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Koh Phi Phi – Everything You Need to Know

Koh Phi Phi is the most beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. Yeah I said it. Number ONE! Okay, coming clean, we haven’t been to every island off of Thailand, but if any of them are even CLOSE to Koh Phi Phi then they have a LOT going for them.

We spent the better part of a week on this island and had the time of our freaking lives! We wanted to stay for a month, learn to teach scuba diving, and camp out on the beach each night! Maybe next time. Here is lolglobetrotting’s guide for your trip to Koh Phi Phi.

Go For a Swim

Koh Phi Phi’s waters are right up there with any on earth. Crystal blue, basically the color of the best gummy bears and freeze pops.

Recently, the island has been home to a raging party scene. Beach-side clubs and DJs rocking out until 3 am, with fire dancers performing for the gathered tourists. If that is your thing, then Koh Phi Phi will be the best time you’ll ever have! We checked it out and partied one night, it was an AMAZING time people-watching.

Because of the partying, there are few people taking time to swim in the beautiful bays on each side of the town! More open water for us! And more for you when you throw on your most tropical swimsuit and head out for a dip.

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Imagine dating someone for three years, falling in love and marrying them, and then realizing they literally can't sit through a wedding ceremony without getting up to pee. That was me this weekend, as the other 499 guests watched Julie slink out and wonder 'maybe she's going to the bar?' or 'maybe it's an emergency…' Nope, folks, she just has the bladder control of a coffee-addicted Pomeranian. * ** *** #amazingthailand #igthailand #lostinthailand #thaiadventures #thailandadventures #thailand_allshots #thailand_ig #thailandbestshot #thailanddestiny #luxurytraveldaily #tasteinhotels #resortsmagazine #infinitypool #asia_vacations #asianwanderlust #tlasia #beautifulseasia #backpackingasia #southeastasiatrip #baecation #besthoneymoonplaces #couplegoals #coupletravelgoals #couplesofinstagram #coupleswhotravel #globecouples #globetrottingcouples #goadventuretogether #mydreamhoneymoon #travelcouple

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Now if only I can figure out how to get the drone to drop water balloons… Julie has basically been a human version of Dory in Finding Nemo on this trip. She's constantly in the water (๐ŸŽต just keep swimming ๐ŸŽถ), keeps talking about wanting to go to Australia, and has tried to make friends with a shark she named Bruce! I like to think if she's Dory then I'm tooooooootally Crush, duuuuuuuude. Which Pixar character are you and why? * ** *** ##tourismthailand #travelthailand #unlimitedthailand #phiphidon #backpackingasia #southeastasia #babeswhowander #shetravelz #traveltribeworldwide #girls_love_adventure #thetravelwoman #herwanderfullife #honeymooning #iamatraveler #iamtb #islandparadise #islandtour #unlimitedparadise #vacationmood #dronephoto #dronelife #beachbums #wonderfuldestinations #travelholic

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Explore the Bays

One of the things we found unbelievable about Koh Phi Phi was the fact that you could walk out into the bays at least 100 yards and still touch! I’m talking more than entire football field people!

The island is shaped so that there are two stunning bays with a then strip of land between them. This thin strip is where the town is located, and therefore where you’ll probably spend a lot of your time. When we say thin, we mean thin. You can literally walk from one bay to the other in 5 minutes, and you’ll pass 3 of the best Thai food places you’ve ever had on the way.

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โ€œThere are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning, boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, "What the hell is water?"โ€ – David Foster Wallace Oh to have the life of a fish! Just swim and eat and sleep and swim. Julieโ€™s not too far from that actually… but tbh sheโ€™s a terrible swimmer. So I guess she just eats and sleeps, but happy wife happy life! Am I right? * * * * * #thetravelwomen #sheisnotlost #girlaroundglobe #girlsthatwander #wetravelgirls #travelgirlsgo #girlsborntotravel #travelinladies #traveldreamseekers #girlsabroad #citizenfemme #gltlove #womenwhoexplore #wearetravelladies #femaletravelbloggers #thailandinsider #thailandismagic #thailandluxe #thailandonly #thetravelingpeople #thewanderingtourist #theworldisbeautiful #tinyatlas #totravelistolive

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While escaping the burning sun for an afternoon nap in a hammock, I was suddenly woken by a loud thud behind me. I turned around and found Zach on his ๐Ÿ‘ looking around like a confused dog when you fake throw a ball. I guess maybe heโ€™s had too much Pad Thai because he completely broke his hammock to the delight of a few tourists passing by. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ. * * * * * * * #awesomeglobe #backpackerlife #backpackersintheworld #holidaymood #holidayvibes #honeymooners #honeymooning #iamatraveler #sharetravelpics #shareyourjourney #sidewalkerdaily #speechlessplaces #stayandwander #tourismthailand #travelthailand #unlimitedthailand #mydreamhoneymoon #romanticgetaway #travelcouple #travelcouplelife #asia_vacations #asianwanderlust #kohphiphi #kohphiphiisland

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Hiking to Phi Phi Viewpoint

One morning you HAVE to hike to Phi Phi Viewpoint. It’s a pretty quick hike, 45 minutes or so, and the view is SO much more than worth it.

