Phi Phi Island Travel Guide

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Koh Phi Phi or Phi Phi Island consists of six small islands, located 46km south of Phuket. Fine sandy beaches and soaring limestone cliffs form spectacular scenery. Add crystal clear water, a refreshing lack of roads, plus a laid-back lifestyle, and it’s easy to see why Phi Phi is one of southern Thailand’s most popular destinations.

 

Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi Don covers a total area of 28 square kilometres and is 8 km in length and 3.5 km at its widest point. At the north end is Cape Laem Tohng, where there is a Chao Ley, or sea gypsy village. These sea gypsies emigrated from Koh Lipe in the Tarutao National Park, near the border with Malaysia and lived on the islands long before tourism arrived. There are two long beaches next to the main town – the two curving bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalam.

Tonsai Pier Phi Phi Island

Tonsai Pier Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Looking down on Phi Phi from the viewpoint

Tonsai Shops Phi Phi Island

Tonsai Shops Phi Phi Island

Dalam Bay Phi Phi Island

Dalam Bay

 

Phi Phi Ley

Phi Phi Ley is a smaller uninhabited island measuring 6.5 square kilometres in total area and is 3 km in length and 1 km at its widest point.  Surrounded by sheer limestone walls dotted with caves and passages the island’s shallow blue-green lagoons and coral gardens are a snorkeler’s paradise.  Phi Phi Ley has several beautiful bays to explore, including Maya Bay which was made famous with the filming of “The Beach” starring Leo DiCaprio.

 

Maya Bay

The beautiful Maya Bay - Scene of "The Beach" staring Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Things to Do and See

  • Viewpoint -For a breathtaking view of the entire island, take walk up to the Viewpoint, 185 metres above sea level.  It is a very steep walk of between 10-25 minutes, depending on fitness level so take a water bottle with you.
  • Ton Sai Bay – Ao Ton Sai is where most of the action is; be it restaurants, bars, hotels or guesthouses. Most tourists stay at Ton Sai Bay because of the convenience. Even though it isn’t the most beautiful place on Phi Phi, it is still impressive.
  • Monkey Beach – accessible on foot or by longtail boat. Be careful as the monkeys can sometimes be aggressive.
  • Tsunami Memorial Garden – by the Tia and Millie Sunflower Bar; a beautiful place for quiet contemplation and paying one’s respects to the victims of the recent tragedy.
  • Laem Tong – Laem Thong, located at the very north of the island offers visitors and lovely quiet beach with exhilarating scenery. Accommodation on Laem Thong is aimed at higher spending tourists.
  • Yao Beach – Yao Beach, just south of Ton Sai, offers visitors some fantastic views, scenery and coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving. This small place is packed out however, with places to stay and so some people do complain that the vicinity has been rather over developed. You can get there either by walking from Ton Sai or taking a long-tail boat.
  • Lanti Beach – Next door to Yao Beach, Lanti Beach is very similar in many regards with its great scenery and coral reefs. You can get there on foot.
  • Hin Khao Beach – This beach is extremely quiet and can only be reached on foot.

 

Best Time to Visit

Phi Phi weather is typically warm and tropical, very similar to that of Phuket. The high season from November – early May has the best weather. The summer months can be great, but you can expect some rain and windy days. Temperatures are typically 30C, but can be in the high 30’s during March and April.

 

Accommodation on Phi Phi and nearby locations:

Phi Phi Island Map

Phi Phi Island Map

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Updated: September 26, 2011 by admin

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