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Why Koh Phi Phi Lee is special ?
Koh Phi Phi Lee is the second largest island of the archipelago, the largest one being Ko Phi Phi Don. The island consists of a ring of steep limestone hills surrounding two shallow bays, Maya Bay and Loh Samah. Maya Bay cannot be accessed directly from the sea via boat, due to shallow waters and coral. Therefore, boats must anchor at the deeper Loh Samah, requiring people to walk through a short section of rocks and jungle to reach Maya Bay itself. There is also one large shallow fjord like inlet called Pi Ley with a small coral reef at the entrance.
How to get to Koh Phi Phi Lee?
Phi Phi Leh lies 1.5km off the southernmost tip of Phi Phi Don. Most visitors find their way around Phi Phi Leh on an organised Phi Phi boat tour. However you can rent a longtail boat for your own customized trip.
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Tips for you
We were taken to do snorkelling and kayaking which was good fun before we arrived at Maya Bay just as all the day-trippers were leaving. The tour guides leave you to have a wonder and take photos before serving dinner (chicken, rice and potatoes, was tasty) and giving out the included 'buckets'. At this point it goes a bit downhill, the tour guides reaaaally encourage everyone to get drunk (so that you will spend more money at their bar) and they got completely smashed themselves, way moreso than anyone actually on the trip (one of the women that made the dinner was vomiting on the bay - horrible). It was a bit of a shame, most people were actually there to appreciate the island's beauty and not to get smashed, which you could do back on Phi Phi. The tour guides were a good laugh but very immature. It didn't ruin our experience as we kept ourselves to ourselves and lied down on the bay under the stars and it was really magical... A moment I will always remember. Later on, about 11pm, we went snorkelling and saw the plankton before heading back on the boat and sleeping on the deck. It was so special waking up to a dead-quiet Maya Bay and watching the sunrise. In all we had a great time - but I think we were lucky that our group were mature and laid back. I could imagine that if you got stuck with a bunch of boozy teenagers on top of the drunk tour guides it would be a very different experience.