The pontoon of Koh Phi Phi, where all travelers arrive. At the end, under the welcome sign, touts for hotels and guesthouses are waiting ...
The pontoon of Koh Phi Phi, where all travelers arrive. At the end, under the welcome sign, touts for hotels and guesthouses are waiting ...

Koh Phi Phi, the return ...

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the strange sentences and the funny mistakes that could gave been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here PetitesBullesdAilleurs.fr

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

Koh Phi Phi is metamorphosed since my last visit in July 2005 (almost six months after the tsunami). The transformation is incredible.

Two years after the tsunami

After a first night Bangkok, a plane shot with Air Asia to join Ao Nang (Krabi) in the South, then a one-and-a-half hour boat trip: here I am at Koh Phi Phi.

The island has changed, since my last visit, a year and a half ago, in July 2005, about six months after the tsunami of December 26, 2004. I suspected it a bit, but the transformation is really incredible. .

The pontoon of Koh Phi Phi, where all travelers arrive. At the end, under the welcome sign, touts for hotels and guesthouses are waiting ...
The pontoon of Koh Phi Phi, where all travelers arrive. At the end, under the welcome sign, touts for hotels and guesthouses are waiting ...

The reconstruction continued at full speed, a little anarchic and it still tinkers in every corner. Heaps of hotels and businesses are coming out of the ground, there is work everywhere.

I have a hard time finding the lonely big banyan on the back beach, the only one left standing after the wave. Today, it overshadows the chairs and tables of a restaurant, set in front of rows of umbrellas and skewers of tourists who cook in the sun, next to a large resort with infinity pool ...

Return of tourists

The tourists are back, in very large numbers. First difficulty, and not least, when we arrive and we have not booked anything in advance: find housing. Prices have skyrocketed and the simplest of the rooms will already look in the 1000 baths is about twenty euros, which is huge for Thailand ... But hey, Koh Phi Phi is an ultra-tourist enclave that is different from rest of the country.

After the arrival of the boat, I hurry to leave my bulky bags at the dive-shop with which I will dive the next day, to go around the guesthouses, running almost on the way, behind other travelers weighted bags back to overtake them, just to get there first! ! ! Everywhere signs "Full", but I end up finding a roof anyway.

The island remains beautiful despite everything

Longtail-boats lined up on the beach. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, January 2007.
Longtail-boats lined up on the beach. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, January 2007. 

For this first day, lazing on the beach amid the spectacular scenery of Phi Phi, with its large cliffs in the sea, and registration at the diving center ... I will be able to release my new equipment tomorrow, finally!

The translucent water of Koh Phi Phi. Thailand, January 2007.
The translucent water of Koh Phi Phi. Thailand, January 2007.

You can find other photos of Koh Phi Phi, which I posted on my very first site Carnets d'Asie du Sud-Est : in July 2005 and January 2007.

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

  1. So far, so close ... Everything is said in the title ...

    Nice to read you, we did not hope for news so quickly, thank you. Once again, our thoughts turn to Asia, just read in "El Pais" the catastrophic and deadly floods that hit Malaysia, and you'll smile, dad feels reassured, because he no longer confuses geographically these two countries !

    Here the news is marked by the media show of NS, useless to develop, it is not the appropriate space! Good dive for tomorrow, good holidays.
    Lydie

  2. Youpee! Finally news of our favorite rider.
    Indeed, it must have made you funny to find these post-tsunami landscapes ... too bad for inflation, but ... I guess you can not wait to test your new owner in the blue waters of Phi Phi. We count on you to make us dream with beautiful photos. May Poseidon be with you and have fun. And damn, tomorrow have to work ...
    Lots of love.

  3. Thank you for your messages! It is very nice to read you ... I added small photos to illustrate the whole. The new regulator is running impeccable and I already have a floppy of new underwater images with the two dives made this day!

    Good luck to the workers. See you soon.

  4. I just stumbled upon this post. I went to Ko Phi Phi in 2001. From all over Asia visited, this island occupies a special place. I remember the sunsets seen from a small bungalow rented in the mountains for a few baths, beautiful beaches, meals between friends of the road and happiness to walk in a haven without cars.

    1000 baths? Heaps of tourists ??? It saddens me. I dream of going back, I think that I should perhaps keep my paradise intact in my head ...

  5. @ Marie-Julie:

    I had to go three or four times in all to Koh Phi Phi, several years apart. Before and after the tsunami. I was happy to return for the holidays in early 2007. I had good memories, too. I was curious to see how life came back after my previous visit in July 2005.

    But now, I have the impression that the double murderous wave has only accelerated the transformation of Phi Phi ... I fell from the clouds by discovering, once there, the prices and the crowd. Despite everything, the beauty of the area offsets, the cliffs and the turquoise water have remained the same.

    I intend to return one day, but I think I will go to land on more isolated beaches in the north. Tonsai, the center, between the two beaches that turn their backs, is a little too stuffed with people, now. Paradise is not what it was ...

    😕

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