A touch of escapism today, as we took a ferry sailing to Kho Phi Phi island for a one-night stopover.
Rather than our originally planned day trip, which would have felt a bit rushed, we decided to spread the visit over two days. Accommodation is so cheap in Thailand, so we kept our Phuket room on for our main luggage, and traveled light with just enough things in our rucksacks for a day and night by the beach. We arranged the trip online at the last minute, days before our flight out from the UK. The ferry sailing and our hotel taxi transfers were dealt with very efficiently by phuketferry.com and we easily found a hotel on Phi Phi for one night through booking.com.
The ferry we took, the Andaman Wavemaster, has a journey time of around two hours. Upon arrival at the main piers on Phi Phi, there’s a 20 Baht (50 pence!) per person environmental fee to pay, to help offset the cost of removing rubbish from the island. Well worth it, as in our experience the island was maintained in a beautifully clean condition. There’s no motor traffic on the island, so only a footpath behind the beach linking all of the shops, hotels and restaurants. Ten minutes walk, and we were checking in to a ‘deluxe bungalow’ at the Phi Phi Villa Resort. Basic and clean, but just perfect for our backpacking beach adventure!
In contrast to the brashness of Phuket, we were able to spend a really chilled-out afternoon on the beach drinking from fresh coconuts, and an evening at a beachside bar and restaurant.
Unexpected bonus, the fire show on the beach…
The next morning, one last look around Kho Phi Phi island before catching the ferry back to Phuket.