More than 12 months on from the closure of the world-renowned cove, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is inviting guests to discover the Andaman Sea archipelago's better-kept secrets.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand: At its peak, a typical day at Maya Bay could best be described as mayhem. From first light through to sunset, fleets of long-tail boats tussled to moor and offload seemingly endless batches of selfie-hungry tourists from around the world who, in some cases, would spend hours waiting for just a few moments on the fabled shore — albeit with hundreds of others jostling for that perfect shot.
Immortalised by Hollywood movie The Beach, the spectacular cove on Koh Phi Phi Leh was welcoming an estimated 6,000 daily tourists by 2018. Yet, in an effort to restore the natural attraction to its former glory, Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (NDP) last year closed Maya Bay to all tourists.
Since then, visitors to the Phi Phi archipelago have not only reaped the benefits of a more tranquil holiday experience but are also rediscovering some of its other stunning attractions, including the breathtaking Pi Leh Bay and Bamboo Island.
Located on Phi Phi Leh’s eastern coast, Pi Leh Bay is the definition of a postcard-perfect island cove and has arguably always been a prettier proposition than Maya Bay. Shallow turquoise waters are flanked by tree-flecked limestone karsts providing a shaded haven for swimming and snorkelling throughout the day. Bamboo Island, known locally as Ko Phai is one of the area’s better-kept secrets. Ideal for day trips, the pristine island on the northernmost tip of the archipelago is covered in lush vegetation and powder-sand bays, while the abundance of coral reef off the coast single it out as one of Thailand’s top snorkelling spots. Other highlights include Viking Cave, famous for its ancient wall paintings and feathered inhabitants, the legendary James Bond Island and Monkey Bay on Koh Phi Phi Don.
To showcase these spectacular attractions and more, the celebrated Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, which sits on 800 metres of absolute beachfront overlooking the Andaman Sea, has launched nine immersive itineraries catering to guests from all walks of life -- from thrill-seekers to wildlife enthusiasts and the young to the young at heart.
The new collection of half- and full-day tours also features exclusive romantic excursions for two (including a champagne hamper), speedboat trips to the nearby Krabi coast, eco-marine adventures to Runtee Bay and even the opportunity to swim alongside blacktip reef sharks. Almost all of the options include snorkelling stops in some of Thailand’s best dive spots and photo opportunities to capture the stunning marine and coastal scenery.
“Koh Phi Phi is a one-of-a-kind destination that boasts an array of incredible natural attractions, including unique marine wildlife, unspoiled bays and uninhabited tropical islands,” says Chao Treenawong, General Manager of Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. “We’re blessed to have these marvels on our doorstep and want to share them with the world via our fun-filled excursions and eco-conscious outings.”
For more information on Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort’s package tours and custom itineraries, check out https://www.phiphiislandvillage.com/phi-phi-recreation.php.
What’s more, from now until 31 October 2020, guests can receive a 10-percent extra discount on available rates and promotions (from THB 4,500 per night for superior bungalow based on double occupancy), complimentary room upgrade options and flexible check-in and check-out times when booking directly at www.phiphiislandvillage.com using the promo code PPVILLAGE.
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About Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort enjoys a secluded, pristine tropical island location overlooking Loh Ba Gao Bay on Koh Phi Don. The resort boasts an impressive, exclusive 800-metre beachfront and offers guests a supremely comfortable back-to-nature experience with 201 rooms comprising 189 contemporary Thai style bungalows and 12 private Hillside Pool Villas across 70 acres of lush tropical gardens surrounding a custom-design lagoon-shaped pool and a long and elegant beachfront infinity pool. The resort offers four restaurants and three bars providing a diverse choice of cuisines set against a backdrop of exquisite views, while Wana Spa offers jungle cottages ideal for couples' spa treatments. The resort offers assured privacy and intimacy in the shade of swaying coconut palms with fragrant gardens that open onto the sparkling blue waters of the Andaman Sea. With the stunning flora and fauna of the Nopparattra National Park on their doorstep, the owners and employees at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort are committed to preserving the stunning natural surroundings and have implemented a number of ongoing sustainable initiatives to reduce the resort's ecological footprint.
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