Showing posts with label Phi Phi Island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Phi Phi Island. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Phi Phi Scuba Diving Summer Special 2014

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island - Phi Phi Scuba Diving Summer Special
Maya Bay - Phi Phi Island
Enjoy a few days on Phi Phi Island and combine it with 3 days diving on local Phi Phi Diving Sites and last but not least a few fun nights out in Krabi's Party Mecca No. 1.

5D /4N  Phi Phi Scuba Diving Summer Special 2014

Pool at Phi Phi Andaman Legacy
Pool at Phi Phi Andaman Legacy
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 days of Scuba Diving Fun
  • Ferry return transfers from Phuket Island
Special Price for stays from Now to 31 Oct 2014
  • Scuba Divers  THB 10,800 per person
  • Non-Divers THB 4,800 per person
    Single Traveller Supplement THB 3,600

Package price includes: Accommodation at Phi Phi Andaman Legacy Resort based on twin/double sharing in Superior Mountain/Pool view room, daily breakfast at hotel, Ferry return transfers from Phuket Island including pick up and drop off at Phuket Hotels, 3 days (2 dives per day) of scuba diving for Scuba divers. Tax & Insurance.

Not included: Scuba Diving gear, activities for non-divers.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Phi Phi Packages

Phi Phi Island is definitely one of my favourite destination even though my job for the past 10 years gave me opportunity to visit the place so many times that I can't even count, still every times I was there I always feel surprise of how beautiful this place is with limestone islands that created powerful cliffs in the middle of the ocean into the crystal clear water full of tropical marine life. Many times look like I was the most happiest person on the trip I did not realize until now that because of my experiences I know exactly where all the beautiful spots are and what to look at.

As what we always doing here at Easy Day is we are trying to organize different tour program by using our experiences to create different, unique and avoid crowds as much as possible and it had been some times that we've been trying to create beautiful tour program  for Phi Phi island one of the most popular destination

2 Days / 1 Night - Phi Phi islands Tour

We are now in April the hottest month of the year here in Thailand, however in Phuket it had been no rain for 3 months and we can now see some dark cloud and can feel that we will get some rain soon.

Heading to Phi Phi island today for inspection trip and since is a school holiday I also take my daughter with me.
Day 1 - On the way to Phi Phi

The day started by getting pick up by air-condition minivan at around 8.00 then the driver take us to Rassada pier in Phuket town where our ferry Royal Jet Cruise 9 depart from.

We normally travel with Premium Class but today I like to try the First Class to see the different. It was not many people at all in the first class today. They also have drinks & snack corner and the room look nice and clean. The boat left Rassada pier at 8.30 and 10-15 minutes later few people from standard class started to upgrade their seats to first class so there was then around 15 people in there.

It took around 1.30 hour before we arrive at Phi Phi island and the first stop is at Ton Sai bay but since we were on our overnight tour package our tour guide came to get us just before we arrive to get ready to jump on speed boat which take us around for snorkeling and sightseeing. Speed boat take us to Bamboo island, we get to walk around, swimming and snorkeling from the beach.

We moving to Laem Thong beach at 12.00 for lunch at the restaurant with seafood BBQ and buffet then those that stay overnight at Leam Thong beach got to go to the hotel for check in and others get back on speed boat to get transfer back to the ferry which will take them cruise around Phi Phi Le for sightseeing before head back to Phuket.

We checked in at Phi Phi Natural Resort, staffs at the hotel are very nice and helpful then when one of them take us to the room, I was surprised they've upgraded our room from standard room to superior cottage which was very close to the beach and I could see how clear the water is from my balcony, we are so lucky!

I've never been at Laem Thong beach before so after a bit rest we went out explore the place and also visit “Leisure Dive” our dive center partner which located right on the beach, too bad I didn't plan to dive this time but for sure next time I wouldn't miss it.

It was really nice to walk on this quiet and beautiful white sand beach. Felt like it was not long before we realize it was getting dark so we walk back to the hotel, stop quick at swimming pool and walked along the beach back to our room
It had been a long day so we were thinking that we just walk to the restaurant get some quick dinner then back to bed since we have to wake up early for our sightseeing and snorkelling with long tail boat to Phi Phi Le. 

