Touring the Jewels of the Andaman Sea | Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, Thailand

Hello!  I’m finally back from Asia, where I had the privilege of attending the most breathtaking wedding and also had the chance to do a bit of country hopping.  Possibly the most memorable adventure of the trip (besides the wedding, of course) was being able to tour picture perfect Koh Phi Phi by speedboat.

tumblr_nchedjMGOd1qzmob5o1_1280Koh Phi Phi is an archipelago of six islands in Krabi, Thailand.  The islands, often called the jewels of the Andaman Sea*, consist of Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Phi Phi Ley, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Ko Yung (Mosquito Island) and Ko Phai (Bamboo Island).  Our day tour took us island hopping to snorkel, lay out on the beach, feed monkeys, and enjoy the azure waters of Maya Bay where Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’ was filmed.

*It took a drunken geography debate to figure it out, but I now feel confident answering any questions regarding the difference between an ocean and a sea.

 
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We started off by snorkeling at Ko Yung aka Mosquito Island.  I initially wasn’t going to swim just yet, but the water was too unbelievably clear and sparkly to resist.  Nothing like a tropical paradise to make you miss living near the ocean.

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Next we went to Ko Phai aka Bamboo Island to play in the sand and visit the tiki bar.  We ❤ Chang beer + men in speedos.

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Later we had lunch in a treehouse-style restaurant on Ko Phi Phi Don.  It was extra humid out, but that didn’t stop us from trying all the hot and spicy soups.  Our group got very lucky on Ko Phi Phi Don– read as: some birds “blessed” a few of my friends.

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Our main stop of the day, and group favorite, was Maya Bay aka “The Beach” on Ko Phi Phi Ley.  My pictures don’t do it justice; it was more beautiful than I could capture.

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Before heading back to the pier we stopped at Loh Dalum Bay aka Monkey Beach on Ko Phi Phi Don.  For the record, they hate watermelon and oranges so you can skip those fruits.  Am I the only one who thinks monkeys are terrifying and not cute?

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Our wonderful tour guide is in the middle.  She also took us to see other attractions like riding the elephants and visiting the Big Buddha, and she even did the flowers for the wedding.  Most of all, though, she was so sweet and it proved to be priceless to have a translator with us.

Wheres your favorite place in Thailand to visit?

xxLK

 

 

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