Why I hate Ko Phi Phi
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 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.