A trip to Thailand won’t be complete without venturing into Phi Phi Islands. A day with Simba Sea Trips for 3,600 THB (around $111 USD) per person will provide you the chance to explore two of the major islands- Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, world renowned for Maya Bay, the shooting location of the movie blockbuster starring Leonardo di Caprio, “The Beach”.
We were picked up from our hotel at around 6:30 AM. The tour starts so early in the morning that I was able to witness the sun rise behind huge, ancient karst formations! Crystal clear waters, so clear you can see the bottom of the sea! Admiring the world-famous Maya Bay, pretending to be a figment of Alex Garland’s imagination.Caves like this one called the Viking Cave serve as an important factor in the Bird’s Nest Soup business- a very expensive Chinese food delicacy.The Pileh Lagoon with its gigantic rock formations surrounding its bright blue, cool waters gives an impression of being in a very large, natural swimming pool.
While on the tour, we had the chance to visit Monkey Beach, home to a group of wild monkeys that reside on the islands. Beware of the little rascals because they are smarter than what you think as they can sneak up on you and take your things when left unattended. This particular monkey was able to unzip a closed backpack, recover a can of Coke from inside and was capable of opening and drinking from it!There are a lot of tourists in Phi Phi Islands because of the popularity caused by Maya Bay. To avoid the crowds at Maya Bay, we had lunch at the secluded beaches of Loh Samah Bay, where walking around for a few minutes led us to a secret cave that I shamelessly proclaimed as my own territory. It came covered by vines and trees, with a view to die for. If only I could live here forever!
Thank you @giliislands (Instagram) for planning this whole trip! Definitely unforgettable because of the fact that Thailand does not disappoint!
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow”