Best of Phi Phi Islands

Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang, Krabi

The Phi Phi Islands  are one of the most beautiful destination in the southern part of Thailand.  Located only a 45-minutes journey from both Krabi and Phuket, those tropical islands will be the highlight of your trip, offering white sandy beaches and amazing rock formations rising from the turquoise waters.  It is the perfect place to visit if you are looking to experience tropical paradise at its best combined with one of the world’s most laid-back attitude.  Not to forget that those islands remain an affordable option, offering accommodations for every budget or even ideal for a day trip from the coast.


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  1. Video of Phi Phi Islands
  2. Introduction to Phi Phi
  3. Ao Nang
  4. About Phi Phi Islands
  5. Bamboo Island
  6. Phi Phi Leh
  7. Ao Maya Beach
  8. Viking Cave
  9. Phi Phi Don
  10. Ao Ton Sai
  11. Photographs of Phi Phi Islands
Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang, Krabi

Ao Nang

Ao Nang situated in the coastal province of Krabi is one of the major departure point to the Phi Phi Islands (although it is also possible to get there from Phucket or Koh Lanta). There are hundreds of longtail and speed boats waiting to take you to any of your favourite destinations. The town itself is quite small and mainly consists of one major road parallel to the beach where all the accommodations, restaurants and travel agencies are located.


About Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi Islands are located in  the Andaman Sea in South West Thailand  and are part of the Krabi province. They are comprised of a group of six different islands, the most important being, Phi Phi Don the biggest and only inhabited, Phi Phi Leh made famous by "the Beach" movie, Bamboo Island and Bida Noi. Those set of islands were initially known to Muslim fishermen in the 1940s and later became famous for their coconuts plantation. Today they are mostly known for being one of the best beach destinations with thousands of tourists visiting them each year.

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island

Bamboo Island is one of the smallest island in the group but offers astonishing natural beauty.  Situated only a few kilometres north of the main Phi Phi Don, it is a perfectly flat evergreen island with breathtaking white sand, and which can easily be walked all around in less than half an hour.  It offers amazing crystal clear water, big waves, colourful coral reefs and is an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling.  Less known and less crowded then its sisters it should definitely be a stop when visiting the area.

Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi Leh is the remarkable southern island with breathtaking coves and bays.  With its national park status, permitting only an overnight stay, many believe it is the most beautiful island of them all. It is blessed with two amazing bays surrounded with huge rock formations appearing from the transparent azure waters.  Those bays offer a superb marine life and is one of the most favourite spot for experienced divers.  It is home to the Ao Maya beach and the Viking Cave, considered to be the two most popular attractions on this island.

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach

Ao Maya Beach is by far the most popular destination of Phi Phi Leh, with an impressive large number of boats coming in every day.  The beach surrounded with beautiful green cliffs on three sides, is blessed with pristine water and white sand.  It is the perfect tropical paradise and is not a surprise that the famous British director Danny Boyles, chose this beach among many others in the region, to be the primary location of the movie The Beach, featuring Leonardo Dicaprio.  A film about a community of young people living a hedonistic life.

Viking Cave, Phi Phi Leh
Viking Cave, Phi Phi Leh

Viking Cave

The Viking Cave is another key attraction on Phi Phi Leh. Although currently not accessible for tourist, the cave have many petroglyphs (rock engravings) of Viking style vessels, reviving the myth that our North European cousin could have come to the island to bury their treasures. The Viking Cave are definitely worth the boat ride.

Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don
Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi Don is the biggest and only inhabited of all the six Phi Phi islands.  Ton Sai Bay and its village, where the first inhabitants settled, is considered the heart of the island where all the action takes place.  It offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, hotels and diving schools.  Blessed with a remarkable natural beauty, it is not a surprised that Phi Phi Don gained the title of one of the world’s best islands and is very popular all year long.

Monkey Beach ,Phi Phi Don
Monkey Beach ,Phi Phi Don

Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach which can easily be accessed by boat is one of Phi Phi Don key attractions, where numerous monkeys cane be seen enjoying the wild and the water.

Conclusion

The Phi Phi islands are without any doubt the ultimate tropical getaway and definitely make the world’s best beaches list. Amazing beaches, turquoise waters with colourful marine life and mind blowing limestone cliffs surrounded with tropical jungle, it has everything you need for the perfect vacation. If you haven’t’ done so already , a visit on those set of islands should be a top priority.


Photographs of Patong beach

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
Ao Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands

Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang, Krabi

Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang, Krabi

Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang, Krabi

Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don
Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don

Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don
Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don

Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don
Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don

Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don
Ao Ton Sai, Phi Phi Don

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

Monkey Beach ,Phi Phi Don
Monkey Beach ,Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh

Viking Cave, Phi Phi Leh
Viking Cave, Phi Phi Leh

Patong beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Phuket with its 48 km length and 21 km width is Thailand’s largest island. Located in the southern tip of the Phang Nga Province surrounded by the Andaman Sea, it is known to be the Party capital of Thailand. Situated 862 kilometres south of Bangkok, the island is easy accessible, by road with two bridges on the northern tip connecting to the mainland and by air with an international airport with numerous daily flights. What was once a major trading stop between India and China, has become today the favourite touristic destination in the region offering as many as 17 beautiful sandy beaches to choose from. The island is also known to be a wonderful place for diving, considered to be one of the top 10 diving sites in the world.  Even though Phuket city is officially the province capital, the more developed west coast Patong beach is the city that gets all the glamour.

