The mythic view of Koh Phi Phi Leh opened right before our very eyes as I parted the floor to ceiling glass window dividing the balcony of our bungalow. Our lodging sat along the slopes of Koh Phi Phi Don and faces Tonsai Bay where Thailand’s infamous secret island lay; well, if you’re basing your reality on a piece of map given to a young and scrawny Leonardo DiCaprio sometime in the year 2000, that is.
|ARRIVING AT KOH PHI PHI IN KRABI|
We arrived at Koh Phi Phi Don at noontime. And it was the worst time to dock on the island. The sweltering tropical heat was something of a norm in Thailand, the problem lies really in transportation. From the pier, where hordes of tourists were disembarking at the same time as us, the only way to go to our resort was by foot. Okay, not only to our resort, but to every other place you need to on the island. There is absolutely no public land transportation.
|THE ONLY SET OF WHEELS YOU’D FIND IN KOH PHI PHI|
|HAD A BOWL OF NOODLES FIRST BEFORE HIKING TO OUR RESORT|
And so we walked, hauling our heavy backpacks with us, gawking at the endless stalls hawking strange food and colorful tourist souvenirs along its narrow streets, our shirt drenched with sweat as we ask locals for directions to our resort, the Bayview Resort Phi Phi.
To the far end of the island, that was the answer we got. Grunting, we walked some more and sweated a whole lot more.
|BAYVIEW RESORT PHI PHI AT LAST|
After more minutes than the ten-minute walking time that was advised to us, we finally arrived at the resort. Check in was at an open-aired lobby right by the beach, but our bungalow was located several meters high on the hill overlooking the waters of Koh Phi Phi. I was looking at the path leading to our lodging and told C that she can’t make me hike to our place no matter what.
|TYPICAL BUNGALOWS AT THE BAYVIEW PHI PHIP|
Good thing they have a shuttle service, albeit with drivers as grumpy as I was, that delivered us to our room, Gran Turismo-style. Easy up, buddy, we still have a month left of backpacking, falling into a cliff isn’t part of our plan, lol.
|AMAZING VIEW FROM OUR VERANDA|
Dropping our bags at our spacious room’s foyer, we quickly stretched over our bed and set the water heater boiling. After a few, we were having our midday coffee fix right at the balcony, watching Thai wooden long-tail boats race with sleek modern speedboats above the azure water of Tonsai Bay; blue sky and craggy karsts as background. It cannot be more perfect.
That was until we actually sipped our coffee and retched. Saltwater!
|CLEAN AND SPACIOUS ROOM|
Apparently, the whole of Koh Phi Phi uses treated water for their waterlines! Our bad for not heeding the warnings on their tap. So, backtracking, we reheated our water again, this time using the complimentary bottled water in the room—which can be ordered free of charge in unlimited quantities, by the way—and restarted our balcony scene.
Perfection, at last.
|LOVE THE THAI-INSPIRED DIVIDER BETWEEN THE TOILET AND THE SHOWER AREA|
Our Superior Villa Room [CHECK ROOM RATES & AVAILABILITY] was huge. Set with a queen-sized bed, it also has a working table, a flastscreen cable-TV, mini-bar and an en suite toilet and bath. The design is a bit dated, but I really didn’t mind. With a view of the famous The Beach island from our balcony, who would, really?
|WILL WALK FOR THE VIEW|
Bayview Resort Phi Phi sprawls along the hilly parts of the island, going from your room to the beach below, or even the restaurant can be a problem, but you can always call for shuttles. Us, we almost always just walk down, enjoying the view as we go along.
|THE AL FRESCO BREAKFAST RESTAURANT|
|BREAKFAST BUFFET WON’T WIN AWARDS, BUT IT’S GOOD ENOUGH|
During the mornings, right after having the complimentary breakfast buffet at their restaurant, we’d usually head over to the resort’s Laem Hin Beach, a protected mini-cove which is just a few minutes away from our room. The beach is quite intimate, with only a few scantily-clad tourists lounging around its fine creamy sand and swimming along its turquoise waters.
|THAI LONG-TAIL BOATS DOCKED AT THE BEACH|
|HIGH TIDE AT LAEM HIN BEACH|
There is a longer stretch of beach near the resort aptly called the Long Beach, but we failed to get to it when we tried to hike there one morning, having been distracted by a sign leading to Koh Phi Phi’s View Point.
|SUNSET AT THE ROCKY PART OF THE BEACH|
During the course of our stay at Bayview Resort Phi Phi, we finally found that our resort wasn’t really that too far away from most everything on the island; the restaurants, the tattoo shops, the souvenir stalls, heck, even the 7-Eleven. Well, sans our backpack, that is. On our way out, we took the in-house complimentary water taxi. I know, we should’ve read up before going. Oh well.
~ OUR STAY AT KOH PHI PHI WAS SPONSORED BY THE BAYVIEW RESORT PHI PHI. VIEWS & OPINIONS, ALL MINE.
Bayview Resort Phi Phi
Address: 69 Moo 7, Laem Hin Beach, Phi Phi Island,
Ao-Nang, Krabi, Thailand
Contact Number: +66 75-601-127 to 31
+66 (0)81 892 7510 | +66 (0)80 690 9534
GPS Coordinates Map: 7.735270, 98.779797