If you are up for it, set your alarm so that you’ll be able to watch sunrise from the top. Sit silently with your honey and drink everything in. There’s a delicious breakfast cafe at the top of the hike for you to grab a bite to reward yourself for the trek.

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The Vikings lost ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ˜ข but Thailand is a winner. Zachโ€™s tears may have raised the water level at Maya Bay a bit, but luckily I was able to cheer him up before the entire island was gone! Poor guy gets his heart broken every season, but by now I know exactly how to cheer him up. Ben & Jerrys always does the trick ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. * * * * * * * #thailand_ig #thailanddestiny #thailandinsider #thailandismagic #thailandluxe #thailandonly #beautifuldestination #beautifulview #worldtraveller #discovertheworld #destination #lonelyplanet #enjoytheview #whataview #backpackerphotos #natgeo #nakedplanet #heavenonearth #breathtakingview #getoutside #islandparadise #islandtour #jaw_dropping_shots #justgoshoot #keepexploring #letsgoexplore #letsgothere

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It is Skol Sunday folks!! The Vikings continue their quest to #BringItHome against the Eagles. Zachโ€™s blood pressure hasnโ€™t dipped below 150/95 since the morning (which might be all the beer and chicken wings…) and heโ€™s been pacing around the house mumbling football tidbits all day. If the Vikes go down, lord help us ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #amazingthailand #igthailand #lostinthailand #thaiadventures #thailandadventures #thailand_allshots #beachesandnature #beachbums #mybeachday #couplegoals #coupletravelgoals #couplesenvoyage #coupleslovetravel #couplesofinstagram #coupleswhotravel #creativetravelcouples #datenight #dategoals #globecouples #globetrottingcouples #mydreamhoneymoon #romanticgetaway #travelcouple

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What We Ate

Pad thai, pad thai, and more pad thai. Oh, and we drank a lot of coconuts. All of the coconuts.

There is one place you MUST eat on your visit. If we make one thing clear in this entire article we hope it is this: eat at Only Noodle. This is a tiny noodle stand nestled in the streets of Koh Phi Phi, and was the most delicious pad thai we had on our ENTIRE trip to Southeast Asia! As a kicker, the husband and wife running the stand were the cutest local couple on the island.

You should also drink as many coconuts as possible. They are INCREDIBLY cheap, and keep you as hydrated as you need to be in the Andaman Sea heat! Plus they make for some awesome pictured. Full disclosure: expect them to make you pee.. a lot! Something in these coconuts really gets the juices flowing, literally.

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Pt 1: we did a morning hike to Phi Phi Viewpoint, the sunrise was absolutely incredible. However, as we were taking in the sight and sound of this Thai treasure, a monkey swooped in and *literally* stole the show. He strolled by a group of tourists and snatched the phone of an unsuspecting sightseer! It was comical to watch him put the phone up to his ear, jabbing at the buttons getting frustrated when the phone didnโ€™t respond. The lady attempted to barter with the burgling baboon, offering pretzels and chips, but apparently heโ€™d already eaten his fill that morning. Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. * * * * * #globalite #goodtrip #goplaces #gosomewhere #holidaymood #holidayvibes #honeymooners #iamatraveler #iamtb #kohphiphidon #travelthailand #explorethailand #phiphiviewpoint #travellifestyler #travellover #travelon #worldtravelbook #worldtravelpics #worldtrotter #youmustsee #globecouples #globetrottingcouples #travelcouple #travelcouplelife #travellustcouples

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Pt 2: Check out our previous post for the beginning of the story. By this point the lady was getting helpless, thankfully in strode a group of Australian partiers who were still awake from the night before (best to not get too close to this group with an open flame or their breath might catch fire). These Techno Toms were all too willing to enter into a negotiation with a monkey, and hilariously named him โ€˜Jimmyโ€™ for God knows what reason. For a good 15 minutes, a half-drunk-thunder-from-down-under man was relentlessly arguing with a Monkey he called โ€˜Jimmyโ€™ at least 500 times, to the delight of anyone within earshot. Finally, mercifully, a local Thai farmer came to the rescue, and began throwing things at the monkey which was now in a palm tree way off in the distance. The monkey took action and threw the phone back at her, knocking her right in the noggin. But alas, the phone was retrieved! * * * * * #gococonuts #freshcoconut #neverstopexploring #nomadlife #ourplanetdaily #paradiseonearth #passionpassport #passportlife #passportstamps #postcardsfromtheworld #travelinfluencer #travelinstyle #travelislife #traveljunkie #travellerslife #thailandbestshot #thailanddestiny #thailandinsider #phiphidon #beachbums #beachvacation #tropicals #unlimitedparadise #vacationmood

