The Beach, Thailand by John Spies

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
    marcwellman2000almost 6 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
    micheleirenealmost 6 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...almost 6 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 Campbellalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful country, and lovely beach.

  • The Andaman sea coast is astonishingly beautiful

    – John Spies

  • raindancerwoman
    raindancerwomanalmost 6 years ago

    your shots are amazing..thanks for sharing :)

  • Thanks for looking, appreciate it.

    – John Spies

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    Varinia - Gl...over 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 walkerover 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 Barklayover 4 years ago

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

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