Koh Phi Phi Don Afternoon

Koh Phi Phi Travel Blog

 › entry 3 of 8 › view all entries
Launched
After the Laguna in the morning we went to Koh Phi Phi Don to snorkel on a different reef in Ton Sai Bay. This place was very nice for snorkeling as the water was very shallow with great number of fish and reef and plants. Our guide actually got in the water and snorkeled with us. He later told us that he enjoyed the day so much because he didn't have to 'babysit' a boat load of tourists. We surprised him at one point because we were free diving along the bottom and we came into his view very unexpectedly. It was a good laugh. I think also the captains on the other boats were very jealous of him on that day.

The snorkel made us very hungry so we took the guide to find a restro. On the walk down the beach, we bought a coconut to drink. Very refreshing as it had been soaking in ice.
Maya Beach
I think it was only about 40 baht but worth more! The vendor was very good with his sharp cleaver. He could have easily cut off his thumb with his quick 'thwacks' at the coconuts.

The guide joined with us for lunch at PP Nice Resort and we all eat various curry and Thai spicy!! It was great, and the view was amazing as it always is in Thailand. Just down the beach from PP Nice was Joe's favorite spot. He noticed a secluded little beach surrounded by soaring cliffs. Only along this beach there was a stand of coconut palms and they look amazing. That foto is not the background on my computer.

On the return trip, we were against the waves and had some incredible impacts when landing in the trough of the waves. The captain was happy we didn't complain at all and after 45 mins or more we landed at a little island with white sand and very chill environment. The number of people was huge so we rented chairs in the mass of people. It felt nice to relax a bit after all the motion from the boat we were both feeling a little 'green'. We had only about 45 mins on the island and the black clouds starting rolling in. We quickly jumped on the boat to head for Phuket Town, but in 5 mins the squall hit us. The rain felt like pins in the face, but we wanted to hurry back to the pier. The pictures don't show how hard the squall was, but it didn't ruin our fun at all.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Pileh Laguna

I think every country has a beach that they refer to as a 'top 10 beach in the world'. Ha, Thailand is one of the country's that do not lie about this. It is fact and you can observe this for yourself if you wish.

Why did we book a private speedboat? Well two reasons, we are impatient and don't enjoy to wait for slow, lazy tourists to haul their lazy azz outta the hotel at 7:45am. The second is that the same tourist are sometime ignorant and obnoxious and insensitive to their host country. There were other advantages, we got picked up in a car instead of a tour bus. Our guide had pimp'd his Honda civic. It was slamm'd low, upsized rims, brembo brakes, enormous aftermarket amp's etc. Very funny, cuz Joe and I both enjoy automotive technology.

Viking Cave

The guide drove us to Phuket Town where boat 59 was waiting with the captain. In only the time it took to step aboard we were on our way! We passed by a couple of islands, and made fast time to Koh Phi Phi. Our first Island was uninhabited Koh Phi Phi Leh where we went first to Maya Bay. We arrived and were amazed at the bay surrounded by high cliffs and with a perfect crescent beach of white sand. We wasted no time and as soon as the captain slowed we spontaneously and simultaneously dove into the water and swam to the beach. Actually I think we mis-judged the distance and we were tired by the time we got to shore. Joe had serious salt burn in the eye so the captain beached the boat to give us fresh water and our digi's. We first headed up a trail to see the other side where you can enter the snorkel spot via a hole in the rocks.

Lunch PP Nice
Later we came back and spent time on the beach, but we knew it was time to leave as the volume of noisy tourists became too much. Joe swam back to the boat, but I decided to conserve energy and waited for the boat to come to me. Hahahaha

Our next stop was at the snorkel spot where we saw sooooo many fish. Great colors and a huge variety. I can not name all the fish, but some we saw were, clown fish, Sea urchin, Bannerfish, Moorish Idol, Yellow tail Coris, Angelfish, and other reef fish in every color. The captain kept feeding them so the fish just swarmed us, very nice.

Joe's favorite place was Pilah Laguna, and it was a big surprise. Our boat entered a narrow gap in the cliff and as we entered, the laguna opened in front of us.

Squall Rollin in
It was an amazing place maybe 2-3 km sq but all protected by very high cliffs. Again we started diving from the boat and having a great time. Everytime we dove though, we pushed the boat toward the rocks and eventually the captain had to re-position the boat. Funny! The water conditions were very nice, warm water, very clear and a perfect environment. I tryed to snorkel, but the water was too deep to see anything.

The final stop on Phi Phi Leh was the Viking Cave. This cave is jealously guarded by the guys with permits to harvest swallow nest. The nests are exported to China at a very high price as the key ingredient in bird nest soup. The guards are allowed to shoot those that dare trespass! We stayed in our boat. Hahaha.

 

Launched
Launched
Maya Beach
Maya Beach
Pileh Laguna
Pileh Laguna
Viking Cave
Viking Cave
Lunch PP Nice
Lunch PP Nice
Squall Rollin in
Squall Rollin in
Tiny Private Palm Beach
Tiny Private Palm Beach
Viking Cave
Viking Cave
Snorkel Spot
Snorkel Spot
Joe Entering Snorkel
Joe Entering Snorkel
Paca in the Laguna
Paca in the Laguna
Lunch
Lunch
Tour guide and Captain
Tour guide and Captain
Maya Bay
Maya Bay
Maya White Sand
Maya White Sand
Maya Bay Park
Maya Bay Park
Maya crowded
Maya crowded
Fruits
Fruits
Pileh Entrance
Pileh Entrance
Pileh Laguna
Pileh Laguna
Carved Rock
Carved Rock
More
More
Beach Japanese Style
Beach Japanese Style
Coconut Carving
Coconut Carving
Coconut Refreshment
Coconut Refreshment
PP Nice Resort
PP Nice Resort
Drenched in the squall
Drenched in the squall
Squall
Squall
Koh Phi Phi Map
Koh Phi Phi Map