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Where We Stayed

We had a lot of ups and downs with our hotel at Koh Phi Phi. We stayed at the Phuphaya Seaview Resort on the northern side of town. Let’s start with the good.

Location, location, location. We LOVED being just slightly out of the main part of the town. It was a ten minute walk into town, which was a great start and end to each day of exploring. It also kept us out of hearing range of the techno and EDM music bumping from the beach-side clubs. As a bonus, it was a shorter hike from our hotel up to Phi Phi Viewpoint, which is toward the north side of the island.

The view from Phuphaya really lived up to the hype. A gorgeous view of the bay from the pool made this place worth it. We were able to walk around town for most of the morning and afternoon and spend the evening hanging at the pool relaxing, reading a book or two and planning the rest of our adventure.

Now with the not so good:

Not all of the hotel rooms live up to the hype. There are a few private cabins which look epic, but a lot of the rooms are pretty dingy motel-style rooms with absolutely no frills and no air conditioning. This would be fine in most climates, but it’s tough when the temperature bottoms out at 80 degrees at night.

While the view from the pool was awesome, there was no outside food or drink allowed in. There is a small restaurant/bar on site, but there were two issues with that. First, the prices are about double what they are on the rest of the island. Second, when we tried to order a drink, they didn’t have any of the materials to make the drinks on their menu.

If we had to do it over, we would look for somewhere with the same view and location as Phuphaya, but that allows outside food and drink

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In Seattle last weekend we played Butt Beers, which is where you put a quarter between your cheeks ๐Ÿ‘ (outside your pants ya sickos) and have to clench as you waddle over to a cup of beer on the ground. The goal is to drop the quarter into the beer, and if you do you get to give that beer to someone, who has to chug it while everyone chants โ€˜BUTT BEER BUTT BEER BUTT BEER!โ€™ I know youโ€™re probably thinking about how stupid we are, but this shit is insanely fun. We are heading up to a Northern Wisconsin cabin on Thursday and more Butt Beer is sure to follow, and be shown to the world via social media. God I love living in this day and age! Would you play butt beer? . โ€ขโ€ขโ€ขโ€ขโ€ข #kohphiphi #travelthailand #visitthailand #southeastasia #backpackasia . โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #thailandbestshot #thailanddestiny #thailandinsider #thailandismagic #thailandluxe #thailandonly #tourismthailand #unlimitedthailand #asianwanderlust #tlasia #beautifulseasia #globetrottingcouples #goadventuretogether #mydreamhoneymoon #romanticgetaway #travelcouple #beachbums #islandparadise #meettheworld #mydestinationguide #mynextvacay #neverstopexploring #nomadlife #paradiseglobe

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Iโ€™ve noticed on our trips that Julie ALWAYS has to pee at the MOST inopportune moments. โ€˜Oh our bus is here that we have been waiting an hour for and might leave us and no one speaks English? Let me go pee real quick.โ€™ โ€˜Oh we just made it to the top of this mountain? Think thereโ€™s a bathroom up here?โ€™ โ€˜Oh youโ€™re arguing with the guy on the night bus via Google translate? Hand me that water bottle I gotta pee.โ€™ Literally never fails ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. * * * * * #baecation #besthoneymoonplaces #couplegoals #coupletravelgoals #couplesenvoyage #coupleslovetravel #amazingthailand #igthailand #lostinthailand #thaiadventures #alwaysbetraveling #backpackerlife #backpackersintheworld #backpackerstory #backpacking #beachesnresorts #beautifulexplorers #beautifulmatters #bestbeach #bestplacestogo #bestvacations #dreamvacation #driftr #enjoyingtheview #experiencetheworld

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Koh Phi Phi Rocks

All in all, we had the TIME OF OUR LIVES on the island of Koh Phi Phi. We were able to hike, swim, explore, dance, eat, drink, and be merry in one of the most stunning destinations on the planet!

Are you going on your Koh Phi Phi trip with your honey? If so, take a look at our advice for traveling as a couple:

10 Secrets to Travel as a Couple (and not kill each other)

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