The Phi Phi archipelago consists of six islands in Thailand, each with its own charm. The two most inhabited are Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh, with Koh Phi Phi Don being the largest of all. This island is split into two sections named Ton Sai and Lo Dalam, which are connected by a thin strip of sand which the ocean hugs from either side. The festive beach atmosphere attracts many holiday goers to Ton Sai, as you will find an amazing variety of beach bars and reasonably priced accommodation. Lo Dalam is far more isolated and home to many high-end, luxury resorts. Phi Phi Leh is home to Maya Bay, famous for being the setting for the movie The Beach. The Maya Bay cluster offers a true paradise island experience, with beautiful rock formations and clear blue waters which open up the spectacular marine life for your exploration.
Go to Maya Bay
At the top of this list for a number of reasons, visiting Phi Phi Leh is an experience that offers unique appeal. The island itself has many small beaches, some entirely engulfed by the ocean during high tide. The main beach, Maya beach is a spectacle on its own, with the softest white sand you will find anywhere in Thailand, welcoming a shoreline with a colourful coral floor housing an exceptional array of exotic fish visible in the crystal waters. Travel tip: Better to go early and avoid the tourist traffic to secure your holiday in paradise.
Enjoy the Beach Parties
Lo Dalam beach is home to the best beach party scene on Koh Phi Phi and maybe even Thailand. With places like Slinky Beach Bar providing everything you need for an amazing night out. There are a variety of entertainment options, drinks, food, and live music to help create a truly festive holiday atmosphere which is all enhanced by the silky soft sand between your toes.
Visit Phi Phi Viewpoint
Reward yourself physically and visually by reaching this 600 foot Thailand viewpoint. The hike has hundreds of steps and twists, but the end result is an amazing panoramic view of Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don unique to this peak. Best to go at sunrise or sunset for a truly unbelievable holiday photo opportunity.
Hang out on Monkey Beach
Monkey beach allows holidaymakers to get close to some land-based wildlife on Phi Phi Don, Thailand, where monkeys living in the mountains descend to the beaches upon your arrival in the hopes of being fed. You’ll be encouraged to feed the surprisingly tame monkeys, although it’s best to stay on high alert while doing so, they’re still wild animals after all.
Sunset by Kayak
You can rent a kayak yourself or arrange a kayak tour, with sunset tours heading out on ocean kayaks to Wang Long Bay. The calm, blue Thailand water creates a beautiful visual with the sun disappearing behind the horizon that is made even more special by seeing it from the water. Travel tip: There are many tour operators offering the same thing so explore your options.
Check out Thai boxing
Embrace what has become a Thailand cultural staple and get down to The Reggae Bar to watch some Thai boxing. The bar offers huge buckets of alcohol, and even the chance to test yourself in the ring with the winner winning a bucket of booze for their table. Local matches are scheduled nightly, with the occasional big ticket professional bout raising the stakes as well as the atmosphere.
Go Rock Climbing
If you’re up for some testing adventure on your holiday, Koh Phi Phi’s jagged landscape and steep Thailand cliffs offer a perfect location for rock climbing. You can arrange a tour that will boat you to one of the islands limestone rock faces suited to climbing, with the views from the top being extraordinary, plus you will feel like you’ve earned it!
Visit the Village at Loh Bagao
Discover one of Phi Phi’s last secrets and pay the Village at Loh Bagao a visit on your holiday. Developed in a previously unknown area, the village’s bars and restaurants are typically made of bamboo and thatch, offering a more authentic jungle Thailand village. Travel there via long tail boat from Ton Sai Bay.
Get Wet & Wild At A Pool Party
Engage in the age-old Western tradition of boozy pool parties, with Phi Phi’s running from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. There are two places which specialise in pool parties on the island, with Ibiza hosting every Wednesday and Sunday, and PP Princess Pool Party every Friday.
Who doesn’t love a booze cruise while on holiday? Captain Bob’s will take you to some of the most gorgeous places around Phi Phi, Thailand. With lunch, snacks, snorkelling, kayaking, and of course plenty of booze all included in the day’s fun and adventure. The boat departs from Tonsai Bay and runs from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Tonsai Village is Phi Phi’s commercial centre, with shops selling an amazing assortment of Thailand goods and wears. You can browse clothing to jewellery and trinkets during the day, to eateries, tour shops, and dive shops at night. The large, bustling area is only accessible via footpaths that connect the shops and restaurants, so you never need to look over your shoulder for oncoming traffic.
Swim at Moo Dee Bay
This isolated slice of tropical paradise is located on the east coast of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. It is devoid of any formal infrastructure, with only a small hut that can provide you with drinks and rental chairs. The beach itself is exquisite and can be accessed via long boat or a short hike. Travel tip: Loh Moo Dee’s beauty does attract quite a few holiday goers, so go early to avoid the crowds.
The three official seasons in Thailand – hot, dry, and wet, are segments of a constant summer holiday. The hot season runs from March through to June, with April and May reaching the highest temperatures throughout the year. The monsoon (wet) season is accompanied by heavy rains and occasional rough seas and can vary from year to year. It can start as early as May on the Andaman sea (Phuket, Phi Phi, and Koh Lipe) although it starts officially in June and continues into November. This starts much later on the Gulf Coast (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao) in October or November, and typically runs into January. Most days it will rain for between one and two hours a day (sometimes only ten minutes) and dry up almost immediately, although in the heat it is often a welcome visitor that seldom overstays. It can, however, be torrential when the rains do appear. December through February is categorised as the dry months, although to tourists it will most likely still feel hotter than “home”. Travel tip: Whenever you decide to grace this summer paradise, be sure to pack light, breathable clothing and plenty of high SPF sunscreen, as you will underestimate the sun at your own expense. At least there is sunlight in abundance for everyone to enjoy.
On an island characterised by its white, silky sand beaches, Long Beach is the cream of the crop in this regard. Walk barefoot along this south-west facing Thailand beach with the sand caressing your holiday toes, while enjoying the beautiful view of Phi Phi Leh ahead of you. Alternatively, you can rent snorkelling gear or even a kayak to explore the waters further away from the shore. You can access the beach either by longboat from Tonsai Village or a short jungle hike.
Loh Dalum is undoubtedly a beach with immense beauty, boasting white sandy beaches and clear green Thailand waters, as well as being almost completely enclosed by tall limestone cliffs. This beach is a very popular holiday destination and has a wide range of bars along its expanse which gives birth to a wonderfully festive atmosphere into the late hours of the night.
The 300-metre white sand Thailand beach of Loh Moo Dee or Moo Dee Bay is a lovely beach which offers a relaxing escape from the busyness of other beaches in the morning hours. Day visitors from Phuket and Krabi are boated in and generally stick around between 12:00 pm – 15:30 pm. There are opportunities to swim or do some snorkelling at each end of the bay, with a Rasta-run establishment serving food and drinks all day long.
Phi Phi’s growing reputation as a holiday hotspot has given birth to buzzing nightlife and a wide range of delectable local Thailand cuisine.