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“Vote with your conscience and resist feeding the monkeys!”
Review of Ko Phi Phi Le

Ko Phi Phi Le
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Phi Phi Deluxe Island-Hopping Tour by Speedboat from Phuket
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Phi Phi Island Tour by Speed Boat from Krabi
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Phi Phi Island Full-Day Tour by Speedboat including Lunch from Phuket
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

After our attempt at booking with Adventure Club (well reviewed as a more ethical option) was cancelled at the last minute disappointingly due to low numbers, we went with a cheaper (400 baht) 4 hour afternoon snorkelling tour of Ko Phi Phi Le, through one of the many agents all over the town. We got taken to a longtailboat boat and taken out first to monkey beach, just off the main harbour, where heaps of boats were parked up with tourists throwing food at the monkeys who were performing for the tourists. Our Thai guide gave a monkey a sugary drink in a plastic cup which the monkey took up a tree (obviously) and was still holding when we left. No wonder the sea is full of plastic and rubbish. We each got given white bread to feed them, despite a massive sign on the cliffs saying please don't feed the wild monkeys. Some people on the boat didn't care, as the guide himself encouraged it, and they wanted cute photos with the monkeys. I just found it truly tragic. If you do this trip, please just say you don't want to feed the wildlife, and hopefully the guides will start to realise. Maybe even pick up the odd bit of rubbish you swim through instead of just ignoring it like everyone else contributing to the destruction! We stopped at Maya Bay for an hour which is nice but spoiled with the line up of over-revving speedboats and tourists taking photos of themselves in a place where a famous movie star once set foot. The snorkelling bit was ok (what we actually did the trip for primarily) just don't expect coaching, a suit or flippers. Know to swim, wear a T-shirt and shorts for the sunburn and be a little experienced at least with snorkelling off the beach first. We jumped off the boat in a sheltered cove to snorkel. Just remember its not like some countries when every risk is highlighted. The guide couldn't speak much English so only explained the basic, pretty much 'its getting shallow so jump out carefully this time' and 'watch your feet on the coral'. If you want a life jacket on in the open sea, just put one on, don't assume it will be offered to you! Use your common sense and a little consideration of the wildlife and contribute to ethical tourism rather than sucking the place of all its beauty like the majority of our species I'm ashamed today to belong to.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

View is great! A lot of snorkeling spots, and a short stop at Maya Bay is definitely worth the money. But try to go early as the beach get crowded pretty fast.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

White Cloud and Clear Blue Sky is what you see everyday, how about white sand and clear blue water? This is what you can see from Phi Phi Le island when you approach it using speed boat. o come over and see how beautiful nature has to offer!

There are only one problem no matter it is high or low season, this place is constantly packed with tourist!

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Try and get there as early as you can, its so special to see this place without loads of day trip boats

Thank Bted
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

The (overloaded) boat from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi will swing around the island for great views but the small beach and bay is absolutely OVERRUN with boats and tourists. You can also get a boat from Ko Phi Phi to take you over but you need to be careful about negotiating a price that includes going over and coming back plus apparently someone will come out of the woodwork when you are over there to collect some kind of fee or tax if they see you arriving on a longtail boat rather than one of the big tour boats. I don't know how much the fee is - so ask around about it before venturing over with little cash to go for a swim...

Next time I am in Phuket/Ko Phi Phi, I'll probably take the trouble to set foot on the island to take some pictures - if its not the high season...

Thank EmergingMarketSkptc
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