Happy Boat: Koh Phi Phi’s Non Booze Cruise Option

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Happy Boat Tour: Koh Phi Phi's Non Booze Cruise Option

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.

Enjoying a bucket cocktail while in Thailand

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.

Enjoying the open water in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

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.

The Happy Boat Tour Boat - Phi Phi, Thailand

 

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.

Meeting the team while on the Happy Boat Tour - Phi Phi, Thailand

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.

Feeding the monkeys at Monkey Beach in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

Feeding the monkeys at Monkey Beach in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

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.

Checking out the Viking Caves in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

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.

Trying stand up paddle boarding in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

Checking out Maya Bay in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

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.

Getting the inflatable wheel out in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

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.

Enjoying the sunset in Thailand while on the Happy Boat Tour

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Happy Boat Tour: Koh Phi Phi's Non Booze Cruise Option

34 Responses

  1. Melanie

    I would not enjoy a booze cruise at all. I am glad that you found an option that was more enjoyable for you. It looks like you had quite a memorable experience!

  2. Oh, what fun!! I think Monkey Island would be my favorite.
    I don’t tend to go on boats very often, but I do love the feel of the water. I would’ve been drunk after two sips of anything! I certainly can’t party with young people anymore!

  3. I’m not a drinker so a boat tour not focused on getting their customers drunk is perfect for me. I’d love to sit back and enjoy the breeze of the sea air. I’ve also wanted to visit Thailand for a very long time now.
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  4. Tiara Wilson

    Oh wow. It looks like you had such an amazing and fun time. I would love to try one of these boat tours. They look absolutely fun! I loved looking through your photos!

  5. It’s always relaxing when you can enjoy a good breeze from the sea air, look like you have a great time. I’ve done a few boat tours before and they have been really nice!

  6. That looks like a much better idea than the booze trip to me. And, I’m there with you and the monkeys!
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  7. Oh this looks like so much fun! I would love to do a tour like this while we are on vacation. A perfect way to relax, enjoy friends and family and have lots of fun!
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  8. I’ve seen many posts on Thailand and the more I read about them the more magical it seems. Hanging out with the cute monkeys sounds like a lot of fun!

  9. I think it was a great idea to do the non booze trip, sometimes things can get wild and boat and booze is not always the best combo. Great choice and it seems like it was a great experience and the price seems good too!
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  10. Indrani

    That is a very well planned out tour to Monkey Island. So full of interesting activities.
    Indeed a party is a great finale to such a funfilled day.

  11. I’ve been on a ton of boat cruises on different trips, and I think they are one of those must-dos when you go on vacation!

  12. It looks like you had a great time. It’s a fun concept, but not for me as I get motion sickness really bad and then throw in alcohol and it would be a horrible mixture, but for others who like this is a great idea.
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  13. First I thought that it was just a short boat tour, but this a whole day boat tour. This is awesome and the monkeys are adorable. After all the parties it must have been very refreshing.
    I also like that they are called ”happy”, a day spend around this beautiful nature and this welcoming massage, how could you not be happy really? Oh, and this sunset…
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  14. Oh my haha.. that first picture of you with a bucket brings back so many memories of my time in Thailand! I never did a boat tour of Koh Phi Phi but it is a beautiful island worth exploring. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  15. With all those different activities it looks like a great day tour. Oh, and the inflatable ball! I have seen some but I thought they were only for kids. . Now that I have tried the balls pool, I need to try this one! Thanks for the info (you made my day, lol)
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  16. I agreed with you – I am not even 30 and always feel tired whenever I have a late night out. Party cruises are no longer an attractive option for me. This cruise looks like a fantastic alternative as it takes you to so many great sites nearby Koh Phi Phi! I will definitely consider it if I make my way to that part of the world!
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  17. Those monkeys though! To adorable! I love being on a boat – so relaxing and just peaceful.
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  18. Oh, I did almost the same cruise, and I could not even think about drinking alcohol, I was sooooo sea-sick (even despite the anti-sickness pill I took)! :)))) So all this nice experiences were a bit spoiled :)))

  19. I was there! I was there! 😀 I love seeing pictures from places I already been. I am excited. It makes me remember the good times I spend in Thailand. Could you find Leo on the beach 😀

  20. OMG what IS THAT hamster wheel ball that looks so fun! I did a similar trip but no where near as awesome looking as that! 🙂
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  21. That’s so cool you got so close to monkeys! Great to know about the no alcohol option

  22. Ohmygoodness, this looks like such a fun experience! The inflatable ball looks like it would be so much fun, especially out on the ocean. I’ve never seen anything like that before!

  23. So glad to hear about the Happy Boat. I love that you were able to do so many different things in one day and still party into the night.

  24. This made me laugh 😛 There’s so much alcohol in the touristy areas of Thailand it’s ridiculous, so I’m glad there’s a company offering an experience-based trip, rather than a drunk one.

  25. We enjoy drinking but not as much as we did back when we were younger! This type of cruise is definitely the kind we’d enjoy the most now. Hoping to go to Thailand this year and make out on adventures like these. The rolling balls seem like so much fun!

  26. Maybe it’s my age — hope not! — but the thought of a booze cruise is not the least appealing to me (why pay a lot of money to go on a boat to get hammered?). But the Happy Boat actually sounds very nice! I like the variety of activities and for a solo traveler like me it might also be a nice way to make some friends for the day.

    Bookmarked for my visit to “the islands.”

    Happy continued travels!
    C

  27. Claire this looks like a really fun time. I too would have skipped the booze tours. Not a drinker here so it is not appealing at all, and ditto for my teetotalling wife. We did ferry from Lanta To Phuket and had to stop off shore at Phi Phi to pick up drunk young backpackers; super attractive folks LOL…..not! To each their own though. I didn’t drink at 18, so at 42 it is even more silly to me. Love those little monkeys. They can be spotted on a handful of islands in that Southern Thailand region. We saw them in a few areas around Old Town on Koh Lanta.

    Ryan
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  28. The Happy Boat Tour sounds like the perfect alternative to all the booze cruises which don’t really have much appeal to me – thanks for sharing 🙂

  29. I love being on a boat and exploring. Booze cruises have never been my thing so this sounds ideal! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂
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  30. Yeesss, definitely my cup of tea! It’s a shame we didn’t hear about this happy boat when we were there. We decided to gather a group of like-minded’s and rent a boat, instead of having to face people throwing up all day 😉

  31. This tour would be more my pace and it’s good to know this is an option. Looks like you had a fun day ad got to experience some neat stuff. I’ve so wanted to try those bubble balls! It’d be fun to do that in the water.
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  32. A booze cruise would not be my cup of tea and I wouldn’t enjoy it at all. Quite the opposite. This tour would be closer to my interests, with activities to keep me entertained. These days I most enjoy heading out on a boat when I know I’m going diving though.
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  33. This seems like the perfect day tour, Claire! Thanks for giving me an idea for my next travels!

  34. What an adventure! I don’t think booze would be necessary for me to enjoy this cruise, the scenery looks amazing!

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