Phi Phi Island Backpacking – The Andaman Dream
After your arrival in Bangkok and introduction to Thai culture and the atmosphere of the bustling capital. What better way is there to start your phi phi island backpacking extravaganza than to visit the Andaman Coast in the south west of the country!
This region is famous for its powder white sand beaches, karst limestone cliffs and dazzling turquoise waters. For this tour, we board the night-train at 18.30 pm to Trang in the south west, arriving the following morning. We then have a minivan and short boat ride to the Island of Koh Muk. For all you sea and sand seekers this small island is a total must.
You can arrive on Hat Sivalai or the spectacular Hat Farang, aka Charlie beach, where jade water kisses a perfect beach. This island covers a very small area and has no real roads. However it is the most prominent of the Trang coast line. Koh Muk is mostly occupied by sea facing towering cliffs to the west. Located on the east side of the Island is a village of fishermen who have still maintained their ways of life as islanders. On the Island to the west is Tham Morakot, a unique sea cave, with light shining from the outside- emerald water can be seen inside the cave.Tham Morokot (Morokot Cave) is extremely unusual and the natural beauty is spectacular.
After your 2 days on Koh Muk it is time to continue the tour of the Andaman Islands and start your phi phi island backpacking adventure. There is no better place to go from here than the extremely famous Koh Phi Phi, famed by the movie the Beach, just a boat ride away. Phi Phi is made up of two Islands, Phi Phi Don, meaning the larger of the two Islands and Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Don was initially populated by Muslim fishermen, but during the late 1940s and later becoming a coconut plantation. The population is between 2000 and 3000 people. Koh Phi Phi was devastated by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004, when nearly the entire Islands infrastructure was destroyed. As of 2010 most but not all had been restored. Phi Phi Don is 8km long and 3.5 km wide.
Porky’s packers recommend you split your phi phi island backpacking trip to 3 days in Koh Phi Phi to enjoy the much talked about nightlife on loh Dalum bay. Here you can dance on the beach under a bed of stars all night long. Another Porky’s proven winner is to spend the night at Maya Bay. This is the famous beach from the movie (The Beach) Get the Leonardo experience for one night only where you sleep on board our ship anchored just a short swim from shore. To enjoy a barbecue on Maya bay is sure to be one of the highlights of your vacation. After our 3 days on Phi Phi Island it is time to take an 80 minute boat ride to Ao Nang beach town in Krabi province.
Krabi is on the southern province on Thailand’s Andaman seaboard. After dating stone tools, ancient coloured pictures, beads, pottery and skeletal remains found in the provinces many cliffs and caves, it is thought that Krabi has been home to homo sapiens since the period 25,000 to 35,000 bc. Rock climbing, sailing, kayaking in mangroves and snorkeling are a few of the main activities. Krabi is a very active place and not really just for sunbathing.
The rock faces of Railay Beach near Ao Nang have attracted rock climbers from all over the world and each year plays host to the rock and fire festival. As part of your vacation four days in the Krabi area is perfect, but be prepared to be active. It is not a sit down, do nothing place. You must make the most of the spectacular surroundings which will leave a soft spot in your heart for the Krabi Province and our phi phi island backpacking tour.
Phi Phi Island Backpacking – The Andaman Dream by Porky’s Packers