The real star of the archipelago is Ko Phi Phi Leh, where Maya Bay is located, alias ‘The Beach’.
Do you remember that unbelievably clear water where Di Caprio was hunting sharks during the day and swimming with plankton at night? Do you remember that thick lush jungle and the limestone that was framing the bay like a perfect painting? Do you remember that sand that looked so thin and light and soft? Well, ladies and gentleman, that is all real and it’s gorgeous! The only problem is that along with you, there are about a thousand people that want to enjoy that very small beach.
It’s a bit crazy to think how strong the power of a movie can be and how it was able to blow up tourism in this small beach. Everybody wants to catch a glimpse of this paradise and there is just one way to do it, which is the Maya Bay Sleep Aboard Tour. The island is a protected park so no one is allowed to sleep on the actual island. Every day there are boats taking people on day tours to the beach for few hours. With the sleep on board tour, people can spend the night on the boat in the middle of the bay and manage to enjoy that beautiful beach without the crowd. The tour is composed of a maximum of 25 people and it gets to the island in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy the sunset, and then all the rest of the people start to leave until the beach is empty. At this point the magic starts! The sun was down, but the sky still had some pink shades that warmed it up. People started to relax and sit together, a little booze and a couple of guitars appeared while the food was getting ready. In no time, the sky was completely dark and there were so many stars that I felt like I could touch them. People were playing some music, singing and chatting away, and the atmosphere was perfect. A deserted island at night is magic.