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