Pronounced, ‘pee pee islands’, this is a group of six islands in Thailand that was made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in, “The Beach.” I guarantee that you will find that description in 99% of the tours that the tour companies offer there. To get there, you will need to either stay in Phuket or Krabi, as those are the closest locations to the islands. You’ll find a lot of inexpensive tours for $50-$60, but those are the ones you’re going to want to avoid. They usually go at peak hours, which means you’ll run into a lot of other tour companies who had the same idea to take that route at the same exact time. Instead, we decided to pay more (about $90, with a tour company called The Beach) to do a sunrise tour. This meant a call time of 5 am so that we could beat the crowds, but it’s definitely worth it. Not to be confused with sunrise over Phi Phi Islands, but it’s more like you get to see the sunrise on the way there, which was still nice.
This was our itinerary for the day:
- First stop is Maya Beach, where the boat will park near the shore, and you’ll have to wade through the water to get to the beach
- Next up is Phi Phi Le (one of the two more popular of the six islands. The other one is Phi Phi Don, which we did not get to because of the sailing conditions)
- Monkey Beach – if you get to close, the monkeys aren’t afraid to snatch food out of your hands
- Bamboo Island – nice, quiet beach (or at least it was quiet for us since we were probably about two hours ahead of everyone else)