Like most people, when I first saw the pictures of the Phi Phi islands I was blown away by how beautiful they are and I made it a priority to see them when I travel to Phuket in November. I recently read some reviews that said the crowds almost ruin the experience completely. Suffocating crowds, 100's of speedboats, etc. Obviously it's a tourist attraction and I imagined that there would be no shortage of tourists, but I'm hoping that the commercialism doesn't ruin it. I'll be there towards the middle to late November (hopefully this will be a better time of year ?)
Is there any places that you can escape to and find a little privacy? Also, would it be better to find an independent way of getting out there as to avoid the "tour groups". Any advice on this would be much appreciated. Thanks!!