I was slightly apprehensive about going to Koh Phi Phi. I had read and heard a wide range of opinions - from 'you HAVE to go there, it’s the most beautiful place in Thailand’ to 'don’t go there, it’s totally ruined’...who was I supposed to believe?
So I stopped reading, we packed our swimsuits and hopped on a bus with an open mind...
We were reunited with family.
We enjoyed sunrises and sunsets.
We fried in the heat.
And who was right? Perhaps everyone..
Tonsai village is disgusting. It’s interesting in places, but still disgusting. I hate to think that what some people might see of Thailand is restricted to Khaosan Road and the Chicken Nugget bars of Tonsai.
And yes, Phi Phi is busy. There are lots of people and lots of boats - you probably won’t be lying on a deserted beach and any tranquility you find will soon broken by the roar of a speedboat or long tail.
That said, the sand is white, the sea is clear, and the cliffs plunge dramatically into the turquoise ocean. We got away from the main village and enjoyed exploring the more attractive parts of the island, and the sister islands nearby.
Phi Phi was the first stop on our long break from work. We had great company, it’s beautiful (aside from Tonsai), and we had a lot of fun. But I’m not sure we’ll go back.