I wanted to go to the baby blue water and found it in Phi Phi Island. I like to party, but only to a certain point. So I did not know exactly what to expect from the infamous Party Island.
How to get there
At the port of Phuket, I bought a ticket for the ferry which leaves for Phi Phi on a 1.5 hours drive. The harbor was full of party people from all over the world and later also the ferry. The boat stank and my anticipation disappeared with each meter. (BTW: You can also take the ferry to Phi Phi from Krabi).
However, all the doubts disappeared at the sight of the island. A green oasis surrounded by crystal blue water appeared like a postcard. Arrived at Phi Phi I found my accommodation the Dormsi Hostel quickly. Everyone in the small TOurist village was willing to show me the way. When I arrived at the hostel I was shocked. The door on the street opened and I was already in the middle of 18 beds Dorm.
But rarely was I received so warmly as at the Dormsi Hostel. All my doubts disappeared once I had the island plan with many delicious restaurants and bars in front of me.
On to the discovery tour
The small village has been explored quickly and yet you will always find something new. The inhabitants are here because of the tourism. The village does not seem really real. A slot for partygoers. Something like the Mallorca of Asia. But with much more charm, heart and hippies.
There are fresh fruits, seafood, and coconut on every corner. Music plays from everywhere and people enjoy their travels and run tan and barefoot through the car-free streets of the island. It took me a day to spot all those wonderful things about the island. Because I first had to get used to the tourists, whom I prefer to avoid. When I became friends with the fact that this has nothing to do with culture, I started to enjoy it.
An exciting nightlife
I also experienced the nightlife. We started in the Stockholm Pub. Free shots and two Vodka Redbull later you could found me at the beerpong table. Winning, of course. Drinking on Phi Phi is part of the culture, they explained. After that, the crowd went to the beach. There are two places you can not miss, where all the party animals dance.
But to be honest, I have never made it to this places. I stayed at the beach every- and all night long. It was a quiet place, where the whole world met to make music together. It only takes one ukulele and one guitar to unite different cultures. We sang Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” until the sun started to rise. We danced and philosophized about life. Those nights belong to those, who I would never forget.
Anyone who can not get enough party or who wants to hear real old school meets at the banana bar.
What to do on Phi Phi Island during daytime
During daytime, people go snorkeling, hiking, diving or kayaking or – what else – on a party boat. I was snorkeling. However, if you dive underwater you can see the consequences of the enormous number of visitors. The reef is dead. Some fish are still swimming, but there is not much left. A fact that brought me back to reality and saddened me. Nevertheless, you have to experience Phi Phi Island.
Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash