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.

When we arrived we were starving, after already spending a good couple of hours travelling from Ao Nong to get to Phi Phi, so we had a quick walk around the walking street market to find somewhere to get a bite to eat. We then tried to find a boat taxi who could give us a quick tour of the main bay of Koh Phi Phi Don and take us around Koh Phi Phi Le (where you’ll find Maya Beach, aka ‘The Beach’), but this proved to be no problem at all. There are handfuls of boat merchants on the streets selling their boat rides, and one was offering the each tour we were looking for, and promised he could do it in time for us to get our ferry.

This was pricey at 1500 Baht for two, plus you have to pay 200 Baht each to even set foot on Maya Beach, but it was 100% worth it. Maya is really really beautiful – one of the best beaches we saw in Thailand. Plus, if you’re in Phi Phi Le, it would be pretty rude not to, right? The dude was also true to his word and got us back safely in plenty of time to make out ferry. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly, actually.

There are no words which can really capture the beauty of Phi Phi, so in this post I think I’ll let the photos speak for itself. Unfortunately I can’t make any comments on any restaurants or hotels in the region since I only did a day trip, and the food we did eat was a cheese toastie and and ice cream, so not exactly à la carte.










Have you ever been to Koh Phi Phi? Did you think it deserved its status as one of Thailand’s most beautiful destinations or did you just find it overrated and overrun by tourists?

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  1. Gorgeous photos, and I couldn’t agree more that it’s worth the visit despite cost and number of people. By far the most amazing thing about my trip to Thailand (well, to Phuket). These pics bought back all kinds of memories!

  2. wow, this looks beautiful! it’s a shame you only had a short time but you definitely made the most of it. i’d love to visit thailand, fab post x

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