The best phi phi islands tours & things to do 2022

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Ahhh…we finally made it khổng lồ the beautiful beaches of Thailand. Tyler & Kara have been looking forward lớn this for so long, our first real beach destination in almost six months of travel. Some pure fun in the sun has been long overdue for these two kiddos và we arrived just in time for Christmas.

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Tim & I wanted to spend Christmas with Tyler & Kara somewhere extra special, somewhere they’d be talking about for the rest of their lives. Vương quốc của nụ cười has numerous beach destinations, the most popular being Phuket. We opted for a less touristy & maybe more scenic Krabi, Thailand.

Krabi is known for its easy access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and islands, world class rock climbing, great kayaking & snorkeling spots, và plenty of other activities to lớn keep an active family busy. We will be spending nine glorious days here, nine days in paradise.

This post was written in 2014 during our visit to xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện thái lan and it is updated regularly.

Island Hopping Off the Coast of Thailand

One of the most popular activities to do is khổng lồ hire a boat and go island hopping. There are many tropical islands that dot the horizon off of mainland xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện thái lan and the best way khổng lồ visit them is by long tail boat or speedboat. One of the most famous islands is Koh Phi Phi, the site of the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Even though this island is overrun with tourists we just had to see it.

Tim & I opted to pay a little extra lớn take a private tour out khổng lồ Koh Phi Phi. We hired Thalassa Tours, who offer a private day trip to lớn Phi Phi Island and other islands with a flexible itinerary. We wanted khổng lồ avoid the crowds as much as possible & the best way to vày this is by private tour.


Bamboo Island

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Our tour started at 9 am. We met our guides for the day, Jorge và Beltran (both are from Spain) & boarded their long tail boat. After a quick briefing we were on our way.

Our first stop was one hour off shore, Bamboo Island, a popular spot for snorkeling. Our boat docked in the turquoise water, away from the hoards of tourists on the beach, và it was here that we went snorkeling.

This was a first for Tyler & Kara, and when they first looked underwater and saw schools of fish they were giggling with delight. For forty five minutes we swam in these beautiful waters. Jorge identified the fish for us & he took some great shots with our underwater camera, which you can see here.

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Pileh Bay

We had khổng lồ drag Tyler and Kara out of the water to take them lớn the next spot. Now we were off khổng lồ Phi Phi Island, the main destination of the day. Phi Phi Island is really two islands: larger Phi Phi Don, the inhabited island where tourists can spend the night, & the smaller & more scenic Phi Phi Leh.

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Jorge took us khổng lồ Pileh Bay, a small lagoon located on Phi Phi Leh Island. This place was gorgeous. This lagoon cannot be visited during low tide, which was fast approaching when we arrived. If water levels get too low the remaining boats would be stuck here until higher tide moved back in. This would not be a bad place to be stuck for a few hours!

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We all went for a quick swim here. Other boats were making their exit so we got fairly close lớn having the place all lớn ourselves. This time it was hard to get Tim và Kara lớn leave.

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Maya Bay

And now the moment that Tim và I were waiting for…Maya Bay. I remember watching “The Beach” fifteen years ago & thinking that it was filmed in a very beautiful place. I just never imagined that I would actually see it.

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Maya bay is spectacular, even with all of the tourists, speedboats, & long tail boats. It was great khổng lồ see but Tim and I ended up liking the smaller lagoons & secluded beaches a lot more.

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We ate lunch on board our boat & then went for yet another swim. We also took a short hike through a tropical forest khổng lồ a lookout point over the ocean. My favorite view is of Maya bay from the beach.

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Phi Phi Don

Next it was off khổng lồ Phi Phi Don, another very small and very quiet lagoon where Tyler and Kara went for another swim, and then lớn a nearby snorkeling spot. Tyler and Kara loved snorkeling và said it was their favorite thing of the day. They usually get tired of activities rather quickly but not snorkeling…they never wanted to lớn stop!

Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach is a small beach with some of the whitest sand I have ever seen. This beach is also trang chủ to monkeys, believe it or not, but most of them were asleep after being fed by tourists all day long. It was getting late in the day & most of the other boats had begun their trip back lớn the mainland so we had the beach almost to lớn ourselves.

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Cruising in the Andaman Sea

From here we cruised one hour north back towards Krabi and Ao Nang. Along the way we passed more outcroppings of rock và smaller islands. Tim acted as the bartender, making rum and cokes (using quý phái Som Rum, Thailand’s rum) for the adults on board. Now we’re having fun!

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Our day ended with stunning sunset views and dinner on a private, secluded beach. Jorge và Beltran mix up a table on the beach và served us thai food for dinner. It was an awesome setting. It would have been perfect if it hadn’t been for the mosquitos that were eating us for dinner. Now I know for sure that I vì chưng not want lớn live on a deserted island…I’d become one giant mosquito bite.

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We arrived back at our khách sạn around 8 pm, tired, a little sunburned, but very happy. What an amazing day we had…snorkeling, swimming, even a little hiking. The best part was listening khổng lồ Tyler and Kara laughing while snorkeling. I am glad that they had so much fun today.

Thalassa Tours

We found Thalassa Tours on TripAdvisor. We got very lucky that Jorge had an opening in his schedule khổng lồ accommodate us. Jorge was very flexible with the itinerary, giving us plenty of time to lớn snorkel and swim in Maya Bay lượt thích we wanted to. We never felt rushed plus we were never waiting on other people, a huge bonus of scheduling a private tour. Jorge & Beltran were awesome with Tyler & Kara, always making sure that they were comfortable và having a good time.

They offer various tours, both by long tail boat và by a faster & more comfortable speedboat. The speedboat is much more expensive which is why we chose the long tail boat (but we also thought that the long tail boat offered a more authentic experience). We had a great experience with Thalassa Tours và highly recommend them lớn families and small groups wanting to tour the bầu islands.

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