Just before we finish our dinner there were 3 young locals came to the beach and perform an amazing fire dance, it was so cool that we had to finish our dinner quickly and went to sit on the beach to get better view of the show.

After fire dance show we were sitting a bit longer on the beach since it was nice to listen to the waves, the sky was clear though not many stars since it was close to full moon. I remembered one of the first time of my Phi Phi overnight trip almost 10 years ago it was on dark moon and the sky cover with seem like a billions of stars, it was absolutely stunning.

We walked back to the hotel and fell asleep as soon as our head touched the bed.

Day 2 - Explore Phi Phi Le

We wake up at 6.00, after freshen up we went walking along the beach to restaurant for breakfast and to get a nice warm and beautiful sunrise at the same time.

We booked the long tail boat at 7.30 to take us to Phi Phi Le for snorkeling and sightseeing. From Leam Thong beach took us 40 minutes to get there and I realize that I should have left much earlier so I could be there before most of the boat arrive to see real beauty without too many boats. 

However we arrived at quite good time anyway few boats already arrived but not too crowded. We cruising slowly around Phi Phi Le, stop at Viking Cave then move to my favourite spot “Pileh Cove”. We spend almost an hour here for swimming and snorkelling then continue cruising to Loh Samah bay, Maya beach then last stop on my requested was at Palong wall where you can find some reef sharks at shallow water and many times turtles, unfortunately we didn't see any of them today but we didn't have much time to look for them anyway since we had to head back to the hotel for check out and get ready to go back to Phuket.

Hotel staff arranged so we got back to the ferry, on the way back we were in the Premium class which is in exclusive lounge with comfortable sofa and there was also exclusive sun deck which only for premium class.

We arrived back at Rassada pier at around 16.30

It was a really nice trip but definitely too short for me, next time will stay much longer so I can explore all best spots and organize more quality tours for you ;)

Price in Thai Baht for 2 person 13,000 

  • Return hotel transfers from most of hotels in Phuket 
  • Ferry transfers in Premium class
  • Premium tour with speed boat
  • 1 night in standard room with breakfast at Phi Phi Natural Resort
  •  Seafood BBQ and buffet lunch on the first day
  • 4 hours sightseeing with private long tail boat to Phi Phi Le 

Single Supplement Thai Baht 9,500
Longer stay, diving package, more info, contact us!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Phuket Weather Update 10th March / 16th March 2014

Phuket Weather Update 10th March / 16th March 2014

The weather does not change much in Phuket for the first few months of the year, so it came as a little but pleasnt surprise on Saturday it rained for 15 minutes or so. Even my motorbike was happy about that, as it's its first wash for a week.

Just the small amount of rain we had has added life to our garden too, the, for so long dried up plants have now sprung back to life. 

Phuket is a fantastic Island, whether you live here or come on holiday or just come some fun in the sun, there is no doubt about it Phuket has it all and this week sees the start of the Talang festival

PHUKET: The annual Battle of Thalang festival begins at Victory Memorial Field tonight, marking Phuket’s stand against Burmese invaders at the site 229 years ago.

The Victory Memorial Field recently received a 26-million-baht makeover and welcomed the
Phuket Weather Update 10th March / 16th March 2014

Phuket is a fantastic Island whether you live here or come on holiday,addition of 2.5-meter-tall statues cast in bronze honoring the Nine Heroes (story here).

Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut this morning led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Heroines’ Monument (map here) to honor heroines Thao Thepkrasattri and Thao Srisoonthorn, and those who gave their lives in defence of the island.

The large-scale re-enactment of the battle, played out each night of the annual festival, will begin at 8:30pm.

“As always, the re-enactment will include impressive light and sound displays provided by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization,” Governor Maiti said.

Stalls at the festival grounds will open at 5pm each day, offering amusement rides for children and local food, as well as a huge assortment of local produce and One Tambon One Product (OTOP) goods for sale.

