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“Beautiful island” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ko Phi Phi Don

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Switzerland
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28 reviews
63 helpful votes
“Beautiful island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2011

Upon arrival on the ferry dock, there is a fee of 20 Bath for each person to pay.

We didn’t book in advance because we wanted to have a look first. Since we only were staying for one night we specifically wanted to stay in Ton Sai because of restaurants and shopping possibilities.

Since there are tons of people arriving each day on the island it became clear that to find a place to sleep would prove to be a hassle. We saw several beautiful beachfront bungalows just to be told that they had just been taken by telephone – not always true because the prefer guests that stay longer than one night.

What I recommend is to ask immediately one of the guys at the pier from the Tourist Office and to ask which accommodations are still available.

Loh Dalum Bay is exceptionally beautiful, especially in the early morning before the day trippers arrive and in the afternoon after all the big boats have left for the day.

There are several shops offering private tours with the longboats. We paid 1’200 bath from 1.30-5pm and we got to see among others Maya Bay and Monkey Beach, which are really fun. Be aware that upon arrival to descend from the boat to Maya Bay there is a fee of 200 Bath per person to be paid.

The island offers a lot, restaurants, massages, shopping and nightlife and one night is way too short to enjoy it all.

Since my last trip, Ton Sai bay has developed into a 24 hour party people island. If one seeks peace and calm, especially at night should opt for another part of the island but it is still worth visiting it.

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Birmingham
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47 reviews
28 helpful votes
“What a shame! Far too many bars an island paradise ruined!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2011

If you can travel away from the main areas then do it! We were not expecting the the large amount of bars in such an enclosed area... we had the impression this would be an idyllic place to be - we were wrong.

If you want to be up till 6am with a lot of shouting, swearing tatoo'd thugs then go here - if not your thing then maybe stay clear! Such a shame!

Although only a short taxi boat ride away is loads of beautiful spots....

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Hove, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
15 helpful votes
“Biggest disappointment of 2010!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2011

Having visited in 2006, I was keen to go back to Phi Phi with my partner this year. Sadly the island has transformed into one giant party town, which is great if you are there just to get trashed every night and sleep all day on the beach, but if you're looking for a chilled time - don't go here!

Oh and something else - compared to the rest of Thailand, this place is the biggest rip off EVER!

If you do go however, try staying on the fringes of the party areas so you get a decent nights sleep but still have access to bars and restaurants. Also the speedboat tour of Phi Phi Ley and Maya Bay is worth the money, great day trip.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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65 reviews
37 helpful votes
“Laid back, relaxed and simply amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2010

If you made it here you more or less know what to expect. Yes, white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, palm trees and scenery just like from 'The Beach' movie. You can find all this here and much more! Many pubs, beach bars, lively beaches packed with people and very private ones with random wanderers. I would highly recommend the diving spots - both in the local marine park as well as out towards Phuket (Shark Point, King Cruiser wreck, etc). There are many diving shops around so take your time, have a chat with a few of them and make your pick. Diving is excellent and affordable so don't miss out on it!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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110 reviews
102 helpful votes
“Paradise for those who like crowded places”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2010

After being away from big touristy things, that was what was needed. For me it was a lot of fun to arrive in an overcrowded Island of Phi Phi Don.

We didn't book a tour (saying that the self-organised trip cost the same, while you spend less time on the island itself... however, gives you an opportunity to explore it the way you want). Instead we bought a ticket to ferry with return on the same day. It left us around 4 hours on the island. We enjoyed the sun and beach and rented a canoe. We went to monkey beach and then round of couple of corners of the island. If you want to do that consider speedboat, sometimes it seems like the cepitans really don't see you + the return time, in our case the wind on the way back was agains so took more time, but was adventurous indeed :-) Really enjoyed that.

I woldn'tt risk to stay there after seing awfull tsunami videos but I'm sure it's ok :-)

I think this attraction is better for people who enjoy parties, crowds and really touristy areas. In terms of nature - don't be bothered - you find all of that in other islands and destinations of Thailand, except may be 2 beaches in 50m from each other. But one is used as a PIer in any case.

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