lots of fishies when bread was thrown into the water
One of the "to-dos" when visiting Koh Phi Phi
Don is to take a boat trip over to Koh Phi Phi Lai. This is where the movie "The Beach" was filmed. I read the book during our time in Koh Phag nan and was keen to see if it looked anything like what I pictured while reading the book. We decided to give the cheaper long tail boat trip a miss (650 baht) and went for the 1,000 baht speed boat trip. We set off at 9:30 and soon after were in the water at Shark Point where we were supposed to be able to see sharks. Dave ended up seeing one and we saw a few barracuda. There were also lots of fish and by far the best snorkelling so far. We then sailed to Koh Phi Phi Lei and sailed slowly by the massive 50 metre cliffs that dropped straight down into the ocean.
along the outside of Koh Phi Phi Lei
Our next swimming stop was in the "lagoon". The water was textbook emerald green and I couldn't resist doing a "Cannonball". After sailing by more massive cliffs and beautiful water we arrived at Maya Beach
, aka "The Beach". By the time we got there were were about a dozen speed boats and about two dozen long tail boats and the beach was packed. There was an area of water marked off with buoys to swim so you didn't have to worry about getting run over by one of the numerous boats arriving or departing. We walked along a sandy path to the another "bay" which was really a wood ladder leading to a platform with a view to the other side of the island. Again, very beautiful but with no beach to lay on.
After our hour was up, we sailed towards the entrance of the Maya Beach's bay and had another chance to snorkel. We then set off for Phi Phi Don. We had one short stop over to see Monkey Beach, which had no beach but we did see a couple monkeys. We weren't allowed off the boat so we had to watch them from about 20 feet away. The boat trip was well worth the 1,000 baht and we were lucky to have a boat with only 8 passengers while other boats were absolutely packed with as many people as possible
In the late afternoon we finally decided to attempt the climb up to the "viewpoint". We weren't exactly sure where the viewpoint was or what the view would be but we found a sign in town and started walking up hill. The road was paved and very steep and was putting my unexercised calves to the test.
our speedboat for the day
The paved road turned into a dirt road and then a very shabby dirt road. By this time we had about 20 minutes until the sun would set over the west side of Koh Phi Phi.
After passing by a sign that said "View Point 3" (I still have no idea where viewpoint 1 or 2 are) and a group coming towards us saying that there's a sign ahead which says viewpoint 4 is 20 minutes farther. Along with the rest of the people, we turned around and headed for viewpoint 3. It was down a tiny dirt path which led to a few large boulders and a view overlooking the town below, the western side of Koh Phi Phi Don and a view of Koh Phi Phi Lai.
After a beautiful sunset, and Dave mysteriously losing his sunglasses, we headed back down the very steep hill.
We had one last meal at a beach side restaurant, packed up our bags and had one last night in the bug/ fly infested hotel room.