Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands
situated about 40 km from Phuket, Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Le, Yung,
Mai Phai (Bamboo), Bida Nok and Bida Nai. Phi Phi Don covers a
total area of 28 square kilometers : 8 kilometers in length and
3.5 at its broadest point. Phi Phi Don is the largest island of
the group, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants.
The beaches of the second largest island, Koh Phi Phi Leh, are
visited by many people as well.
Phi Phi Don is a tropical
exotic island between Krabi and Phuket . Phi Phi Don is a
breathtaking island in every sense of the word .Almost every
island in the world claims to be one of the most beautiful - a
tropical island in paradise. Phi Phi Don is no exception! Phi
Phi Don is very special. There are no roads here so there�s no
need for motorbikes or cars. This makes life more relaxed than
usual. But not less exciting. You can go walking, climbing,
kayaking, snorkeling, deep sea fishing or scuba diving. Water
skiing, windsurfing and parasailing can be done as well. Or you
can just lie around on one of the many beautiful beaches.
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.
Tonsai Village is the bustling heart of Phi Phi. Here, there are
no cars or roads, only footpaths. It's located on the isthmus,
for which Phi Phi is famous, with Tonsai Bay on the south side
and Loh Dalum on the north.
Before 2.30pm, when the last ferry leaves, the streets are busy
with daytrippers and people arriving/departing. After that the
island is more relaxed and the difference is tangible.
In the evening the streets fill again with diners looking for a
place to eat, additionally as most business is done at night,
the tour shops, dive shops and every other kind of shop come to
life. Later on some isolated nightlife areas heat up.
Phi Phi is a very bohemian place; after all, bicycle and
longtail are the only modes of transport apart from by foot.
Loh Dalum Bay, idyllic, exotic, a tropical paradise – all
of the above apply when seeking to describe Loh Dalum, on the
opposite side of Phi Phi Island to Tonsai Bay.
It’s only a 150-metre walk away but the atmosphere here is
markedly different from that of its busy neighbour.
Nightlife is more languid, late and laid-back and as for beach
dining – well whoever has hurried a meal on the beach?
Laem Tong Beach is a magical place in northern Phi Phi
that is ideal for a relaxing and quiet holiday. The only access
to the main part of Phi Phi is by boat and this means that you
have almost total seclusion there. The atmosphere is quite the
opposite of Tonsai Village, as here you'll hardly leave your
Right in front of the beach, although too far to swim to, are
Bamboo Island, Mosquito Island and Hin Klang, three of the best
spots for snorkelling and diving in Phi Phi. In the distance you
can see Railay Beach and Koh Lanta.
The seafloor is a uniform depth for at least a hundred metres
out until the coral begins, shortly after that is the drop off,
a large colourful reef that descends to the depths.
Long Beach, facing southwest with stunning views out over
Phi Phi Leh lies ever popular Long Beach. This beach has
possibly the softest and finest white sand, on an island of fine
soft sand. There's also excellent snorkeling.
Long Beach is both far enough from and close enough to the
business of Tonsai Village to be a great place to stay, it's no
more than a five-minute longtail boat ride from the centre of
the action. You can walk to Tonsai Village in the daylight but
the journey involves walking over rocks between beaches or up
short jungle trails. Don't attempt it at night!
From November to April the water is flat and calm, in the
May-to-October period the water can be a little rough and
swimming can be difficult at low tide due to rocks and coral.
Accommodation consists almost uniquely of bungalows, some of
which belong to high-end resorts and there are also many basic
bungalows; all in all it's a very cosmopolitan place.
Generally speaking the only people who come to Long Beach
come to stay here so there are not many day trippers (apart from
speedboats running daytrips from Phuket that stop for lunch at
Phi Phi The Beach Resort), in the day there's plenty of life but
at night it's pretty quiet – those who want nightlife go into
Phi Phi Leh is an uninhabited island that lies 1.5km off
the southernmost tip of Phi Phi Don.
Stunning vertical cliffs capped with green foliage give way to
small sandy beaches and tropical coral seas.
Most visitors to Phi Phi find their way around Phi Phi Leh on an
organised boat tour. However you can rent a longtail boat for
your own customized trip.
Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay that's sheltered
by 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there
are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low
tide. The main one is around 200 metres long with silky soft
white sand, underwater colourful coral and exotic fish in
exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef.
Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since
The Beach was filmed here in 1999. It was always very popular
before the film but now people around the world who haven't even
heard of Phi Phi have certainly heard of Maya Bay.
You can only visit Maya Bay from November to April, as large
waves make the entrance dangerous for boats during the other
months of the year.
How to get there:
Ferries from Phuket to Phi Phi
There are usually two regular ferries a day to and from Phuket.
These depart from the ferry terminal in
Koh Siray (east of Phuket Town) at 08:30 and 13:30, and take
roughly 90 minutes. The ferries are fairly
large but do full up in the busy season so arrive early or
arrange tickets in advance.
Ferries from Phi Phi to Phuket
The return journey leaves from Ton Sai pier at 09:00 and 14:30
daily, also taking 90 minutes and arriving
at the ferry terminal in Koh Siray on Phuket. Tickets are
purchased from a small booth on the lesser pier in front of the
Ton Sai village. Tickets cost 350 baht (adult) and 250 baht
(child), or 650/500 baht for a round trip.
Ferries from Krabi to Phi Phi
There are two ferries departing from the ferry pier near Ao Nang
beach at 09:00 and arriving 1.5 and 2 hours
later at Phi Phi. Another ferry leaves at 13:30, taking 1.5
hours. Tickets cost 350 baht (adult) and 250 baht (child),
or 650/500 baht for a round trip, and are available from
numerous tour agents, or at the departure point.
Ferries from Phi Phi to Krabi
Three ferries a day leave from Phi Phi to Krabi, at 09:00, 10:00
and 14:30, arriving at the pier near Ao Nang Beach
The 10am departure takes 90 minutes, the others take two hours.
If you've got the cash, you can skip the long ferry ride or
taxi journey to two of Thailand's most beautiful islands and get
a ride on the new seaplane service. Destination Air operates
throughout the Andaman Sea area of Phuket since 2007.
They provide a daily shuttle service from the Phuket
International Airport to island resorts throughout the Andaman
Sea area including Phi Phi, Krabi, Trang, Khao Lak and Koh
Private speedboat transfer is 11.000 Bath/boat/way
from Phuket (any hotel or airport).
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