Arriving at Koh Phi Phi Don, I was surprised on how many tourists flocked this relatively small island on the southern part of Thailand. Me and my buddy waded through hundreds of shopping stalls along a narrow alley right beside the beach. We reached the far end of the shore and were transported to our bungalow on a cliff overlooking Koh Phi Phi Leh. I sat on our private balcony and enjoyed the view. Phi Phi Bayview Resort is the perfect seclusion away from the maddening crowd of this favorite jump-off point to the famed The Beach, maybe we could all blame it to Leonardo di Caprio.
Koh Phi Phi was our fourth stop on Thailand during Beach Hop Asia 2016, our two-month backpacking trip to some of the famous beach destinations in Asia. After exploring Melaka, Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia, we headed to Koh Pangan, Krabi and Koh Lanta in Thailand before our pit stop on the famed islands of Koh Phi Phi (Koh Phi Phi Don is the inhabited island while Koh Phi Phi Leh is the nearby island, usually for day trips).
There are no motorized transportation on the island aside from a few motorbikes by the locals; wheelbarrow is the popular means to transport goods here. Everything is just a 10-minute walking distance around downtown Ton Sai area. You may go around to the other spots on the island by using a boat taxi. We came from the laidback island of Koh Lanta and were stunned on the number of tourists on Koh Phi Phi.
We were welcomed by a staff at the shore entrance and were led to the open-aired reception area.
|Uphill and downhill paths going to our bungalow|
Our Superior Villa was perched on a hill providing a stunning view of the surrounding Phi Phi islands. I opened the main door and was amazed on how huge it was.
|The view from our spacious balcony|
I would totally understand if Phi Phi Bayview Resort left the room as it is but they added a flat screen TV, mini fridge and coffee and tea-making facilities for a more enjoyable stay.
|Tropical feel from our bed's point-of-view|
The next three days went on with endless walking around the beach and the whole of the island. We did a day trip on the neighboring islands including Koh Phi Phi Leh but failed to experience the party scene at night. I think I was still recovering from the crazy Full Moon Party in Koh Pangan, still in Thailand, that all I wanna do at that time was to explore the island, grab a beer or two and just enjoy the beach.
|Low tide from this side of Koh Phi Phi Don|
|Phi Phi Bayview Resort also has an outdoor swimming pool|
|Our every day breakie view from Roof Top Restaurant|
|Rice for breakfast!|
|Laem Hin Beach, secluded pocket beach right below our villa|
Phi Phi Bayview Resort (check for discounted rates)
69 Moo 7, Laem Hin Beach, Phi Phi Island,
Tambol Ao-Nang, Muang, Krabi 81000, Thailand