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    Ko Phi Phi during COVID

    I never gave much consideration to visiting Ko Phi Phi. Of course, it's a backpacker scene, not that I have anything against young folks having some fun. But I had a curiosity to see the island and, given the current situation, what better time to go?

    Booked the Harbour View Hotel on the isthmus, with the harbor in front and the beach in back, just a few minutes from the pier.




    Room was OK




    The beach in the rear was very picturesque






    The resort had two pools, a long, narrow one between the two buildings and a deeper one, 1.7 m, in the back towards the beach. I preferred the deeper pool. There was only one other room occupied during my stay at the Harbour View.






    Like Phuket Patong, about 90% of the places were closed. There was only one open bar, The Beach Bar. Fortunately, it was right in front of my hotel and I spent lots of time there sipping mango margaritas and watching the ships come in.











    You could put your feet in the water and have a free fish massage



    Behind the pier was a maze of streets with shops, nearly all were closed.



    The starving artist was open



    Only a few restaurants were open. Efe Mediterranean, a family-run Turkish restaurant had great food and a 20% covid discount. Lamb skewers were just 280, served on a sizzling platter.



    The next day I went for the mushroom pizza, 200 baht



    All bars were closed in the backpacker area



    These steps led up to some backpacker guest houses, all were closed




    200 baht dorm room and shared open-air bathroom



    But the view was pretty good up there




    Next day, I took the stairs to the Viewpoint. It was an exhausting climb.





    Finally, I reach Viewpoint #1, there was a 30 baht entrance fee




    There was a small park there






    Could see my hotel





    Viewpoint #2 was another 500 meters up an incline





    Great views up there






    Getting back was much easier




    Next day, two hour ferry ride to Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi for a pick-up to Pimalai Resort on Ko Lanta




    NEXT STOP: Ko Lanta

    https://teakdoor.com/thailands-beach...-ko-lanta.html (Pimalai Resort, Ko Lanta)

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    Looks beautiful.

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    It's been years . . . but how eerily empty it is

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    Yes, that did solve the tourism problem that Koh Phi Phi had...

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    I was thinking it might be pretty nice when empty but no...they messed it up so badly that even with no people there it looks full of junk.

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    I suppose it will give them the opportunity to make in-roads into clearing the piles of plastic rubbish they were accumulating there and on other islands, or at the very least it won't be growing so fast.

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    Ohh . You make me sick. Mods should pictulate all your pictures LOL

    Honestly, it would be the best time to ho there. I remember reading that they had closed it down for a while to give a chance for the environment to recover. A year of covid must have done wonders.
    As soon as we get back Pi PI is one of the first things in my bucket list before the hordes descent. We were there in 2007 and we loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Honestly, it would be the best time to ho there.
    bet you your last sayang that all the hoes have gone home and you wouldn’t get one

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    Top trip reports and piccies Rhino. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    bet you your last sayang that all the hoes have gone home and you wouldn’t get one
    At my age , that's a good thing . LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Honestly, it would be the best time to ho there
    Facebook got confused about this.

    Facebook apologises for flagging Plymouth Hoe as offensive term
    Social media site mistakenly labels posts referring to the seafaring landmark in Devon as misogynistic

    Facebook apologises for flagging Plymouth Hoe as offensive term | Plymouth | The Guardian

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Facebook got confused about this.

    Facebook apologises for flagging Plymouth Hoe as offensive term
    Social media site mistakenly labels posts referring to the seafaring landmark in Devon as misogynistic

    Facebook apologises for flagging Plymouth Hoe as offensive term | Plymouth | The Guardian
    Ha ha ha, When the first reference to "Ho" was made, I honestly did not get it.
    now I see that instead of " B" I has pyped "H" . in my defence both letters are in the same keyboard so I cant be held accountable.

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    the dreaded double post syndrome.

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    Great pics and solid reporting again from Rhino, well done

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