Patong City, Phuket
Patong City, Phuket

Patong beach topics

  1. About Phuket
  2. Patong city
  3. Patong beach
  4. Top hotels in Patong
  5. Conclusion
  6. Photographs of Patong beach

Patong city

Patong city is by far the most popular beach destination on Phuket island.  It is famous for its vibrant nightlife with many restaurants, beer bars and disco clubs to choose from.  The city is the most developed place on the island offering all the facilities one may need and a wide array of accommodations for different budgets. Being known as the party capital of Asia, with a hedonistic lifestyle reputation many come to enjoy the numerous entertainment complexes and Go-go Bars situated around Bangla Road.
The city is really easy to get around with  the three main roads parallel to the Beach. The first, Beach Road (Thanon Thawiwong)  as its name suggest follows the coast and is ideal for a quick lunch when chilling on the beach.  The second road is Thanon Rat-U-Thit known for its huge Jungceylon shopping centre,  its Thai box stadium and local markets.  Finally further down,  is Nanai Road home to cheaper accommodations and ex-pats bars.
As for the famous party Soi Bangla road  it runs from the beach intersecting both Beach Road and Thanon Rat-U-Thit.

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach

The famous Beach of Patong is the key attraction of the town.  With its 3 kilometres coastline of white sand and shallow waters it is the perfect place to unwind after a late night out. The beach is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and is also a great place to try some waters sports such as jet-skis, diving or sailing.

Top hotels in Patong

There are numerous hotels in Patong. Some of our favorites include:

  1. The Nap Patong Hotel, a Four Star Hip and stylish Hotel
  2. Baan Laimai Beach Resort, a private and calm Four Star Hotel
  3. Millennium Resort , a Five Star Hotel
  4. Avantika Boutique Hotel, a Four Star Hotel
  5. Patong Resort, a Four Star Hotel

Conclusion

Being easy accessible, offering great beaches, many tourist attractions and having an exciting nightlife it is not a surprise that Phuket island is one of the most popular destination in Thailand.  It is more suited for a younger crowd who has the energy to party all night and understand the meaning of “mai pen rai” – which can be translated to “Don’t worry, be happy&rdquo. For those however looking for a more calmer and peaceful place, the surrounding Phi Phi, Ko Lanta or Krabi might be a more suitable destination. 


Photographs of Patong beach

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong City, Phuket
Patong City, Phuket

Patong City, Phuket
Patong City, Phuket

Patong City, Phuket
Patong City, Phuket

Patong City, Phuket
Patong City, Phuket

Patong City, Phuket
Patong City, Phuket

Best of Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

The city state of Singapore is one of the most interesting and inspiring city of all South-east Asia.  Officially called the Republic of Singapore, it is a set of islands located in the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula,  south of Thailand.  Singapore  is said to be the world’s most globalised city, with a long history of immigration and a big expatriate community.  It has today a population of around 5 million consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and with about 40% of the city being foreigners both students and workers.  It is the world’s second most densely populated city right after Monaco. This cosmopolitan city, which is part of the four East Asian Tigers (with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan) also play a fundamental role in the finance and international trade world. Its port is one of the busiest in Asia and the country is considered one of the world’s most technologically advanced.  It has the number one spot on the quality of life list across Asia, and is on the 11th position worldwide.  The latest Singapore statistics claimed a GDP growth of 17.9% for the first half of 2010, which would represent the fastest-growing economy in the world.


Singapore topics

  1. Introduction to Singapore
  2. Singapore Tourism
  3. History of Singapore
  4. Top districts in Singapore
  5. Top places in Singapore
  6. Conclusion
  7. Photographs of Singapore

Singapore Tourism

Tourism represent a huge chunk of Singapore’s economy.  Being one of the most popular points of entry in Asia it has over 10 million visitors each year.  In 2005, the city completed the built of the Sentosa complex, one of the biggest theme park of its kind,  which boosted the country’s touristic reputation.  Furthermore, the unique architectural design of the Marine Bay complex combined with reforms to partially legalise gambling, may only have a positive impact on the city tourism industry. 


History of Singapore

The city-state of Singapore was Founded as a British trading colony in 1819 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. It then briefly joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 and by 1965, expelled by its adopted country became independent.  This fact, makes Singapore the only country in history to gain independence against its free will.  In the next 60 years, mainly due to the country’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, it became one of the world’s most modern and prosperous cities, developing solid  infrastructures and building reliable public transportation systems (subways, sky trains) and highways.  It has today a perfect mix of European, Chinese, Malay and Indian influences.  It has all the advantages of an industrialized city combined with an amazing tropical climate, a wonderful Asian cuisine and lots of green spaces and swimming pools.

