Yeah, I used the F phrase. That’s how a lot I hate Ko Phi Phi.
I used to be supposed to go to Ko Phi Phi in 2005, however the lethal 2004 tsunami destroyed the island. 1000’s have been killed and injured on the island. Your complete coast was devastated, with Phi Phi one of many hardest it. It was one of many greatest pure disasters to ever hit the nation. Decided to get there and eager to contribute to the rebuilding, I made it my first cease in Thailand after I stop my job to journey the world in 2006.
Development was all over, vacationers have been returning — some additionally serving to rebuild — and the federal government was promising to make the island extra sustainable. Spirits have been excessive. Naturally, it wasn’t just like the postcards. The inside seaside was suffering from coral swept in by the ocean, however simply outdoors city was stunning Lengthy Seashore, an undeveloped stretch of white sand and turquoise water. I didn’t fall in love Ko Phi Phi, however I assumed that in the event that they restricted improvement as they stated, this place wouldn’t be half unhealthy.
Quick ahead two years.
I returned (twice) whereas residing in Bangkok to find that they hadn’t saved their promise: the island had turn into overdeveloped (once more). Inns have been in all places. Boats appeared to endlessly ring the island, ferrying an countless queue of vacationers. There have been bars on the seaside; the little road stall meals court docket close to the dock was gone; and resorts, vacationers, and loud music have been inescapable. Ko Phi Phi had turn into an overpriced get together island. Lengthy Seashore was nonetheless the one haven, however tiny guesthouses had popped up, chipping away at paradise. You might inform it wasn’t going to be too lengthy earlier than it was wholly consumed by the event sprawl creeping out from city.
Quick ahead one other two years.
Every part that was unhealthy in regards to the island had multiplied 10 instances. Maya Bay, a location made well-known by the film The Beach, was bursting on the seams. The island excursions have been stuffed with swim spots the place you solely noticed lifeless coral. Lengthy Seashore, although nonetheless stunning, now had resorts, and a skinny layer of boat gas coated the water.
I left disgusted.
It was crowded, soiled, stuffed with drunk vacationers, horrible meals, unfriendly locals*, and an atmosphere destroyed by improvement.
Quick ahead to final month, after I went again to the island as soon as once more.
“I assumed you hated this place,” a reader I bumped into stated to me. “Why are you right here?”
“I’m right here to replace my information. I must see this place with contemporary eyes.”
He laughed. “Mate, nothing has modified.”
He was proper. It’s protected to say that the subsequent time the information wants updating, I received’t be checking up on Ko Phi Phi. I hated it greater than ever.
Maya Bay has been destroyed much more, partially cleared to place in little huts, a snack bar, loos, and even a smoking space. Trash is in all places.
Ko Phi Phi prices 20 baht to go to (a conservation charge, they declare, although it’s apparent they’re simply conserving their financial institution stability), Lengthy Seashore has been absolutely developed with giant resorts and lodges, music blasts all through the island day and night time, costs are excessive for no motive apart from individuals pays up, and the inside seaside, nonetheless suffering from coral, is now stuffed with bars, finish to finish. Within the morning, there’s extra trash than seaside. The water is tremendous polluted with a skinny movie of…properly, I don’t wish to know…on prime if it. Trash and sewage are dumped proper into the water. There have been booze cruises, dear boat journeys, a McDonald’s, and extra eating places serving Western meals than Thai meals. The city’s buildings are so tightly packed that one loses any sense of being on an island.
They actually paved over paradise:
(That’s me standing at one finish of the island looking to the seaside throughout the way in which.)
So far as I’m involved, Ko Phi Phi has misplaced what little soul it had left. It’s an unsightly, overpriced vacation spot residing off the actual fact individuals go there as a result of….properly, I suppose you’re alleged to go there?
I’ve been residing in or visiting Thailand for 13 years. I’ve been all around the nation. Ko Phi Phi is a kind of locations that takes the worst of Thailand tourism and places it multi function overpriced location. This place has nothing to supply you’ll be able to’t get on one other island. Thailand is filled with stunning, picturesque tropical islands like Ko Mak, Ko Jum, Ko Chang, Ko Adang, and Ko Lanta. These are those you see on postcards, those that spur the creativeness and entice journey. And if you wish to get together, you can find events equally pretty much as good — at cheaper costs — on Ko Chang, Ko Samui, Ko Phanang, and Ko Tao.
I can’t actually determine why individuals go there. I requested individuals I met. “I hear the events are good and I wished to see Maya Bay. I dunno. It’s well-known for a motive, proper?”
In case you’re on the lookout for a seaside paradise, there are higher islands. In case you’re on the lookout for a celebration, there are higher islands. In case you’re seeking to scuba dive, there are higher islands. If you would like nice seafood, there are higher islands. In case you’re on the lookout for a reasonable place to go, properly, this place is certainly not it.
Phi Phi has no redeeming qualities.
And I don’t see myself ever returning.
The island can’t help the variety of individuals it will get anyway. Give nature a break. Save your checking account. Discover a nicer place. Go elsewhere.
Please keep away from this hellhole.
*I don’t fault the locals. In case you handled the obnoxious get together vacationers I noticed on that island day by day of your life, you wouldn’t give a f*ck both!
Word: I do know they’ve not too long ago determined to close Maya Bay in the off season to offer it a break. It’s the step in the appropriate course however I don’t suppose it is going to change a lot. They already developed the island. They should take away all of the buildings there, restrict the quantity of people that go, and provides nature a time to heal. Given the federal government’s monitor report on following by means of with environmental guarantees, I received’t be holding my breath.
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