After Phuket, we got on a ferry and headed to what some consider the most beautiful island in the world. Koh Phi Phi is absolutely beautiful, but it is also expensive (for Thailand) and crawling with tourists.
Before we embarked on this 4 month adventure, there were a lot of uncertainties. Jared and I had never been on the road for such a long period of time, and we were traveling to places we had never been before. However, the longer we were on the road, the more we learned about budget traveling, backpacking, how to get around in third world countries, and what we enjoyed most about traveling.
We also learned how important it is to not have expectations while traveling. Expectations just create room for disappointment, and the worst thing about visiting a place is being disappointed when you get there… This may have been why we weren’t overly fond of Thailand.
Nonetheless, Thailand full of natural beauty, and we began to see some of that beauty on the ferry to Koh Phi Phi When we arrived on the island, we were met by a staff member of the Phutawan Bamboo Resort who loaded our luggage up on a rack and carried it out to where we were staying. We stayed in the Phutawan Bamboo Resort because it was the best budget deal we could find on the island. The bungalow was very basic; it had a mosquito net around our bed and a decent bathroom. My only complaint was dealing with the heat. There was a small fan at the top of the bungalow, but it just wasn’t enough. However, it was only $17 per night, and with the average rate being much higher, we couldn’t expect much more.We were on the island for three days and two nights. On one of the days we decided to take a boat tour to the attractions surrounding the area. This included monkey island, the viking cave, snorkeling for an hour, and sunset on Maya Beach. It was only $12 each for the tour, but the attractions weren’t all they were made up to be.
Monkey Beach is literally a beach with a bunch of monkeys on it. Our boat was only there for about 15 minutes, which was plenty of time to snap a few photos and then spend a few minutes swimming in the water. On the way to the cove were we went snorkeling, we stopped at the viking cave to take a few photos from the boat.We did enjoy snorkeling, but it wasn’t especially spectacular. Maya beach was beautiful but it also was crowded… Koh Phi Phi did however have a few unexpected highlights to offer us. As we were exploring the town, we saw that Reggae Bar had live kick boxing matches every night. Being a former boxer, I was very excited about seeing a live maui thai kickboxing match. We arrived at the bar in plenty of time to get good ringside seats. Little did we know, the majority of the matches held each night are fought by volunteers from the crowd hoping to win some free drinks. Apparently they didn’t have enough fights lined up because they went around asking customers to volunteer to fight. I was tempted at first, but repeatedly turned it down until Jared started encouraging me to participate. It didn’t take long before I was up in the ring with another volunteer to put on a show. It was definitely an unplanned adventure, but it was great fun and an unforgettable experience.
The next night we headed down to the beach to watch the famous Koh Phi Phi fire shows. They were very impressive, and we spent about an hour or so watching all of the crazy things the performers could do with fire. We’ve seen a few fire shows since then, but none of them have compared with Koh Phi Phi.Our last morning on Koh Phi Phi, we woke up at sunrise to hike up to the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint.VIewpiont #1 was nice, but the first one we went to (viewpoint #2) was higher up the mountain and quite a bit better. I know this wasn’t the most positive post, but it was honest, and hopefully it will help those of you who are planning a trip to Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is beautiful and worth the visit, but we think it is doable in a day.After Koh Phi Phi, we decided to try mainland Thailand again and headed over to Krabi and then made our way to Koh Tao where Jared got his scuba diving certificate. Stay tuned to hear more!