Between Tonsai beaches and Long Beach, on the island of Phi Phi Don there is a steep stretch of coast, along which an interesting hiking trail is laid. Interesting in the sense that it is partly covered, and partly an ordinary path in the jungle, with stones and snags, and cozy beaches that suddenly open up.
The place is very nice and interesting, with tall trees on the rocks, and a short strip of sand with a gorgeous shade. There are three such beaches along the way: opposite Arayaburi Resort and a little further - near the buildings of the Viking Nature Resort. For the convenience of navigating the terrain, tourists called them so: Viking-1 beach and Viking-2 beach. The original Thai name for this part of the coast is Ao Hin Khom.
The content of the article
- one Beach description
- 2 Entering the water, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- five Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- eight Beach Map
Two cozy spots for sealing. As with all short beaches, the description of the Vikings is very short. Viking-1 is 50 meters long and up to 10 meters wide.
I walked the first beach almost without stopping, so there is no close-up shot with sand, but it is shallow and soft near the water, and closer to the forest it becomes larger and with admixtures of shells, leaves and pieces of wood.
On Viking-2, the length is even less - only 35 meters and the width is slightly more - up to 15 meters, with sand - as on the first beach and it is in the photo. Very pleasant, soft, almost white. Boatmen with their longtails break off, especially those who park not on the edge of the beach, but strictly in the center.
Entering the water, depth and waves
Opposite all the beaches of Ao Khin Khom, the bottom is surprisingly clean for 10-15 meters, but you will find harsh shallow water here and you will not be able to fully swim, hanging with your feet down. We'll have to go further, to the depth and to the rocks under the water. Quite large boulders come across right along the coast, but they only add color to these beautiful beaches.
The coast here is very shallow, and when waves happen, they roll to the very edge of the forest and slowly wash away the palm trees. On Viking-2, they even strengthened the shore with a stone wall under the houses. Both beaches are very ebb and flow dependent, so it's worth taking note of a sea level controlled weather site. And it's not so easy to go here on foot, although there are trails and more difficult.
Sun beds and shade
I did not notice sunbeds on both Viking beaches, people use large beach towels and bamboo rugs. If you think about it, sun loungers would only spoil the overall atmosphere and take away a lot of space in these paradise spots. People quite comfortably fall with their belongings and drinks right on the sand, and umbrellas are not needed here - the dense vegetation around the beach gives a wonderful shade.
The eastern Viking 1 beach will be hot until about noon, while the north-facing Viking 2 beach is half in shade for most of the day..
The infrastructure of both Vikings is typical for the closed private beaches of a small tropical resort, that is, a bar. There is a full-fledged restaurant on the second beach. A couple of hammocks, some kind of awnings, benches, driftwood and stones. That's all.
Well, there really is very little space here, just enough to accommodate tourists arriving on the beaches on foot or by boat. The main development begins on the slopes of the mountain, and these are the living quarters of the resort.
Houses and hotels on the beach
The only place on the beaches of Ao Hin Khom where you can stay for the whole vacation is Viking Nature Resort. They have several choices of houses, from standard bungalows and pole huts to luxury homes..
Houses are more expensive on a hill, away from the sea, but some of the housing is located literally five meters from the beach. I would move in here only if I had an unlimited budget, sports mood or the mood to break away from civilization. This is a specific suburb of Phi Phi. Walking from here on foot across the island is difficult, and constantly boating is expensive.
Using the link below, you will be taken to a general list of hotels around Phi Phi Don, but you click on the icon with a map and there you will already decide on accommodation options on Viking Beach. The island is so small that Roomguru doesn't even try to divide hotels by beaches..
Hotels near Phi Phi>
Be sure to check for discounts or specials on the excellent Roomguru service. He will quickly and easily show you discounts in all existing booking systems. In Asia, for example, there are a lot of offers on Agoda.com, which are much more profitable than in the same hotels in the Booking.com system..
For the lazy, here is a direct link to the above hotel: Viking Nature Resort
How to find the beach
The easiest option is to start using Google Maps already. It is the best assistant in your smartphone when traveling abroad. I have downloaded maps of the required area, and they will be available to you even without the Internet. Yandex maps do not yet have such detail of the Phi Phi Islands, so there is no sense from them.
Well, if you are a tourist with a capital letter, and carefully read the ways to get to this or that place where you can get, having only coordinates, then go to the boatmen. Tell them «Viking Beach» and cook 300 baht. Well, or turn right from the pier on Ton Sai and walk without turning for about an hour until you see a beach familiar to you (from my photos).
Viking Beaches Map (Phi Phi)
Viking Beach Map (Phi Phi):