Koh Phi Phi (Part 1) – Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi (Part 1) – Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi

It’s been a while since I posted so I thought I would reminisce about one of my favorite destinations in Thailand – Koh Phi Phi. On our first stint in Phi Phi we were there for 2 nights. We took the ferry there from Koh Lanta, which took around an hour. Craig slept all the way there and for someone who told me he can’t sleep on public transport, he is exceptionally good at it!

Craig took this pic before falling asleep. The view from the ferry as we approached Koh Phi Phi from Koh Lanta
Craig took this pic before falling asleep. The view from the ferry as we approached Koh Phi Phi from Koh Lanta.

Views

We got to the harbor, grabbed our bags, and as soon as we disembarked, we were blown away. The ocean views, the long boats, the shopping stalls, it was all so picturesque and we fell in love straight away.

The beautiful views as we entered Koh Phi Phi. Pic by Craig Reay
The beautiful views as we entered Koh Phi Phi. Pic by Craig Reay

We walked up the pier and found a gentleman from our hotel who put our backpacks in a huge trolley and took them to the hotel for us. We booked a stay in a hotel called Papaya, we were in a sea view room.

The man pushed our bags in a trolley from the boat to our hotel and then carried them up the stairs to our hotel room. Pic by Craig Reay
The man pushed our bags in a trolley from the boat to our hotel and then carried them up the stairs to our hotel room. Pic by Craig Reay

We had to walk up a lot of stairs and I mean a lot of stairs but it was worth it for the view. They’d even written on the steps to say how many calories you burned on the way up!

The steps on the way to our hotel room showed how many calories we had burned on our way up. Pic by Craig Reay
The steps on the way to our hotel room showed how many calories we had burned on our way up. Pic by Craig Reay

We arrived at our sea view room and were not disappointed. They were the best views to date. East to west unspoiled panoramic views of the entire island; lush green foliage, beaches, boats. You could see everything. It was like a postcard.

The view from our hotel was breathtaking. Pic by Craig Reay
The view from our hotel was breathtaking. Pic by Craig Reay

I had burnt my left leg really badly in Koh Lanta (blisters and everything) so I was on a mission for some more pants to keep my legs protected, as I was borrowing Craig’s til I could buy my own. My legs were layered in burn gel to keep the pain at bay and we had a wander down to the shopping stalls.

2x Ray-Ban glasses, 1 Adidas tee, 1 Chang Beer vest, 1 pair of pants, 1 sun hat and 1 snapback later, we decided to go for some food.

Koh Phi had plenty to offer. Amazing restaurants and hundreds of stalls selling all sorts. Pic by Craig Reay
Koh Phi had plenty to offer. Amazing restaurants and hundreds of stalls selling all sorts. Pic by Craig Reay

Food and Drinks

We were going to do the all you can eat BBQ near the harbor but we got there too early (and we thought it was quite pricey), so we grabbed a huge pizza slice each (80B) and sat by the beach to watch the long boats and get some photos. We found a place selling food for 80B, so we fuelled up there (pad thai for Craig, yellow curry for me) and slowly made our way back to the hotel, turns out the amount we spent on pizza and curries was less than the cost of just one of us getting the buffet!

Pizzas and amazing views? What more do you want? Pic by Craig Reay
Pizzas and amazing views? What more do you want? Pic by Craig Reay

We went out a bit later to find some bars and to see what Phi Phi had to offer. We started at an Irish bar which was offering 150B buckets of G&T, so we had one of those.

Here I am waiting to get served a bucket of gin at the Irish Bar. Buckets are very popular in Phi Phi. Pic by Craig Reay
Here I am waiting to get served a bucket of gin at the Irish Bar. Buckets are very popular in Phi Phi. Pic by Craig Reay

We went down to the beach and found a place called Slinky’s, it had fire performers, insane music (a Ghostbusters techno mix made an appearance two or three times, much to mine and Craig’s delight). I had a wine and received a free shot for doing the limbo.

