Koh Phi Phi Don is a party paradise
– We booked the Lomprayah transfer from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi which went Taxi, Ferry, Coach, Taxi, Ferry, Wheelbarrow – hostel.
We stayed at Harmony House guest house which we booked last minute with a travel company. 700 baht a night was pretty pricey but the room was large, had an en-suite and a really comfy bed and was away from the carnage. The staff here were really friendly and the food at the restaurant was cheap and the shakes were good.
Koh Phi Phi is very small and the hostels, bars and shops are all tucked into a relatively small area so there are many overlapping roofs and buildings and many soi’s to explore.
The food prices on this island are cheaper than Samui and Phanang but the accomodation is much more expensive. Here you can get a giant slice of yummy pizza for 80 baht and one of these is the size of a 9″ pizza so it really fills you up on the boozey walk home.
Night life on Koh Phi Phi goes like this. 1) Eat at any of the restaurants (I recommend Garlic Restaurant) for great service and tasty food including Swiss Rosti’s. 2) drink in one of the bars 3) watch the Muay Thai or boxing at reggae bar 4) watch the fire poi at woody’s or slinkies 5) watch the fire poi finally at Slinkies and wait for it to turn into a club and dancefloor on the beach.
The beaches here are amazing and the scenery is the best on any of the islands I visited. I highly recommend taking the 500 baht all day boat trip where you get to snorkel at some lovely spots and see Maya Beach (the beach) and Mango bay which are pure paradise.
We stayed on Koh Phi Phi for 5 days and partied every other day. I find two heavy nights in a row impossible to do these days (must be getting old) so we chilled out on the hangover days and explored the beaches and islands.
On the last day we got the early afternoon ferry to Phuket and then took an express minivan to the airport. We decided to fly to Chiang Mai because it was nearly as cheap to get the train and instead of taking two days it took two hours. We booked the flight on air asia and it was around £80 but I think if you hunt skyscanner you can get it a little cheaper because the air asia website adds loads of hidden taxes right at the end of the checkout process which is not cool.