Magical Ko Phi Phi
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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Ko Phi Phi is actually two islands joined by a massive big sandbank or sand bar, which was completely demolished by the Tsunami in December 2004. Ko Phi Phi underwent a massive rebuild after the tsunami and apparently tourism is at an all time high, which we are very happy for on their behalf
We immediately fell in love with the island- the scenery around the island is simply breathtaking. It is more commercial with many more tourists than Ko Lipe, but less so than Phuket (which we visited in March 2007 as a stop over on-route to Kao Lak). Ko Phi Phi is fortunately vehicle free, luggage is transported by porters pushing wheeled carts and long-tail boats can be charted to some of the more remote and inaccessible beaches from land.
We stayed in a bungalow, unfortunately not air conditioned, which means that you cannot spend any time indoors during the day - it's just too hot! We spend our days relaxing on beach chairs under an umbrella, with 30+ sun block and still managed to get a tan
The diving in the area is also apparently great, second only to the Similan Islands on Thailand's East coast departing from Phuket, which we dived in March 2007. Some dive operators stating that they've seen Manta Rays at a specific dive site each day of the past week. It is also apparently whaleshark season but we decided against diving there considering the cost and the fact that we just had an17 dive holiday in Borneo. In hind-sight, we probably should have considered a dive with manta's or whalesharks.
Ko Phi Phi truly is an amazing, relaxing and brilliant place to visit. It was also interesting to compare to Ko Lipe, which is so much less commercial and advertised, but lacks some of the natural beauty Ko Phi Phi has - we've experienced a nice island-combination thus far and we're looking forward to experiencing Ko Pha-Ngan on the West Coast.