About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb. 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Beaches, Bodies of Water
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sports Camps & Clinics
Bars & Clubs
Start your day in Ko Phi Phi early by watching the sun come up from the best vantage point on the island. It’s a steep, 20-minute climb up to the viewpoint but the sweeping views across the Phi Phi Islands awaiting you at the top are more than worth it. Going so early in the day also means there will be a lot less people around.
If you’ve worked up an appetite with all that uphill walking, head straight to Grand PP Arcade for breakfast. It’s a laidback spot in the middle of the bustling Tonsai Village where the food, the service and the prices are all spot-on. Particularly renowned for its breakfasts, Grand PP Arcade is the ideal place to set yourself up for the day ahead.
Located in Ko Phi Phi Le, the world-famous Maya Bay was the location used for the film, The Beach. It’s a stunner too, with white sand, turquoise waters and some scenic walking trails inland, all surrounded by impressive limestone cliffs and coral reefs. Not to be missed.
As you might imagine, the Phi Phi Islands are fantastic for diving and the aptly named Phi Phi Diving centre is one of the best schools on the island. Spend the afternoon exploring beautiful coral and marine life with qualified and passionate instructors.
If you’re the active type but would rather stay on dry land, skip the diving and experience Ko Phi Phi from a height instead. The climbing around Phi Phi is incredible and Spidermonkey Climbing is one of the most respected and well-established schools on the island.
If you want to get a few hours in at the beach but don’t fancy sharing it with the rest of Ko Phi Phi, head to Loh Moo Dee Beach. It’s a 20-minute or so walk from Long Beach and is very much the secluded, white sand, turquoise water slice of paradise you’ve been hoping for.
For dinner, seek out the best Thai food on the island by heading over to Orange Place. Located along Gypsy Road, here you’ll find authentic, flavoursome Thai food cooked by the charismatic owner and chef, Eat.
To ease yourself gently into your evening on Ko Phi Phi, the Kongsiam Bar is just the thing. It’s lively yet laidback, with live music and a fun and friendly vibe. Plus it’s easy enough to reach the main hub of the party scene if and when you want to move on.
Most people who visit Ko Phi Phi end up in the Reggae Bar at one point or another! It’s a large bar at the centre of all the action and features its very own Thai boxing ring. With a steady flow of vodka buckets, beers and cocktails, the atmosphere grows steadily throughout the night. You’ll see both professional Muay boxers in the ring, as well as plenty of brave (or inebriated) punters.
If you’re in full party-mode as the night gets underway on Ko Phi Phi, you’ll inevitably end up at one of the bars along the beach. With chairs out on the sand, the music thumping and plenty of drinks flowing, Slinky performs as good as any of the others. Mechanical bull and fire shows included!