Bay, so if you're looking for seclusion, you won't find it here!Speedboats line the coast during all times of the yearExploring deeper into Maya BayWow, look at those cliffs!White sandy beaches
Lots of tourists come to Maya Bay, so if you're looking for seclusion, you won't find it here!
Lots of tourists come to Maya Bay, so if you're looking for seclusion, you won't find it here! | Source
Speedboats line the coast during all times of the year
Speedboats line the coast during all times of the year | Source
Exploring deeper into Maya Bay
Exploring deeper into Maya Bay | Source
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Wow, look at those cliffs!
Wow, look at those cliffs! | Source
White sandy beaches
White sandy beaches | Source

When to visit Phi Phi - You can't visit just at any time of year!

We visited Phi Phi in June but our first attempt to board a boat to the islands went sour when we got to the pier and were told that the waves were too high, making it dangerous for the boats so were had to reschedule for an alternative date but others even got refunds and didn't try to make the 1 /12 hour car ride to the pier another day. We rescheduled for the following day and thankfully the waves weren't too high and we made it to our randomly picked travel destination of Koh Phi Phi. Visits to Koh Phi Phi usually go without a hitch from November to April.

Cute Monkeys at Monkey Beach

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Adorable monkey doing a "ta-da"!Chubby monkey enjoying the bananas we fed himWow, the monkey was really gobbling down the bananas!Aww look at his cheeks, stuffed with bananas!Aww baby monkey in the trees
Adorable monkey doing a "ta-da"!
Adorable monkey doing a "ta-da"! | Source
Chubby monkey enjoying the bananas we fed him
Chubby monkey enjoying the bananas we fed him | Source
Wow, the monkey was really gobbling down the bananas!
Wow, the monkey was really gobbling down the bananas! | Source
Aww look at his cheeks, stuffed with bananas!
Aww look at his cheeks, stuffed with bananas! | Source
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Aww baby monkey in the trees
Aww baby monkey in the trees | Source
Viking Caves we passed that have a collection of bird's nests which are apparently used by local people to make Bird's Nest Soup, which is a Chinese delicacy
Viking Caves we passed that have a collection of bird's nests which are apparently used by local people to make Bird's Nest Soup, which is a Chinese delicacy | Source

Unbelievable Tsunami Footage - Part 1 of 7

The Tsunami of December 2004 Devastated Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi was not spared during the tsunami of December 26 2004. The archipelago was devastated and most infrastructure was wiped out. Amazingly, the people were able to rebuild and four years later, when we were there, there was hardly a trace of that terrible day.

Devastating Video of the Tsunami as it Approaches a Resort at Phi Phi

Map of Phi Phi Islands

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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      I have not visited Thailand, but it is one of my dream destinations. There pictures and videos are amazing.

      This is useful guide to Thailand's beauty.

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      Anna 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, borneo!

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      borneo 6 years ago from Austria

      Your pictures are amazing! Great job!

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      rLcasaLme 6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Stunning! Stunning photos! and lots of toursits too.

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      Rafe Hatfield 6 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia

      Very pretty images & videos, good job!

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      Anna 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi Rudy! Do you just want to do a day trip from Phuket to Phi Phi or stay longer at Phi Phi? If just a day trip, then book while you're there. It's very easy and all the travel agencies offer different day trips there. Yes, Nov-Apr are considered the best months.

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      Rudi 6 years ago

      It look stunning would like to take my wife, do you suggest that we just fly in and then see where we can stay or should we rather book a tour and accommodation for safety. Nov-April is the best time?

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      A hub of a wonderful place with wonderful pictures. I offer my thanks for following me.

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      Eileen 6 years ago from Kildare, Ireland

      What a great hub..since migrating to Europe, reading this hub makes me feel closer to home (originally from Malaysia). I was in Phuket when Tsunami struck and I totally agree with you how the locals were able to rebuild themselves in such short time. We went back the following year and also encourage donations from back home to the red cross society to help as much as we could.

      We will never forget this day because we still thank our lucky stars how fortunate we were. I wrote a hub about our experience. Once again..thanks for the hub..voted up!

      https://hubpages.com/literature/A-Simple-Act-of-Ki...

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      johncimble 6 years ago from Bangkok

      great hub and beautiful pictures :)

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      The pictures are beautiful and the scenery looks amazing. This is one place i have always wanted to visit. It looks like a fun and wonderful place for a vacation. Good job.

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