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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don February 27th 2020

After three and a half weeks of very basic accommodation (our deliberate choice and which we have loved), we decided to end this fabulous special month with a little more luxury, here on Long Beach (Hat Yao) on the island of Phi Phi Don. By luxury we simply mean the things that one expects in most standard hotels, but not in bamboo huts. So, we have a safe, a fridge, a T.V. (which we haven’t actually bothered to turn on) air conditioning and best of all, HOT water in the shower! Thanks goodness we have air con because the weather has changed and it is much hotter now than it was at the beginning of the month. The air con is especially welcomed at night and we don’t have to sleep under a mosquito net either, ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don February 26th 2020

Sunday 23rd February 2020 Today was a “highlight” day. We boarded our long-tail boat on Koh Muk pier, just close to Coco Lodge, to sail around the island, snorkelling in key spots as we went along. We expected to be part of a group, but it was just the two of us and our cheery boatman, Tan. Great for us to have the boat and snorkelling all to ourselves, but the lack of tourists is not good for business for the Thai people here. When we set off it was a bit cloudy and windy, so when we got to our first snorkelling spot on a coral reef on the rugged North West point of the island, with sheer limestone cliffs undercut with caves, I didn’t fancy it at all; dark deep water, a wildly swaying ... read more
Heading to our first snorkel site, Koh Muk
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On the coral reef

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don November 6th 2019

Dag 29: aankomst Ko Phi Phi (geen foto's) Na een vroeg stevig ontbijt, werden we opgepikt en naar de ferry gebracht. Deze ging ons naar onze voorlaatste bestemming van onze huwelijksreis brengen; Ko Phi Phi. Een eiland waar geen auto's rijden en waarvan het dorp ingesloten ligt tussen twee baaien op het dunste stuk van het eiland. De ferrytocht duurde dik twee uur en we werden opgewacht aan de pier. Via een longtailboat werden we naar ons hotel gebracht. Dit lag aan het strand zonder verharde weg langs. Recht vanop het strand in de lobby. We konden nog niet op onze kamer, dus wachtten we wat in de lobby met een ventilator op ons gericht. Vroeger dan verwacht was onze kamer klaar. Het waren allemaal afzonderlijke huisjes met zicht op de baai (mag ook wel als ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don June 5th 2019

As I am writing this blog about 6 months after the trip thanks to my procrastination and the fact my iPad/keyboard has died...So my memory may have forgotten some of the laughs, some of the stresses of the trip. But overall, we are good. As I am a natural morning person, I awoke to a beautiful sun, clear water, and 80* weather. I got dressed and went on the hunt for coffee and breakfast. Coming back with Roti and instant coffee packets, and Blake was waking with that bewildered look of “Who are you?“ and “Why are you awake?” Roti = Thai Crepe, folded into a square and filled with banana and Nutella. It must be a tourist thing cause Nutella is totally European. Our safari of the day included finding the best long boat deal, ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don June 5th 2019

It’s my birthday! And it’s been the best one yet! Behind my back, Blake had talked to one of the long boat driver’s when i was in the shower and surprised me with a tour of Monkey Beach, snorkeling, and another private beach. He was awake by 8am. And wired. And telling me to get ready with a swimsuit. It was my birthday and we were doing stuff. So we walked down to the beach, and waiting there was three Brits and our tour guide. He explained in broken English that basically we had 4 hours to snorkel and see Monkey Beach. Guys. He didn’t give me Pandas, Tigers or Elephants for my birthday like he was trying to plan. HE GAVE ME MONKEYS! Cute fuzzy babies with fingers and jokes and a couple of aggravated ... read more
Blake Chilling with Monkies
The guy legitimately posed!
First Monkey Encounter

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don April 27th 2019

When I arrived in Krabi, ofcourse they didn't bring us to the pier. Instead they offered a mototaxi for a high price, so I decided to walk. Along the way I put up my thumb and yes, a crazy German guy stopped and brought me to the pier. There I bought my ticket and I was just in time for the next boat to Don Phi Phi. When I got there, I went looking for a cheap hostel. The cheapest I could find was basically a big room with 20 beds and not much more. It was fine for me though, I wasn't planning on staying at the hostel all day. I met up with a couchsurfer after dropping my stuff at one of the bunkbeds and had some lunch. We talked a lot and it ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don January 27th 2018

It was time to say goodbye to Railay beach and make our way to Phi Phi island....but not without difficulty. Everyone that had to leave the island had to wait by the beach for the ferry to arrive. We then got onto the longtail boats with all our luggage and then waited out at sea for the ferry to arrive. At times the lontail boat felt like it was going to tip over and we were going to loose al our luggage. But luckily we made it and we all got on to the ferry. We must have been one of the last boats left to get on as there were no more seats left on the ferry, so the rest of us had to sit down on the floor outside as you wouldn't want to ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don November 14th 2017

Ko Phi Phi is a small island known for being very touristy and very good for parties and diving. There are quite a few diving schools there, and many bars! We had been recommended a quiet hostel, where we met Lucy, from Australia. On the first day, we went up to a viewpoint to get a nice panorama of the island (which is pretty small) and where we got violently attacked by mosquitoes! In the evening, we met up with Lucas, a French friend we had made in Ao Nang and went for dinner with him and Lucy. Afterwards, we decided to try the party experience because "while you're in Rome...". We bought beers in a supermarket and went to the beach to see the fire shows every bar had on. After the (free) shows, the ... read more
Party, Ko Phi Phi style
Maya Beach
Ko Phi Phi Island from the viewpoint

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don May 15th 2017

The next day was an early 7amstart, which came as a bit of a shock to Lisa, in order to get to our next island Koh Phi Phi. God even gave us a FREE lift to the pier! We probably won't receive this kind of hospitality in a while! The boat to Krabi had really overkilled the aircon (-6 approx) and despite comfy chairs inside, char opted instead to sit outside on the floor. 2 more buses and a boat later we arrived in Koh Phi Phi. We made our way to our home for the next couple of days 'Phi Phi dream guesthouse', there was much deliberation about whether this was the right place to stay when booking but we were greeted by a very friendly French lady who showed us to our rooms which ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don February 6th 2017

Getting out of Koh Lanta was as easy as pie. A simple minibus to the pier and a one way ticket on the ferry ($300b) for the two hour journey to Koh Phi Phi smack in the middle of the Andaman Sea. With great beauty comes great crowds and this place was an eleven. Some of the most striking beaches I've been privileged to see call this place home, even with the hordes of tourists that were basking upon them. No wonder it was chosen to be home to the set of THE independent traveler's' movie "The Beach". I had now found myself firmly planted in the eye of the tourist storm that is Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is truly a spectacular place. The soft sheltered bays with long stretches of powder white sands can even ... read more
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