After a night in a rather unfortunate last minute room in Railay (all boats were cancelled due to the stormy weather) we managed to hop it over to Koh Phi Phi, one of the more popular and well known islands on the South West Coast. There was some pretty phenomenal scenery on the way…
We weren’t sure what to expect, as many of the people we’d met said the party scene there had tainted it’s beauty.
In my opinion, they couldn’t have been more wrong.
Having bagged ourselves a couple of rooms in the newly built PP Insula, we set out to explore and find some grub.
Hello, fresh coconut. I was a very happy dehydrated traveller.
We then pottered around Phi Phi’s maze like streets all afternoon, and wandered to one of it’s many gorgeous beaches. It was a bit drizzly but personally I think the cagoule wasn’t necessary Fran…
Woodys beach bar. Far too excited.
That evening we headed to ‘Only Noodle’, a tiny little shack in the middle of Phi Phi Market. We’d heard they served the best Pad thai around, for only 100 baht (about £2.20) and you could bring your own drinks.
Of course we took full advantage…
There are only a few options on the menu: four types of noodles and the option of either prawn, chicken, seafood or vegetable – alternatively if you’re feeling super peckish, all of them together.
I went for the prawn. The portions were HUGE.
The next few days were spent exploring the island. We hopped off on a rather more successful boat trip than our one in Railay – including a trip to the beach from the beach. We loved Phi Phi so much we came back again a week later (sadly minus Maya who had to go home a bit earlier).
The view from our room, looking over the market.
Maya Bay – The beach from ‘The Beach’.
One evening we hiked up to Phi Phi’s viewpoint, from which you could see the entire island in all its glory. Koh Phi Phi was hit badly by the 2004 tsunami, and over 1000 people passed on this tiny island alone. It is pretty awe inspiring to see how they have sprung back from such a tragedy in less than a decade.
‘The view’s alright, if you’re into that sort of thing.’
Altogether now – ‘She’s got the whole world in her hands…’
Fran doing what she does best – talking in Italian.
The final breakfast of kings, courtesy of 7/11.
Phi Phi, you very may well be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. As per Arnie’s infamous words:
‘I’ll be back.’