Why I hate Ko Phi Phi
"Ko Phi Phi is a must-visit - it's the Maldives of Southeast Asia!"
And so the journey begun.
A week of thorough probing and meticulous planning has induced the perfect getaway. For a person who loves the sun and sea more than anything else, I knew for sure that nothing could go wrong with KPP.
The place is gloriously stunning.
The bewitchingly emerald green ocean at one side and resplendent aqua blue on the other has given this island a feature so distinctive and characteristic as compared to its neighboring isles in the archipelago. The water is shallow and it takes plenty of patience to come to a satisfactory dipping spot distant from the shores, yet the breathtaking view of the encircling azure sky and rugged limestone has made the lengthy walk worthwhile.
The water is crystal clear - unlike anything that I have seen before. I instantly realized that Ko Phi Phi is one of the best decision that I have made.... until things took a turn for the worse.
The brief but engrossing 15 minutes walk from Ton Sai Pier (where the passengers alighted from a ferry from Rassada) towards the other side of the island, Lo Dalum, was mind-altering.
Ton Sai was crawling with unflagging, hardworking Thais moving so swiftly to keep things on and running. Upon exiting the pier into the island, a few Thai women stood in the way, demanding 20 baht as a fee for keeping the island clean.
What lies ahead, however, was beyond my imagination.
White teenage girls with their busts dangling out of their sheer bikinis giggled and chuckled as they paraded through the narrow streets of the town. Topless boys winked and smirked at the sight of beautiful young girls and the entire town was permeated with the stench of alcohol and decomposing chemicals.
Ko Phi Phi is unfortunately just another island with a massive influx of party-goers and rowdy teens from every corner of the world. Barely-dressed adolescents with little or no respect for the local people and their customs pervaded the island.
No one cares to try the famous local street food, unless they are running out of money after splurging on alcohol. No one cares to appreciate the beauty of the geographical features of the island, although there are nothing quite like these in other parts of the world. No one cares to speak to a local townsman, or to know more about the people's way of living.
It's all about the party. It's all about getting laid.
It is extremely disappointing to see how the entire island has been tailored to adapt to the needs of foreign tourists. It is even more disappointing to see so little of the Thai elements being presented. To know that revenue has been given more priority than cultural traditions disgusts me.
Ko Phi Phi is a traveler's nightmare.
It is not a place for soul-searching or to meditate, but a place for teenagers to fornicate.
If we are not going to do anything to preserve our heritage, who will?Asians have a lot to change if we wish to move forward, or we will forever be looked down and stepped on.