After receiving a major blow from the tsunami, Koh Phi Phi has fully recovered and is finally back to its peak. This is truly the gem of the Andaman coast.
I was personally lucky enough to have had the opportunity to stay on a boat anchored in Ton Sai Bay, off the coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford staying on mainland as my pockets were running thin by the third week of my trip. Besides that, in the aftermath of the tsunami, Koh Phi Phi was fully transformed into a high-class resort island so it’s not a place for backpackers anymore! Many times during my travels, I overheard that the island has lost its feeling and touch. Nevertheless the beauty remains and its sea life is still recognized as one of the best in the world!
Koh Phi Phi Don is the bigger island and is the only one with permanent occupants. The island is quite petite so there are no cars or motorbikes; you have to go by foot everywhere. Once you reach the shore, you will laugh at how many diving companies infest this little village. Then again, most people do come here to dive, or snorkel – at least.
So we decided to hire a long tail boat to Koh Phi Phi Lay to do some water activities and to undertake our pilgrimage to “The Beach.” Our driver, Muay, took us to four main spots around this made-by-Hollywood famous island. We swam in a bay, fed a school of fish (in the water!), checked out the Viking cave (not the horned helmet warriors, but the bird’s nest soup industry), swam dangerously close to jelly fish, met Dory from Finding Nemo, and finally reached our destination of Maya Bay. And as cliché as it sounds, I was happy to have touched base with “The Beach” but sadly, we weren’t the only ones.