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Viking Cave, Phi Phi Leh Lagoon and Maya Bay

February 6th, 2010

There are a lot of good day trips from Phi Phi Don and most tourists take a long tail boat trip to Ko Phi Phi's smaller island, Phi Phi Leh which is famous for its Viking Cave, stunning lagoons and world known Maya Bay.

Today Maya Bay has turned into a popular tourist spot and its hard to find a stretch of beach where you can enjoy this bay in silence. The bay is packed with speed boats and longtail boats which makes Maya Bay in my opinion just another Thai hot spot and not the magical place it once used to be. On a sunny day the waters of Maya Bay have the most stunning colours and looking through the huge limestone rock formations to the other side of Ko Phi Phi can be quite jaw dropping.

Longtail boats on Ko Phi PhiLongtail boats on Ko Phi Phi

If you want to visit Maya Bay make sure your tour operator has a permit to pull his boat on shore because a lot refuse to pay the Maya Bay fee without letting tourists know which can be quite dissappointing. In that last case the boat stops in the waters of the bay or at some of the little stretches of beach alongside the rock formations. Your option would be to swim over to Maya Bay beach but ususally they ask you to be back in half an hour which turns the trip into a bit of a hasty experience.

Before entering Maya Bay a lot of boats will take you along the Viking Cave or Pirate Cave of Phi Phi Leh. This cave is famous for its birds nests and believe it or not but the Thai mafia has this cave under constant surveillance because birds nests are a Thai delicacy and restaurants pay big money for them. So if you would order the traditional Thai bird nests soup on Phi Phi you know where it might come from!

Phi Phi Leh is also famous for its stunning lagoon which is probably even prettier than Maya Bay if you ask me. The water is absolutely amazing and when I did the tour it was a pretty cloudy day so I can only imagine this place when the sun starts to shine. Beautiful! Unfortunately our long tail boat driver didnt stop for much time so there was no real opportunity to jump into the water.

Phi Phi Leh is a really nice place to visit when you're staying on Phi Phi Don but make sure you book the right tour and get to know where you will stop exactly and for how much time.

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Travel Tips for Ko Phi Phi Don Thailand:

Where to stay in Ko Phi Phi Don: The White Hotel, great rooms in the centre of

What to do in Ko Phi Phi Don: Take a boat trip around Phi Phi Leh

Where to eat in Ko Phi Phi Don: There are many restaurants on Ko Phi Phi beach

Travel Pictures of Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

  • Longtail boats on Ko Phi Phi Longtail boats on Ko Phi Phi
  • Photos of Ko Phi Phi Leh Lagoon Photos of Ko Phi Phi Leh Lagoon
  • Beautiful lagoon at Ko Phi Phi Beautiful lagoon at Ko Phi Phi
  • Day Trip from Ko Phi Phi Don Day Trip from Ko Phi Phi Don
  • Waters around Phi Phi Leh Waters around Phi Phi Leh
  • Little motor boat in the lagoon Little motor boat in the lagoon
  • Day tour on a longtail boat Day tour on a longtail boat
  • Pictures of the lagoon Pictures of the lagoon
  • Limestone Rocks around Maya Bay Limestone Rocks around Maya Bay
  • The bird nests cave of Ko Phi Phi Leh The bird nests cave of Ko Phi Phi Leh
  • Long tail boat driver Phi Phi Long tail boat driver Phi Phi
  • Trip around Ko Phi Phi Leh Trip around Ko Phi Phi Leh
  • The Pirate Cave of Ko Phi Phi The Pirate Cave of Ko Phi Phi
  • Little lagoon beaches Little lagoon beaches
  • Day trip to the Viking Cave of Phi Phi Day trip to the Viking Cave of Phi Phi
  • The beach of Maya Bay The beach of Maya Bay
  • The Viking Cave of Phi Phi Leh The Viking Cave of Phi Phi Leh
  • Waters of Phi Phi Leh Waters of Phi Phi Leh
  • Beach on the rocks near Phi Phi Don Beach on the rocks near Phi Phi Don
  • Rock formations of Phi Phi Leh Rock formations of Phi Phi Leh
  • Entering Maya Bay by longtail boat Entering Maya Bay by longtail boat
  • Ko Phi Phi limestone rocks Ko Phi Phi limestone rocks
  • Phi Phi Leh Lagoon Phi Phi Leh Lagoon
  • Motor boats around Ko Phi Phi Leh Motor boats around Ko Phi Phi Leh
  • Longtail boat gas station Longtail boat gas station
  • Day trip to Ko Phi Phi Leh Day trip to Ko Phi Phi Leh
  • Pictures of Maya Bay, Phi Phi Pictures of Maya Bay, Phi Phi

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Name: Vikram
Age: 34-41
Travel type: Solo travel

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Viking Cave, Phi Phi Leh Lagoon and Maya Bay
Continent: Asia
Country: Thailand
City: Ko Phi Phi Don
Period: Jan '10-Feb '10
Lenght of stay: 3 days
Views: 4438

Travel Review

Liked: The Phi leh lagoon
Disliked: Maya Bay was a bit disappointing
Trip Rating: Average

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