Postcard from Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

This was the last shot taken with my camera before it died. I suppose if you’re gonna die, Ko Phi Phi a pretty good place to go out, huh?

koh phi phi viewpoint
I’d hopped on an early morning ferry from Koh Lanta to Ko Phi Phi and had a few hours to kill on the island before my overnight trip to Maya Bay. It was hot and muggy and utterly disgusting the morning I arrived, but the ONE thing I wanted to do there was hike up to the Ko Phi Phi viewpoint. I followed some vague signs that took me up a long, winding uphill road, then to a long, winding uphill path, which finally delivered me to the famous viewpoint. I was coated in at least 4 layers of sweat by that point, but the view was FANTASTIC.

And go figure, afterwards I found a shorter, much more direct path back into town. If you ever make your way to the Ko Phi Phi viewpoint, be aware that there are 2 ways up – and if you’re not ascending a series of stairs and following a steep path straight up, you’re likely on the longer, less direct route. Lesson learned!

And now, a bonus lesson for you: Phi Phi is actually pronounced ‘pee pee’. So in Western talk, you’ll hear Ko Phi Phi referred to as ‘pee pee island’ (come on, I KNOW the 5 year old in you is sniggering at that!).

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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