Exploring "The Beach" of Maya Bay (Koh Phi Phi,Thailand)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Gorgeous it is, secluded it isn't. Hundreds of long tail boats and ferry boats carry thousands of people to see the famous Maya Bay each day at any time. It became the main attraction of Koh Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed here in 1999. Contrary to what most people know, the novelist Alex Garland took the inspiration of 'The Beach' from the beaches of El Nido, Palawan.
the inconic thai long tail boat
I honestly don't want to compare it to Palawan, but oh well, it can't be helped. Filipinos have very high standards when it comes to Beaches. And I know you will agree with me if I say we have the best beaches. But I will save the comparison between El Nido and Maya Bay. My trip to the former will be on August so watch out for that. It is included in my bucket list so I will create a detailed comparison. For now, I'll show you the most popular beach of Koh Phi Phi Leh - Maya Bay.
Tonsai Bay
It was our second day in Koh Phi Phi Don when we availed a whole day tour of Maya bay and the rest of Koh Phi Phi. The tour consists of ferry boat rental, snacks and meal, and snorkel set fee. The highlight of the tour was Maya Bay where we stayed for two hours.

We had to swim to reach that wooden stairs
Our ferry boat is quite big, so we had to go to the rocky side of the beach. The thing is the boat cannot dock on that side, so it's either you use the kayak or swim to get to the beach. I chose the latter. It was fun and scary at the same time. I remember that exciting scene in the movie when Richard, Francois and  Etienne swim in order to get to the island. Cliche I know!
once you get pass the stairs, you will see this welcome thingy
I can't seem to catch my breath when I reached the stairs. I didn't expect the current would be too strong. I thought I would drown. We rested for a while then we walked towards to beach. After about 10 minutes, we were welcomed by the stunning limestone cliffs, white sandy beach, warm turquoise water and cavernous scenery. Wow! This is the beach. It was like the scene in the movie minus the crowd and boats anchored in the shore.

My favorite shot :)  don't mind the photobombers at the back lol
Two hours were spent camwhoring and people watching. It was hard to get a decent photograph. You see the crowd? I was pissed I couldn't help but shoo them away. It is nearly impossible to get a perfect photo that would showcase the cliffs, water and fine beach sands. 


Maki and Jett

yeah we did a lot of people watching in Maya Bay :)
obligatory Maya Bay selfies
Jett and I
After two hours, we went back to the ferry boat. If only we could stay longer, I could have slept under the sun. But I was glad I witnessed Maya Bay's grandeur under the perfect weather. It could have been better if it's not too crowded and there's not too many boats anchored in the shore. If I have extra 3000 THB in my pocket, I could have availed the Maya Bay Camping tour. 

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  1. Mark Abrénilla BunyiMay 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Good job milet :) ang ganda!

  2. whoa! Thanks! :)