We took the 1 day Koh Phi Phi excursion with Princess Tours from Koh Lanta (Saladan Pier) that started at 8:00am. This incuded transport to and from the island, a long tail boat trip to the Viking Cave, Maya Beach snorkelling off Ko Phi Phi Leh and a stop at a monkey beach. It also included water and snack of fruit mid morning and a Thai food lunch after the long tail portion of the trip that accommodated 7 passengers. There was also an hour and a half free time on Koh Phi Phi Don before the return trip at 2:30pm . When you consider it costs a minimum of 600 Baht to get return ferry service to and from Koh Phi Phi, this excursion costing 850 Baht was a bargain. The longtail boat ride, snorkelling and lunch portions amounting to 250 Baht or about $8.30 over and above basic transport. The guys on the boats were helpful and friendly and the longtail ride was a blast as the seas were a little rough. The Thai food lunch they put on was excellent and generous. I can't comment on the condition of the snorkeling equipment as we used our own, but it certainly appeared to be in good repair. The bay where we snorkelled was excellent with a lot of marine life and few swimmers Overall we were quite satisfied and felt that we got good value for our money. An alternative is to take a modern speed boat at a cost of 1700 Baht with essentially the same itinerary. I believe the crossing is about 1/2 hour faster but they appeared to be packed with a lot more tourists and they were wall to wall when parked in Maya Bay as was the beach packed with their passengers. As far as Koh Phi Phi is concerned, you can appreciate that this place was once a paradise, but sadly it has been spoiled by uncontrolled over-development and crowding.
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