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Phi Phi is divided by two islands: phi phi leh and phi phi don. phi phi don is the largest island of the two, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants. The resorts and hostels are located on this island. Phi phi leh is famous from the movie "the beach" and its beautifull lagoon called Maya Bay. Because of this movie thousands of tourists go to Phi Phi to see a glimpse of these magnificant islands. From phi phi don its just a short boattrip to phi phi leh, but when you arrive at Maya Bay hundreds of boats fully packed with tourists are welcoming you. Not a pleasant sight.

So this is what we did:
On phi phi don we went to a local fisherman and asked him if we could sleep on phi phi leh. It was possible...he knew the park rangers who live on phi phi leh, they take care of the island and clean the beaches. We could rent a tent on the island and sleep near the rangers.

We asked the fisherman to drop us off on phi phi leh around 5 o'clock and if he would pick us up the next moring at 10. When we arrived on the island the last tourists were about to leave...we had the whole island for our selfs!!!! It was such a beautifull sight!!!

After 2 hours of swimming and enjoying the surroundings we went back to the camp, where the rangers allready put up our tents, and they asked if we wanted to eat with them. After the great meal we opened the bottle Bacardi and some beers we brought with us, song thai songs and played with the enormous landcrabs. Before we went to sleep we walked to beach and looked at the stars, i never saw them so bright!

The next morning the fisherman came to pick us up (lucky us) and while we were heading back to phi phi don we saw the first touristboats heading towards maya bay....

If you go to phi phi...go and sleep on phi phi leh...you will never forget it!

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2007
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