Phi Phi islands holiday guide (2020)

Phi Phi islands

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Thailand Phi Phi islands Guide

Phi Phi islands are likely one of the most famous destinations in Thailand, the real Thai island superstars! Pictured on many postcards, Phi Phi is renowned with towering limestone cliffs, amazingly pretty lagoons, and the wow Beach that was home to Leonardo Di Caprio once. Featuring exotic views from any angle surrounded by clear waters with abundant marine life and corals – Phi Phi islands have become a major destination for divers looking to explore the underwater world of the Andaman Sea.

At Phi Phi Don, there is a spectacular viewpoint from where you can overlook the headland with the two bays. You can also practice climbing Tonsai Tower on Phi Phi Don, or do longer trekking by crossing the island from one coast to another. With a cozy town filled with street cats at Phi Phi Don to a bunch of eco-adventures all around the islands, Phi Phi will not leave you disappointed.

Koh Phi Phi is an archipelago located in the Andaman Sea (Indian Ocean), south of Thailand. These islands are tucked away between the regions of Krabi and Phuket. For some, Phi Phi islands is the only reason to touch down in Phuket or Krabi, with Phi Phi’s outer beauty a large chunk of the allure. Phi Phi is easily accessible by Boat not only from Phuket and Krabi, but also from Koh Lanta, Koh Yao Noi, and Koh Yao Yai.

Phi Phi archipelago consists of six islands. The bigger four islands are: Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Koh Yung (also called Mosquito island) and Koh Pai (also known as Bamboo island). The largest island in the Phi Phi archipelago is Phi Phi Don. Despite being the only island with accommodation options, it is almost without roads. While “The Beach” famous Phi Phi Leh is entirely free of humans, being pRotected by the National Park alongside Koh Yung island, where no visitors are allowed either. Their curvy, bleached beaches, incredible lagoons, and stunning jungle interiors, are the darlings of the Andaman Coast. Being a top-rated destination with tourists, expect to see good numbers of other people at main islands across the Phi Phi archipelago. Still, it’s such a beautiful place that many tend to not really care or take notice.

With stable tropical temperatures, Phi Phi islands are a perfect holiday destination throughout the year. The most hours of sun and pleasant humidity occur from November to May, with the best weather conditions in January through March. The rainy season begins in May and ends in October. The probability of rain increases drastically while the sea becomes rough, significantly hindering island hopping and snorkeling experiences. There is no golden rule, however. Koh Phi Phi enjoys a tropical climate; it’s always summer on these world’s famous islands.

You can only stay overnight on the island of Koh Phi Phi Don, which serves the major hub to exploration the other islands within the Phi Phi archipelago. Even though it is possible to experience Phi Phi islands on a day trip from Phuket or Krabi, we recommend a couple of nights on Phi Phi itself to really soak in. From here, you can rent a Boat with Islander and explore the different islands and beaches at your own pace.

  • Blissful island scenery with exotic beaches and astonishing vertical cliffs capped with green foliage
  • Discover the world’s famous Maya bay – even though it can only be witnessed from a Boat today
  • Swim and snorkel in Pileh lagoon – a hidden, natural lagoon Paradise, surrounded by limestone mountains where waters throw more green than blue
  • Snorkel at Loh Samah with thousands of colorful fishes in waters as crystal clear as the bottle of Bombay Gin
  • Play with cheeky long-tailed macaque troops inhabiting Monkey beach
  • Visit Bamboo island promising a strip of powder-soft White Sand among the bamBoo and pine trees
  • Enjoy breathtaking panorama from atop the viewpoint on Phi Phi Don. The island is scalloped into the much-photographed symmetrical double bays of Ao Tonsai and Ao Loh Dalum
  • Discover a tiny cove with soft White Sand on Nui beach, frAmed by tall karsts that promise excellent rock climbing
  • Swim through the rocks of Nui Bay to spot seahorses and turtles
  • The reefs between Phi Phi Don and Mosquito island are arguably among the best diving outside the Similan islands
  • Hin Musang, locally known as Shark Point, is home to harmless leopard sharks, which rest on the seafloor
  • Anemone Reef is a beautiful dive spot, nAmed after countless sea anemones located at the pinnacle
  • The King Cruiser is a must for adventurous scuba divers. The wreck of the 85-meter King Cruiser ferry – which sunk in 1997 after clipping Anemone Reef – has become home to a myriad of intriguing sea creatures, including moray eels and leopard sharks
  • Travel back in time to explore Viking cave, where swifts make delicate nests beside ancient wall painting resembling fearsome Viking ships
  • Try your hand at rock climbing Tonsai Wall. With panoramic views of the area, the rock climbs are advanced but worth the effort.
  • You don’t have to stay on Phi Phi to experience this remarkable archipelago. There are plenty of day trips available from Phuket by Boat most of the year. Join a speedBoat tour or charter yacht with Islander to see all the best sights of Koh Phi Phi within a day from Phuket. Otherwise, you can easily catch a ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi Don island if you wish to stay overnight and take a longer vacation in Phi Phi.

    No matter where you come from, you can only reach Phi Phi Island by Boat. Regular ferries are leaving Krabi along the day. There are also speed Boats and private Boats available; the choice is yours. If you are traveling on a budget, be prepared to spend about 2 hours on the ferry, but the views will be worth it. Otherwise, chat with Islander to charter a private speedBoat to arrive at Phi Phi islands in the most comfort.

    Phi Phi islands are 40 minutes away from Koh Lanta by speed Boat. With Islander, you can experience Phi Phi islands for a day trip from Koh Lanta. Our joined and private tours will show you the best sights of Phi Phi archipelago during a day. But if you wish to make the most from this destination, consider staying overnight on Phi Phi Don island.

    Best places in Phi Phi islands

    Pileh lagoon

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    Maya bay

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    Loh Samah

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    Bamboo island

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    Monkey beach

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    Viking cave

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    Nui beach

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    Loh Dalum

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    Tonsai bay

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    Mosquito island

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    Best diving in Phi Phi islands

    Shark Point

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    Anemone Reef

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    King Cruiser

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    Hin Klang

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