Phi Phi island is an amazing looking tropical gropu of islands. The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the Straits of Malacca coast of Thailand. The larger of the 2 islands, is shaped like a figure 8 and linked by a delicate chain of golden sand. Here stands the island’s original Muslim fishing village, Baan Tonsai, now engulfed by the ever-expanding centre of bungalows, cafes and hotels. A pleasant 1 hour coastal walk from Baan Tonsai will lead you to Had Yao – Long Beach, with tantalising white sands, vibrant offshore marine life and unhindered views of the spectacular cliffs of Phi Phi Leh, 4 kilometres to the south. You’ll also enjoy climbing the steep trails on Phi Phi Don’s 2 massifs – View Point, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the island.
There are 2 very hot periods of weather on Phi Phi Island, the first between April and May when the average temperatures range from 30 to 36ºC and only the occasional tropical thunderstorm brings relief from the heat. It is also very hot between September and October but the frequent rainfall has a wonderful cooling effect. Tourist High Season is from November to April. However, it’s best to avoid December and January if possible, as this is Peak Season, when accommodation can be hard to find and is expensive, particularly around Christmas and New Year, and Phi Phi’s dive sites are very crowded. Whether you are coming to Thailand for diving or not, we recommend you try to come from February to April. There are less tourists here, accommodation is much better value-for-money, the weather is at its best, and the seas their calmest. The dive sites around Koh Phi Phi, Hin Daeng and Koh Ha are less crowded, and it’s your optimum time to see something special, as it’s whale shark and manta ray season.
One of the most popular activities attracting visitors in Koh Phi Phi is kayaking. Most resorts are happy to organise a trip for you, and most kayaks cost around 700 Bhat per day. This is an innovative way to see all the island has to offer, with the boat able to reach secluded caves and parts of the blue waters unreachable by land. Serenely skim across the aqua waters and relax in a kayak for an unforgettable experience on the island. And why not step your kayaking experience up a gear? Paddle boats and waterskiing trips are also extremely popular here, and costs average at around 150 Bhat per day. More details on Phi Phi island tours.
Phi Phi Don, the larger of the two, is visited for its incredibly picturesque panorama with the idyllic tropical beaches lining its southern and eastern shores. The soaring lime stone mountains embrace the narrow crescent bays, offering the scenically beautiful panorama. To get the remarkably magnificent view, you stroll along the path at the backside of Ton Sai Village to reach the viewpoint which offers the excellent view of sunrise. On the eastern and southern shore of Phi Phi Don, there lie along several beautiful beaches; Lo Bakao Bay, Laem Tong Beach, Long Beach, and Lo Dalam Bay. Lo Bakao is a wide bay offering a various kinds of water sport activities.
When I’m at the beach, if I gave into my indulgent self, I would be tanning all day with a margarita in hand. However, I do take the occasional day off and attempt to do something active. My go-to activity? Kayaking! It’s fun, it doesn’t feel like a workout, and I get to explore (three of my favorite things!) A lot of people paddle to Monkey beach which is a good 40-50 minute kayak ride. When you get there, sit back, relax under a tree, and go for a swim. You’re lucky if you run into more than 10 people while you are there. Based on the name, naturally, expect to see a few monkeys roaming around the beach and the island’s lush forest areas.
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway and enjoying this tropical paradise with fewer people, hire a longtail boat and visit Bamboo Island and Mosquito Island. Ko Mai Phai, known also as the Bamboo Island, doesn’t have steep limestone cliffs, and the views might not be as captivating, but the beach is stunning, a spectacle of pure white sand and perfect turquoise waters. The sunsets are incredible here!