By Paula Parker
The picturesque Phi Phi Ley, lies to the south of Koh Phi Phi Don.
With its unspoilt natural beauty, towering limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky coves and famous caves.
This smaller island has several stunning bays, the most popular and well known tourist attraction is Maya Bay.
For those that aren't familiar with the area, Maya Bay was made famous from the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
There are several beaches within Maya Bay, most of which are small and are only visible on low tide, the main beach is absolutely breathtaking.
Maya Bay is protected on three sides by soaring limestone cliffs. Read More
On the south east of Phi Phi Ley is Loh Samah Bay, this bay is an excellent spot for snorkelling and a great spot for night diving.
Loh Samah Bay is also an alternative entry point into Maya Bay.
Longtail boats from often anchor in the clear protected waters of Loh Samah Bay so their passengers can go snorkelling.
Below is a picture of the ladder and the maze of ropes you will have to negotiate if entering the island on this side.
These pictures were taken on high tide, on low tide the rocks are visible and there is also a hole in the rock wall in which you can climb through.
Before you go you may like to read on and get some tips on entering Maya Bay from Loh Samah Bay.
On low tide and during the high season when the seas are calm this is probably quiet safe.
However on high tide during low season it can be dangerous.
On a trip a few years back, we were told that we couldn’t get to Maya Bay as the seas were too rough and that we would have to go in the back way via Loh Samah Bay.
At first the water in the bay seemed relatively calm.
However as we swam closer to the rock wall where the ladder is positioned the calmness of the bay changed into what felt like being in a washing machine.
It was at this point we realised what the maze of ropes hanging from the rock walls were used for.
Below is a short video clip showing what it is like.
The ropes are used to hang on for dear life or alternatively get washed into the rock wall.
Consequently from trying to hold on to the ropes while trying to pull myself closer to the ladder my legs were swept from under me and repeatedly pounded on rocks that are hidden under the surface of the water.
We were not the only people caught unaware of the dangers of entering Maya Bay through Loh Samah Bay that day.
The long-tail boat drivers continued to ferry more unaware passengers, even though the water currents around the area of the ladder hadn’t improved.
If you are planning on travelling with the kids to Phi Phi Ley I would not recommend that you enter Maya Bay via Loh Samah Bay, unless it is low tide.
Pileh Bay is located on the opposite side of Maya Bay; the scenery from within this small lagoon like bay is absolutely breathtaking.
The 100 meter cliffs inside the bay rise vertically from the clear, shallow waters.
Entry into Pileh Bay is from the eastern side of Phi Phi Ley.
Just north of Piley Bay on the east coast of the island is the famous Viking Cave.
The Viking Cave is also known as Tham Phraya Nak, so called because of pre-historic drawings of viking ships on the walls.
The cave is home to swifts, these birds make their nests out of their saliva, the nests are later sold to make birds nest soup, a Chinese delicacy. Read More
On the northwest side of the island is another bay called Palong Bay, this area is an ideal spot for scuba diving.
During the day the island is a constant buzz of activity with day trippers from Phuket and Krabi coming and going and longtail boats ferrying people from Phi Phi Don.
Unlike the larger island, Phi Phi Ley is uninhabited; however there are basic facilities available including toilets, a snack bar and camping sites.
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Getting to Phi Phi Ley is easy!
If you are staying on Phi Phi Don you can rent a longtail boat for 1,000 baht for three hours or 2,000 baht for a full day.
Speed boats are also available with prices starting from around 3,500 baht.
There is lots of day trips and tours available from both Phuket or Krabi, or you could contact our friends at Easy Day Thailand who will be able to assist you with a range of different tour options.
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