Phi Phi 2003


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Low tide at Loh Ba Kao Bay--quite a few beaches in this national park are labeled as 'private property.'

2BANGKOK.COM PHOTOS FROM PHI PHI ISLAND
October, 2003

You've seen the tourist photos on all the other websites, now visit Phi Phi Island the 2Bangkok.com way...
Alleged 100-million-baht hotel expansion on the south side of Loh Ba Kao Bay (home of the stunning Phi Phi Island Village Resort). There are already new bungalows that have been built under the trees all over the hill. Hotel authorities had no comment when asked about this.

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Phi Phi Coral Resort at Laem Thong has been gutted for renovation. Like most hotels in Thailand, it has will have "& Spa" as part of its name when it reopens late in 2004.
Holiday Inn, probably the most expensive resort on the island, is developing 400 meters of beach south of the present hotel. To keep people from seeing this, they have blocked off a public trail along the shore. This was the only shot we could get of the many luxury bungalows before guards chased us off the construction site.

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The spectacular 'startle face' of an Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) at Loh Ba Kao Bay


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Employees' pool hall at the rear of the Phi Phi Island Village Resort


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Loh Lana Bay during an afternoon rainstorm--The beachfront is deserted except for a half-finished and apparently derelict 'beach club' development.

The eastern part of the peninsula between Ton Sai Bay and Loh Dalam Bay is a slum. We would assume this area would be the location of long-planned trash-incinerator to solve the waste disposal problem on the island.
There are some signs of attempts to spruce up in the area. These include a new paved path with a sign in Thai proudly stating the path cost 600,000 baht to build.

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At the north end of the slum, trash is burned--apparently around the clock.

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There is a proud display of the marijuana leaf around the island these days. The east side of the Ton Sai area has a large party scene with plenty of marijuana-smoking accessories openly sold. Quarter, half, and full moon parties are advertised everywhere and bars are open until 3am.
Some areas of the peninsula between Ton Sai Bay and Loh Dalam Bay have almost wall to wall development with many new guesthouses being built.

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Despite all of the above, there is no denying that Phi Phi Island is still one of the most striking natural places on earth...


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Ringwraith-like rocks along the treacherous east side of Loh Dalam Bay.


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Dusk at Loh Ba Kao Bay at high tide


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Loh Dalam Bay


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Looking back towards the mainland

Phi Phi and Krabi Hotels

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