Travel information Koh Phi Phi - Thailand

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Koh Phi Phi is a national park of 6 Islands in southern Thailand in the province Krabi. The islandgroup covers an area of around 100.000 acres and is located in the Andaman Sea about 30mi from Phuket and about 25mi from Krabi. The largest island in this group is Koh Phi Phi Don with an area of about 1700 acres. This is the only inhabited island in this group and the only place where tourists can stay. The other islands you only can visit during the day. The most famous island is Koh Phi Phi Leh. This island is mostly known for the movie "The Beach". Especially the Bay (Maya Bay), which is central in the film, is very crowded with tourists. This region is definitely worth diving. There are several places where you can rent diving equipment and where you can take courses. Other sights and attractions are the beaches like "Monkey beach" and "Hin Khao beach". Apart from the sea and the beach all these islands have beautiful mountains, rocks, caves and forestation.

During the 2004 tsunami Koh Phi Phi was hit incredibly hard. In recent years things have changed with regard to tsunami warning systems. The fact remains that Koh Phi Phi is a high risk area for tsunamis. At an upcoming tsunami go to higher ground. Follow the tsunami evacuation signs!

  • View on a mangrove forest on Koh Phi Phi during sunset
  • View on the Maya bay on koh phi phi leh with the sea and rocks
  • An octopus in the Andaman sea near Koh Phi Phi
  • View on Koh Phi Phi Don from the view point. In the distance is Koh Phi Phi Leh
f.l.t.r.: Mangrove forest | Maya Bay | Octupus Andaman Sea | Viewpoint Koh Phi Phi Don .

Sights and Tourist Attractions

The narrow strip of sand with accommodations on Koh Phi Phi Don

Viewpoint

Koh Phi Phi Don - Category: Nature

The viewpoint of Koh Phi Phi is an ideal point to watch over the islands during a sunrise or sunset. This point is 600ft above sealevel on the longest part of the island. The (steep!) walk takes almost half an hour. It's better not to go here during the heat of the day. From this point you also have a nice view on Koh Phi Phi Don itself. What really stands out is how narrow the 450ft wide sandy strip is, which connects two parts of the island.

Monkeys on the white sandy beach Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach

Koh Phi Phi Don - Category: Nature, sea and Beach

Monkey Beach is a beach on Koh Phi Phi Don which is populated by monkeys (hence the name). These monkeys like to show off and are known for stealing food from visitors. Every now and then the monkeys get aggressive towards visitors. The beach is within walking distance, but many choose to visit this beach by boat. As with all wild animals, it's recommended that you are careful with these monkeys.

The monument at the Tsunami Memorial Park

Tsunami Memorial Park

Koh Phi Phi Don - Category: Culture

The Tsunami Memorial Park was created by volunteers in memory of the victims of the Tsunami of 2004. At this place you can take a walk around and see the nice environment.

 Rocks on the beach of Bamboo Island with an azure sea

Beaches of Koh Phi Phi Don

Category: Nature & Sea and beach

The white sandy beaches of Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh are generally easily accessible. Nowadays, there is a lot of tourism in these islands. Along the beaches of Koh Phi Phi Don are many hotels and guesthouses, which makes the beaches sometimes very busy and crowded. At many beaches it is worthwhile to go snorkeling. The sea has beautiful coral reefs and rich marine life. When you are at Yao beach or the adjacent Lanti beach it is possible to visit "Shark Point" and see black tip and reef sharks. For more quiet beaches, it's best go to Khao Hin, which is only accessible by foot. Laem Tong is also quiet, generally the accommodations on this beach are in the higher price range.

View on the beach and sea from Loh Dalum Beach at Koh Phi Phi Thailand

Loh Dalum Beach

Location: Koh Phi Phi Don | Category: Beach

Loh Dalum beach is beautiful and the most child friendly beach of Koh Phi Phi. The water has a pleasant temperature and is very calm. In addition, the sea remains very long shallow. This makes Loh Dalum beach very suitable for children.

Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh taken from the air

Koh Phi Phi Leh

Location: 4mi from Koh Phi Phi Don | Category: Nature & Sea and Beach

Koh Phi Phi Leh is the second largest island of the archipelago. The island became famous after the movie "The Beach" which mainly takes place in the Maya bay. Tourism to this bay has increased enormously as a result. It sometimes can be extremely busy and crowded. The best time to visit this location is early in the morning. At this time there are relatively few tourists which makes it possible to walk around in calm. For experienced divers, this is also a good location. Especially Maya Bay and Loh Samah are suitable for diving. These locations are often combined with a diving trip to Koh Bida Nai. In the northeast of the island you will find a cave where old wall paintings can be found. This cave is known as the "Viking Cave".

Koh Mai Phai seen from the sea

Koh Mai Phai

Location: 4.5mi from Koh Phi Phi Don | Category: Nature & Sea and beaches

Approximately 4.5mi north of Koh Phi Phi Don lies the small island of Koh Mai Phai. This island is also called Bamboo island. On this island bamboo does not grow at all strange enough. The island is uninhabited and can only be visited during the day. Koh Mai Phai has a surface area of just 75 acres. At the eastern part of the island there is a beautiful white sand beach.

The small rocky island Koh Nok Pida

Koh Pida Nok and Koh Nai Pida

Location: 1mi from Koh Phi Phi Leh | Category: Nature & Sea and beach

Koh Pida Nok is a small island of 285yd by 190yd and lies approximately 1mi from Koh Phi Phi Leh. Next to it is the even smaller island Koh Pida Nai with a diameter 165yd. These islands are suitable for diving or snorkeling. In the sea lives, next to beautiful coral, seaturtles, sharks and eels. The two islands consist only of rocks and have no sandy beaches at all.

A Leopard Shark swims among the coral at Shark Point

Shark Point (Hin Bida)

Category: Nature & Sea

Shark Point is a divesite, 5mi south of Koh Phi Phi Leh, where you can dive all year long. The depths range from 32ft to 65ft, the Visibility is between 30ft - 60ft. The temperature of the water is between 80 - 86F (27 - 30°C). There is quite a strong current which requires some experience in diving. The seasurface can be rough as well. Underwater you can see colorful coral reefs, blacktip shark and of course other forms of marine life.

Activities

Snorkeling
The beaches of Koh Phi Phi Don have a lot of locations which are suitable for snorkeling. You can also go along with a diving excursion (fee must be paid), however, the locations that are visited are better for divers than snorkellers.

Diving
Koh Phi Phi offers great value for money when it comes to diving. Around Koh Phi Phi are about 15 divesites where you can dive all year. The best period is between February and March. Visibility is between 15ft to 65ft and depths here are between 15ft and 100ft. Two fundives costs about 2.500THB. An "Padi Open Water" divecourse cost around 14.000THB. From Koh Phi Phi you can go to Hin Daeng. This divesite is regarded as one of the best divesites in Thailand. The depths go over 200ft. Here you have the best chance to encounter whale sharks and manta rays

Nightlife

Spa
On a tropical island you need to be able relax. On Koh Phi Phi you can visit spas in different resorts. In a quiet area with a nice view, you can enjoy traditional Thai massages, beauty treatments, exfoliating treatments and herbal steam baths. This way you can get relaxed perfectly and enjoy your stay even more.

Fire Show
On Koh Phi Phi fire shows can be seen daily. Highly skilled people create the most dazzling shows with the main focus on fire and dance. With ropes and sticks from which the ends burn they make spectacular moves. The kind of figures that are created look like they are connected. These shows are accompanied by good music which makes it even more impressive.

Accessibility

Koh Phi Phi is by boat easily accessible from Phuket and Krabi. A ticket for a ferry from Phuket costs about 1.000THB and the trip takes several hours. Please note that there are no roads on the island, so if you want to go somewhere you'll have to walk.

Stay

Accommodations come in all comforts and sizes. From cheap guesthouses to luxury resorts. Prices vary between 500THB to 10.000THB per night. Most accommodations are found on the sandy strip. Cheaper accommodation can be found on the eastside of the strip of sand.