Ko Phi Phi in Krabi, Thailand was on our radar long before we planned our trip to the Bay of Thailand mainly because it was made famous by the movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DeCraprio (pun intended).
We usually stray away from doing "touristy" things and prefer to head "off the beaten path" but every photo I have ever seen of Phi Phi made it look like absolute paradise. However, we were glad we opted not to stay on the island and made the town of Krabi our home base as Ko Phi Phi is crawling with Russian and Chinese tourists that appear to have dedicated their Thai vacation to partying hard and dancing to techno music, which is no our vibe.
We decided on the day trip to Phi Phi and were happy with our choice. We got to see the picturesque islands and the famous Maya Bay and I got to snap a picturesque photo of the experience that was far from picturesque as the bay was cramped full of boats and tourists to the point that there was a queue for boat parking! However, it was worth every moment and we had a blast on the tour.
The good news is that majority of the islands are protected which isolates the impact of tourism to these well trodden attractions where the environment and reefs are all too delicate.
The snorkeling and diving in this area is absolutely magnificent!