Ko Phi-Phi Don Island Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Don ThailandKo Phi-Phi Don island, just a short ferry ride from Krabi, Thailand is one of those places you dream about.  Before I retired I was only aware through books and magazines that such places as this existed. Tropical breezes, white sand beaches, inviting warm waters and cliffs that virtually jump out of the sea make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia.

Ko Phi Phi Don ThailandThe scenery is so unusual in places that it resembles a Salvador Dail surrealist painting or an exotic set from a James Bond movie. Oh wait, scenes from “The Man With The Golden Gun” were filmed nearby!

Sea Life at Ko Phi Phi Don ThailandDevastated by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami the island has recovered and rebuilt.We rented a boat for the day and were able to see some of the less touristed areas. The sea was teeming with life.

Hotel on Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailandand it would have been hard to find a place to stay much closer to the beach!

Ko Phi Phi Don BeachBut alas, the dream may be slipping away. There is still some solitude to be found but the Phi Phi Island’s beauty and popularity have led to inevitable (re)development and exploitation. This place is popular because it is the location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach”. It is still certainly a lovely place to visit but unless something is done to put the brakes on over-development this gem will be lost.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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