I went back to Phi Phi in mid April for a few days. Readers who have previously visited Phi Phi may be interested in the changes I noticed since my 2010 stay:
* There is now a 50 baht entrance fee om the pathway just before the 1st Viewpoint.
* Paradise Resort on Long Beach is now called Phi Phi Blue Sky, Long Beach Bungalows is now Nomads Phi Phi Hotel. Paradise Pearl has added a nice hotel type wing near the western headland. Phi Phi Hill high on the southern headland has closed its cheapest outside bathroom bungalows, adjacent The Beach Resort is building some new bungalows high up the hill which unlike the rest look to not have beach views (so be careful if you are booking this swish joint) - and Maphrao a couple of beaches closer town appears to be now called VK Bungalow.
*Ao Poh's (lower east coast) Poh Resort has closed. The restaurant is being used as a luncheon buffet stop for daytrip speedboats and the bungalows as staff quarters.
*Toh Koh Resort on the mid east coast has some new beachside fan bungalows - at 2800 high season! Strewth!
*There is apparently a new direct ferry service to Jum, but only in the busy months. It had shut down by April which is shoulder season.
Not new since 2010 (and some of the above changes might have existed then, but I didn't notice them) but new for people who have been away a bit longer - a 50baht anti-litter fee at the pier on arrival.
And the backpacker old favourite Chongkao which was decimated by the tsunami, has been rebuilt in roughtly the same part of the far western end of the Ton Sai/Loh Dalum spit.
So in summary the island is even more of a ripoff than previously.
#3 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
Well yeah - except if people do their research or look hard there are still a few budget places and others which are relatively good value.
And mass booking websites can sure squeeze out some good discounts on many flashpacker and better places in shoulder and low season.
I'll always recommend Phi Phi to first time travellers - the landscape/seascape is worth the extra expense and other hassles.
I'm a multi-returner because I like to plot the changes and it is a good stop-off from Phuket on the way south. I'd much prefer to relax a few days off the aircraft from Australia in non high season on Phi Phi than Phuket.
Whats your pick of the places to stay on Long Beach for a backpacker/flashpacker? Also do you suggest we pre book for early November or just arrive to Long Beach and scope it out?
#7 adampatto has been a member since 13/11/2011. Posts: 11