Phi Phi, Thailand
What to Do
Maya Bay, or "The Beach"...one of the most sought out destinations for backpackers traveling through Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.
However, piling tourists onto a loud overloaded speedboat for a tour of the islands does not sound like an ideal experience.
We were lucky enough to be snoozing on the beach when a Canadian man approached us with an amazing deal to join him on his private yacht to the National Marine Park, Phi Phi Ley.
We were able to bring our music to enjoy with only 2 other couples, lunch and all you can drink Chang beer! He takes you to all the same places and more. Monkey Island, cliff jumping, snorkeling, Kayaking, Maya Bay, teaches you how to fish and sail, and caving if the weather permits! I could go on forever...it really is a much nicer and I think cheaper (about 50 bucks) experience. Highlight of Phi Phi.
Captain Bob's Sailing Booze Cruise. You shouldn't have a hard time finding him on the tiny island!
Where to Stay
Runtee Beach is a good option for those who want to get away from the "shit show" near the Phi Phi docks. The beach is kept clean by the awesome staff at Runtee Sunrise Resort. Bungalows can be had for 500 baht (2 people), or if you are more, try to snag the northern-most bungalow that sleeps 5. There are 3 food options on the beach and fire shows at night. The only rub is that it is an hour hike to Tonsai or a 20-minute, 150 baht boat ride back to town. Island tours can be arranged at your resort.