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“Beauty can be a curse” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ao Ton Sai

Ao Ton Sai
Phi Phi's main beach, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Beauty can be a curse”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Pretty island come tourist trap, what a shame. The best time to have a quite walk around is in the morning before all the day tripper per boats arrive. Its a bustling transit point and very tourist oriented, nothing genuinely Thai anymore but simply a money spinner.

Visited May 2013
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“Busy, but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We didn't stay at Ton Sai, but merely visited from our resort on Long Beach. There were a few bakeries etc. and other western food options there (with free wi-fi) which was a welcomed respite after days of Thai food. We didn't stay there at night, and I hear they party pretty hard here - so it wouldn't be my seen in that respect. There is also a fair bit of (very typical) little Thai stalls selling T-shirts, dresses etc. at reasonable prices. (Comparable to Phuket and Bangkok.)

Visited April 2013
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Kathmandu
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“Pretty But Crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

It is a lovely beach -- wide and long -- but be ready to share it with a huge throng. The best time to visit is, perhaps, in the morning, when most of the crowd is still asleep from the late night partying and drinking the night before.

Visited April 2013
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“Avoid, avoid, avoid”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Overpriced, dirty, polluted. But, none of that would have mattered had it not been for the way we were treated by the locals. I shudder to think what other tourists have put these poor people through, but we certainly didn't deserve the treatment we got. I tried on a dress in the shop next to the place they sell jeans, and the woman practically threw me out when I asked her if she had a smaller size. "OK, you don't want, you don't buy!" she shouted, snatched the dress off me and ushered me out in no uncertain terms. We bought fruit twice, both times sold rotten fruit by two different fruit sellers. For the same price we got lovely bungalows on other islands, we got a tiny delapidated shack far from the sea front. I wish we had been told to stay away from Phi Phi, because it put a damper on an otherwise spectacular holiday.

Visited February 2013
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“Don't stay long”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Unlikely to avoid as most ferries and transfers operate from here. A tourist trap of note with few redeeming qualities. Catch your ferry and stay away otherwise!

Visited February 2013
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