If Thailand were in a beauty pageant, it would be taking away first place. I’m absolutely blown away by the majestic limestone cliffs of Koh Phi Phi, the cerulean waters, and the friendliness of the people here. Stepping off the pier, I was actually quite bummed because it was gloomy and pouring, and I had to put on a poncho to keep myself dry from the walk to my hotel. And I still managed to get completely soaked somehow. To my surprise and complete excitement, however, the sun came out a couple of hours later, and it was SO hot. The weather on this little island is definitely somewhat bipolar, but I’ll take the hot, blazing sun over the rain any day.
I met another girl from California (woot woot!) who was also traveling on her own/soul-searching, and we decided to spend the rest of the day together. After a delicious lunch at Papaya, we found a tour that was headed out a couple of hours later around some of the islands until about 7:30 at night. Here are the famous Thai long-boats that we took out to sea!
Our first stop was Monkey Beach, which you can probably tell by the name, was filled with monkeys. But before we get to the monkeys, just look at how incredibly serene this island is.
Our tour guide gave us pineapple leaves to feed to the monkeys, which they not-so-politely grab from you. Right before this, this sneaky little monkey totally jumped down from the tree onto the neighboring boat and stole someone’s mango smoothie.
Oh my…some Irish tourist gave this monkey his leftover beer…
This was by far the cutest thing I saw all day. Monkey parent inspecting and nurturing not one, but TWO little baby monkeys!! (If you look closely you can see one underneath the monkey on the right.)
We headed out to another part of Koh Phi Phi to do some snorkeling later on, and I still can’t get over how grand everything parts of the island look. MAJOR HEART EYE EMOJIS.
The water was so warm and nice, and filled with tons of tropical fish (nemos galore).
Love this picture of the kayakers against the rocks-just for scale so you can kind of get an idea of just how big these rocks are (and how did they even get here??).
Huge shoutout to my tour guide/homie for letting me into Maya Beach for free because I forgot my money. I probably shouldn’t broadcast that, but without his generosity I definitely would not have gotten to see this view. This is the private beach where parts of the James Bond movie was filmed!
One of my favorite parts of the boat trip was when we pulled into a small secluded bay with probably one or two other boats, both of whom were fishermen (apparently the place we were in is an excellent place for fishing).
The quite little place was tucked away behind the rock on the left. Aren’t these rocks just UNREAL?!
There are just way too many pictures that I took at Koh Phi Phi, but the ones you see are just some of my favorite. At night, our tour guide took all of us to another part of the bay and we stayed there until it got dark, swimming near the caves, and freaking out like little children when we saw the bioluminescent plankton. I ended the night getting some more delicious cheap Thai food with Jasmine and walking around town, and we were both just so happy with how the trip turned out.
Day 2 (next morning)-more of the vibrant boats an a little adorable kid who’s just enjoying himself in the water.
I decided to wake up early and walk around Phi Phi for a bit to get the most of the morning before I was headed off to the next part of my trip, and I got to just sit in this cute little cafe, eat breakfast, and people watch. It’s called The Mango Garden, and it’s pretty Westernized filled with nearly all tourists.
But the food was great. Even treated myself to a Thai iced tea latte to kickstart my morning.
Right now it’s actually considered low season for Koh Phi Phi, so there aren’t nearly as many tourists as you might expect to see in the October and later months, but there still are crowds of people no matter the season. I found this nice, quiet part of the island that was a lot more secluded to escape from the chaos and just take it all in. Spent a good part of my morning just swimming around in the water.
And finally decided to end off my last day in Koh Phi Phi by hiking these crazy steep stairs to get to this wonderful view of Koh Phi Phi. Many parts of the island were actually destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, and I passed by a lot of buildings that were still ruined/under construction from the damage. Even so, Phi Phi continues to be built up over the years, and is slowly making its recovery.
I got destroyed by mosquitoes on the hike up to these two separate viewpoints, but this aerial view of Phi Phi was absolutely breathtaking (literally). It’s always nice to get away from the crowds and enjoy the beauty of it all, you know?
Koh Phi Phi is an incredibly stunning place-some might tell you that it’s a party island (which it is) and that it’s jam-packed with tourists and to not go, but I say that you can manage to make the most of the island and enjoy whatever it is that keeps you excited, whether that’s snorkeling, swimming, hiking, hitting up the nightclubs, or just relaxing. I almost don’t want to go back because I want to keep it preserved in my memory as the absolutely perfect place it was. Perhaps I’ll be back here again one day, but until then, stay beautiful Phi Phi!!