Words can barely express how beautiful Ko Phi Phi Leh and Ko Phi Phi Doh were in Thailand. Three of us stayed an extra day (on our own dime!) in order to take in just a little more of this magical place. We decided to head out on a trip to Ko Phi Phi Leh (pronounced ko pee-pee lay) and Ko Phi Phi Doh to see what were billed as possibly some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world.
Lonely planet didn't lie. They also said just how overdeveloped and crowded these beaches are getting...and they're right on the money. Tons of tour boats, tourists, etc - and this is LOW season! We ended up doing a package through a tour operator. This is totally one of those things that I could have taken some time to plan...but, with limited time, paired with first time overseas visitors...and flights that we needed to catch later that day...we just did the package. It seemed like a good deal overall...would have loved more sunning time on the beaches, but oh well!
Anywho, we started by speeding from the Royal Phuket Marina off to Ko Phi Phi Leh...an hour and a (to me) scary boat ride later, we arrived. We had some rain along the way and I was thinking that we were going to be severely disappointed with everything. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Moving on, we went to Maya Beach - this is where "The Beach" was filmed (partially...I think) with Leonardo di Caprio. Again, breathtaking. The sand felt really soft and perfect. Am I using enough superlatives in my descriptions for you to get just how amazing it all was?