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    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.

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    THG Recommended Hotels Phi Phi Island

    Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island sits on a white sandy beach bordering the Andaman Sea. The resort features 3 landscaped pools, a fitness room and the Scuba Schools International Dive Centre.
    Zeavola Resort
    Step back into simplicity with barefoot luxury at Zeavola 5-star boutique resort situated on the idyllic Laem Tong white sandy beach,
    Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort
    In close proximity to Loh Dalum Bay and Monkey Beach on Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort is a popular choice for those travelling for leisure.
    SAii Phi Phi Island Village
    Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is a 5-star resort overlooking the stunning Andaman Sea and set within 70 acres of lush foliage.
    \Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel overlooks the glorious Andaman Sea at Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bays on Phi Phi Don.
    Situated on Phi Phi Don island near Phak Nam Bay Beach, the Phi Phi Harbor View Hotel offers peace and harmony with its 80 well-appointed rooms and suites with private balconies and some with jacuzzis.

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    Ko Mai Phai

    Ko Mai Phai is a small island , located between the Krabi coast and the Phi Phi Islands. White sand with crystal clear water and nice weather.

    Viking Cave

    Lime stone cave which you can see from outside Cavern with wall paintings & site for harvesting bird nests for a traditional Chinese soup.

    Phi Phi Lee

    Ko Phi Phi Leh is an island of the Phi Phi Archipelago, in the Strait of Malacca. It is in Krabi and is part of Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park

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    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is Phi Phi island located?

    Ko Phi Phi consists of six islands. This incredibly beautiful archipelago is located off the mainland coast of Krabi.

    How do you get to the Phi Phi Islands?

    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.

    What is the best time to visit Phi Phi Island?

    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.

    Where is the best place for a stay in Koh Phi Phi?

    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.

    Is Phi Phi island expensive?

    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.

    What is Phi Phi island famous for?

    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.

    Can you stay on Phi Phi Islands?

    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

    How far Phi Phi island from Krabi?

    It is about 45 kilometres away from Krabi and is only accessible by boat or ferry.

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