Monday, November 27, 2006

On Sunday we arrived on the island of Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest of the Phi Phi Islands. The island was made famous when it was used as the primary filming location for the 2000 film, The Beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Much of the islands buildings were destroyed by the December 26, 2004 tsunami that struck much of SE Asia. 700 people on the island were killed. An estimated 200,000 people died from the tsunami, with an estimated 8,000 deaths in Thailand.

Most of the buildings on the island have been rebuilt and there are few signs of the devastation that occured here. Accomodation prices are among the most expensive in Thailand as they are often fully booked on the island. We arrived just in time for the high season prices which are more than double those of the low season.

We didn't have much of a choice in where we stayed as most of the island was full. We took one of the cheaper options we found and it is quite nice. We have a small bungalow with a/c, satellite television, electronic safe, bathroom with hot water, and two twin beds. The brand new bungalows are very nice, although they are not the best value I've found in Thailand. (or anywhere close)

1 comment:

Alane said...

It's beautiful! The last pictures I saw of this area were the ones of the tsunami - what a difference.