Live entertainment scheduled for the festival is as follows:

March 16-17: Manorah, a form of folk-dance from the south of Thailand, performed by the Kluen Noi Dao Rung dance troupe

March 18: Live music by the Mai Lha band

March 19: Live music by the Boxer band and Pee Teng Srivichai

March 20: Live music by the Laem Sa-Rub-Lai band

March 21: Live music by the Chai-Lai band

March 22: Live music by Ao Veanlan, Wong Klom and the 9 Step bands

March 23: Nang Talung (shadow puppet) performances by Nong Deaw and live Thai country music by Sompong Wonglukklak

March 24-25: Miss Thao Thepkrasattri and Thao Srisoonthorn beauty pageant

Latest Weather

Monday 10th March: Max Temp 36 - min Temp 25 degrees extremely hot with passing clouds and little breeze.

Tuesday11th March: Max Temp 35 – Min temp 27 degrees slight breezes, passing clouds hot very hot.

Wednesday 12th March: Top Temp 35 degrees down to 23 again very hot with scattered clouds cooling off a little in the evening.The beaches are very busy this week again.

Thursday 13th March: Max Temp 35 degrees down to 26 degrees. Phi Phi Island. Scattered clouds, very hot.

Friday 14th March Max Temp 35 degrees, again very hot it must rain a little soon surely of low 24.

Saturday 15th March: Max Temp 34 degrees started off a normal day with hot sun and scattered clouds passing, but then a most wonderful thing happened it rained for 30 minutes wahooo… with a low of 21.
So it finally rained in Phuket, you could hear the cheers all the way up to Bangkok. It has been getting hotter and hotter over the last few weeks so a spot of Rain was always inevitable I think.

Sunday 16th March: Max Temp 31 degrees down to a night time low of 27 degrees business as usual today although in the early evening it did look like it might rain, but nothing came. Tonight we are going to Naka Night Market again.

Here are two great days out…

Patong Beach, is over two miles long, a golden sandy beach adorned with sunbeds umbrellas and semi naked westerners of all shapes and sizes; Patong Beach There is no place like. It may not be everyone’s idea of paradise, but it’s a whole lot of fun. Read On ...

Nai Yang Beach is another un-spoilt beach of golden sand and azure blue seas, rivaling any beach on Phuket. Nai Yang Beach is a sleepy little village, not far from Bang Tao Beach, and is... Read on...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Phuket Weather Update 23th Feb 2014

Phuket Weather Update 17th Feb / 23th Feb 2014

Here is the latest weather report for those keeping a check on your next holiday destination.

The Weather has definitely started to get a little warmer now in the mornings the winter does not last long in Thailand which is a shame as they are definitely the most pleasant two weeks here signifying the summer month’s arrival. 

There has not been a drop of rain this year yet, and the cooler winds blowing down from the North have stopped now and the mercury is rising. February is a fantastic month to visit Thailand and in particular Phuket

The unrest in Bangkok is still ongoing and probably will be for some time, and here is the latest from the Army chief as he  on Monday called on all sides to find a peaceful way out of the country's increasingly violent political deadlock, dismissing the possibility of a coup.

"It has come to the point where every Thai side needs to find a peaceful way out, and quickly," said Army Commander-in-Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha in an announcement made on Channel 5 TV.

Prayuth dismissed persistent rumours that the army would step in to solve the stalemate.

"Soldiers will not take action because if we use force there would be resistance, and the country might collapse," 

Prayuth said. it is not really unrest just a few  streets blocked off by protestors wanting the government to change, much the same as any other country to be fair who is happy with their rulers. 
The Thai people in general are a very tolerant race and even when protesting are very polite.

But this is no reason not to come to Phuket as there are many flights each day from European airports direct to Phuket. Even So flying to Phuket via Bangkok is very straight forward with multiple airlines and flights schedule daily.  

If you have never been to Phuket or Thailand for that matter, it is defiantly well worth investigating. Phuket does have high season and low season, but it operates throughout the year. People from all over the world come to sun themselves on the near perfect beaches, laze around chilling and drinking cocktails. 

If beaches are not your thing, then there is so much more to Phuket than just beaches, the sightseeing of temples and markets, the amount of restaurants and bars is astounding and there are many golf courses, scuba diving , snorkeling trip to go on the list is endless.

Here below is the last week’s weather:-

Monday February 17th: Max Temp 34 - min Temp 26 degrees very light breezes very little. Some light cloud cover towards the evening time.

