Koh Phi Phi

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Anyone been? Mainly interested in flight/transfer aspect, thinking of flying to Phuket and getting ferry... DS will be 9mo so wondering if it would be easier to stay in Phuket/go elsewhere in Thailand/stay at home? Any tips etc?

judefawley Sat 29-Dec-12 10:06:27

We have been (pre kids).

We got the ferry from Krabi. Takes 2-3 hours iirc.

Phi phi is beautiful but I last stayed there pre- tsunami so I can't say what it's like now. Heard a lot more built up. We got boat over from krabi but you could go from Phuket.

Krabi is fabulous and you can stay at a lovely area called Railay - only accessible by boat although it is actually on the mainland and not an island. It's got 3 beaches but one is really just mangrove. Other two are lovely. Feels quiet but is beautiful.

Ko lanta is also quiet and in that area. You can do trips out from any of them tbh.

Fairylea Sat 29-Dec-12 10:09:33

Maybe I'm being terribly over cautious but I don't think I could ever relax on one of the beaches that was badly affected by the 2004 tsunami. I'd always be half ready to jump and run..... (my ex dh was out there at the time). However I do realise the local people rely on the tourism and chances of it happening again are slim.....hmm. I think I'd rather just not risk it and go somewhere else !

SquidgyMummy Sat 29-Dec-12 10:09:38

We are going in February with 2 year old DS
Last time we flew bangkok to phuket, stayed there for a few days then took the ferry.
I would think about carrying him in a sling, if possible for hopping on & off the ferry.
The bay on the other side of the island is such lovely shallow water, huge bay and perfect for kids.

sittinginthesun Sat 29-Dec-12 10:12:13

We went years ago, and it was beautiful.

I actually preferred Malaysia, though. Best holiday ever.

SquidgyMummy Sat 29-Dec-12 10:20:45

you can fly direct to phuket from the uk,

we are arriving in bangkok from elsewhere in asia, so have to take air asia (like easyjet) from Don Meung - the old airport

Fairylea , it's easy to be paranoid but that part of the world is now very well prepared, in the very unlikely recurrence of a tsunami. There are well signposted evacuation routes and big high rise concrete platforms you can run to if you are on the beach

Wow, thanks everyone, it's amazing to get a response so fast! Maybe i'll book flights to phuket (there's a sale on at the mo) and then worry about whether to stay there or get a ferry somewhere else...
I'm with you Squidgy on the post-tsunami thing. While it's terrible that it happened i'm not going to let it stopp me going. Still, reassuring to hear they are better prepared now! We went to Sri Lanka a few years ago, and the places that got hit there seemed even less safe if anything.
Can you remember where you stayed? The quiet bay bit sounds lovely!
I'll look at Krabi too gozer, thanks for the tip. Thailand seems a big place and lots of variety, so hard to know where to start. We don't want complete isolation, but don't want tesco and kadybars much either!

SquidgyMummy Sat 29-Dec-12 16:06:40

OP, I meant the shallow bay was on Ko Phi Phi (Don) the bigger island
Have a look at this blog

the photo lower down shows the shape of the 2 bays, we stayed in some lovely bungalows in the hills overlooking the right hand bay. you can see from the colour it is really shallow and never gets more than about waist deep.

cannot remember the hotel, but we booked all through:

you can just do it a few days before as DP and i were too busy to organise our trip, we just booked the flights and 2 nights in phuket and then decided when we got there, as there are internet cafes everywhere,

We are torn between going back to phi phi or doing the other side this trip and going to koh samui.

also you must go to phi phi lay where they have the famous beach from The Beach

whoneedstosleep Sat 29-Dec-12 16:17:38

We stayed at the Cape Panwa hotel in Phuket. On a quiet part , which was unaffected by the Tsunami if that helps any?

We did a day drip to Phi Phi Island.

I would love to go back. beautiful island, beautiful people who adore children.

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 05:32:04

What a useful thread for me too! Can I butt in and ask some questions please? We are flying in and out of Bangkok, staying a few days then will go on to a beach resort somewhere but can't decide where. Never been to Thailand before. Will be me, DH and one 13 y.o., who likes culture, history, temples, nature etc., but is I am not wildly adventurous so I don't really want any jungle trekking/white water rafting type stuff, personally. Although if we were somewhere they could do it while I stayed in the spa wink that might work.

I'm concerened that Phuket will be too seedy/commerialised and busy, and Ko Samui will be too sleepy and boring for ten days, esp. for the 13 year old, and we will no doubt get all our shopping and excitement fixes in Bangkok.

Having seen this thread I am wondering whether staying in Phuket just for a few days then getting the boat to Phi Phi would be a good call? Don't know anything about Krabi. DH and DS might learn to dive, or just snorkel, but don't want any of us to be bored. Thanks.

