Let me say that i stayed here 5 years ago in 2008 and was amazed by the place. Very nice wooden bungalows right on the beach, fantastic restaurant and helpful owner who was around all the time.
Fast forward 5 years and you can immediately see that like Phi Phi itself, Baia Baia is a victim of its own success. Beach once tranquil with just couple of bars open in the night is now full of noisy super beach clubs playing loud music until early morning.
Bungalows are in urgent need of renovation (holes in mosquito nets, rundown bahtroom, broken locks on windows, ceiling wooden panels falling apart...) Restaurant was closed while we stayed here, was low season, so cant comment on that. There is also unpleasant smell coming from nearby sewers which is especially noticeable during the night.
5 years ago booked 1 night and decided to stay 7 days, it was that good. This time booked 2 nights but left after 1 day.
Phi Phi was a backpackers haven, cheap and full of vibe, but now its full of rich Russians and Chinese package tourists staying in 5 stars hotels. The island itself lost much of its charm, water in both of its bays is quite dirty and full of seaweed plus there is non stop traffic of boats arriving/leaving so you wont be left to relax during the day either.
Book this place if you are 18 year old and looking for a place right next to the clubs and for sure wont be sleeping at night. If not, then book something else or even better, visit Koh Tao or Koh Pangan who still got some of that ''best island in the world'' charm left.
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