My four days on Koh Phi Phi Don have flown by! I can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow morning already. The natural beauty of this island is difficult to refute however the tiny island is no longer the bastion of tranquility it might have once been. If I come back, I definitely will stay away from the isthmus which is packed with bars and young sunburnt tourists looking to party. I found Mama Beach on the far end of Ton Sai Bay to be incredibly serene and have spent the past few evenings there doing yoga and sipping wine away from the craziness of the town’s center.
Yesterday, I joined a longtail boat tour which took me to see monkeys and the beautiful bays and beaches of nearby uninhibited Koh Phi Phi Leh. The tide was quite high, so we entered Maya Beach (of “The Beach” fame) from the jungle behind, making it no less impressive. In fact, I was grateful that few boats could make it into the bay itself because the view remained relatively unspoiled by speed boats.
I’m glad to have seen this beautiful place, but worry that tourism will ruin the island if the Thai government doesn’t step in to clean it up. One more yoga class remains then my journey back to Bangkok and on to Scotland begins tomorrow!