If you watched “The Beach” with Tilda Swinton and Leonardo Di Caprio, for sure you would remember a mysterious, hidden Island somewhere off the coast of  Thailand. Well, the Island is really there, but it is far from being pristine and mysterious.

Koh Phi Phi is a popular destination for backpackers from all over the world. If you have not heard about backpackers before, they are young tourists with huge backpacks (one on the back, one on the front) filled up with 20 pairs of jeans, spare towels and hair dryers, calling themselves “travellers” and visiting all the “must see” spots from Lonely Planet guide books. Thailand is full of backpackers, and Koh Phi Phi is the paradise for those of them, who like to party. Phi Phi is also a nice snorkelling destination, and since we had not been swimming in the sea for months, we wanted to give it a try. Besides that, it was nice to head South by island hopping instead of following the Western coast of Thailand on the mainland for all the time.

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The island is famous of its magnificent, sandy beaches, stunning sunsets and well, parties.

Finding a low budget place to stay is hard, but not impossible. We were lucky to end up in a room far from the centre of the main shopping area on the island, that could be very loud at night. The other advantage was its location near the path to the view point – we could enjoy jungle walks whenever we wanted.

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In fact, Koh Phi Phi, when approached accordingly, could be a nice island to chill out. There are some hidden jewels here and there, and we had a good time exploring the area by bike.

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Living as nomads for so long has shaped us in a funny way – with all the restaurants serving international food, we still prefer to cook our own dinners from time to time. Since none of the backpackers carries a stove, we were quite an oddity for our neighbours and even the locals.

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We had some lazy time on Koh Phi Phi, did a bit of snorkelling and showing off with our bikes and headed back to the mainland. Crazy touristy places are not for us, and our short visit to the island just made us more aware of that fact. Maybe when we retire…

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