The setting for the movie The Beach, this idyllic bay on Phi Phi island can be packed with tourists and speedboats during the day in the dry season, but a small trail leads uphill from the beach, and there I met no-one.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • marcwellman2000
    marcwellman2000over 5 years ago

    lovely John
    I visited it a couple years ago and want to return to that area again
    we go in “off-season” to avoid the crowds and put up with monsoons sometimes

  • The whole Andaman coastline from Phuket to Malaysia is very beautiful, and there are plenty of places like this that are a lot less famous and popular. I visit every few years or so…the first time i slept on the beach in Phuket, because there were no bungalows at all, but that was a very long time ago…

    – John Spies

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    Wow! What a stunning spot! Very beautiful John :)

  • The half submerged limestone towers in the Adaman sea make this area very special, thanks Shelly

    – John Spies

  • kevin smith  skystudiohawaii
    kevin smith s...over 5 years ago

    Great shot John, sorry the movie overwhelmed this beautiful place with so many tourists. THE BEACH is a favorite movie of mine not just because it was a fine production with fine actors but because it reminded me of TAYLOR CAMP (sans Sharks) and the idyllic Hippie lifestyle of the 60s / 70s on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.
    I have enjoyed your entire gallery of very interesting photography and thanks for visiting and commenting on my KALALAU VALLEY.

  • Thanks Kevin, would love to visit Hawaii some day. The Beach was an under-rated movie, well directed and the beach scenes were stunning. The place is still amazing, even after the movie and tsunami, but best in the early morning if possible.

    – John Spies

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    Beautiful country, and lovely beach.

  • The Andaman sea coast is astonishingly beautiful

    – John Spies

  • raindancerwoman
    raindancerwomanover 5 years ago

    your shots are amazing..thanks for sharing :)

  • Thanks for looking, appreciate it.

    – John Spies

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, wish I could tele-port there :-))

  • Safer by plane. Take a holiday (best from Nov-Apr)….

    – John Spies

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous..yes my neices favourite spot in the world.. she talked about this it’s gorgeous!

    and was it affected by a tsunami..?

  • The Phi Phi Island group was affected and many lives lost but this spot has no people so it survived with little damage.

    – John Spies

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 4 years ago

    What an amazing sight John and those rocks, wow!! :O)

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