The next morning we got picked up at the hotel and got taken to a pier about an hour away from Phuket city. We boarded a speed boat and headed to koh phi phi island beach resort on koh phi phi don island.
When we landed on Koh phi phi, the tide was out so we had to wade through the sea to shore. The water was as warm as bath water and a clear as tap water. I’ve never experienced anything like it before. For the rest of the day we relaxed by the pool and soaked up some rays before the island tour on our next day.
We got picked up from our hotel by a long tail boat at 10am. We had hired a private boat to take us around the islands. The thought process of going private was to avoid the crowds of the organised tours and it was definitely worthwhile.
Our first stop was Lomudee Beach. We landed before all the tours arrived so we almost had the whole beach to ourselves for a while. From there our skipper took us to a snorkelling point which was overrun with fish in super clear waters.
From there we took the boat round the island to Monkey Beach (one guess as the how it got it’s name). This beach was considerably busier than the other but once the two tour boats that were there when we arrived had left the whole place was almost deserted.
Afterwards we took the journey over to Phi Phi Lei. This part of the trip got a little rocky. The little boat didn’t cope well with the choppy seas. But eventually we got there and our first stop was at Phi Lei Lagoon, a quiet cove for shallow swimming.
We then went round to Lohsama Bay. Once again we were the only people on the beach here. So peaceful, so quiet. Absolute paradise.
We headed back to Phi Phi Don and this time the tide was a lot smoother. We called off at a local restaurant for a late lunch that our skipper recommended and then headed back to our hotel. The trip was definitely worth going private for as being the only people on the beaches was a memory I’ll never forget.
The rest of the afternoon was spent chilling by the pool before we headed out for dinner.
We decided to go to the local restaurants just outside of the resort for dinner, not only did the price make our wallets happier but the food was better too.
After dinner we stumbled across an art studio that offers painting classes each night. As we were looking in the window the owner approached us. He invited us into his bar next door and we ended up spending the rest of the night drinking (free pour) drinks and singing karaoke. Such a random night but that’s what I like when you venture out into locals territory.
After breakfast we walked down the coast to Lam Tong bay, about a 4km walk which was for the majority flat. There is a long beach there with a few hotels and restaurants on. As the arrived,the heavens opened so we dived into one of the bars and took shelter from the rain. After about half an hour the rain had calmed enough to make a quick dart back to the hotel where the rain started again and continued alllll day! Guess this was a day for chilling in the room and not much else.
In the evening we went back to the art studio we found the night before. We had great fun following step by step how to paint the Koh phi phi sunset and were very proud of the results. Something that will definitely be framed back home!
For dinner we ate in one of the local bar/restaurants and continued our night with drinks. All of the restaurants are similar in what they serve and price point. All very good and cheap for what you get!
The rain continued all morning, at lunch it dried up enough for us to be brave enough to trek across the other side of the island to Tonsai view point. This walk is also around 4km however was far from flat.
This walk is for old trainers and proper walking gear. As you head uphill you enter the start of the jungle, wading through streams and bogs, dodging foliage and climbing over boulders. It took around an hour to reach the view point, and the view was totally worth the walk!
After another hour trek back to the resort, we spent the rest of the day packing up and getting ready to head back to the mainland the following morning.