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 ...

Back to Koh Phi Phi...

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 


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 Bangkoka plane ride with Air Asia to join Ao Nang (Krabi) in the South, then an hour and a half crossing by boat: here I am in Koh Phi Phi.

The island has changed a lot since I last visited, a year and a half ago, in July 2005, about six months after the tsunami of December 26, 2004. I was a little suspicious, but the transformation is truly 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 has continued at full speed, in a somewhat anarchic way, and it is still being done in every corner. Lots of hotels and shops are being built, and there is work going on everywhere.

I have a little trouble to find the big lonely banyan tree on the back beach, the only one left standing after the wave. Today, it shades the chairs and tables of a restaurant, installed in front of rows of umbrellas and skewers of tourists cooking in the sun, next to a large resort with an infinity pool ...

Return of tourists

The tourists are back, in great numbers. First difficulty, and not the least, when you arrive and you have not booked anything in advance: find a place to stay. Prices have soared and the simplest room is already going to cost 1000 baths, which is a lot of money for Thailand... But Koh Phi Phi is an ultra-touristy enclave which is different from the rest of the country.

After the arrival of the boat, I hurriedly left my cumbersome bags at the dive-shop with which I was going to dive the next day, to go around the guesthouses, almost running on the way, behind other travelers with backpacks to overtake them, in order to arrive 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 pictures of Koh Phi Phi, that I put online on my very first website Notebooks of Southeast Asia into July 2005 and January 2007.

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

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