long-tail boats at Maya Bay in Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Phi Phi Islands

My college friend, Liz, and I decided to book a last-minute snorkeling trip that took us to several islands surrounding Ko Phi Phi Don. The trip was only 300 Thai Baht, which converts to about ten US dollars.

It included a continental breakfast alongside the shore, a visit to Monkey beach, a ride over to Maya Bay, a sight of a Viking cave, snorkeling equipment, and a vegetarian lunch on a long-tail boat. Not bad, right?

Our first stop was Monkey beach. There are so many monkeys and they are incredibly adorable. Especially, the baby monkeys. If you approach them slowly and drop down to their level they will come near you and possibly climb on your shoulders. But, I must warn you, the monkeys will try to take anything within reach and they will run away with it, so…hide your phone.

Next up was Maya Bay. This beach is famous because the movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed there. Aside from taking a swim, you can also explore the jungle-like feels as you walk through all the palm trees and fallen coconuts. This beach was definitely one of my favorites!

We then cruised by a Viking cave and finally arrived to our snorkeling destination. We were provided with all necessary equipment. The guide continuously fed the fishes so that we could admire them closely. The water was crystal clear and the fishes were flamboyant. It was absolutely breathtaking. You must go and see for yourself!

We ended the trip with lunch on the boat and a ride back to Ko Phi Phi.

I would love to do it all over again!

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