Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest of Thailand’s Koh Phi Phi islands. With its white sand, turquoise waters and party environment it’s no surprise that backpackers from all over the world flock to it.
During my Asia trip I couldn’t resist a visit to Koh Phi Phi. During the parties I had heard a lot of people talk about the booze cruises available. The two major ones being Captain Bob’s Booze Cruise and Shipwrecked Booze Cruise.
After three days of partying I was starting to feel my age. The first night was fantastic, the second draining and the third exhausting. I was 28 and couldn’t keep up with the 18 year olds I was partying with.
I had planned on taking one of the infamous booze cruises but this no longer sounded like an enjoyable option. I had given up with the idea when I met a girl who told me to check out Happy Boat. Curiosity got the better of me so I went to see them and ended up booking a tour for the next day.
About the Happy Boat Tour
The tour starts at 12pm (to give enough time for the hangovers to fade) and lasts until 7pm. While The Happy Boat Tour is not a booze cruise, there still is the option of purchasing alcohol. It’s just that they focus more on given guests an enjoyable activity based day rather than trying to get guests as drunk as possible.
They have a newly refurbished 23 metre boat that can hold up to 75 people aboard but they prefer smaller crowds of 15-30. The day will cost 2000 baht which includes all activities and lunch. The only thing that is not included is the National Park fee for Maya Bay. This fee is 400 baht and only needs to be paid if you step foot on Maya Beach.
What to Expect
Once everyone is on the boat there is a brief welcome message from the happy boat tour team and then the fun begins. It was great to sit back and enjoy the breeze of the sea air. I’ve always loved being out on the water and Thailand certainly is a great place for that.
The first stop on our tour was Monkey Island. If you’re a fan on the cute little rascals like I am you will love this part of the tour. There is a bit of a sandy beach you can walk on but sadly for us this bit of sand was covered in water. This didn’t stop us being able to get up close and feed the monkeys. This was one of the highlights of the day for me.
The next stop was to see the Viking Caves. Although no longer open to tourists, boats can slow down to give people a glimpse at the caves. The caves are inhibited by swift birds and more importantly, their nests which are a Chinese delicacy. There are bamboo scaffoldings all along the cave so locals can climb to the edible nests.
After the caves our boat headed to Pileh lagoon where it stopped for a while. Here we had a chance to have some fun in the water. Here I had a chance to try stand up paddle boarding. While it took me a while to get used to doing it, I did enjoy it! We also had the chance to go snorkelling, lay around on the boats hammock, dive off the ship or just go swimming in the water. This is also where people had the chance to head to Maya Bay if they wanted to set foot on the famous beach from the movie The Beach.
Once we had finished having fun in the water we set off again so somewhere more secluded to get the inflatable ball out. This is where you get inside a giant inflatable ball and run around inside it. Similar to a hamster wheel. It was great fun but was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I found it really difficult to stay upright.
After we had finished tiring ourselves out on the ball it was time to turn the music on, have a party and enjoy the sunset. This was simply magically. The perfect ending to a great day. I was certainly happy with my decision to book the Happy Boat Tour.
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