Some of the best places to see in Thailand are in Phi Phi Island. When you travel to Asia, don't forget to make the trip here!
The image pretty much speaks for itself, so I don't think I have to convince you how gorgeous. You already get that you to have to spend a morning here while you're vacationing in Thailand's islands right? It's just a small (although fairly steep) hike up to this beautiful viewpoint. Well worth the sweat.
Here's how you get there:
First and foremost, get yourself to Thailand.
You could vacation there for a week but I definitely think you need more time to really discover the best places to see in Thailand. Live there for a semester as a volunteer in Thailand and you'll get the real experience.
Then, get yourself to Phi Phi Island.
The Thai islands are located in the southern part of the country. If you're making and international flight, you're likely flying into Bangkok. From there, a couple of good airports to connect to are the Krabi or Phuket airports. Prices are usually similar from Bangkok to both these airports, so it really just depends on which areas you want to go after that. We love Krabi!
From here you might want to explore other awesome islands or just head straight to Ko Phi Phi. (Fun fact: "ko" means island in Thai.) You can get to any of the islands by boat and most are only within a few hour ride away. You can arrange boat transfers after you arrive in Krabi, but we do recommend getting a return ticket when you book your transfer to Phi Phi. Phi Phi is a very popular island for tourists, so it can become a bit of a tourist trap. If you try to book a boat transfer while on Phi Phi island, you'll definitely be paying more.
Another tip for Phi Phi island is know that you'll need to pay a small entry tax upon arrival in this island. This can be a little confusing because they don't do this in other islands, but as long as you're aware of it then it's no big deal.
Oh, and also, it's not pronounced like "fee-fee". It's pronounced like "pee-pee". Get it right.
Phi Phi Viewpoint Hike.
The hike itself is so easy to find. Ko Phi Phi is a relatively small island. There's no public transportation, you can reach everything by walking. There will be signs around the island pointing the way or you can pick up a map of the island (you're hostel likely has one for free). There are two main sides to the island: Phi Phi Don (the larger side) and Phi Phi Leh (the smaller side). The viewpoint hike starts in Phi Phi Don.
It's about 20 minutes, but fairly steep and lots of stairs. Combine that with the Thai humidity and it's quite the workout. If you're in decent shape, it's worth it! Take your time if you get tired and bring water. It's still doable. I also recommend doing it in the morning for the sun rise or evening for the sunset. Not only will you avoid the hottest part of the day, but you'll also avoid most of the crowds and get that gorgeous shot you want without anyone else in the photo.
Know that there is a small fee to enter to get to certain viewpoints so bring some baht with you in your fanny pack. There's also a smoothie stand up there to cool you off.
Looking for more? Check out more tips for your trip - "What I Wish I Knew Before Going To Thailand."
Or learn more about volunteering in Thailand with International Language Programs below! ILP is a non-profit organization with opportuntities for you to travel and make a difference with other college-age volunteers in 8 countries all over the world.