Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay – Phi Phi Leh

visited Nov 2014

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Sunset from The Beach – Maya Bay attracts thousands of visitors but non likewise many are approximately this fourth dimension of day. Shot should click-expand nicely

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

The unsettled national commons isle of Phi Phi Ley is virtually 6km from the pier at Phi Phi Don, 50km from Phuket’s principal pier, 40km from Krabi town in addition to 30km from Lanta’s Saladan pier – epitome Google Earth

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Trip destinations in addition to road (modified Google Earth)


My excogitation is to rest on every isle inwards Thailand amongst affordable accommodation. The work amongst Phi Phi Leh/Ley/Lay/Le is that until lately it was impossible to rest overnight on this National Park island. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few years dorsum someone started overnight camping ground trips in that location – that doesn’t seem to induce got lasted, but it is straight off possible to create a i nighttime Maya Bay Sleep Aboard visit. I’ve done lots of sleep- aboards inwards diverse parts of the world in addition to enjoyed them immensely, so I jumped at the chance.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh
The boat is an quondam Krabi Connection modest ferry – inwards reasonable status amongst the rattling of import large sail covered nurture deck for viewing amongst shade. The boat had a fair amount of other hush-hush room. There was exclusively i lav in addition to no showers (although a barrel of fresh H2O amongst a splash bucket on the nurture sea-access platform which inwards fact is a bang-up agency to shower).
The trip was supposed to larn out at 1500 but every bit common someone was dragging the chain, so nosotros sat approximately until 1540. 

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh
The ladies font of shot are sitting on the sleeping mattresses. I’ve flora these comfortable inwards the past. Unfortunately nosotros didn’t larn to run them – nosotros were told nosotros were overbooked in addition to would slumber on the beach**. Everyone but me was mega-enthusiastic virtually this – I worried virtually the frequent Nov storms. Incredible luck saw a starry nighttime – the exclusively i without a tempest inwards my three calendar week Andaman tour.

**sleeping on the beach – “don’t tell anyone!” says the immature Thai tour leader. As if – amongst at to the lowest degree i travel-blogger in addition to a whole lot of people who are going to write reviews for their booking companionship in addition to others. btw I got the impression amongst the fairly slick dinner/post dinner entertainment/sleeping scheme in addition to the indifference of national commons staff to our presence  that this sleeping on the beach was non to much an odd occurrence.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

It took virtually 30minutes to motor across to Ley. First halt was off the Viking Cave. These days the world can’t access it (I went inwards on a 24-hour interval trip inwards the belatedly 80s) but our boat’s tour leader gave an interesting beak virtually the birds’ nesting in addition to why it is called Viking (birds’ nesters, trapped yesteryear bad atmospheric condition inwards the past, spent the fourth dimension epitome – evidently viking agency paintings).

The tide that 24-hour interval was likewise depression for the common snorkeling inwards nearby Phi Le Bay, so that was postponed until the side yesteryear side 24-hour interval in addition to we……..

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

…..motored approximately to Maya Bay.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Still a reasonable amount of boats in addition to people for 1730 but nil similar the ridiculous jam you lot larn before inwards the day, every bit tin ship away live seen by….

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

….this pic, shot approximately 1000 inwards March 2013 from my Phuket to Phi Phi Don ferry ,which ever does a circumnavigation of Phi Phi Ley before docking. Click-expand for detail.
This ferry is called the Phi Phi Cruiser – one-half the passengers are day-trip people – the circumnavigation of Ley is the exclusively exposure they larn to the isle in addition to this is every bit closed every bit they larn to The Beach. I personally would live unhappy – in that location are ameliorate day-trips out of Phuket.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 quick unscheduled snorkeling session inwards the due north of the bay before nosotros headed for the beach saw sadly deteriorated coral since my terminal session in that location inwards the belatedly 80s – some fish to await at however.

And in addition to so to The Beach……

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

From the due south – fourth dimension 1900

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

And the north. Note smaller beach background left easily waded to at depression tide. Tour guide said H2O inwards that part skillful for spotting harmless modest dark tipped reef sharks. 

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

A chip later

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Later still

PERSPECTIVE
Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh
This earlier-in-the day-shot shows perhaps our fourth dimension of see is so much to a greater extent than preferable. It comes from a recent 2015 Bangkok Post article maxim Maya Bay is becoming over-run yesteryear 24-hour interval visitors (image from Niruth David Bannob)


Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

These days, the expanse inwards dorsum of The Beach has a serial of paths thru the tropical scrub – didn’t be inwards the belatedly 80s, but that was before THAT movie. National Parks has fix at to the lowest degree 2 canteen areas where you lot tin ship away purchase basic eats in addition to drinks (including beer – for the yesteryear v years or so NP has had a no-alcohol rule, this was the commencement I’ve heard of the relaxation of the ban – afterwards comfirmed at Ko Rok). There are 2 toilet/shower blocks behind The Beach too.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

One of the paths leads to the other side of the isle where a platform gives you lot a await at an due east coast inlet.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Platform/inlet from the boat side yesteryear side day

