Stayed here for 4 nights in November 2009 and loved it.
Came back in March 2012 for 3 nights, and found that the hotel hasn’t changed a bit .
This hotel does have some strict rules, and they do drill them into you when you arrive, which can be a bit of a shock – no smoking, no guests after 10pm, no breakfast if you don’t have your coupon etc.
Given the kind of place Phi Phi is nowadays, I think these rules are necessary (more on that later).
I stayed in a third floor room, which was very clean (spotless in fact), and apart from the occasional bang from someone nearby slamming their door, it was very quiet.
The hotel has a security guard on duty all night, which again some may find a bit of a shock, but he’s actually a nice guy – I couldn’t sleep one night so ended up sitting and talking to him for a while.
In that one night I witnessed the guard having to break up a fight in the street outside the hotel, and later encourage a drunk guy to stop kicking the shutters on the shops outside the hotel.
And this is the big problem with Phi Phi – it’s not a charming little island any more – it’s a party town, with all the problems that go with it.
The beach front on Ao Lo Dalam has about 6 or 7 bars on the beach, with seats right up to the shore line and waiters bringing people overpriced beers.
Each bar has fire juggling acts performing on the beach, and they all seem to be competing to see who has the loudest sound system.
So basically people have travelled thousands of miles to sit on one of the best beaches in the world, and completely ignore the scenery because they’re busy getting drunk and watching a guy twirling a stick that’s on fire.
The tourist tax that you now have to pay when you arrive on Phi Phi (20THB per person) doesn’t seem to be helping much. First thing in the morning, and the beach is littered with beer bottles, cigarette butts and other rubbish.
It’s just really sad to see such a beautiful place being ruined like this.
So I don’t think I’ll go back to Phi Phi – but if I really had to, then I’d definitely stay at the PP Palm Tree.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.