On our last day in Phi Phi, I finally mustered the energy to climb up and see the viewpoint. There are signs for it all over the island, but it was so. damn. hot. every day we were there that just getting up out of your lawn chair was a real physical effort.
We found our way there, and started climbing, for some reason I didn’t think it would be that far to get to the top, probably because I was in denial.
It was all cement stairs, and there were a lot of them. I could see the top from the bottom, so I concentrated all of my leg muscle and determination into reaching that point, only to realize that that wasn’t the top at all, just a layover along the way. That happened to me about 4 times.
When you finally drag yourself to the top, you have to pay 20TBH for each person (not a lot but still, it would be devastating to get up there and not have any money and have to turn around and go back down). There are two view points, the bottom one is pretty nice, but the top one, another 5 minute hike through the trees, is truly spectacular.
You can see the entire island, both bays, and it is breathtaking, absolutely worth the climb.
The climb really isn’t even that bad in hindsight, or should I say, once I’d clawed my way to the top of the Railay Viewpoint in Krabi (more on that later) where you are literally taking your life into your hands climbing up there, the stairs up to this viewpoint seemed quite lovely and relaxing by comparison. It’s all relative.
Definitely make the effort to climb up and see this view if you’re ever in Phi Phi, you will absolutely not regret it.