Visiting the Phi Phi Islands has been on our bucket list for years! Naturally, we were drawn to the crystal clear water and the white sand. We had seen so many pictures of the Phi Phi Islands over the years and we were excited to finally experience this beautiful place for ourselves.
Since this was our first time to Thailand and to Phi Phi Islands, we decided to stay on the mainland and take a day trip to Phi Phi. In hindsight, we are a bit sad that we did not stay on the islands for a few nights. We met a few people that were staying on Phi Phi and they told us that there is a party every night on the beach that lasts all night long! We are sad to have missed out on that experience so I guess that means we will just have to go back right?! Also, if you stay on Phi Phi, you get access to the other part of the island that is less touristy.
Anyway, for our trip we stayed in Pantong Beach which is about and hour ride from the harbor. We had arranged a ride to the harbor through the agency that chartered out join-in day trip and we were picked up at our hotel around 8:30am. Once we were on the boat, it was about and hour ride from the harbor to the islands. During our tour we visited a few different beaches on Koh Phi Phi Ley and Koh Phi Phi Don.
Once we arrived at Phi Phi Islands, we were overwhelmed with the white sand and the clear blue water. We had time to snorkel for a bit and explore each beach. The only downside is that we never wanted to leave!
This area of Koh Phi Phi Don is a protected area for monkeys to live, breed and do money things. There were monkeys EVERYWHERE! It was so much fun to see all of them. They all were very friendly toward us and did not seem to mind that we were there.
Half way through our tour we were taken to Phi Phi Island Natural Resort to eat lunch. They prepared a large spread of traditional Thai foods like steamed rice, chicken, curry, fruits, etc. Mrs. Traveling Honeymooner stuck with the rice and fruit just to make sure her food was gluten free but Mr. Traveling Honeymooner tried everything and enjoyed it all!
The tour was about seven hours long from Bay to Bay but it still didn’t feel long enough! Next time I think we will take a private tour or a smaller tour (our boat had about 30 people on it) and maybe spend a few nights on one of the islands.
Thailand- We miss you, your people, your culture, your food, your sites, so much already. We can not wait to visit you again soon!
Thank you for stopping by!
The Traveling Honeymooners