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Phi Phi Islands too crowded??

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Phi Phi Islands too crowded??

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!!

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1. Re: Phi Phi Islands too crowded??

When I first went to Phi Phi three years ago, it was still "rebuilding" and wasn't super crowded. Plus, I didn't go for a day trip, which is where you're herded around and maybe that's where your info on that is coming. If you go, plan to spend at the very least two nights. It's a real treat. Cool people, great bars, and enough space to wander around and feel isolated JUST ENOUGH, yet still rooted to people, if that makes any sense at all. LOL

HOWEVER, there are people who do jsut this and it does, at least last year, feel very confined. I'm no longer going. To me, it has lost all its charm to the packer crowd and 20yo drunk Aussie girls.

Maybe in 20 years I'll go back. By then, it will have had it's run and may hopefully lumber back to a nothing destination.

Sorry to sound so gloomy. LOL Its just not the same island I fell in love with.

scott

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