Ko Phi Phi is a group of Thai islands between the Phuket and the Straits of Malacca. Administered under the Krabi Province, the islands are an Asian paradise. A group of six islands is included in Phi Phi, the two largest are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Don has more population then Leh and both attract thousands of visitors each year. Ko Phi Phi islands are a fantastic place for holidays, relaxing, beaching, and sightseeing. You can enjoy the local Thai and a blend of Buddhist and Muslim cultures. The stunning beaches, amazing viewpoints, and tropical scenery of Phi Phi islands outshine many in Asia and the world.
Maya Bay is the first thing that comes in the mind of someone who has visited Phi Phi before. It is without any doubt the beach to visit in Phi Phi. The turquoise water, sandy beaches, and pleasant weather make it ideal for swimming, boating, and relaxing. You can cherish the amazing sunset of the island with orange sunlight bathing the clear waters.
One of the most attractive sites to visit in Koh Phi Phi Le is the Viking cave. Located at the northeast of the island it is accessible via longboats and presents a spectacular view. Viking Cave is near to Maya Bay so you can check it out in a single boat tour. The cave is located below a limestone cliff and is a bit difficult to explore.
The best place to go snorkeling among all the other (several) spots on the Phi Phi is Hat Yao. Warm water and tropical temperature during the day can make your snorkeling experience memorable. The place is famous for its aquatic life especially clownfish and black tripped sharks.
As the name suggests the Mosquito Island is notorious for mosquitos but you can’t let bugs get in the way of one of the most famous islands for shipwrecks. The northmost island in the group of Phi Phi is an amazing wreck dive location. Professional and amateur drivers find plenty of underwater activity with the 85 meters long shipwreck of King Cruiser.
Also known as Koh Pai in Thai, Bamboo Island is in the north-east of the Phi Phi Islands. This small island is rarely crowded and offers a serene tropical atmosphere with white sandy beaches surrounding it. The island has some shade trees in the middle with a drink bar serving beverages and snacks for the long boaters. The island also holds some amazing snorkeling spots.
Loh Samaa Bay
Loh Samaa is the most popular bay after the Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Leh. Both the bays are separated by a limestone cliff. Scuba diving and longboats are the most enjoyable activities here. LohSama has a small canyon and a beach with crystal clear water. Some people also go for a rare night diving at the bay.
LohDalum is a typical tropical beach in the day and becomes the center of the party and nightlife in Phi Phi. It is a convenient spot for sunbathing and relaxing. It is on the coast of Phi Phi Don Island. Hundreds of tourists gather around at night and enjoy the nightlife, music, bars, and cafes. The party at LohDalum continues till dawn and sometimes the residents complain of sleepless nights. But for tropical party lovers, this is the place to go when visiting Phi Phi.
Phi Phi Viewpoint
Located at a height of 186 meters on the island of Phi Phi Don, the Phi Phi viewpoint offers an exhilarating view of Tonsai Village and LohDalum Bay. It’s a 20-minute walk to the viewpoint and is kind of a romantic view for couples who spend quite some time enjoying it. Refreshments and snacks are served at the top and are a must place to treat your eyes in Phi Phi.
Ko Phi Phi offers some serious climbing opportunities for adventure lovers. The 200 meters tall Tonsai Tower is a paradise for rock climbers considering it has different bolted routes for adventurers.
Shark Watching Tours
An adventurous activity for Phi Phi visitors is the shark watching tour. Phi Phi small shark point is located on the long Beach’s eastern end. You can watch and swim close to almost 1 meter long black tips. The tour is for the ones with the strongest of hearts. Tours are in presence of professional guides and with protective gear on.
Moo Dee Bay
Moo Dee is the getaway place from tourists and crowds. The beach is located on Koh Phi Phi Don Island and is a peaceful sandy place. Speed boats visit the beach in mid-day from other islands. Moo Dee has relaxing shade resting spots, beach shacks, and stalls selling fresh coconut water and drinks.
Thai Boxing – Phi Phi Reggae Bar
The bar offers drinks, lunch, Thai cuisine, and live kickboxing matches. Fights can last late night and the crowd gets noisy. Prizes are offered for the people who can step into the ring and have a go. Local professional fighters also take part in the matches.
Just So You Know:
- Maya Bay Beach in Phi Phi gained world fame after the British American movie ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio was released in 2000.
- Locals near Viking cave harvest Swiftlet birds’ nests and sell the edible nests. They are popular in Chinese culture to be good for health and skin.
Get Some Culture:
- Tsunami Memorial Garden: Established in the memory of 2004’s devastating tsunami. People visit and pay their respect to the victims who lost their lives in the tragedy.
- Pum’s Cooking School: Take Thai food lessons with the most amazing chefs and learn to cook Thai food yourself.
Grab A Bite:
- Kongsiam Bar: If you are looking for entertainment, live band, and drinks the place is a must-visit in Phi Phi.
- Mama Ping: The restaurant has the most delicious Thai cuisine and seafood. The restaurant has been praised by visitors in Koh Phi Phi Don Island.