I can’t say enough about this wonderful destination and all the exciting things you can do around PhiPhi Island! But first let me tell you how to get here. Although there is no direct flight to the island, it is very accessible by ferry, seaplane or boat. Most people find themselves flying to either Krabi or Phuket, and once there, they begin planning their trip before heading out to the popular Phi Phi Island. It is an island of beautiful, white sandy beaches, with spectacular limestone cliffs rising out of the sea and azure waters that are alive with a world of colorful exotic fish. A visit to Phi Phi Island needs to be on your bucket list!
If you the kind of person who travels to relax, get away from the big crowds and likes to create memorable experiences, whether you’re traveling alone or in a group here are some ideas that will help you along.
Visit Long Beach
If you stay near Phuket or Ao Nang town at the beginning of your trip, a sojourn at Long beach for a few days must be added to your itinerary. Long Beach is located less than 10 minutes away by long tail boat from Tonsay Bay – the point of arrival in Phi Phi Island. Unlike other beaches in this part of the island, this beach is very quiet, perfect for those who appreciate peaceful places. Several bungalows and small resorts offer quality restaurants to eat out at, and if you fancy sampling some night life, a short trip to the Tonsai village is all it takes.
What makes this beach so attractive is the softest white sand you can find on the island and the calm waters, especially if you visit between November and April. The sea tempts you to go swimming, kayaking and snorkeling, and you will find you don’t have to dive far to find yourself in the middle of colorful colonies of sea life. While this little beach doesn’t offer any luxurious accommodation, it is a paradise on its own, perfect for honeymooners and island lovers…
Diving in the Andaman Sea
You will find the best scuba diving sites in the world right here in Thailand, whether you are a novice or a dive diva/dude, you will find the perfect site in these islands clustered around in the beautiful blue Andaman Sea along the west coast.
Dive sites off the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, HinDaeng and HinMuang are among the best in the world. You can access these sites by taking the live aboard cruises that abound in that area. You will find more information about these cruises at Bubba Diving Phuket a company that provides private and personal cruises that can be customized to your requirements.
Sailing in the Andaman Sea
This Part of Thailand has been blessed with some stunning topography with amazing cliffs and mountains, and you will agree that the best way to enjoy Mother Nature’s creation is without the crowds. So, if you would like to make your Thailand trip more memorable, I would highly recommend that you hire a private sailing boat.
While there are several yacht companies around this part of Thailand, I would encourage you to check out the Tiger Marine Charter. The wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor stand testimony to their services, but I would like to add that I found this boat so spacious, it can hold up to 60 people on a day trip. What recommends it even more is that they organize private parties for whatever sort of occasion you are celebrating, and they do it in style!
Camping at Maya Bay
We’ve all seen spectacular pictures of Maya Bay, a stunning beach that is surrounded on three sides by cliffs that are a hundred meters high. Once again Mother Nature has been extremely partial to this part of the world. But the only downside to Maya Bay is the large number of day-trippers that visit the island everyday. If you’ve been here before you know what I’m taking about… Although the place is breathtaking, it is difficult to enjoy a day trip there for the density of tourists. However, the good news is that you CAN camp out there overnight.
Check out Maya Bay Tours for details on this camping trip. A boat takes you to the island just as the day-trippers leave, with a visit to the Viking caves enroute and snorkeling and kayaking sessions before hitting Maya Beach to stay on till 11 pm. If the conditions are right, a night time dip in the sea treats you to the magical fluorescent display of the luminescent plankton! This is followed by a sleep out under the stars on the deck of the boat, surely a wonderful camping experience that is unforgettable and luxurious.
Visit Phra Nang Beach and Railay Beach
Although, the biggest attraction in this part of Thailand is Phi Phi Island, let me tell you that the Phra Nang and Railay beach are just as spectacular. Not strictly an island, but an isolated stretch of land on the Krabi coastline, it has the beautiful azure sea on three sides, its only connect to the land blocked off by towering, spectacular limestone cliffs. Access to this beach is by boat. You have the soft, sandy West Beach and the narrow, rocky East Beach to choose from, but the most spectacular one is the Phra Nang or Cave Beach. Unspoiled, with velvety sand, rock pools and captivating caves, a land of enchantment that you can’t tear yourself away from.
Whenever people ask my advice about places to visit in Thailand, Pranang Beach is at the top of my list. Most travelers visit this beach for a day but I found the cave beach enchanting at twilight. Besides the beautiful picturesque scenery, this place is excellent for rock climbing, kayaking and monkey lovers. If you want to see these beaches in 360º. Check out my other post here Discover the beauty of Thailand at the Railay and Phra Nang Beach.
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