FINDING PARADISE – PHI PHI ISLAND

This is the second series of blog posts dedicated to Thailand.

I went to Phuket recently and ever since I got back, I have been flooded with questions about my trip. Which are the best beaches in Phuket? How is the food in Phuket? Is it a good idea to plan a holiday in Phuket?

IMG_3208.JPGSo I thought why not spread some good travel karma and share my Phuket travel while it’s still fresh in my mind. Here’s a recap of my trip including attractions and restaurants with reviews, suggestions and most importantly, prices!!  I had a super time exploring Thailand, especially Phuket and the surrounding Islands.

The cheapest and most reliable way to get from Phuket or Krabi to Phi Phi is by ferry. The journey takes about two hours from the place to Phi Phi Islands. There is specific schedule of timing of the ferries between Rassada Pier in Phuket and Tonsai Pier in Phi Phi, hence that varies. Therefore it is better to ask in the hotel you stay so they may help you with ferry schedule timing.

1501568833313.jpegThe main departure/arrival port in Phuket is Rassada Pier, located in Phuket Town. The price is about 500 baht for a one-way ticket.

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Tonsai Pier, situated in the center of Tonsai Bay, north of of Phi Phi Don. It’s the island’s main pier and the busiest, with ferries arriving from Phuket, Krabi and Lanta. Solidly built and so scenic with its surrounding hilly landscape. On arrival, there’s a small 20 baht entry fee to the island (known as island tax), and you’ll be met by a bunch of merchants holding up banners for tours and hotels.
1501565965871.jpegThe island was destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, the island has been rebuilt and developed to an even greater extent than before.

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Now let’s talk about the island. I stayed in Ko Phi Phi, or it’s rather known as Phi Phi Island. It is one of the most talked about places in Southeast Asia, with its natural beauty and reputation for good times putting it firmly on the tourist trail. The beauty of the island is unparalleled, even in a region of the world renowned for its stunning destinations. Limestone cliffs (as you can see in the picture I snapped!), turquoise waters, white sand beaches and miles of trackless forest make Phi Phi a perfect tropical island.

The sun in Phi Phi is very strong and so you’ll need to constantly apply sunscreen (at least SPF 50 PA++++) if you don’t want your skin to burn.

IMG_2145From the resort where you live, you can book many activities including rock climbing, fishing, diving, snorkelling, island hopping and cliff jumping. As for me, I choose to do island hoping as I wanted to see the places that was once victim of the Tsunami back in 2004. I was overwhelmed by the work of God and the work of nature. How much the Island had reconstructed from the eventful day.

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My one weeks on Koh Phi Phi were incredibly relaxing and enjoyable but more importantly, I managed to get a lot of experience.

Thailand, I love your sights!  Phi Phi was definitely the right decision.


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