Thailand Koh Phi Phi Guide
Koh Phi Phi is an unavoidable island gem in southern Thailand. Famous for stunning nature, the most exquisite beaches, the surrounding islands of immaculate character, an abundance of land activities, diving spots, and boat tours, and, last but not least, Koh Phi Phi is a gateway to the Maya bay.
Did you know that Koh Phi Phi stands for a tiny archipelago of six islands? Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest island where you can stay in beautiful resorts, enjoy delicious food, and explore the surrounding nature. Koh Phi Phi Leh is a smaller island that features probably the most famous beach Maya bay and other natural wonders. The stunning fact is that Koh Phi Phi islands weren’t renowned before ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio came out. Koh Phi Phi Don is a paradise-like island located in the southern part of the Andaman sea just between Phuket and Krabi.
You really can’t miss with Koh Phi Phi. No matter if you’re looking for beach parties or quiet and relaxed holiday, the island has it all. The most exciting part is the island’s diversity and abundance of options, which allow you to explore the surrounding nature and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world.
The great news is that the temperature is constant, meaning you won’t experience temperatures lower than 25°C. Like the rest of southern Thailand, Koh Phi Phi experiences a monsoon climate featuring two distinct seasons – low (rain) and high (dry) season. The high season falls from November to the end of May. The peak season is in December and January when the island is packed with tourists, nightlife doesn’t stop, and accommodation and tour options are abundant. Low season starts from June and ends around the end of October. The temperature drops by a few degrees while humidity goes up. You can expect high tides, strong winds, and generally, a slower season featuring fewer options when it comes to accommodation and tours.
First-timers may have a tough time while booking the accommodation on Koh Phi Phi Don island since the island officially has four tiny areas. Tonsai beach is the most popular one where the pier and a local market are. If you’re looking for a backpacker’s accommodation and vibrant nightlife, then staying in Tonsai East is the best choice. For families and people who’re looking for a real wellness experience, Tonsai West is the choice. Tonsai Village and Loh Dalum are the areas with most accommodation options.
Koh Phi Phi Don is an extremely touristy island while the neighbour Koh Phi Phi Leh is home to renowned places such as Maya bay, Pileh lagoon, and Viking cave. There are world-class snorkeling and diving spots with breathtaking surrounding nature all around. If you get bored or the island gets too crowded, take a short boat tour to neighbouring Koh Lanta, which will give you many more options. Koh Lanta features more extended sandy beaches, shallow turquoise waters, hiking spots, hidden waterfalls, and the abundance of diving spots. Also, Phuket is just about two hours away and features the most vibrant and never-ending nightlife in southern Thailand. If you’re looking to learn about the local culture, Phuket Town is an ideal place where you can immerse in a local community, try delicious and diverse cuisine, explore beautiful temples and observe life around you. For island hopping from Koh Phi Phi Don, the best options are neighbour Koh Phi Phi Leh, Bamboo island, as well as Krabi islands and Koh Yao Yai.
Koh Phi Phi Don is an ideal island if you’re looking to explore world-class beaches, diving spots and spend time in a breathtaking nature. Phuket, on the other hand, is the most developed island offering never-ending nightlife, authentic local experience, beautiful temples and a variety of things to do. There is also a vibrant expat community in Phuket, so it might be an excellent option for people who’re looking to relocate to Thailand.
Krabi is a tiny town located a few kilometres from the coast. It’s a very sleepy and authentic town featuring a massive local market where you can enjoy the taste of southern cuisine. There are a few world-class beaches (Ao Nang and Railay) just out of town alongside a thick jungle, hidden waterfalls and sweet hiking spots. If you’re looking for iconic diving and snorkeling spots, head over to Koh Phi Phi Don.
Koh Lipe is a bit more developed island offering a variety of activities and accommodation options. For instance, exploring Koh Lipe on a motorbike is one of the most engaging activities as the island has many hidden beaches, thick jungles, and hidden waterfalls. Both islands feature one of the most beautiful diving spots and beaches in Thailand, so if your main reason for a visit is diving or relaxing on the beach, you can’t miss with any of these two.