Today is Part 3 of my Thailand series if you are wondering click here to follow my stories! In today’s blog, I am going to share my experience in Island Hopping especially in Phi Phi Island & Monkey Beach.
Island Hopping Day
My day started off earlier, waaay before sunrise. The best way to avoid crowds is to go as early as you can in the morning and/or visit when the water is too low for the boats to enter the bay itself. Although no one lives or stays on the other islands of Phi Phi, there are several days and half-day trips that will take you island hopping to visit them all. This is a must-do in Koh Phi Phi because it allows you to see so much more than just the area that all the tourists stay. The place is surrounded by sea canyon – high rock cliffs, turquoise waters surrounded by small islands.
Discovering Phi Phi Islands
The tropical paradise of Phi Phi Island is composed of two islands: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley. Although Phi Phi Don is the main island, Phi Phi Ley has quite a bit to offer tourists. Loh Samah beach, however, is located on the smaller island of Phi Phi Ley. Since the entire island is surrounded by limestone walls, very little damage was sustained by the Tsunami. To this day, the island and beaches shine like a precious gem.
What to do in Phi Phi Islands?
This small bay of Loh Samah on Koh Phi Phi Leh offers a beautiful setting including a small green island planted in the sea but it is especially a nice spot for snorkeling. One can see much colorful fish mainly yellow and blue (probably Nemo and Dory too). You could do snorkeling by staying on the surface, you can swim among the fish. Should you need a mask and snorkel, this will be provided by the longtail boat driver.
This was Tonsai Beach. At low tide, the water was ridiculously shallow and you could easily walk a couple of hundred meters out into the ocean and still only be waist-deep in water.
The Monkey Beach
The Monkey Beach as the name probably gives away is filled with monkeys. Monkeys that roam around. Monkeys that jump into the sea and swim. Monkeys that come up to people and take food from them, LOL Monkey Beach on the Phi Phi Island of Thailand is the little escape from the norm. If you’re not interested in monkeys, I would suggest you skip this tour. I personally have so much passion for animal and monkey is one of them.
It was good to see those ‘sea monkeys’, and there were plenty of them!
TRAVEL TIP: When the signs say don’t feed the monkeys, you shouldn’t feed the monkeys. The monkeys are a little grabby, and will quickly snatch people’s sunglasses and valuables – plus any food stored in pockets or bags.