The Fire dancers at the beach provided great entertainment. Pic by Craig Reay
The Fire dancers at the beach provided great entertainment. Pic by Craig Reay

They had other games on the beach featuring extreme musical chairs and double dutch skipping (with the ropes and the floor set of fire). It was awesome to watch the performers do their thing. We went back to the Irish bar and I received some amazing family news from home, so I celebrated from the other side of the world by getting another G&T bucket!

Buckets seem like a good idea at the time but you may regret it the next day. Pic by Craig Reay
Buckets seem like a good idea at the time but you may regret it the next day. Pic by Craig Reay

We went to a bar called the Reggae bar which allowed you to take part in a Thai Boxing fight and win free drinks. To gain entry, all you had to do was buy a drink and you were in for the night. If our sunburn wasn’t so bad we probably would have given it a go! It was very entertaining to watch.

The Reggae Bar gives you the chance to fight in the ring for a change to win free drinks. Pic by Craig Reay
The Reggae Bar gives you the chance to fight in the ring for a change to win free drinks. Pic by Craig Reay

After that, we bought another 2 huge slices of pizza and eventually went to bed at 3 am.

Cheeky Monkeys

Breakfast was brought to our room by the hotel staff the next day. Orange juice, coffee, fresh fruit and yogurt and a warm bread roll with butter. Yum. Craig was feeling a bit fragile after the night before, so I wrote in my journal whilst sat on the balcony whilst he had a lie in. 

Once he perked up we found a laundromat and dropped off all our clothes to be washed. It was our last full day before we went to Ao Nang for Craig’s 30th. We already decided we were going to come back to Koh Phi Phi after Ao Nang as we underestimated how much the island would have to offer.

Finding a place to do our laundry with a slight hangover. Pic by Craig Reay
Finding a place to do our laundry with a slight hangover. Pic by Craig Reay

We did some more shopping and a guy at one of the stalls recommended a trip to the Phi Phi Viewpoint for sunset. We got back to the hotel, showered, changed and then headed to the viewpoint. All of a sudden we heard raised voices and shouting, turns out scores of monkeys had decided to pay the hotel a visit! A few people had left their balcony doors open and the monkeys had gone inside people’s rooms. They were ripping open packets of nuts, opening bottles of beer and eating and drinking everything that they could. Thankfully our balcony door was locked so none of our food or beer was stolen! Once they’d had their fill, they vanished as quickly as they appeared. After watching the entertainment, we headed to the viewpoint.

A Monkey sits on our balcony after raiding the mini bar in the room above. Pic by Craig Reay
A Monkey sits on our balcony after raiding the mini bar in the room above. Pic by Craig Reay

The stairway to Heaven

We were absolutely knackered by the time we got to the viewpoint, it was red hot and we were sweating. We had only packed 1 bottle of water, big mistake, however, the sunset was gorgeous. The viewpoint was littered with people but the sunset was amazing all the same, just not as peaceful as we anticipated. We went to a restaurant called Cosmic, as it sells pizza as well as curries and we couldn’t decide what we wanted. We ended up going all out. Massaman Curry w/ rice, vegetable stir-fry in Oyster sauce w/ rice, garlic bread, and a pizza. The staff thought they were taking the food to the wrong table as we had ordered so much. We ate it all, whilst they watched, gobsmacked.

Craig took this photo of me enjoying the sunset from the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.
Craig took this photo of me enjoying the sunset from the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

We went back to the room to do our least favorite activity. Packing.

We got rid of quite a lot of clothes to make room for all the stuff we bought in Phi Phi. Craig bought more vests and I bought an additional pair of elephant pants, because, if you didn’t buy elephant pants, did you even go to Thailand?

We backed up all our memory cards onto our HDD to make more space for more footage. We are feeling very organized for our trip to Ao Nang, as we were leaving we were already looking forward to coming back!

 

 

 

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They were some of the most amazing views. Reminiscing reading this.