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Koh Phi Phi: The Land Where The Productive Go To Die

by Sean Ogle | Last Updated: January 25, 2010

Koh Phi Phi: The Most Beautiful Island in Thailand?

For the last three days I’ve been hanging out on the island of Koh Phi Phi, about a 2 hour ferry ride from my previous destination of Ao Nang.  I’m not sure what I was expecting to find here, but whatever it was, I was completely unprepared.

Maya Bay, otherwise known as "The Beach"

Maya Bay, otherwise known as “The Beach”

Unparalleled in beauty, a ten minute kayak ride found me floating in the most sparkling clear water I’ve ever seen.  Sea life is teeming, and the softest white sand you could ever hope to find lies just off the main beach.  It’s natural beauty is rivaled only by the beautiful people that flock here from all over Europe, and Sweden in particular.  The combination of scenery and tall blonde Swedish girls led one friend to aptly refer to the island as “heaven”.

Well for all the beauty that’s abound in “heaven”, this island has teeth.

Maybe it’s the buckets for 100 baht.  If you are unfamiliar with a bucket, it’s probably best for your sake that you remain that way, just know that Thai Whiskey, Red Bull and Sprite have never tasted so bad. Perhaps it’s the fire dancing and other fire games which have left more than a few of us burnt and scarred for life.  However, I think it just comes down to the fact that on a nightly basis you have thousands of people who all have only one goal in mind: to party their asses off until they can do it all over again the next day. My lack of shoes and missing camera can attest to this.

I fell in to a burning ring of fire...

I fell in to a burning ring of fire…

I had great intentions when I got to Phi Phi.  You know, set up shop in a nice café with wifi and spend the mornings working and the nights socializing.  Well I never anticipated that mornings were pretty much non-existent here, and the ever beckoning force of the beach would always get its way.  This isn’t to say that I’ve been completely unproductive, but I certainly haven’t spent the time on the blog that I wish I had.phiphistreet

I find myself constantly amazed that almost everything on the island has been rebuilt since the tsunami in 2004.  Many people have said it’s even more overdeveloped than it was before, and I would have a hard time disagreeing.  You can’t help but wonder what this place must have been like even 20 years ago, before the masses got a hold of it.  I imagine it was something even more spectacular than what I’m currently experiencing.

So with that being said, hopefully some of the photos and video provided will give you a taste of what life is like here on Koh Phi Phi, and that there are actually a few readers left after I’ve gone MIA for the last few days!

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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