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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Long Tail Boats Before Sunrise, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

First Impressions

Koh Phi Phi was a bit of a problem for Harmony and I. It was a beautiful island with stunning scenery, but it was so expensive that we just couldn't afford to stay for long. Prior to our arrival, we spent hours online searching for the cheapest place possible - Flower Bungalows. The fact that the mattress was on the floor and had insects living inside it should give an idea as to how budget this place was. It was a total junk yard, and still cost us £15 a night.

Other than that, we absolutely loved Phi Phi. I was stunned as soon as I saw it, with it's mountains covered in greenery, white sandy beaches and wonderfully clear water. After settling in, it made sense to spend some time relaxing on the beach. It was fairly busy, but beautiful none the less. The cove-like location was surrounded by stone stacks and limestone karsts, and I guess the blue skies and scorching sun was a big bonus!

Koh Phi Phi View Point, Thailand, Sunset

Koh Phi Phi View Point

For sunset, we decided to go up to one of the island's view points. Steep stairways lead us up through the jungle, sweating in the high heat. At the top of the stairs, we came to a man who charged 30 Baht each for admission. Further up the path was the first view point, which didn't offer a very good perspective of the island, but it was a nice area and well looked after. We then came to a clearing with a collection of rocks at the top of the hill - that's where everyone sat to watch the sunset. It was surprisingly busy, but we did managed to find a spot with enough space for my tripod. As the sun started to go down and people became less hopeful of an incredible show of colour, more space freed up and so did the ideal spot. Still, it wasn't my usual type of shot to take, so I was trying lots of different compositions - tight shots, even tighter shots and verticals. The biggest challenge was the haze from the hot climate and smoke from a nearby fire but, in the end, I got a few shot that I really liked.

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