The Thailand Diaries: Koh Phi Phi and Maya Beach

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If you’ve been following my Thai adventures you may well have read my post about Ao Nang and Krabi, in which I raved about my trip to Koh Phi Phi.

Phi Phi is one of the most famous destinations for tourists in Thailand, mainly following the Leo Decaprio movie ‘The Beach’ in 2000, which featured the now infamous Maya Beach. After watching the movie and scouring Pinterest for the most stunning beaches in Thailand and finding Phi Phi pretty unavoidable, I was determined to have Phi Phi on our itinerary, even if it was just for a day trip.

It’s pretty pricey to stay here overnight unless you’re staying in a hostel or low-rated hotel, but you can quite easily get ferries and speedboats here from the mainland (from the likes of Phuket, Ao Nang, etc), as well as the other islands.

The only drawback of getting a transfer boat from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi Koh Lanta was the ferry times. The ferries only run about twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. We arrived at about 10/11am, so we only had about 5 hours to spend there until our 3pm ferry. We had to act super fast in order to see as much of the islands as possible, to make the extra time and money on making the stopover worth it. Continue reading

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The Thailand Diaries: Ao Nang, Railay Beach and Krabi

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We decided to go to fly from Chiang Mai to Krabi, in order to spend time in Ao Nang, due to its easy access to the south islands. We only booked a few days here, as it was only ever meant to be a stop gap to go to Railay Beach and mooch about before we went on to Koh Lanta.

We were really pleasantly surprised with Ao Nang, though, and could definitely have spent at least another two days there. Railay actually turned out to be one of my favourite beaches that we visited in Thailand, and Ao Nang turned out to be quite foodie hotspot with a wealth of great restaurants (picking just one from the huge list of high-scoring restaurants on Trip Advisor was quite a the task). Continue reading

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