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How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

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How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby van_6000 » 04 Apr 2016, 12:10

I am going there in July (not the best time to avoid tourists, I suppose, but then, I hear these places are visited all year round).

My main interest is photography and, therefore, I would like to get to such beaches when tourists have not yet arrived. I have only been to Maya Bay, Rya, Coral, and Phi Phi once before via speedboat so my photography options were extremely limited.

Short of camping on the beach overnight, is there any way to get there early on, before the speedboats arrive? (say, by hiring someone to take you there at the crack of dawn). Many thanks for your input.
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Re: How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby Tempo Gain » 04 Apr 2016, 13:20

You can always get a longtail boat to take you where (and when) you want to go. However July is rainy season, and your boat ride might turn out to be more interesting than you would like. Keep an eye on the weather/boating conditions. If the weather's bad they might not go, but they might stretch it too. Most time rain comes in the afternoons, good for you.
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Re: How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby van_6000 » 04 Apr 2016, 16:09

Thank you, Tempo Gain. That sounds great. I'll look into it.

Would you happen to know where I can hire someone, how much it usually costs, and if there is any danger involved? By danger, I 'm thinking more in terms of the boatman asking for more money or leaving me stranded (although I do not entirely dismiss it, the possibility of him suddenly going berserk or getting lost into smuggler waterways worries me much much less; but it's something to keep in the back burner too).
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Re: How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby Tempo Gain » 04 Apr 2016, 16:42

Dead easy to get one off any amply sized body of water in Thailand in my experience. Your hotel or any travel agent will be able to set it up, or just turn up any beach with longtails and start asking--people will probably come to you. I've never been to Phi Phi. It's well on the traveled tourist trail though. Look around on Trip Advisor forums or elsewhere on net, you can probably find answers about typical prices. As long as you get the price sorted out clearly in advance, including entrance fees etc, should be no problem. Just a day's work and a pretty good one for them. Weather is the only real concern.
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Re: How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby urodacus » 04 Apr 2016, 18:26

you'd have to be actually staying on Phi Phi at the time in some other accommodation to make this work: Phi Phi is a LOOOONG way to go from, say, Krabi on a long tail...

but in my experience Phi Phi has a host of idle long tails looking to do business with pharang. Some of them use them for rock climbing to access cliffs across the bay, some go diving or sight seeing, some just use them to source weed.

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Re: How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby Tempo Gain » 04 Apr 2016, 18:42

Yeah no doubt. You'd have to be staying on Phi Phi.
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Re: How to get to Maya Bay or other tropical beaches when not crowded

Postby van_6000 » 08 Apr 2016, 16:26

Thank you all. I really appreciate all the very useful replies. Actually I ' ve just realised I made a mistake. Every time I wrote Phi Phi I really meant Maya Bay (I know. No similarity whatsoever). It's really that and Monkey Island I'd prefer to visit (I remember one doesn't actually get ON Monkey Island). But I think they might also be quite far. I'll continue with the research on trip advisor etc as suggested.Thanks again.
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