Monday, 31 March 2014

Maya Beach, Thailand

You know when you watch certain movies and the scenery looks so beautiful you convince yourself that it's being filmed in a Hollywood studio because nothing in nature really looks that perfect and beautiful?

You're wrong.

Very, very wrong.

This is real life Paradise, otherwise known as the Phi Phi Islands of Thailand.

And if you happen to find yourself in Thailand and want to go see them yourself, I highly, highly recommend booking a trip with Phuket Sail Tours.

Maya Beach at Phi Phi Islands Thailand

They are a little more expensive (a lot more private) and worth every penny.
Bigger, cheaper tours will make you feel like cattle being herded from one place to the next compared to this tour.

We were picked up bright and early, taken to the docks, loaded up, and shipped out.

First stop:

Maya Beach (also known as the filming location for Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Beach'.

Maya Beach at Phi Phi Islands Thailand

Anchored safely in the harbor we jumped into the clearest water I've ever seen and made out way for the beach.
Stopping only to pinch ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming, or to take a photo.

Safely on shore we went exploring.
We actually landed on the back of the island.

The Beach was mostly filmed on the opposite side.
However the queue to see it was MASSIVE and we much rather play than queue.
So back to the water it was!!!

Maya Beach Phi Phi Islands

Thai long-tail boat at Maya Beach Phi Phi Islands

A little word of advice:
A waterproof camera will make sure you capture all those wonderful memories on a beach vacation.
BUT, make sure the lens doesn't have any water or sand droplets on it before shooting or you'll end up with random blurry spots on your photos like I did!

I use an Olympus Tough TG-2 in case you're curious.

After about 45 minutes or so we were waved back to the boat; it was time to make our way to the next destination.
And at a good time too!
(All the packed ships started to arrive just as we were leaving so I know what I say when I tell you to stay away from them!)

We swam back to the boat and waited to see what beautiful place we would be taken to next.

Maya Beach at Phi Phi Islands Thailand

We were not disappointed...

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