Tuesday 18th February: Max Temp 34 – Min temp 27 degrees only slight breezes, light cloud cover again early evening the temp dropping down to 27 yes the weather is now getting hot all day long.

Wednesday 19th February: Top Temp 35 degrees hottest day of the year so far the beaches are packed and Phuket is rocking and at night hit a low of 27 degrees at night again some light cloud cover.

Thursday 20th February: Max Temp 34 degrees down to 24 degrees. Today we went over to Phi Phi Island on our Speed boat tour

Friday 21st February Max Temp 34 degrees, down to an overnight of low 25, another fine day here on Phuket island, and I think we all deserve a well-earned ice cold beer

Saturday 22nd February: Max Temp 34 degrees today with a night time low of 24 degrees some early morning mist clearing before 9am, Beach day today Naithom is a must if you are close by.

Sunday 23rd February: Max Temp 34 degrees down to a night time low of 21 degrees another great day quite a shirt in temperature throughout the day. Sunday is great day for shopping in Phuket Town

The annual competition, aimed at promoting local fishing traditions in the area, is put on by Paklok Subdistrict Municipality (OrBorTor).

“Only those fishing from longtail boats with local fishing equipment are allowed to participate. However, both Thais and foreigners are welcome to get involved,” said Paklok Public Relation staffer Samart Sensai.

“If you don’t have your own boat, you can rent one from us for 2,000 baht.”

Enrollment per team of up to five people is 1,000 baht, with only one team allowed per boat.
Registration runs from 8 am to 10 am Saturday, with teams departing from Yamu Point at 10:15 am and not weighing in their catch until noon Sunday.

Trophies will be handed to the top three contenders in a variety of categories: fish living at the surface (total weight); fish living on the seafloor (weight); sharks and rays (weight); fish caught with a fishing pole (weight); fish caught with a fishing net (weight); other (weight); and unique fish.

There will also be an award for “Great Captain,” which will be given to the man or woman who has led his or her team in bring in the greatest haul. Additionally, there will be a sportsmanship award.

"Though the OrBorTor only has trophies for the teams, the event can be good for competitors' pockets when it comes time to auction everything off," said Mr Samart.

Saturday evening while the fishermen are away, there will be a market at Yamu Point accompanied by stage performances and other entertainment, said Mr Samart, with festivities to run from 5 pm to 11 pm.

“A 5 pm on Sunday, we’ll start the partying again, as well as announce the winners on stage,” Mr Samart said.

“We had 50 teams join us last year. This year, we’re hoping for even more – everyone is welcome.”

Monday, February 3, 2014

MV Sai Mai (Six Knots)

