After trying a couple of different restaurants and finishing my book on the beach, I began to get a bit restless. I loved Koh Phi Phi, but I’ve never been the type to lie on the beach all day. I couldn’t help but wonder what else there was to do on this beautiful island. I heard some mumblings that there was a scenic view, so I decided to take a stroll and figure out where it was. I hit about three or four dead ends before I found a walkway that extended beyond the 500m that I was accustomed to. Before I knew it, I had escaped from all of the hostels, huts, and restaurants, and I was headed down a path where there wasn’t an end in sight. I must admit that I felt a bit nervous because I had left the tourist area and there wasn’t a soul in sight, but it was a nice change. I was put at ease when I started to see signs for this mysterious “Viewpoint” that I knew nothing about, which were interestingly paired with signs for Tsunami evacuation sites. Thinking about how beautiful and lively the island was made me forget that it was once ravaged by natural disaster.
Almost two hours had elapsed, and I still didn’t know where I was. I knew that I had put in quite a bit of effort into climbing up a massive hill, but I still couldn’t see anything worthwhile – all I could see were some shrubs and large boulders. I climbed up one of the boulders to take a rest, and was surprisingly mesmerized. I had made it to the Viewpoint, which was seemingly the highest peak on the island, perfectly centred between both sides, allowing you to see the vast difference between the two. The sight of crystal blue water and white sand, enclosed by limestone karsts that were covered in forest green vegetation, was truly memorable.
I spent about an hour up there, thinking about how happy I was that I made this unplanned stop to Koh Phi Phi Island.