Koh Phi Phi, Thailand is known for its nightlife, beaches, and tourism. Although, there are many things that you can do while you are on the island, do not forget to check out the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint.
While on the island, I was walking around looking for a bungalow to stay in and stumbled on a sign that read, “Viewpoint.” I disregarded it as I was focused on finding a place to stay but mentally noted the sign. Later, I decided that it would be fun to check it out and see where the sign led too. I changed into some light clothes and put on some shoes and started climbing cement stairs. I was not sure how long it would take and after climbing roughly, 500ft I came to a toll booth and had to pay 20BHT or 3oUS cents to enter. Unfortunately, I did not bring any money with me so, I had to go back to my room and get 20BHT so that I could continue on the climb.
I quickly descended, went to my room, grabbed 20BHT, went back to the stairs, and climbed back up the stairs to the toll booth. Whew! I think to myself, “I am out of shape…” Alright! I pay the 20BHT and continue climbing. Up. Up. Up! After climbing roughly 700tft or 230meters I arrive to the 1st viewpoint. There are other exhausted travelers and I think to myself, “this is it?” The view is alright but I was quite disappointed. Then I read a sign that read, “2nd viewpoint this way (arrow pointing left).” At this point, I am sweating as if I am in a sauna. Oh wait, that is just the ambient air temperature.
I keep on climbing putting one foot in front of the other and pass other exhausted travelers, walking in search of the elusive Koh Phi Phi viewpoint. The trail is on a paved path that is no wider than a few feet. The trail is shaded with exotic tress and huge plants that surround me. Finally, after sweating so hard, it stings to keep my eyes open, I arrive to the viewpoint. Yes!
Once you reach the highest point, there are many boulders that you can stand on and look-out on the rest of the island and blue ocean that surrounds you. You will most likely be joined by many other travelers. It is ideal to make it to the top in time for the sunset as it makes for stunning photos! If you stay atop for the sunset be sure to have a light or phone with a light so that you can safely descend back to the bottom. Happy climbing!