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Koh Phi Phi

The snorkeling paradise


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Taking a ferry from phuket I came to phi phi islands. These are best kept islands if one wants to indulge in some scuba diving or snorkeling. The water is amazing as well as the white sandy beach. The best place to snorkel is not around the islands because most of the corals have been destroyed but rather in the middle of the sea. The ferry I was traveling on anchored in the middle for a few hours and this was the place which had amazing corals besides not a lot of people. The place was also close to Monkey beach which is a beach populated by who else but only monkeys. Don’t go too near to them they can attack people.

Furthermore I also took a tour to view the small caves around that region where one went on a bamboo canoe. The caves are truly amazing made of limestone because of accumulation of water which has made crystals thus we were not allowed to take cameras because the light of the flash breaks the crystals. Anyways what I saw inside left me speechless. There was a cavity inside the cave which had a whole elephant trunk on it. Our guide told us that this was a fossilized elephant. Don’t know much truth is it but anyways it looked stunning!!

Phi Phi is party place and accommodation over here is always tight because of the stream of people coming in. but I feel its becoming more and more commercialized which has somewhat affected the beauty of the place. Travelers whom I came into contact and who had been coming here regularly for the past 10 years or so told me that they really miss the former Phi Phi. At Phi Phi one can also go for a transparent glass boat ride though I didn’t go for it but I think it should be done especially for people who don’t like diving or snorkeling.

A word of advice. People wanting to spend a few days here to relax should better bring food, water and groceries with them because on the island all the things are pretty expensive. But if you want to splurge then what can I say? It’s your money!!!

Posted by sulemaniya 04:46 Archived in Thailand Tagged backpacking

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