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

This shot shows the behind-beach expanse fairly well. The clearing nosotros ate inwards is closed to the beach correct of center. Most of us slept inwards in a sandy department off the beach against the far correct headland – wider than it looks from shot’s angle. The due east coast inlet tin ship away live seen background center.
(image dreamerattractions.com – but this site seems to live currently defunct)

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

National Park canteen foreground – our boat people fix dinner inwards expanse behind, used construction background left every bit guests’ handbag storage/boat’s utility storage area. Pessimist tezza checked part inwards shot for shelter – figured if it rained in that location was plenty sit-up shelter for us, forget virtually stretching out. No mattresses bought ashore anyhow.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh
Dinner is served – the common yummy Thai mild chicken curry, boiled rice, fried chicken in addition to fruit plate + water. No shortage: servings unlimited. Other drinks could live purchased in addition to each invitee got i complimentary bucket of Thai rum in addition to mixer (other alternatives) which was pretty skillful stuff. There were adequate National Park lav facilities nearby but convey a torch – I kicked my toe  big fourth dimension on a hidden lump of rock: had my common emergency medical kit but no torch – who said DUH?.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Tucker time.  After dinner hither staff members made a skillful endeavor to continue guests entertained amongst card/drinking games/guitars etc, although sitting on the yesteryear straight off deserted beach was a overnice alternative. There was a afterwards interruption inwards activities when people went downwardly the shore to cheque the bioluminescent plankton – variety of gob-smacking if you lot haven’t seen it before. I induce got on perhaps a dozen occasions. People manning bar tin ship away live seen background right. Small Chang cans 100b – a chip high but same every bit National Park canteen which yesteryear this phase had closed. I intend extra buckets were 150.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Sleep fourth dimension – inwards a sandy cove only off the principal beach.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh
Trying to slumber amongst exclusively a 1mm rattan mat betwixt the supplied (lighweight – didn’t overheat) sleeping handbag in addition to the sand was non comfortable – it’s surprising how seemingly soft sand compacts after a while. I got virtually no shut-eye. At to the lowest degree the stars in addition to the swash of the bounding main on the shore were nice. One mature historic stream invitee commented: “character-building”. My grapheme is sufficiently built inwards the areas of enduring discomfort/lack of slumber in addition to needs no development. Small signal – don’t larn out yer spectacles where you lot tin ship away gyre over in addition to interruption them. DUH!

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

0630 side yesteryear side morning. It was kinda neat having exclusively swain guests on the beach. Well non quite truthful – National Park dude nearest correct doing something rattling odd for his cohort: some work.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Quite a few invitee took an early on swim. I fanged out to the halt of the swimming enclosure in addition to dorsum in addition to and so did a one-half dozen jogging laps of the beach – an ideal agency to piece of work off the sleeping mat stiffness.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

The large grouping shot. 
btw – I noticed a few day-trip boats sliding inwards every bit early on every bit 0730. The travel-guides propose you lot larn an early on start – these people certain did.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

 Google Earth’s epitome of Maya Bay. Inlet top correct is southern signal of Phi Le Bay (see downwardly page)

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh
Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Back to the boat

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Breakfast on board was pretty basic but striking the location – scrambled eggs, bread, tea/coffee/juice, fruit – i time once again inwards virtually unlimited quantities. 

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Leaving Maya Bay nosotros did an anticlockwise circumnavigation of PP Ley. This karst stack on the eastern coast a chip due south of the Viking Cave actually sticks out when seen from PP Don’s Long Beach (background).

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Last halt was Phi Le Bay inwards the island’s north-east. Interested invitee could cheque the deep inlet’s rather awesome landscape/seascape from the woman parent boat’s tender. We followed this amongst a snorkel/swim – coral ok but non mind-blowing; fish quite good. Some guests took payoff of the tour’s hire kayaks to cheque the inlet.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

We were at the bay from abt 0830 to 0930. This is the scene afterwards inwards the 24-hour interval – taken at virtually 1100 inwards March 2013. The house certain gets popular.

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Google world epitome of Phi Le Bay

After that nosotros headed dorsum to Phi Phi Don – arriving at the pier approximately 1000. It takes some other 10 minutes to walk dorsum to the tour’s booking part where in that location is a skillful secure storage expanse for guests’ bigger bags. Back at the pier, the boat guys induce got to larn it cleaned in addition to stocked for the side yesteryear side difference at 1500.

SUM UP.
I was a chip underwhelmed. I experience this experience would live best value for people who induce got non seen Phi Phi Ley isle – unfortunately my ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi Don has circumnavigated Phi Phi Ley inwards all my terminal one-half dozen visits – in addition to I induce got done a Maya Bay day-trip inwards the past, admittedly inwards the 80s before THAT movie. 
So the amazing landscape/seascape was non precisely new to me. Add the overbooking, uncomfortable, sleepless night, the injured human foot in addition to broken spectacles to my discontent. At to the lowest degree it didn’t rain. 
However it was kinda interesting to live inwards the expanse BEFORE in addition to AFTER the large crowds. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 2 nighttime trip allowing i to experience the crowded times would live interesting. No doubtfulness you lot could adjust this, but it would in all likelihood cost a bomb. I personally thought the i nighttime trip was overpriced. 

Best Thai Beaches : Maya Bay - Phi Phi Leh

Nice shot from Tourists 360





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