MV Sai Mai, oh how I dream of days cruising the crystal clear waters of Phuket. When life could be so easy, take me to a place where no one knows me and I can escape the reality of it all, if only for a little while.
With the advent of the Mobile phone and media sites, do we ever seem to get any peace or any quiet, we all need downtime, we all need to simply switch off; people can get in contact with us 24/7. The world we live in moves at such a fast pace these days, that we sometimes just do not know whether we are coming, going or if we have already been.
Now hold on! Let’s just slow it all down for a minute, just take a moment and take a deep breath. Maybe on a cold dark winter’s day on the way to work, your mind wonders off to a faraway place, where time almost stands still.
If you have ever dreamed of exotic islands in the sun, where the skies are always blue, the waters always warm and clear and where beaches of gorgeous white sands are almost left untouched. Then do we have a treat for you!
The MV Sai Mai‘s sole mission, is to bring peace and tranquillity into people’s lives. It travels the waters of the Andaman in search of the places that you have only ever held in your dreams, moving at a pace that can only ever bring tranquillity into your life.
Sai Mai or Six Knots as she is known affectionately, we call her Six Knots because that is the speed she travels, gently ploughing the locals seas in and around Phuket is the perfect vessel for such days or relaxing.
She is perfectly fitted out to accommodate a small group of family and friends, accommodating up to 8 guests all in her luxurious air-con, en-suite cabins or if a day trip is required, then she can easily manage up to 12 guests.
Sai Mai is available throughout the year, visiting all the islands around Phuket, such as Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta, Taurutao, Phang Nga bay, Krabi, Racha Yai and Racha Noi, Similans, Surin Islands even trips up to Burma are possible, in fact she will go almost anywhere, such is the versatility and flexibility of her schedule.
She has three spacious cabins on board, which are all en-suite with running hot and cold water and showers, all cabins have individual controlled Air Conditioning units to. The cabins have TV and DVD players, the large suite cabins on the port and starboard sides both have a double bed and single bed inside, while the double cabin at the front of the boat has bunks beds accommodating two.
The food on Sai Mai is second to none; the cook is an expert chef and is always ready to offer cooking lessons to those interested in Thai cuisine.  We know that there are many people with different dietary needs. If there is anything you need or like or for that matter do not like, let us know and we will make sure you dine like royalty.
Sai Mai was built in the mid-nineties to a very high spec and has be maintained in similar fashion using only the finest Asian hardwoods. When she first started cruising these waters she was exclusively a dive boat, taking divers all the way to Burma and the Mergui Archipelago. Back then she won several awards for being the finest dive vessel in the Andaman Sea, the awards came from the International Diving Association.
The way Sai Mai works is like this, you tell us what you would like to do and where you would like to go, whether you want to go only to the best beaches in the area, chilling out on the sands and having barbecues for the week, or you want to dabble into the underwater world of Scuba Diving and Snorkeling or even a mixture of the three e can arrange it for you.
All of our staff are highly qualified and very experienced scuba diving instructors, all of whom have worked in the area for years and know every island and dive site. We offer a full range of differing schedules or you can even build your own, we go where you want to go, not the other way around.
If you are interested in Scuba diving, we can supply all the necessary equipment and if you would like to complete a dive course on board, this is also possible. This season alone we have seen Several Whale Sharks and about twenty Manta Rays.
The marine life in this area will simply take your breath away, what with the large predators like Barracudas, Trevallies, and Tunas and Mackerel’s hunting, all the way down the food chain to the exotic Seahorses and Pipefishes, to the happy go lucky Hawksbill Sea Turtles, it is all there come and explore and see for yourself.
The Captain and crew of Sai Mai await you, your family and friends to join them on one of the most beautiful and relaxed boats around Phuket. Six knots will take you wherever you want go, come and join us and see for yourself just what life is really like on the seas around here.
There is so much to explore and see and do. 

No need to get stressed, leave the phone at home and come cruise around the beautiful islands of Thailand and all at only at six knots. See you soon.

We also have another boat we called twenty five knots, now this is a totally different experience come and see what we mean

Written By Jason Butler

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Phuket weather from 10 to 15 September 2013

Time is running fast and we already are at mid September, the week started quiet good on Monday and Tuesday. As usual rain and sun shine, but them from Wednesday we had worst weather since weeks, strong wind, strong wind dusts and high waves.

Sky turned dark and clouds were tick, rain was very heavy for almost two days. Thursday afternoon weather improved and blue sky was again seen.
Andaman Sea between Phuket and Phi Phi
Andaman Sea 11 September 2013

Friday then everything turned back to normal with little rain or at least lasting not longer than an hour.
MV Sai Mai at Phi Phi Island livaaboard
On board MV Sai Mai - Phi Phi Island 13 September 2013
Dawn at Tonsai Bay - Phi Phi Island - Thailand
Dawn at Phi Phi Island - 13 September 2013

And since Saturday morning again a great a great surprise with sunshine and basically two days without rain, wind down and the sea is flat as during winter.
Kamala Bay  - Phuket
Kamala Beach - 14 September 2013

Lets see what next week will bring in, however forecast are for good weather.
Kamala Beach - Phuket
Kamala Beach 14 September 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Phi Phi Islands Tour - Speedboat to Phi Phi & Koh Kai

For my second trip to Phi Phi in just over a week I thought I really might have a problem with the weather, there had been rain and strong winds the day before and on arrival at Port Island Hopper on Koh Siray I was told there were 2 metre waves. Fortunately that didn't turn out to be the case and though there was a little bit of swell it was actually a fairly flat day.

