Koh Phi Phi consists of six islands located off the mainland coast of Krabi. A 45-minute speed boat ride or almost two-hour ferry from Phuket or Krabi will get you to this incredibly beautiful archipelago. The region is instantly recognizable by its iconic vertical towers known as “karsts”, capped with green vegetation and scattered white sandy beach enclaves and tropical coral waters.
The only inhabited island is Koh Phi Phi Don. The island has been heavily criticized for its over-development and some travellers choose to avoid it for this reason. It offers several beaches where visitors can stay. Loh Dalum is a one-kilometre stretch of beach with shallow aquamarine waters with a laid-back vibe, However, after dark, this quiet beach transforms into a mini Full Moon type of party every evening. Another beach is Laem Thong, located on the northeast. This one-kilometre sandy enclave makes for an ideal secluded getaway as it is only accessible by boat. There are a scattering of resorts along this traditional fishing area.
Ko Mai Phai
Phi Phi Lee
By contrast, Tonsai Bay and Tonsai village is the pulsing heartbeat of Phi Phi Don. Its the main arrival port so it is a hive of activity with day-trippers and boats going in and out. The bay is almost two kilometres long with tall cliffs and small beaches inhabited by monkeys and with coral reefs fringing the west side. Monkey Beach which is often confused with the title monkey island Thailand, is located on the southwestern side of Tonsai Bay, about 700 metres from the jetty. It is a stunning short strip of white sand complete with its resident troop of monkeys. To the east, are more shallow waters sporting coral reefs beachfront hotels and resorts. The far west end of the beach is very isolated offering powder-fine sand and clear aqua water.
Ko Phi Phi Leh is the most popular with Maya Bay made famous by the year 2000 film named “The Beach”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. However, the Thai government closed this area in 2018 due to damaged coral reefs impacted by tourism. The region remains closed for coral rejuvenation but new eco-tourism projects see it eyeing a possible 2021 opening.
Koh Pei (Bamboo Island) is a small landmass approximately 600 metres in width and 700 metres in length and belongs to a national park so you will pay an entrance fee. The central island is covered with thick green vegetation including bamboo trees which gives the island its name and is surrounded by a strip of white sand. Koh Pei is almost surrounded by a reef that spreads up to 500 metres from the shore making it a magical snorkelling wonderland.
Koh Young or Mosquito Island sits to the northeast of the Phi Phi isles and is a long but narrow landmass. The southeastern tip of the island has a colourful soft coral reef and an abundance of marine life, making it an exceptional snorkelling spot. The northeastern tip is the perfect diving location in waters up to waters 15 metres in depth. It is best to avoid the beach around sundown when swarms of mosquitos appear; hence its name!
Koh Bida Noi and Koh Bida Nok are two large limestone rocks rising from the Andaman Sea about 1.5 kilometres south of Koh Phi Phi Leh. They do not have any landing access and best service the diving community. Koh Bida Nok has a huge array of marine life and is renowned for its zebra sharks and stingrays lying on the sand. The northern side features good wall diving as well as a cave that can be explored. Koh Bida Nai also has some great diving options where divers can swim through underwater cliffs. The east of the island offers good snorkelling opportunities in its more shallow waters.
Ko Phi Phi consists of six islands. This incredibly beautiful archipelago is located off the mainland coast of Krabi.
Phuket to Phi Phi island takes about 45-minutes via speed boat or an almost two-hour ferry. This is the same if you are coming from Krabi.
Phi Phi island weather is ideal between November and April when it is a bit cooler with occasional showers. Peak season is January to April when prices also sky-rocket.
The only island you can stay on is Koh Phi Phi Don. The rest of the Phi Phi islands, Thailand, are not inhabited. Phi Phi Don is fully developed with many accommodation options. For a stand out high-end family-friendly option, Phi Phi Island Villiage Beach Resort has luxurious bungalows on a private beach. For the more budget-conscious who still want a little luxury, Phi Phi Co Co beach resort offers excellent value for stylish bamboo villas.
Due to their immense popularity, these islands are one of the most expensive destinations in Thailand. Even the prices of the most basic lodgings are inflated compared to other locations.
Its turquoise waters, abundant marine life, and the most well-known isle is Koh Phi Phi Leh with its Maya Bay made famous by the year 2000 film aptly named “The Beach”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Out of the six islands, only Koh Phi Phi Don is inhabited, which means you can only stay there. There are several Phi Phi island tours available so you will be able to take day trips to the other islands
It is about 45 kilometres away from Krabi and is only accessible by boat or ferry.
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