Not one, not two, but four Phuket islands in one day.
As the group sat around a table sipping on our Starbucks, we were all chuffed with ourselves for arranging our very own full day tour of the island – and all at the bargain basement price of just THB1000. We were feeling so confident that we decided to try arranging another and when we left the mall, we immediately visited one of the hundreds of travel agents located on the main road.
After some more negotiating, we ended up with the following tour for the next day:
Cost: THB1,100 per person
Includes: Transfer to the Pier, welcome breakfast snacks (muffins and coffee), speedboat tour of four islands, including all water onboard the speedboat for the day, buffet lunch stop at Phi Phi Island, snorkeling and an English speaking guide.
Top Tip: Always choose the Speed Boat – The ferry may be cheaper but is much much slower and much much fuller.
When we were negotiating for better prices, these things helped bring the price down from the originally quoted THB 3,000 per person:
We were collected at the Starbucks at 8am sharp and 45 minutes later we arrived at the pier. Since we were at the Starbucks, we didn’t really need the spread they had laid out for us. At 9am, the English speaking tour guide – named Nancy (A dude), rounded us up and gave us a quick talk about what to expect during the tour.
Top Tip: Buy some bread, it will come in handy for the snorkeling later on. Also, the prices for the Water Proof cellphone covers were like dirt cheap – something like THB 60 each. We bought a few to bring back home as gifts. They’re great for taking underwater selfies and videos.
When we boarded the speedboat, we ensured we got the seats at the front of the boat as we didn’t want to miss anything. It did get very hot in the sun, but well worth it.
By around 10am, we reached our first stop – and what a beauty she was – Maya Bay. Made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in the movie The Beach. It’s so much better than any picture or video. As we slowly glided into the bay, surrounded by the 100m high cliffs on each side, we were so amazed that we even forgot to reach for our camera’s like every other tourist. Maybe the sheer fact that the reality was way better than our expectation is the reason for our amazement. When we finally snapped out it, we clicked away. The speedboat made it’s way to the beach and let us disembark but not before advising us all of the boat number and the time they would collect us.
Even though it’s the low season, and the morning is the quieter time, it was pretty busy – I’d hate to see what it looks like during a peak period. We spent about an hour on the beach, swimming, chillin, relaxin and of course taking thousands of pics.
From Maya Bay, we headed to Monkey Island for a quick stop. We fed some monkeys and before heading to island number 3, we did some snorkeling. I have to admit, Monkey island was pretty boring – but the snorkeling was awesome. Throw some bread into the water, and the tropical fish swim right up to you in their thousands.
Top Tip: While the tour provides you with fins and snorkel gear, it’s not the greatest quality so if you are able to, take you own from home. On Monkey Island, take care of your stuff – the monkeys grab it and go!
Once we were done, we headed to Don Phi Phi Island. This is the main island of Phi Phi and we were welcomed by a delicious buffet lunch with dessert and soft drinks. A quick stroll around the local mini flea market and we were ready for island number four.
Top Tip: When getting off the speedboat at Don Phi Phi, a photographer takes you photo – you get to see the picture at the end of the tour when you return to Pier – it will be printed on a plate – nice huh! Just make sure you look presentable.
Our fourth and final stop was Kai Island – A private island where just a few speedboats are allowed to dock, so at most there are about 100 people on the island at a time. All soft drinks on the island are free of charge and part of the tour. Three hours of chillin, relaxin and unlimited snorkeling. There is water skiing on Kai Island, but it does come at an extra cost.
A few hours later, and we’re pretty much spent for the day and the speedboat trip back to the pier went by quickly. The tour provided a transfer back to Starbucks (where they picked us up) and we headed back to the hotel where the pool (and our beds) awaited.
What a memorable day and sadly, the end of this adventure.
There is still so much I’d love to do in Thailand – that being said, another trip sounds like a plan. Here are just some of the things I wish I could do the next time around:
Until next time, sawadika!