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Best Place for Cliff Jumping in Koh Phi Phi Thailand

Updated on October 25, 2011
Koh Phi Phi Don, the location of where we rented our long tail boat for the day
Koh Phi Phi Don, the location of where we rented our long tail boat for the day | Source
Leaving KPPD for KPPL
Leaving KPPD for KPPL | Source
Koh Phi Phi Leh
Koh Phi Phi Leh | Source
KPPL 20 meter Cliff Jump
KPPL 20 meter Cliff Jump | Source

Cliff Thai-ving

I hand over the 400 Baht ($12) in exchange for the long tail boat and its captain. Which means for the next four to five hours the south Pacific ocean was our playground. I tell the Captain, “Take us to southern end of Ko Phi Phi Leh where I can jump from the cliffs.” The young Thai captain seemed to understand so I pushed the long wooden boat off the white sandy beach into the warm turquoise water.

My mates pulled me aboard as the captain dipped the prop into the shallows- propelling us forward. As we created distance from Koh Phi Phi Don, I found myself to be surprisingly relaxed considering I was about to launch myself from a 60 ft cliff. As we continued to cut through the Andaman Sea, I couldn’t help but wonder how many times Leonardo DiCaprio must had taken this same route during the shooting of the movie “The Beach”. Regardless of however many times Leo ventured through, I was glad to be looking out at the same warm tropical waters and forest-fringed Limestone towers.

After 20 minutes of punishment from the open sea we pulled into the cove of KPPL. I saw to my right a hand full of boats lined up outside the cave entrance to Maya beach, the secret lagoon from the The Beach, but that's not where we were headed. We pulled to the left of all the other boats and the captain informed us this was as close as he could get to island without damaging his vessel. I dove in and quickly realized there was no line for this attraction. Actually, we were the only ones absurd enough to attempt the harrowing plunge. As I made my way up the bamboo ladder I realized it was only ten planks tall. From the top plank I continued up 50 ft of steep jagged limestone completely barefoot. Once I had reached the top I looked back and realized there was no climbing down. I could hear cheers from the tourists below encouraging me to jump. I took a look at the diving board, if you want to call it that, and not to my surprise it was three pieces of Bamboo tied together with some sort of jungle vine. My nerves were telling me not to jump, but I knew the longer I waited the longer my mind would have to conjure up terrible conclusions. Without any more thought I gave into the crowds cheers and leaped off the muddied bamboo plank. As I reached the peak of my jump all my worries seemed to vanish. I was free, completely maxed out on adrenalin, flying through 60 ft of air looking out at the most astonishing scenery in world. That feeling of freedom quickly disappeared as my larger set of cheeks slammed into the water at over 40 mph. Poseidon's unforgiving sting lasted a few minutes, but that moment of freedom will last me the rest of my life.

Our Long tail boat in route to KPPL.
Our Long tail boat in route to KPPL. | Source
Ross Evans, making friends on Monkey Isalnd.
Ross Evans, making friends on Monkey Isalnd.

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