The Phi Phi islands are some of the adorable jewels in Southeast Asia. It is an ultimate tropical gateway with just 150 minutes ferryboat ride from both Phuket and Krabi featuring glistening picturesque beaches, stunning cliffs and graphic turquoise waters brimming with life, it is the perfect marine Eden on earth.
Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
We started for Phi Phi from Rassada Pier, Phuket on a Ferryboat owned by Chao Koh Group. It takes only 300 baht per person to make the Ferry ride. You can buy the tickets arriving at the pier or even from the Phuket Airport Departure if you wish to go directly. But, remember, the last ferry leaves at 2 in the evening. During the ride you can enjoy the fresh famous mangoes of Thailand and other Tropical fruits. We watched the ferry leaving the shore and moving into the deep green water with the tiny landmarks behind and the vast horizon in front of us. The seagulls and oceanic waves were there to greet us in their midst. The translucent sunshine and the prying ogre rocks with greens on them accompanied.
It’s better to be seated rather than roaming around or standing if you are not habituated with the waves to avoid dizziness and vertigo.
It takes around 2-3 hours to reach Tonsier Pier, the only pier in Phi Phi Don, situated at the very lap of the small, beautiful town of Tonsier. We stepped off the Ferry, passed the long wooden bridge and were just enthralled with the beaming beauty that was surrounding us. Nature did not look so real before. The whole pier was mostly encircled by the limestone cliffs jutting out of the sea with sparkling evening sunshine that was tapping with today’s last kiss. At the end of the pathway of the pier, the white beach with coconut plantation is calling you to forget the time, to forget everything. It’s just only if you could.
You need to pay a tax of 20 baht before leaving the jetty bridge which is obligatory as it is used due to the sole purpose of cleaning the island from the waste product left by the visitors keeping it real and untainted. Elective representatives from different hotels are waiting there for you raising the placard with Hotel names on it. As there are no roads and the only way of communication is via the iconic long tail boats, you need to talk to them and they will take you to your respective Hotels with minimum wage (100 baht).
It took us nearly one hour to reach to the Laem Tong beach where we were residing at P.P Erawan Palms Resort. The beautiful strewed wooden resorts with tiled walkway was seemingly simple yet elegant offering the romance which was continuously exceeding expectations. Just in front of the Hotel Lobby the beach lies. For someone born, raised and lived at the concrete slums called city, it was something not earthly at all. We could hear the roar of the ocean. We could feel the blasts of the ocean breeze. After completing the Hotel formalities we finally went out there, to embrace it, to loose ourselves in the white crystal sands, to dive in the beauty of the most beautiful bride, to get drunk without alcohol and above all to find peace in chaos.
Dinner was served on the beach.
The blasts of wind was something we have never experienced before. Fresh grilled salmon, fries, cantaloupe juice and lanterns, we couldn’t ask for anything more or anything better. We took a long walk at the beach sauntering our toes in the water. If there was daylight you could see the greens of the closest Bamboo Island. Somewhere along the way, we found a gathering watching the traditional fire show of Phi Phi. We intermingled with the crowd and mesmerized by the artisan and the techniques of the performance that was worth a huge round of applause. After a while we got back to our room, took a bath and went for the most peaceful sleep that this life could offer hearing the sound of wave dance and the swooshing of the wind blasts.
Our journey at Phi Phi Islands will go on. Hope you will continue to accompany us for Island Hopping, Kayaking, Snorkeling and much more. See you at next week with our second day at Phi Phi. Till then, Happy Life.