The day started with the pick up and transfer into and through Phuket town and over the short bridge on to Koh Siray on Phuket east coast and then a short drive to Port Island Hopper, the tour operators private jetty. When we arrived we were checked of on a list and given a coloured sticker indicating which tour we were on, and then were were shown where we could get fresh coffee.

After all the mini-vans had arrived all those for the Phi Phi and Koh Kai tour were called over to map hanging on the wall and our guide explained the order of the day, as the waves were expected to get bigger as the day went on we would be going to Phi Phi Island first followed by a late lunch on Koh Yao before finishing the day on Koh Kai.

Then off we trooped along the Plastic floating jetty, as there were almost 30 people on the tour we had been assigned to their largest boat which is able to take 45 people and has three large engine, this means we had plenty of space on the boat.

The 40 minute ride was suddenly eventful when one of the customers fainted, the guide and one of the other guests, who it turns out is a trainee nurse, were very quickly on the spot and the problem was solved, after a few minutes checking whether he was OK to continue the tour we found out he had been ill for a few days and was dehydrated, so with a bottle of water and some fruit he declared himself fit to continue.

Due to this incident the tour guide, very wisely, altered our itinerary slightly visiting Bamboo Island so that those that needed to could have a 45 minute rest on the beach.  Bamboo island is a small island with a very wide beach, inland is an area of rain forest which has a small campsite and restaurant.
Back out the beach a number of people were in the water snorkelling and raving about the numbers of fish.

Fairly soon it was time to get back onto the speedboat and head to Mosquito Island, the boat moored just of the beach and the water here was very shallow and crystal clear.  Back at the port before we left fish food had been offered for sale and many people were now using this to attract the Sergeant Majors and Rabbit fish, them one of the boat crew started throwing in banana to add to the chaos.  all the time the boat's videographer was taking shots of everybody being mobbed by the fish.

Next stop was around on the south side of Phi Phi Don, Monkey Beach. As the tide was high there was
very little of the beach there but the trees around it were lined with the longtail macaques which give the beach it's name.  It is said  that the ancestors of these monkeys were taken to Phi Phi to work picking coconuts and that when tourism started and the coconut plantations closed the monkeys were released and have become wild, personally I'm not sure if this is true as normally short tailed macaques are used for coconut harvesting - but who knows?

From Monkey beach we headed south over a stretch of open water to Phi Phi Lae, once we had reached the Island we started touring around the east side visiting Viking Cave, Pi Le Cove and Losamah bay before coming around the southern tip and back up the west side and into Maya bay.  The boat pulled up onto Maya Beach, we were quite lucky, there were only 5 other boats on the beach - virtually empty compared to a high season day.
Once on the beach we had an hour to relax, go swimming or explore.
Last time I had been on Maya beach at was almost 10 years previously, at that time there was nothing on the island, now there is a visitors centre and a park rangers camp as well as a toilet block and a restaurant.  Before the only way to the other side was a small hole in a rock wall that led through to Losamah bay, now a walkway has been  built leading to a set of steps which you can climb onto from the water of Losamah bay, this way you can get onto the Island in all weather.

After a bit of time lounging on the beach it was time to head back towards Phuket and stop at Koh Yao for lunch. It was another 40 minute ride and the sea was starting to get a little bit rougher, nothing too bad but a few people were making use of the free plastic bags.

We pulled onto the empty beach on Koh Yao and headed to the private restaurant for our meal. The menu today was sweet and sour chicken, Green Curry, Tom yam gung, chicken and seafood kebabs and stir fried vegetables with rice and noodles.

After having plenty of time to let the food go down and enjoy the view we headed to our last stop at Koh Kai Nok, by this time everybody was quite tired so most people just settled into a beach chair and relaxed, a few  people ventured into the water for some more snorkelling.  The guide told us this island was given it's name because from above it looks like a fried egg (the island is a large rock covered in rain forest surrounded by a wide beach). After about 30 minutes we reboarded the speedboat for the last time and headed back to Phuket, in about ten minutes we were back at the jetty and into the mini-vans for our ride home.

