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The Beach

Posted by Heliocentrism on April 15, 2010

April 9 – 11, 2010

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hanging with fish

Where Leo Walked

Our next 3 days on Phi Phi Island were mostly spent in and under water. On the 9th we signed up for a day trip around Phi Phi for the 10th. We wanted to see Maya Beach, the beach where the movie The Beach was filmed.

There is a 400THB entry fee for all non-Thais who don’t come to the island with a tour group. The tour was 450THB. To go on our own, a taxi boat would have cost about 200THB. We would have had to also bring our own lunch since there isn’t anywhere to get food on the island. There is a “snack bar” but it wasn’t open when we were there. The tour provided us with lunch. So we took the day tour.

The Tour Catalogue

No Sharks or Mosquitoes

The day trip was great. We started out by snorkeling at Shark Point. There were no sharks and not much fish to see. Several of the people on the trip said that they saw jellyfish and got back into the boat. I did too even though I did not see a jellyfish. I wasn’t willing to take any chances.

Our next stop was Bamboo Island.  There is a campsite on this island and a 400THB island entrance fee. Like all the other islands, the entry fee is waived when you come with a tour. We ate lunch on this island and had time for a little swimming.

Then we went to Mosquito Island. We never set foot on the island, but we swam near it. There were so many fish. This is where I learned that fish love pineapples. I went in the water with a piece of pineapple in my hand. It attracted tons of fish!

Fish love pineapples

My favorite spot on the day trip was Pileh Bay or Viking Bay. There was no beach but the water was beautiful! You can see it in the picture below, but the photo just does not show all the wonderfulness of this bay. I think it was more beautiful than Maya Beach. Which was a bit disappointing and crowded.

the lagoon

Here is a video that Mark made:

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(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.






  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
  • Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.

Ivory Phi Phi Island

How to get there:

  • 7°44’23.4″N 98°46’13.7″E

Once you leave the dock at Koh Phi Phi Don, you head almost straight then take a right turn before you get to the beach.


IVORY Phi Phi Island
194/1 Phi Phi Island, Moo 7 , Ao-Nang, Maung, Krabi THAILAND, Maung, Krabi 81000, Thailand

Phone: 075-601149




  • 1,000 – 2,000THB depending on the room and season.


  • Check in after 12:01
  • Check out before 11:01


This place comes with free wi-fi, but the signal is strongest on the ground floor.


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