Koh Phi Phi Fire Show

Koh Phi Phi fireshow @seattlestravels

After my Contiki tour I decided to head down to Koh Phi Phi for a week of relaxation and a little time on the beach. The days were full of hammocks, smoothies and swimming, but it was during the nights that Koh Phi Phi really came alive. It seemed as if there were some sort of silent alarm clock that went off every night at 8pm, and the entire population of the island would arrive to the beach in droves. I still can’t figure out how they all knew, but they immediately filed to their desired beach bars and lined up for the show. What was the show? Fire.

Of all the beach bars, my favourite fire show took place at Slinky on Loh Dalum Beach. There was plenty of seating (arrive early to get a chair on the beach), music I didn’t hate and arguably the best performers on the entire beach. The show usually started with a couple of fire poles exploding into the night sky, to grab the attention of the beach. Next, came the fire batons, the dancers and the sparkler spirals (my favourite). The shows go on for over an hour and run on every night of the week. It’s a good entertainment, but two nights were probably enough for me.

Note: Please don’t be one of the silly wasted tourists that throws their beer bottles in the water. Fire is distracting, but it can’t be that hard to find a bin.

The thumping base and teeming crowds may wear on you after a few nights, but it’s definitely something you have to see at least once in Koh Phi Phi.

Here are some of my favourite shots of the fire shows on Koh Phi Phi;

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By the way, he’s standing on a tight rope ten feet off the ground.

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This trip was made possible by Contiki
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Visit Koh Phi Phi on your own Thai Island Hopper West Tour.

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7 Responses to “Koh Phi Phi Fire Show”

  1. Jamie
    February 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Incredible photos! This show looks amazing! Definitely going to add on the list of things to do when I make my way to Thailand… someday!

    Memoirs of a Pilgrim

    • Seattle Dredge
      February 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      Thanks! It’s definitely something you need to see at least once, and you can find it any pretty much all of the islands.

  2. Jen Seligmann
    February 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Awesome shots Seattle. Do you mind if I ask what camera you use and whether you would recommend it to others? In the market for a new camera this year and all of your shots are so great.
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    • Seattle Dredge
      February 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks! I use a very old Nikon D300. I love it, but definitely wouldn’t recommend it because it’s super outdated and doesn’t even have video capability. I’m not even sure if they sell it any more, but there are plenty of newer models out now.. the D300s is similar and the D800 is the best in that range (and is the camera I want!)

      On a related note, I edit with RadLab which is soo worth it :]

      • Jen Seligmann
        February 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

        Thanks for the advise. There are so many great cameras around these days its hard to find the best.
        Jen Seligmann recently posted..Prague in Pictures

  3. Phunawa
    December 2, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    Great shots mate. I wonder if you had tripod with you? What are the camera settings? shutter speed set to 10 sec? the lights are amazing.

    • Seattle Dredge
      December 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      No tripod, just rested my camera on a solid surface. Can’t remember exact settings, but maybe around 5 seconds and f4.5 or so. It was pretty bright already, so just getting some light trails :]

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