The last two days have been jam packed, yet relaxing in Koh Phi Phi. On Friday we went on a boat tour around the Phi Phi Island and beaches that we booked through our hostel.
We went to see the Viking Cave, Pi-Leh Bay, where we snorkelled, Maya Bay, which is famous from the movie The Beach and was chaos with tourists, Loh Samah Bay, Monkey Beach, where we saw and could feed the monkeys on the beach, and lastly, Bamboo Island, where I stayed on board because the water was super choppy and we had to swim to shore (I’m not a good swimmer).
When we got to Maya Bay they let us off on the other side and we had to swim to a sketchy rope wall to pull ourselves up, if there’s one thing I learned in Thailand, is expect the unexpected and just go with it. We were lucky to have a sunny day as the weather is all over the place here.
When we got back after sunset to the main pier, we got cleaned up and went for dinner at a place called The Rock. After dinner we walked around the markets and shops, got a Sex on the Beach bucket from a random tattoo shop/bar and headed to the beach to watch some fire shows! Afterwards we went to the Reggae Bar, where tourists volunteer to box each other for a free bucket. It was bizarre, yet hilarious!
Yesterday we woke up and climbed up to the viewpoint. It took about 20 min to get there and was once again, a million stairs & 400 degrees, but totally worth it. The viewpoint overlooks Koh Phi Phi and the two bays.
The rest of the day we relaxed on the beach till 3pm when we had to meet our boat at the pier for our night trip to Maya Bay, a tour we booked before we got here. We went out on the boat past some of the places we visited the day before andthen went to Maya Bay where we sat and watched all the tourists leave on their boats to go back while we were the only ones left on the beach. It was amazing to go from hundreds of tourists to only about 20 of us. We enjoyed the empty beach while our guides set up camp where we had a buffet thai dinner, free buckets and played games. Later in the evening we had a BBQ too and it was so surreal to be the only ones there. Definitely the only way to see Maya Bay. Around 11pm we went back to our boat and you could swim with the glowing plankton. I chose not to because someone stole our towels at the beach and I didn’t want to be wet all night. It was amazing to see though. They’re like fireflies in the water but are illuminated by motion at night. After swimming we all squished into our makeshift beds for bedtime.
This morning we woke up at sunrise to go back to Maya Bay and again enjoy the no tourists. After we went kayaking and saw another monkey beach. The monkeys were crazy, jumping on the board and swimming.
Once we got back to mainland, we headed to Long Beach which is about a 40 minute walk from our hostel. Despite the fact that the trail ranged from sand, dirt, tree roots & rocks, it was worth it. Much less busy than the main beach and the water was nicer. We did get hit by a big rain storm though and ended up stuff under a restaurant canopy until it blew over! Now all the dirt streets here are flooded and even more muddy!
Anyways, check out some of the above photos from the lookout, Maya Bay & our boat trip!