Days 239 – 245 – Koh Phi Phi

From Phuket to Phi Phi, we set off to discover this collection of 6 islands in Southern Thailand. Only one is inhabited – Phi Phi Don, a quirky shaped island which is mostly motor-less giving it a calm and intriguing charm. The pedestrian town is small and very pretty, bookended by two long beaches facing green islands of all shapes and sizes. 

Popular with young travellers and holiday makers (we often felt like we were the oldest on the island), it has a reputation for being a party destination, and on that front it didn’t let us down (you should’ve seen Annalie’s karaoke performance). It is however also a good spot for hikers and snorkelers alike. The island is small enough to be discovered on foot and within a couple of hours the more distant beaches can be walked to by trudging through the thick forest or, at low tide, walking along the rocky coast. 

We did a bit of everything on the island as we stayed a total of 6 days. On our first days we familiarised ourselves with the town and walked our way to the main beaches for some paddling and sun bathing time. The weather easily reached the mid 30s so we took advantage of a day of clouds to hike across the island in search of a less crowded beach. The walk was tough enough to tire us out but gentle enough to keep us alive, which was nice. 


The smaller, uninhabited islands of Phi Phi are well known in the scuba diving world so Annalie took full advantage of it. She spent a day out with a group of divers and did 3 separate dives, one taking her over 30mt deep to discover a shipwreck. One of her fellow divers was celebrating his 100th dive and tradition has it that it should be done naked. Lucky Annalie was chosen as designated photographer and came home with a good selection of bum shots. Lovely. I in the meantime went for another hike to an even more secluded beach on the Eastern side of the island where I made friends with two gorgeous dogs. Lovely all round. 

One can’t come to Phi Phi and miss out on the islands, so on our last day we went for a walk up to Phi Phi’s viewpoint to see where we’d be heading later on our island hopping tour. Many boat trips are the all-you-can-drink kind catered for the youths but we were keen to avoid the 18 year olds so opted for a slightly tamer one. We enjoyed the sun, the sea, some good music and a couple of beers right till sunset, making it a pretty perfect day out. We even got to see Maya Bay (where Leo DiCaprio’s The Beach was filmed) but didn’t want to spend the £10 tourist tax so just enjoyed it from aboard our pirate ship.  

Whilst we were a bit disappointed with Phuket, Phi Phi on the other hand turned out to be a great little gem. We had some excellent curries (and the odd western dish) and despite the high numbers of tourists we really enjoyed the town’s vibe. Plus, with beautiful turquoise waters and postcard perfect views, this place offers the heavenly kind of nature you spend your life dreaming of. 

Next: the more chilled island of Koh Lanta. 

Ciao for now xx

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4 thoughts on “Days 239 – 245 – Koh Phi Phi

  1. Hello again my pretty girls! You both look so healthy and happy, what a great decision you made when you decided to take some time out from your city lives. These are moments that you will share and treasure for the rest of your lives 🙂 🙂 🙂 xxx

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  2. Happy Birthday Annalie, I’m sure you’ll have a great one. Gareth, Geraint, Nerys and I have all so enjoyed your travels with you so thank you both so much, it’s been wonderful. I’m sure that by now you are both looking forward to getting home. Siân is with us this week which is great. She came with us to our Chords choir rehearsal on Tuesday and is coming with me to Garth Gardeners club tonight and we are going to look at houses this morning so I’m really looking forward to her retirement. Nerys and all the family are living with us for the next six months as they are extending their house, so I’m not sure if Siân has had much sleep this week! Geraint is also busy, he was here over Easter so a very full house indeed, he is moving to a flat in the Barbican in May. It’s a two bedroom flat so he will no longer have to sleep on the floor when we visit! Love to you both, Lynne and Gareth xx

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    1. Thank you so much! Wonderful to hear from you and so glad everyone’s having a great time. Can’t wait to see you hopefully this summer – or if you come to London, please let us know! Lots of love xxx

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