Koh Phi Phi Island – Thailand Adventure

Koh Phi Phi Island – Thailand Adventure

Article and Photography by: Alexandrea Willett

Expect the Unexpected On Koh Phi Phi Island

Upon arriving at Koh Phi Phi Island I found myself surprised; Island life is not what I expected!  I’m sure some many travelers have been as surprised as I was. Though insanely beautiful, the island culture is typically drinking and partying. If you are between the ages of 17-23, I think it may Koh Phi Phi Island would be perfect place for you. However, if you are looking for a restful island experience, Koh Phi Phi Island may not be the best fit.

If you have stumbled onto the island and would like a bit of adventure and enjoy nature and beauty, Koh Phi Phi Island has a lot to offer. Read on to learn more about the options that are available.

Island view from up high, Koh Phi Phi Island

Koh Phi Phi Thailand Adventure

Best Time for Runners

Early mornings are lovely on Koh Phi Phi, you see only a couple locals clean the debris from the night before as you roam the empty streets.  Mornings are great since the sweltering heat has not yet arrived. It’s a great time to train on the hills if you are a runner. Visitors may also take the stairs to an incredible view point during your hike. Running is always a good way to get to know your surroundings on any trip. This island offers many twists and turns, so be prepared to get a little bit lost on your first jaunts.

Photos of Alexandrea, Koh Phi Phi Island

Alexandrea Willett on the Trail – Kho Phi Phi Island

Hiking Up the Trail

The view point trail is heavily trafficked, but there were only a few hikers there on the morning I was there. I ventured there early morning so to beat the heat, but I discovered that the stairs were very steep, when I say steep, I mean steep!

Exercise in the Morning

These steepness of the stairs reminded me of a Stair Master machine, times ten! The climb to the top is quite liberating though, with my heart rate rising with the sun. My body was smiling at the opportunity to sweat and grow strong again. I can feel each deep breath like a cleansing of the lungs, and with every step you’ll feel more alive. It depending on your fitness level, you may also be cursing me about half way up.

Worth the Price

The charge to see The View Point is 30 baht, (roughly $1 US). Make sure to bring some money with you. After getting past a few chickens, there are just a few more steps… This is where you’ll find the famous Koh Phi Phi Island View Point, It’s spectacular! The sea dazzled below me with brilliant blues & greens. The hilltops are lush and green, its like out of a fairytale.

long sidewalk to the ocean, Koh Phi Phi Island

Article and Photography by: Alexandrea Willett

Short Hike or Long Hike

The incredible view and hike is just the recharge you need if you feel ok after the party life from the island streets below. If you’re feeling particularly inspired after this shorter hike, there’s another hike that is longer on the other side of the island, Long Beach being the end point. I would highly recommend to press on. I must admit the high jungle here, though beautiful, is very mysterious and slightly intimidating. All of the unfamiliar noises and occasional movement in the brush were somewhat unsettling when hiking alone.  Bring a buddy is advised!

chicken and chics, Koh Phi Phi Island,

Get Ready for More Adventure

On the backside of the trail on the way down you’ll see local shanties, more chickens/roosters, and a TON of butterflies! Don’t forget Koh Phi Phi Island is seems like fairytale and especially so on the hike down. Brilliant colors add to my imaginary fairies as I explore this exciting place, its absolutely amazing!

Further down the mountain is  rather industrial looking facility to your left and just down the road you pop out on Long Beach!  If you get there early morning, the beach is nearly empty, and the water is SO much cleaner then the beaches over by the main town. So, bring a snorkel and a towel . . . You’ll have it made.

More Fun Activities 

Aside from the crazy parties, Koh Phi Phi Island is amazingly beautiful! If you’re looking for adventure, there’s more activities such as boat tours, kayaks rentals, sport/top rope climbs, cliff jumping, and hikes to keep you busy. If you’d like to find some fun outside the pubs, you’re at a great spot, just look around for adventure. . .Find your happiness in every day!

Google Map of Kho Phi Phi  https://www.google.com/maps/@7.7416384,98.7772024,14z

 Article and Photography by: Alexandrea Willett

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Author: TL

Editor & Chief, professional photographer who's passionate about fine arts, travel and food photography. Traveling in SE Asia currently. Thomas Levine Photography sells photo stock, products designed with his images, and educates others on how to take great photographs. Travel Food & Health is Tom's way of sharing the world. Geared for both travelers or arm chair travelers.

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