Though there are a number of cheap Koh Phi Phi hotels available, there are also a number of luxurious resort options for travelers to Thailand’s popular tourist island. There are also a variety of activities for guests to choose from making it a great place to take a romantic holiday for two or an adventurous journey for seasoned travelers.
From Koh Phi Phi Don, travelers to the popular tourist destination can book day tours to a number of other hidden beach locations or smaller, uninhabited islands that can only be reached by boat. Bamboo Island is one of many protected areas and part of Thailand’s national park system. Boats must have a special permit to go there making the price of the journey a bit higher for island visitors. There are no buildings built or people living on the island other than a park resource center, making it a great getaway for those looking for a bit adventurous exclusion from the hustle and bustle of the main tourism areas. There are loads of delicious coral reefs surrounding the island making it a great place to do some snorkeling.
Though scuba diving is a popular activity leaving from the Koh Phi Phi Don, Bamboo Island is not necessarily on the list of places for dive centers to visit for first time divers. Part of the reason may be because the island is part of the national park system and permits for diving may either be unobtainable or very expensive. If scuba diving at this particular location is of interest to you then you may want to ask your local diving center if they can make special arrangements for individual diving packages. Leopard sharks are known to hang out in this region, making it an exciting place to go on a diving excursion.
Monkey Island is another one of Koh Phi Phi’s key attractions that can only be reached by boat. There are a number of boating options for you and your travel mates depending on your athletic preferences. If you are traveling with older or younger family members, then you may want to book a day tour with a local long tail boat. The long tails boats are ideal for large groups looking for a relaxing, but beautiful adventure out and about. It is also a better option for those wishing to carry extraneous items such as video cameras and swimming tools such as floatation devices for the young ones. The long tail boat will leave in the morning and take you to a small island with beautiful white sandy beaches. As the name states, there are actually monkeys on the island most of whom are quite friendly though you should be mindful of loose items such as sunglasses and cameras.
The monkeys can be aggressive so it is best to be mindful of how and when you present food. It is also very important not to tease the monkeys. The monkeys do not typically attack visitors to the island, but when taunted the animals can become quite defensive. You should also be mindful of other people you are traveling with or on a boat your with. Sometimes, monkeys attack children or innocent adults when in a defensive mood no matter who it is that is teasing. This famously happened to a British woman on holiday a while back whom was sitting under a tree in the shade. Though the injury was minor, a small bite to the arm, the threat of disease transmission is present. Cases such as this are very rare, so please do not be put off from taking the journey. After seeing the monkeys, your boat will take you to another part of the island where you can enjoy a picnic lunch without the threat of hungry animals where you can also do some snorkeling.
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