Thai Thanksgiving: Ko Phi Phi

  1. Introduction
  2. SFO -> PVG -> HKT
  3. 6 hours in Phuket
  4. Ko Phi Phi
  5. Ao Nang
  6. KBV (Krabi) -> BKK (Bangkok)
  7. Bangkok
  8. BKK -> PVG -> SFO

An employee from meroom drove us in a van to the Phuket Pier. It was about a 10 minute drive, and I noticed he had a mobile phone propped up playing music videos.

I should have asked if it was YouTube 😉

He unloaded our luggage, and as he handed me my bag: “You. You Thai?”

I thanked him, told him I was Filipino, and then we headed to the boat. 


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The ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi is about 2 hours and I believe we paid about $10 each. Pretty much everyone puts their luggage in a big pile in a designated area on the boat. There are no bag tickets or anyone guarding the bags so you just have to trust your fellow travelers.

I was a little concerned about getting seasick, but the boat ride is completely smooth and so beautiful.


View from ferry


View from ferry

Upon arriving in Phi Phi, we each had to pay a 20baht ($0.56) fee which is used to help keep Phi Phi clean. According to wikipedia, more than one thousand tourists arrive on Phi Phi daily and the island produces 25-40 tons of waste per day. A boat hauls about 25 tons of waste away from the island per day.

After paying our fee, we walked down the dock looking for a bellboy from our hotel. Almost every hotel has an employee at the dock when the ferries arrive. The employee loads everyone’s luggage on a cart and wheels it through the streets of Phi Phi to your hotel. Because the streets are shared between pedestrians and carts, the cart pushers yell “BEEP BEEP” to get people to move out of the way.

We stayed at Sabai Sea View Bungalow, which is a little bit farther away from the madness of Phi Phi. It was about a 10 min walk uphill at the end of each day, but it was quieter and had beautiful views.


We each had our own adorable bungalows!

We also paid a few baht to take a long tail boat to Long Beach, which was a beautiful white sand beach.


We spent the morning reading and swimming at Long Beach, and then headed back for a snorkeling tour, where we met another traveler from SF. Our snorkeling tour was on a long tail boat with about 15 other people. There was cliff jumping (we opted out of that), snorkeling, beer, sunset watching, and night plankton. We each paid 450 baht – so $12 which is basically one cocktail in SF.

Aimee and I were having so much fun snorkeling around, and I popped my head up and said, “This was totally worth $12!” Which led to us floating around in the water and cackling over this amazing experience we got in Thailand and comparing it to what we could get in SF for the same amount of money.

“You could get ONE cocktail in SF”

“You could get like, 1/10th of a dinner at lazybear”


Me and Aimee cackling about our $12 snorkeling adventure


Sunset at The Beach

After twelve dollars worth of activities, we showered and had a delicious Thai dinner. Afterwards, we drank a few booze buckets while exploring the party scene. The bars in Phi Phi become giant dance parties, while performers spin fire as entertainment.

After a long day of activities and an evening of food and drink, we had a restful sleep in our bungalows.

→ Part 5: Ao Nang

Other posts about my Thanksgiving in Thailand: #thaithanksgiving

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