Trip Report: Thailand (part 11) Phi Phi Islands Boat Trip

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Introduction
United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)
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Phi Phi Islands

While on Phuket we booked our excursions through hotelbeds Thailand (no real website). There was a company representative working at our resort (The Naka Island) that I was in communication with prior to arriving. I considered another company-Laguna Phuket but figured this would be easier since it is through the resort and the price was similar. We made the reservations and then needed to pay for the excursions when we arrived at our resort. Here was our official itinerary for our Phi Phi Island trip:

  • 8:00am Depart from The Naka Island pier
  • Snorkeling in the coral areas
  • Relax on Khai Island or Bamboo Island
  • Lunch and relax on private beach
  • Visit Viking Cave/Monkey Beach
  • Swimming in the famous “Pileh Lagoon” from Jurassic Park II
  • Sightseeing Maya Bay made famous by the movie “The Beach” with Leo DiCaprio
  • Arrive back at Naka Island pier at 5pm

The price for the excursion with speedboat was 3300THB (around $100usd) per adult or 1650THB (around $50usd) per child.

There were many more people on our boat compared to our trip the day before on the exact same size boat! In fact it felt sort of packed in and I was concerned this wouldn’t be very comfortable or relaxing.  My wife and I were some of the last to board the boat and got a spot in the back next to the loud and smelly motors.  After about 15 minutes of cruising on the boat for our first destination the captain discovered an issue with one of the three engines and thus we had to turn around and board another speed boat.  This worked to our favor as we were one of the first people off the boat and onto the other boat!! Thus we got a spot up front with about eight other people and got better views!

Our first stop was to snorkel around some coral areas.  They supplied all snorkel masks and flippers and they also had some of the workers come in the water with bread so the fish would come feed off it.    We snorkeled around for about 45 minutes or so.  My wife put on our newly purchased GoPro camera to take some footage.  There were a decent amount of fish and it was pretty damn clear!

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Heading past our first group of islands

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Heading past another group of islands

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Snorkel time-my wife with the GoPro on

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My wife snorkeling

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My wife snorkeling in between the two groups of snorkelers 

After snorkeling we stopped at Khai Island to explore and swim or lay out for about 45 minutes.  The island was big enough that everyone had plenty of space to spread out.

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Our first stop

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Views from the island

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Amazing textured rocks with beautiful clear blue water behind them

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My wife in front of the rocks

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Carving our names in the sand

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My wife and I on the beach

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My wife and I on the beach

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Hanging on the beach

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Hanging on the beach

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Look at that water!

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My wife on the beach

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My wife on the beach

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Crystal clear water hitting the rocks

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Crystal clear water hitting the rocks

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Turquoise water with islands popping up everywhere

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View of part of the beach

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My wife on the boat

After getting back on the boat it was time to head for our lunch stop. After another 20 or so minute cruise through the water we arrived at the island where our lunch would be served.  This was a buffet setup similar to our James Bond Island trip the day before.  Just grab a plate and grab as much as you want.  I had an interesting conversation with one of our boat guides about how long he had been working for the boat company (14 years) and how much money people in Thailand make (like 80 cents an hour or so for most).  And some Thai people that can afford to go to school in the USA never come back to Thailand because of the money and opportunity in the USA.

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Docking for lunch

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Heading back out after lunch

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Heading back out on the sea

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Heading back out on the sea

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Out on the sea

After lunch we stopped at Viking Cave and Monkey beach but only viewed them the boat.

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Checking out the Viking Cave

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Checking out the Viking Cave

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Approaching Monkey beach

Next up was Pileh Lagoon where we could go swimming in the most amazing color water I have every seen!  We all got to jump in the lagoon from the front of our boat.  We stayed about 30 minutes here.

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Cruising thru the Phi Phi Islands

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Cruising through the Phi Phi Islands

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Water so blue and clear

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Stopping for a swim in Pileh Lagoon

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My wife and I on the boat in the Phi Phi Islands

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Our swim spot-Pileh Lagoon

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People swimming from our boat in Pileh Lagoon

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The last few people swimming from our boat in Pileh Lagoon

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Swim spot in the Phi Phi Islands-Pileh Lagoon

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Phi Phi Islands

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Phi Phi Islands

Our next stop was Maya Bay to explore and check out where they shot some scenes from the movie “The Beach”.  We were free to lay out or swim or grab snorkels and snorkel some more.  We stopped here for about an hour.

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Arriving at Maya Bay in Krabi  Koh Phi Phi National Park

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Walking to Maya Bay

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Entering Maya Bay

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We are standing where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed a scene from “The Beach”

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Wife and I where DiCaprio jumped from the cliff into the waters below in “The Beach”

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My wife and I on the boat docked in Maya Bay, Phi Phi Islands

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Docked in Maya Bay

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Docked in Maya Bay

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We had a great time on this trip! The weather was perfect and scenery was amazing! This is a must do on any visit to Phuket.   Please let us know if you have any questions on our excursions.

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