I was there the following April and have been there many times before and after the tsunami hit and it wasn't that bad. Phi Phi is a shithole because of degenerate tourists and that fucking Beach movie. It's packed with loud, ignorant Australian hippies (no offense) and fat Germans(like most of tourist Thailand.). So many boats come in and out everyday that the cove is borderline polluted. A shame really but when your economy is almost entirely dependant on tourist money you don't have much choice.
Nah you're right man, it's a bogan retreat, as is Bali. Both places are ruined for me and i'll prob never end up going there again in my lifetime.
I'm glad i've got cheap and easy access to Japan, yearly trip for me and always have a blast but I don't know how some people go each year without getting tired of it - met some really nice uni students that showed me and my mate around town, underground izakayas and hidden bars that no foreigner would ever find unless they've been shown before. There's only so much sight seeing and shopping you can do before you realize it's not that great anymore.
Wouldn't surprise me if people on here visited Tokyo and were blown away but the shopping but it's such a tip of the iceberg and most won't see the hidden parts. Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinjuku and the Harajuku / Omotesando / Aoyama area are heavily populated with tourists but there's some decent areas with great local nightlife that most never witness.