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Top districts

Singapore’s City centre, also referred to as the Central Business District can be easily compared to the down-town of any big metropolis including NYC, London or Tokyo.  It’s centre consists of the beautiful Riverside district where skyscrapers are being built one after the other, of the famous shopping Orchard Road and the smaller but very interesting Bugis Street, Chinatown and Little India.

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District

The Riverside also called the Civic District contains the majority of all the city skyscrapers.  It is where you may find the city’s top restaurants, bars and exclusives boutiques.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore shopping paradise with shopping malls one after the other. Many are dozen level high and some are even open 24 hours.  Some believe it might be the most densely shop populated area in the world.

Chinatown

The Chinatown district is a popular area south of the river, with a strong Chinese  community and filled with many good value shops, restaurants and pagodas.

Little India, Singapore
Little India, Singapore

Little India

The Little India district, situated north of the Riverside is another culturally rich place of the city ideal to enjoy spicy Indian cuisine or for a made to measure piece of clothing.

Bugis Street

The Bugis Street district is another famous place for shopping enthusiast offering a multitude of bargain markets, shopping malls, restaurants and nightspots.  It is said to be the largest street-shopping location in Singapore.

Outside the city centre

The East Coast is largely a residential district of Singapore where the world famous Changi Airport and the red light Geylang district are located. The west coast of the island is mostly known for the Sentosa island, which during the last decade underwent a huge transformation from a military fort into a world class Disneyland-type resort.  Ideal for a kids day out but offering grown up attractions as well such as gambling and the Universal Studio.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Top places in Singapore

Singapore is a city that offers so much from incredible hotels to shopping to a variety of amazing Asian cuisine.  Although there are so many wonderful attractions one can visit, some of our favourite include:

  1. Merlion
  2. Marina Bay Sands
  3. Helix bridge
  4. Singapore Flyer
  5. National Museum of Singapore
  6. Sunttec City

The Merlion

The Merlion, the emblem of the city is a mix of a fish body with a lion’s head. Designed by Mr Fraser Brunner in 1964 it symbolises the legend of the rediscovery of Singaporu.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay complex is the newest arrival of Singapore’s marina district and might well soon become its symbol.  This architecturally unique complex offers a 2,560-room hotel, a huge casino, various high end shopping malls and "celebrity chef" restaurants, theatres, an Art & Science museum and one of Asia’s biggest convention-exhibition centres. It is said to be the world’s most expensive casino development reaching a total cost of around S$8 billion

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark

One of the most breathtaking piece of the Marina Bay  complex is the Sands SkyPark.  A structural masterpiece floating on top of the three hotel towers 200m in the sky. With its 12,400 square meters of space, it is the world’s largest observation deck and can accommodate up to 3900 people.  It offers unprecedented views of downtown Singapore, especially at night.  The very long infinity pool is the cherry the tops this remarkable engineering wonder.

Helix bridge

The Helix Bridge also known as the Double Helix Bridge located in the Marina Bay is a pedestrian bridge linking the Marina Centre with Marina South.  It resembles the double-helix structure, with different colours lighted at night representing the four bases of DNA .

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is currently the biggest observation wheel in the world, even a few meters bigger than the famous London Eye. (However Shanghai is currently building a taller version).  It offers breathtaking views of every side of the City.

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest and one of the most interesting museum of the city.  It offers numerous permanent exhibitions including the Singapore History Gallery showing the country’s presidents and multiple “Living” galleries about fashion, food and photography.  It also constantly expose special exhibitions such as the portrait photography gallery.

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Suntec City

Suntec City is one of the largest commercial developments in Singapore  and is filled with various shopping centres and offices.  It was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects which incorporated some essential feng shui principles.  It is located in the Marina Centre, constituted of five buildings (plus the convention centre) arranged in such as way to resemble a person left hand.  In the heart of the complex is the Fountain of Wealth appearing like a golden ring in the palm of the hand. It is said that going around the fountain 3 times clockwise by touching the water with your right hand will grant your wish.

Conclusion

Singapore is definitely one of the most interesting places in the World.  It is a must when visiting Asia.  Being one of the highest developing economy, this city-state had surprised us in the past and I’m convince it will continue in the future.


Photographs of Singapore

Bugis Street, Singapore
Bugis Street, Singapore

Bugis Street, Singapore
Bugis Street, Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Central Singapore
Central Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Civic District, Singapore
Civic District, Singapore

Little India, Singapore
Little India, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Merlion, Singapore
Merlion, Singapore

Merlion, Singapore
Merlion, Singapore

Merlion, Singapore
Merlion, Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Singapore
Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Suntec City, Singapore
Suntec City, Singapore