The Beach Lovers Guide To Koh Phi Phi
Mystical beauty is no longer a myth, once something that was only reserved for scintillating natural landscapes and gorgeous women, now the beaches and dozen odd Kohs of South East Asia have finally made the cut.
Now everyone wants a piece of these mesmerizing islands, visitors want to take back a huge chunk of their visits back home through the numerous arts, crafts and souvenir stores or by clicking a Zillion photographs depicting every imaginable view that one gets on these islands.
A beach vacation destination that has built such a massive reputation for itself that every travel photographer and writer worth their name want to spend some time covering this Thai heaven.
A relaxing haven for the crowds that flock here, once a little known attraction, now a world famous tourist spot. Welcome to Koh Phi Phi.
The Phi Phi Islands are located in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the western Strait of Malacca coast.
Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago of six islands in the Krabi Province of Southern Thailand. It is touted to be one of the most beautiful yet easily accessible island groups in the world.
Phi Phi Don was initially populated by Muslim fishermen during the late 1940s, and later became a coconut plantation. The Thai population of Phi Phi Don remains more than eighty percent Muslim. The actual population however, is much more Buddhist these days.
The islands came to worldwide prominence when Ko Phi Phi Leh was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film "The Beach". Ko Phi Phi is a famous destination for Scuba Diving, snorkeling, kayaking and other marine recreational activities.
This area has something to offer for everyone, right from the languorous sunbathers to the compulsive adrenaline junkies. The entire region is part of a marine National Park, which is home to an abundance of corals and amazing marine life.
There are Limestone Mountains with cliffs, caves and long white sandy beaches which are what the tourists would love to experience. In this beautiful tropical island, the flurry of activity that goes around the numerous supermarkets, restaurants, and tattoo parlors is overwhelming.
Ko Phi Phi has plenty of night life, but if that isn't your cup of tea, then there are lots of really quiet places to chill out and take it easy. Budget backpackers can still get a cheap room away from the beach; although things were easier before as it was not exposed to so much tourism.
There are only two seasons, the summer from January to April, and the rainy season from May to December.
Ferries leave from Phuket and Krabi daily and buses are also available from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus terminal which take 12 hours to reach Krabi.
Among the most serene experiences that a tourist can enjoy here is to simply rent a boat (like the one in the picture) and head out to the vast open sea that lies in front of you. It's truly a humble feeling to find yourself floating in the deep waters and tranquil nothingness around you.
There are numerous restaurants and bars in the inner lanes leading up to the main coastal lines. An abundance of fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits are available and multiple cuisines can be found on the islands.
The nightlife is vibrant and lively since teenagers and young adults have made this island their very own party zone, parties under the moonlight on every single night are common, just head to where the bonfires are lit or walk towards the loud dance music blaring away under the night sky and you shall be part of a truly Thai night party experience.
Head off for a night ride on a privately rented boat if you are one of those travelers who prefer things much more peaceful and serene. Or just find yourself a quieter part of the beach and make yourself comfortable on the soft sands.
Numerous attractions are sprinkled all across the islands and visitors find no shortage of things to do or places to visit here.
Diving and snorkeling options are many, boat rides out into the open seas are a wonderfully good option as well.
Though most long term travelers simply revel in the sunshine during the day while relaxing with a drink.
A soothing Thai massage is a rejuvenating way to relax and unwind after a long day of adventure, snorkeling and sightseeing.
The locals will do almost everything to ensure that your body gets the royal treatment it needs and will take special care to ensure that you are completely refreshed and satisfied with the massage treatment and services you have paid for.
Phi Phi is the place to be. That's for sure.
Year round holidays are on offer and the only thing that stops visitors from truly relishing these fascinatingly intriguing islands are the long term visa restrictions of the country.
Most tourists to the kingdom fall in love with such beautiful island destinations in Thailand and so crossing the border to get a new visa and come back into the kingdom of dreams and the land of smiles is a common way to spend more time here.
Getting here is not too difficult and it's well worth the ferry rides to reach these spectacular islands.
Just lazing around in your hotel balcony or relaxing by the shores with the awesome views around you leave you feeling intoxicated with the goodness of Koh Phi Phi.
Plenty of staying choices are available, right from the downright economical to the ultra luxurious, long term tourists get discounts on their rooms, renting beach villas or cottages is a terrific way to spend your money, the time invested in visiting and vacationing on these islands shall never be wasted.
This is a place to be that's taken right out of a Hollywood beach movie. You only need to see the movie 'The Beach' to know what an amazing place this is.
Any visitor to the Thai region must not forget to spend at least a few days on the Phi Phi Island since this is one vacation experience you simply don't want to miss. It's a glorious and enchanting holiday destination that cannot be easily compared to any other anywhere.
The backpackers and others on a budget usually stay in the many resorts and cottages in the village of Ton Sai while those wishing of solitude and silence can venture a bit off the beaten path and pick a place to stay at the dozens of lesser known resorts in Long Beach and Laem Thong.
Tourists want to become permanent vacationers on these islands surrounded by the openness of the Andaman Sea.
Exploring the immense variety of the marine life present around the islands is no easy task though the local tour operators are ever willing to fulfill your "every" desire and show you the finest corals that you will ever see.
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