Amazing Thailand – Phi Phi / Maya Bay

maya bay

We took the ferry ride leaving Phuket at 1100hrs. It was THB650 per person including the hotel transfers to and from the airport and an open dated return ticket to Phuket. The ferry was supposed to be a Pichamon 2009 but then we were forced to take a much smaller boat with a capacity of 25 and we were about a hundred in there. And because there were no more seats inside, we had to sit at the deck under the noontime sun. I was wearing a racerback shirt and got sunburnt with the racerback imprint on my back. Hahaha. The view to Phi Phi island was amazing though:

We didn’t have any hotel reservations in Phi Phi so we went to the tourist information desk near the pier to help us find a decent hotel for two nights. We were advised to take Phi Phi Casitas for THB2500 per night, I was too tired to be bothered by the price so I said to just go for it at least for one night and then we’ll look for an alternative hotel for the other night. When we arrived at the resort, we all fell in love with it so we immediately booked it for two nights. After taking a refreshing cold shower, we managed to go to the beach for lunch and we all went back to our rooms to sleep afterwards. It was THAT tiring. I wouldn’t suggest anyone to take a ferry ride out of Phuket directly from an international flight to Phi Phi – unless you’re suicidal. At around 8pm, all refreshed – we walked around the island to have dinner, drinks and we even found a bar with muay thai boxing matches.

Phi Phi is for young backpackers and it’s lively althroughout the day – specially at night of course. All of the beach bars will have their music blasting from the big speakers that you wouldn’t know which song is playing on the bar that you’re at. Haha. If you don’t want the crazies of a beach bar, you can buy yourself one of the below and find a quiet spot away from the bars along the beach:

The next day we took a day trip package for THB700 per person to Maya Bay. I would highly recommend though to take a tour instead of going to Maya Bay on your own with a water taxi, the reason of which is you’ll pay an extra THB400 once you get to Maya Bay as a tourism tax (or whatever the hell they call it) to keep the bay clean. The tour starts at 12nn and ends at 5pm with stops at monkey beach, viking cave and some nice areas for snorkeling before heading to Maya Bay. It was ammmmazing! Photos speak louder than words so here it is:

Monkey Beach

Snorkeling? Anyone?

On the way to Maya Bay

We fell in love with Phi Phi so much that we stayed 2 more nights there – so a total of 4 nights and 5 days for us and still, we couldn’t get enough of Phi Phi. All we did was eat, drink, sun bathe, party and sleep so I’ll just show you some of the photos I took of the island:

On the 5th day, we went back to Phuket at Kata Beach area to spend our last 3 days of our trip before heading back to the real world of corporate slavery. Phi PHi is an amazing place that one shouldn’t miss.


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  • Daniel April 11, 2020 at 10:08

    Thailand is a best place to visit as a tourist and also best place for Muay Thai Boxing. I love Muay Thai workout because it is another way to lose some weight and burn fat. I read your blog and I must say Phi Phi island is looking good in your photos and blog. One day I’ll to visit Phi Phi Island.

  • Mitzie Mee February 16, 2015 at 22:22

    Phi Phi is like paradise. Though the times I’ve been there, I couldn’t help thinking how even more amazing it must have been before all the tourists arrived.

    • Pinay Flying High February 18, 2015 at 11:24

      Yes, Maya Bay was too crowded with tourists and I can totally imagine what kind of paradise it must have been when there are but a few people visiting it.

  • gaucherrie February 2, 2012 at 19:28

    Hi ya!! Would like to ask wheres the best to get day tour to Maya bay?? online or just in Phuket?

    • Pinay Flying High February 3, 2012 at 13:07

      Hello there, we did it while we were in Phi Phi. But I’d probably suggest for you to do it while you’re in Phuket and not online if you’re not going to Phi Phi. There are a lot of tourist kiosks around the area (1 for every 10 meters :)) and if something goes wrong, at least you know whom to see. It would be good to haggle the price and ask around first before paying for anything. Have fun in Thailand! You will love it there!

  • Kate December 9, 2011 at 09:11

    I love your photos.

    • Pinay Flying High December 9, 2011 at 11:32

      thank you kate, the place was amazing! 🙂

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