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Upon arriving on Koh Phi Phi, it was immediately clear that yes, Koh Phi Phi is indeed the touristy, party island. I’ll be honest, I was really excited for Koh Phi Phi. All of the photos I’ve seen look so incredible and I was ready to let loose for a few days. But as soon as we got there, I was coldly greeted by an employee asking me for 20 thb (about $.75). I was confused – did I need to get on another boat? Was this Koh Phi Phi? I asked the woman who just kept rudely yelling “20 baht! 20 baht!”. It was the complete opposite of the warm welcomes we go in the “land of smiles” everywhere else in Thailand.
After I paid my entrance fee, I joined the huge crowds and we made our way to our hotel. Koh Phi Phi is definitely pretty and lots of fun. My favorite thing about it is there are no cars, so everyone just walks on the streets everywhere. The streets are lined with bars, restaurants, shops and massage and nail salons. Our hotel was about an 8 minute walk from the port, and we never walked any further than that. The island is pretty small – or at least the party area is.
It was really hot, as was to be expected, but on the last day I decided to take my look a step up from the usual bikini top and cutoffs. I got this gorgeous tunic for my Thailand trip and I was saving it for Koh Phi Phi. I felt like it gave off the relaxed, island vibes, but also feels elegant, especially compared to what most people wear there.
I paired it with my new sandals that I LOVE and wear all the time and braided my hair. I stole these super cute sunnies from my sister for the day. We got them in The Grove in LA for like $10. So cute! The best thing we did in Koh Phi Phi was go to Maya Bay. But more on that later!