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.
Yoga & Pilates
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sports Camps & Clinics
Bars & Clubs
Leave the party scene alone for an evening and head to the quieter end of Tonsai beach for a yoga class instead. Mama's Beach Residence overlooks the ocean, which is the perfect setting in which to relax and perfect your poses.
Although the Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint is well known, the climb takes a bit of effort, which cuts down on the number of people heading up there right from the outset! Add in an early morning start (sunset) and you’ll find it surprisingly deserted. It’s a steep, 20-minute climb but the panoramic views of Ko Phi Phi Le and Ko Phi Phi Don that greet you when you arrive make it worth the effort. If you can’t drag yourself out of bed for sunrise, the next best time to visit is sunset – but beware: there will invariably be many more people around.
For a less crowded alternative to Maya Bay, head the other way and take a trip to the uninhabited Bamboo Island. It’s a small and stunning island with white sand lapped by clear waters, which is ideal for snorkelling amid its abundance of coral and marine life. If you really want to escape the crowds, speak to the rangers about setting up camp for the night and experience the island after the very last tour boats have departed for the day.
Whether you’re a beginner diver or otherwise, Phi Phi Diving is one of the best centres on the island. The areas around the Phi Phi Islands are incredible for diving, but not all diving schools are created equal. Fortunately, Phi Phi Diving is born out of a love and passion for the islands and features instructors willing to go the extra mile to make your trip a memorable one.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Ko Phi Phi without a bit of partying! Kongsiam is unique in that it’s set away from the main party beach (although is still close enough if you want to go there after), plus it features live music by talented musicians. It’s a popular spot with expats and has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
White sand? Check. Crystal-clear waters? Check. A distinct lack of tourists? Check! Laem Tong Bay has it all. Situated in northern Phi Phi, this beach can only be accessed by boat and is a slice of paradise that’s in stark contrast to the lively and crowded Tonsai scene
The climbing around Ko Phi Phi is fantastic, and this this another of those activities that is ideal for both beginners and the advanced. Challenging, rewarding and scenic, book yourself onto a full or half day adventure with one of the oldest and most respected climbing schools on the island.
This is how Thai beach bars used to be on Ko Phi Phi before the vodka buckets and Eurotrash music came to town. Located right on the water's edge, the Sunflower Beach Bar is a unique and relaxed place to enjoy a few drinks. It features hand-crafted ‘boat’ tables, hammocks and floor mats to chill out on, plus it has great music and a good selection of food and drink – not to mention those magnificent ocean views.
Loh Moo Dee Beach is another slice of uncrowded paradise. White sand, turquoise waters and a sense of peaceful seclusion will greet you when you arrive at Loh Moo Dee, which is located not far from Long Beach.
If you’re craving some authentic, home-cooked Thai food during your stay on Ko Phi Phi, head to Orange Place. This restaurant looks humble and is off the beaten track, but the food is so worth it. Run by chef, Eat, and her husband, you won’t find better Thai food on Ko Phi Phi.