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 05:34:30

Also they both sail, so not sure whether there is a good area for that?

whoneedstosleep Sun 30-Dec-12 08:39:38

fellatio we did 3 days in Bangkok. It was rushed and chaotic , I wouldn't go back but glad I saw it iykwim!
We hired a private tour guide who took us out of the city. This was the best money we spent (around £100). She took us to a children's school where they painted china, a wood carving workshop, a temple that was non touristy and stunning.
She also took us to the floating markets, tiger temple, river Kwai and elephant sanctuary.

We stayed in a very quiet part of Phuket. We got the hotels bus to the busy part a couple of nights for a show and shopping but we were glad to get back to the beautiful surroundings of our hotel.

Our day trip to Phi Phi was good but busy as lots of tourists looking at the place the beach was filmed. Not sure I would have wanted to stay there but fab snorkelling!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 30-Dec-12 08:52:57

I stayed in Koh Samui 12 years ago and loved it. There was even then plenty to do - elephant trek through the jungle, hiking to see waterfalls, an aquarium, day trips to the marine national park, big buddah statue.

I hear that its now a lot more touristy - that there's a McDonalds and a Starbucks!

Koh Panang which is the island above Koh Samui was a lot quieter than Samui so maybe now more like Samui was then. But avoid if its a full moon as its where the full moon parties are and they're wild.

specialsubject Sun 30-Dec-12 14:47:58

regarding Phi Phi, I went a couple of years after the tsunami. The structure was back together but the large hole in the population (no old people, no small children) was heartbreakingly obvious, as was the pain for the survivors. The water was murky too. Lovely scenery but three nights quite enough.

it is also drunken kiddy-tourist central so good luck getting any sleep.

'the beach' is the small offshore island, you can't stay there.

I loved Krabi town - friendly and accessible but still very Thai (although it does have a Tesco and a Boots!), and my favourite was peaceful Koh Lanta with its wonderful quiet sand beaches. Best snorkelling was Koh Lipe but that is changing REALLY fast so you'd need an up to date report.

bigTillyMincePie Sun 30-Dec-12 14:51:16

Just the thread I need too! Fellatio your trip sounds exactly what I want too! When are you going - we have flights for Eastersmile

bigTillyMincePie Sun 30-Dec-12 14:54:13

whoneedsto sleep the tour guide sounds a good idea (though DH seems to think he can do it - he has been before!) What kind of a show did you see?

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 16:18:31

So do we tilly. Thailand MN meet-up with sundowner cocktails? grin

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 16:21:39

Oh. Drunken Kiddie Central doesn't sound good. confused

So many places to choose from and so many pitfalls what with the ladyboys and fanjo razor blade artistes and everything - it's a bit of a minefield. grin

whoneedstosleep Sun 30-Dec-12 18:57:50

We went to see a lady boys show. It was funny and quite alarming they were more ladylike than me!

The benefit of the tour guide in Bangkok was she drove so no tuk tuk drivers taking you via gem shops and tailors!
Also the children's china painting and wood carving were not open to public, she was friendly with the owners so it was her private tour.

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 19:04:25

Have you got her number? grin

bigTillyMincePie Sun 30-Dec-12 19:22:25

Yay Fellatiowine

whoneedstosleep I don't thing we could take the DC to a ladyboys show. Could we?
And yes, have you got her number?!

I have been advised to go to Krabi by a work colleague who goes to Thailand every year - sounds like it would be good?

whoneedstosleep Mon 31-Dec-12 02:08:18

I have an email- will look for it in morning. It was a family show but depends his much explaining you want to do about it ;)

FellatioNelson Mon 31-Dec-12 03:58:08

I only really wanted the number of the tour guide, not the lady boy show. confused But thanks anyway. grin

whoneedstosleep Mon 31-Dec-12 10:34:43

Haha it was the email of the tour guide I meant ;)

whoneedstosleep Mon 31-Dec-12 18:26:22

Tour guide - Her name was Tong

The Phuket forum on trip advisor is also a great resource for information.

SquidgyMummy Wed 02-Jan-13 19:06:54

I thought the ladyboy show was great fun, think Danny La Rue, not ping pong balls.
The only thing i found startling was when you leave all the stars are outside waiting for a tip and they are enormously tall and a bit intimidating....

whoneedstosleep Thu 03-Jan-13 13:24:44

Oh my goodness squidgy I got my photo taken with one of them who was a stunning 'lady' , it was very odd though when he spoke to me in a deep manly voice!

OhlimpPricks Mon 07-Jan-13 00:16:51

Avoid Phuket/patong beach, karon beach unless you like wandering amongst a market place of prostitutes. It is so in your face.
We first went 20 years ago, 3 years on the trot, and loved it.
Returned 4 years ago and counted the hours till we left. Any time DH was alone, he was approached by young girls offering to screw him for £10...and when he declined offering him 'younger' girls
You are surrounded by 60 year old Western European men walking round with (hopefully at least) 16 year old Thai girls, taking them to bars, and earning. Commission from the Mamas who run the bars.
Sure there are some pretty places in Thailand, but I would rather not spend money in a country whose government are very aware of what goes on, but are loathe to stop it as sex tourism brings in a Lot of money for the economy.

