WHITE SAND AND CLEAR BLUE WATERS – KOI PHI PHI LEH

Koi Phi Phi Leh is an Island in the Andaman Sea. It is situated in the Krabi Province of Thailand. Koi Phi Phi Leh is made up of very steep limestone hills and two mystical bays; Maya Bay and Losa Ma Bay. The ring of limestone hills act as a cradle to Maya Bay. The pristine blue waters and the pearl white sand will give you a feeling like you are in paradise. Maya Bay can be accessed only by small speed boats because of the shallow waters.

Maya Bay has become very popular among tourists since The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed here in the year 2000. Koi Phi Phi Leh is one of the stops of the Phi Phi Islands tour package. I would suggest you take the package that takes you around in a speed boat. I went with the Ocean Mania Tour Company, their service was excellent and our guide Leo was an amazing entertainer.

The continuous influx of tourists makes it impossible to get a picture of the beach without people in it, which is quite frustrating. When you make your way to both the ends of the beach, you will find that due to the waves the limestone has eroded and there are cave like formations. The ends of the beach are not too crowded and can be utilized to get some amazing pictures.

Down the middle of the island there is a path that leads into the woods. The intertwining roots of the trees are mesmerizing and picturesque. Beyond the woods you reach a flight of wooden stairs. You have to be careful of the moss on these stairs. The last thing you want to do is fall just before witnessing something spectacular. At the top of these stairs is a viewing platform that overlooks a huge rock in the center of Losa Ma Bay.  This rock which is in the middle of the sea, has a rope ladder that people climb onto and dive into the sea. You just can’t get enough of the crystal clear blue waters.

The entire Phi Phi Islands tour costs around 1400 Baht by speed boat and 800 Baht by ferry. Koi Phi Phi according to me deserved an entire post dedicated to it because of the way it enchanted my senses. I will post in the future on the remaining `stops of the Phi Phi Island tour.

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EXPERIENCE ART IN PARADISE

Have you ever thought, “How would I look on the cover of TIME magazine?”,  “How would it be to drink water alongside a Giraffe?” . Well, questions like these can be answered by being a part of the many installations at Art in Paradise.  Art in Paradise is one of a kind illusion art museum situated in Pattaya, Thailand. Shin Jae Yeoul, a Korean artist is the museum director. He along with other Korean artists have collaborated and revamped an old rundown building into a spectacular journey.

Art in Paradise is about 5800 square meters in area and the expenditure to build this was approximately 50 million Baht. The building is divided into separate rooms; each themed room has a range of 3D illusion paintings. Some of the many themes are, Underwater World, Classic Paintings, and Landscapes. There are markings on the floor in front of each installation indicating the best possible camera angle to take the picture.

This is a great place to come to with family, friends or on a date, you will leave with amusing memories captured on your camera. It would take you around two hours to get through the entire museum. There is no fixed time that you need to spend with a particular painting. Your imagination is the limit! Through well thought shading and placement of shadows and lighting on each painting, the images look spectacularly believable.

The entrance fee for foreign nationals is 500 Baht (Adult) and 300 Baht (Child). For Thai citizens it is 150 Baht. Art in Paradise is located on Pattaya 2nd Road in North Pattaya. It is open on all days from 9:00 A.M. – 9 P.M.

 Art in Paradise is a unique art gallery experience that makes the viewer part of the art.