Phuket & Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
A vacay down south to Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.
[ 2010 ]
The biggest recommendation that I can give about Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Southeast Asia in general, is get dirty. By that I mean check out random eateries, sit down for some street food, take a wooden boat captained by a local who doesn't speak your language. The more expensive, fancy tours may be great for living it up in Thailand, but balancing it with some raw, local life will make a well-rounded and enjoyable trip.
Consider setting up your base at the Deevana Patong in Phuket. It's a good price for a nice pool, excellent service and a pretty central location for you to get out and explore. From there, you can take the Phi Phi Cruiser to head out Koh Phi Phi, and negotiate with wooden boat owners when you arrive at Ao Tonsai pier for them to take you around the nearby islands.
These guys will take you around the islands off of Koh Phi Phi for cheap. There are many of them lined up as your boat from Phuket arrives to dock at Ao Tonsai pier on Koh Phi Phi, and can negotiate with them.