FellatioNels0n Wed 06-Feb-13 08:24:41

I'm bumping this thread for BigTilly. Can't find you on Advanced Search at the moment - not sure what you are called now? confused
Just wondered how you were coming on with your itinerary?

After going around the houses a thousand times via Chiang Mai and Angkor Wat, we have now finally settled on this: We are now doing three nights in Bangkok, then flying to Phuket, where will have two nights in a hotel then three nights doing this!!!! SO EXCITED!!! Then back to a hotel for three nights before flying back to BKK then home.

We have decided to base ourselves in Khao Lak as it's a nice short transfer to the trekky/campy thing and back to the airport, and it seems less frenetic and over-commerialised than the main resorts in Phuket.

I am now trying to decide on where to stay in Khao Lak. I need quiet and civilised but not so quiet and civilised that we all slip into a coma. grin

FellatioNels0n Wed 06-Feb-13 08:31:35

And I have just emailed 'Tour with Tong' for Bangkok.

bigTillyMint Sun 24-Feb-13 20:41:57

Ha! Just found this thread again in my quest to find out about jabs!

Fellatio DH is supposed to be doing the itineraryconfused Your tented camp looks fab - I reckon we'll be doing the budget version!

So, I am trying to collate all our jabs information -v- the recommended jabs for Thailand... Which jabs would people recommend?

FellatioNels0n Mon 25-Feb-13 03:37:11

Well yes it is a bit of a splurge but the only way to tempt me to get up close and personal with a jungle, a canoe, some hiking boots and a billion mozzies is to envelop the in luxury. wink Besides, we've just had a bonus and we are doing our best to spent it all immediately. hmm

bigTillyMint Mon 25-Feb-13 06:51:04

Go for it!envy

So what jabs are you getting? As we have had various jabs for other trips, I'm somewhat befuddled as to what is still active and what we need...

FellatioNels0n Mon 25-Feb-13 09:26:57

I'm trying to avoid thinking about that. Loads of people here in the Gulf go to Thailand without any jabs at all to be honest. It's not malaria that's a problem with the mozzies but Dengue fever I believe. I must look into though - you've just reminded me.

bigTillyMint Mon 25-Feb-13 10:52:32

Dengue fever??? I had not even thought of that one!

specialsubject Mon 25-Feb-13 10:54:33

there is no vaccine or treatment for dengue fever - if you get it, it is paracetamol and hospitalisation to rehydrate you and keep an eye on you in case you go into haemorrhaegic shock. Even without that, dengue will knock you out for weeks. Get it once and your risk of serious complications is greatly increased if you get it again (there are four different strains). 24/7 30% DEET is all you can do.

other jabs as recommended on fco.gov.uk - you should have had most of them as the standard childhood set, but check if any boosters needed.

not all of Thailand is malarial.

FellatioNels0n Mon 25-Feb-13 11:37:32

Thanks, special.


FellatioNels0n Mon 25-Feb-13 11:38:41


WTF will we do now Tilly? Go to Spain?

I don't fancy anything haemorrhaegic, personally.

bigTillyMint Mon 25-Feb-13 13:17:42

OMG! I think I'll be looking for the DEETsmile

Thanks for that special! Is the Dengue fever less likely around Bangkok and down south on the beaches?

specialsubject Mon 25-Feb-13 19:17:14

from what I understand about dengue after DH got it - the mosquito (Which is a great stripey thing) tends to be about 250m or less from habitation. Obviously there is no magic barrier. Dengue is much more prevalent in heavily populated areas and there are regular outbreaks. Campaigns go on to reduce the numbers of the mosquito by eliminating breeding areas, which are bits of fresh standing water.

the mosquito also doesn't play fair by a) biting in the day and b) being silent in flight. The bite bloody hurts and you then have 4 days wondering if you are going to get dengue. Any tropical area is a dengue zone, it needs cold weather to kill off the mosquito. BTW that includes Queensland and Hawaii.

we will probably not be returning to tropical areas. You have to be unlucky to get it as a tourist, but getting it twice is too much of a risk for him, and I agree. There are four strains, he is now immune to one of them but the mosquitos are not labelled.

oh, and there's another one:


These diseases are a terrible scourge and a vaccine cannot come soon enough, not for us tourists but for those who have to live with it.

to repeat: 30% DEET (don't ponce around with citronella, it works for about 10 seconds), cover up, use mosquito killers in rooms.

FellatioNels0n Mon 25-Feb-13 19:40:26

Thank you. I'm going to stay in a tented camp on a lake for four days so I'm a bit scared now. confused

bigTillyMint Mon 25-Feb-13 20:41:27

Me too Fellatioconfused

DH has booked us in for jabs, but we have to work out what we need before we go and tell them so they can get the right ones inconfused

specialsubject Tue 26-Feb-13 10:13:11

you do have to accept these risks when you go to exotic places. However we were unlucky with the dengue (think we might have walked into an outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, and possibly the otherwise lovely hostel with the water feature in the back garden was a bad move)

cover up, slap on the DEET and sunscreen and enjoy.

bigTillyMint Tue 26-Feb-13 19:52:34

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