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Phi Phi Islands a destination I recommend at Phuket Thailand


Located in Thailand, the Phi Phi Islands (Pipi reads) are an irresistible natural beauty, as far as possible relatively immune to human impact. To land kept a shameful print some disillusionment with the supposedly paradisiacal beaches he had ever seen. They did not satisfy me completely and blamed my brutishness to continue to think that, with the exception of translucency and the water temperature in little (or nothing) were ahead of “our” Algarve and especially the Alentejo. The Phi Phi islands made me lose a shame, because fully justify the epithet. It is a small archipelago off the Thai coast, and, of the six islands, only one is permanently inhabited. This, there is a small sandy central isthmus (devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, but practically rebuilt thanks to the tireless work of HI Phi Phi), flanked by two tall blocks covered mountains and vegetation. A harmonious diversity. Of diverse rest is perhaps the adjective that best characterizes the site, in both senses of the word.

Starting early in the variety of species that inhabit the seas whose water, nearly transparent (except the port inevitably overcrowded boats) allows clearly observe the background to 3-4 meters away. It is therefore excellent for observing underwater for even the most inexperienced person. The calm lived under water – the near absence of sound, coupled with the slow movement of fish – make the experience as for me, more than any comments on-aquatic. It must be the contrast that awakens us, land beings; were the aquatics men and certainly happen otherwise.

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phi phi islands

On land, the environment in Phi Phi is far from coincide with the picture of an island (almost) deserted, nevertheless retains some traits that differentiate their (alleged) peers. Perhaps the most important of these is the failure to glimpse cars, getting ground transportation mostly restricted to the lower limbs and bicycles and sea boats-taxis (long-tail boats). This contrasts with the reality in the older sister, Phuket, whose beaches are also aesthetic, but whose streets are immersed in smog, auditory and visual incessant traffic.

Another difference of Phi Phi Islands is the fact that the flow of tourists has not yet reached the peak, which joins a population same as (mostly) passing different from that normally invades these parts. Excluding the numerous tourist boats moving from neighboring areas during the morning (returning after lunch), the tourist population of Phi Phi Islands is mostly composed of young backpackers, in civilized and interested in global preserve to some extent the island ( many come for diving or the mountain). Again, a slightly different reality to what is observed in most mainstream destinations, especially in Patong (beach in Phuket), where the beauty of the beach contrasts with the bad aspect of the streets, that crowding (especially at night) the typical tourist Western drunk, wearing a t-shirt with any basic sexual piadola, confident so easily be successful. If not, you have around several Asian prostitutes, attracted by consistent demand.

This peculiar population of Phi Phi Islands thus produces a distinctive ambience, nicer, through the night to bring to the fore braiding sand streets, alternating restaurants and shops. The former are mostly fairly basic (local food, pizza and pasta, adapted to a backpacker budget), except the fish and freshest seafood and restaurants located literally on the edge of the sea. For its part, the shops reveal a grace, she too unexpected, putting (almost) across the recuerdos annoying cliché, and replacing them with more unique products, some of them local.
In short, a destination I recommend. The difficulty in this case is the same (only) get.

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