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After Phuket, Ko Phi-Phi probably rates as the most popular tourist destination along the Andaman coast. From December to March every room and bungalow is full, and it’s easy to see why – with cliffs plunging into placid green waters just made for floating, snorkeling or swimming, with curving bays of white sand beaches and dense tropical forests, Ko Phi-Phi is easily that island paradise you always dreamed about. Unfortunately, it’s in everyone else’s dream as well, and development is quickly marring the once pristine beauty. Phi-Phi Don is now packed with bungalows and restaurants, too many for the island’s limited water supply to sustain. ...

After Phuket, Ko Phi-Phi probably rates as the most popular tourist destination along the Andaman coast. From December to March every room and bungalow is full, and it’s easy to see why – with cliffs plunging into placid green waters just made for floating, snorkeling or swimming, with curving bays of white sand beaches and dense tropical forests, Ko Phi-Phi is easily that island paradise you always dreamed about. Unfortunately, it’s in everyone else’s dream as well, and development is quickly marring the once pristine beauty. Phi-Phi Don is now packed with bungalows and restaurants, too many for the island’s limited water supply to sustain. A concrete pier built to accommodate the big boats bringing in the tourist hordes has scarred a once untouched strip of white sand. Pollution from boat engines and careless dropping of anchors has badly damaged the reefs on Phi-Phi Leh, and huge amounts of rubbish – from plastic bottles to stray flip-flops – left by departing tourists now wash up in the once crystal clear and clean bays. That said, the island is still beautiful and well worth visiting.

Joe Cummings
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Joe Cummings has contributed to more than 35 guidebooks, maps, atlases, phrasebooks and photographic works, including his bestselling Lonely Planet Thailand and Buddhist Stupas of Asia: The Shape of Perfection.

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