This Phi Phi Speedboat trip is a fun and active day out getting close to all the sights, great in calm seas but only go in rough weather if you have a strong stomach.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Phi Phi Islands Tour - Phi Phi Premium

Leamthong Beach, Phi Phi Island
Leamthong Beach - Phi Phi Island
Going on a Phi Phi trip in the monsoon season you really have to consider the sea conditions, so when i booked this trip I was taking into account the strong winds we had at the time and chose the Phi Phi Premium Tour which uses a large, stable ferry, of course on the day of the tour the winds dropped and the sea was flat calm.

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The day started with pickup and transfer across Phuket town to Rasada Pier on the east coast of Phuket.  On arrival at the pier a sticker was attached to my shirt stating I was "Premium", just indicating my cabin class not a personal evaluation, and I was directed to the upper deck of the Royal Jet Cruiser 9, the largest ferry on the dock, and into the cabin.

Phi Phi Islands Tour - Phi Phi Premium by Royal Jet Cruise 9
Save & Quick to Phi Phi - All Year Around
Once in side you have to do a bit of a double take to check you are still on a boat as it seems like you have just entered a cafe bar or a first class airport lounge.

The room has an abundance of well cushioned sofas and is fully air-conditioned, one end of the room has a large flat screen TV which was used to show movies and some Mr Bean episodes, at the other end of the room is a bar where the lounge's hostess is serving tea,coffee, soft drinks and cakes.

At about 8:45 the ferry pulled away from the dock and started on it's way to Koh Phi Phi Island, at about the same time the ship's tannoy sprang to life whith an announcement of the days program for the boat in English and Thai.  Once the tannoy had stopped James, our guide for the day, came and introduced himself to all those doing the day tour package and briefly outlined the day's events and made sure we knew the way to the private sun deck on top of the Premium cabin.

The hour and a half trip went quickly and smoothly and soon James was leading the tour group to the back of the ferry as she approached the pier in Phi Phi Don's Tonsai Bay, after a couple on minutes our speedboat pulled up to the back of the boat and we boarded it, we were the first people off the ferry.

The twin engined speedboat took as around the east side of Phi Phi Don and then north east to to Bamboo Island, which is basically a small piece of rain forest surrounded by a massive beach.  Here all those that didn't want to go snorkelling disembarked to spend an hour on the beach, the rest of us headed to a spot in between Bamboo Island and it's neighbour Mosquito Island.  

The whole area is littered with small rocks and coral bommies with the sandy bottom at about 3 or 4 metres deep, most people were wearing their life vest to keep them securely on the surface while the sergeant majors and rabbit fish mobbed the pieces of bread James was throwing in to stir up some action.  After about 45 minutes everybody was called back to the boat and we headed back to Bamboo island to pick up the others from the beach.

The next stop was Leamthong beach on the north east of Phi Phi Don, this beach has a number of hotels and a restaurant and boat in the only way to get there, we were here for lunch in the Premium section of the restaurant. the lunch started with tempura vegetables and seafood and was then completed with barbecues tiger prawns and fried rice, with fresh fruit to follow. we then hadf about 30 minutes to relax on the beach before taking the speedboat back to the ferry which by this time was moored just off Leanthong beach.

Once back on the ferry most of the people in Premium Class (less than 30 in total) headed up to the exclusive sun deck to take in the view as we cruised back along the east coast of Phi Phi Don and back into Tonsai bay where we picked up the rest of the passengers heading back to Phuket and then we set off for a tour of Phi Phi Lae before heading back to Phuket.

As we left the bay we got a glorious view of Phi Phi Lae, we cruised slowly passed Viking cave, Pi Leh Cove and Loh Samah bay before rounding the southern tip of the Island and  heading into Maya Bay. As the ferry is large we could only come a short way into the bay but this was far enough to be able to see the line of tourist speedboats on the beach.  The boat then turned and headed for home.

Back downstairs in the Premium lounge there was beer and doughnuts and an action movie to speed us on our journey, if the sea conditions changed at all during the day it was hard to tell as the boat never seemed to move at all, in fact you have to look outside every so often to remind yourself you were on a boat.

All in all the Phi Phi Premium Tour is a pleasant day out, particularly good for families with young children or those who are prone to sea sickness, also great for photographers who wish to capture the majesty of these Islands, hard to do from a vibrating speedboat.

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