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“OMG - don't go here - it's just a tourist trap!”
Review of Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands
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Full-Day Phi Phi Island Sunrise by Speedboat from Phuket
Ranked #9 of 99 things to do in Krabi Town
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“OMG - don't go here - it's just a tourist trap!”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

I went to Koh Phi Phi by an organised tour form our Hotel in Krabi. I went there last 12 years ago, and the place was not recognisable, apart form the water beautiful around.

It is completely overrun by tourist, the main 'road' is like Oxford street on a Saturday afternoon just before Christmas - awful.

Do yourself a favour and don't come here, rather visit any of the plenty smaller islands with a private Long-tail boat. That will cost you about the same if you are four people...

Visited February 2014
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“Fantastic scenery.. Fantastically crowded”
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

The Islands are really a must do if you're in Phuket and they are certainly no secret. Pick a good tour group. We paid a bit more and went with Laguna who were very good. A modern, spotlessly clean speed boat that could have seated 25 or so but was capped at 14 plus the crew. We saw plenty of similar sized boats with 30/40 people packed on. The islands are very pretty but as already covered in reviews are very commercialised and crowded. The boat parking is almost as spectacular as the rocky cliffs. It's still the same beach as the one in "The Beach" but there was only Leonardo De Caprio on it and not 2000 beach goers and 50 speedboats parked up that you'll see!

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Paradise island! We stayed on Phak Nam Bay, on the other side of the island away from Tonsai Village, so the atmosphere was laid back, relaxing and quiet - a real getaway in paradise! We walked up to and over Phi Phi Viewpoint for stunning views and to Tonsai Village which was lots of fun too! This island has it all!! So glad we stayed and would definitely stay again.

Visited December 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

The trip to Phi Phi islands and the James Bond Island takes about two hours so be patient. Make sure you carry a hat, sunscreen, sun glasses and a rain jacket. The islands are amazing, it is something so unique. The scenery was beautiful. We were taken by a rowing boat into the bat caves, its smelly and damp. Water gets into the boat so be prepared to get wet. Lunch is served on the boat from fried chicken, noodles, chips and baked fish. You could also have coffee, tea, water and cooldrinks which is all inclusive. they do say that you could buy pearls on the island but every stall sells the similiar things and most of the necklaces are shells cut and polished as a bead. The trip to and from the islands takes a whole day so be prepared.

Visited January 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Beautiful, but brief”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

The islands are beautiful, but the stay was brief. We went with a tour operator, as most would, and the food was...very average. It was pretty much a day trip but a good 3 hours was spent getting to and fro Phuket, and only about 45min in water time. However, if you're in Phuket, you might as well go Phi Phi island. Another solution would be to travel to Phi Phi island and do your own stuff.

Visited January 2014
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