Koh Phi Phi Travel Guide

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Let’s go to the sea…

There are many tourist attractions on the coast of Thailand. We have so far taken you to the islands on the Gulf of Thailand. Now, we are going to take you to Koh Phi Phi, which is one of the most beautiful islands on the Andaman and is described as “The gem of Andaman Sea where luxuriant corals can be found.”

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General Info on Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi consists of 6 islands: Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Yung and Bamboo. They lie approximately 48 km. from the mainland coast. The journey takes just a little over an hour. The name "Phi Phi" is derived from Pulao Pi ah Pi, which is Malay for island with mangroves. Later, it was corrupt to Phi Phi. 

Koh Phi Phi

Journey to Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is quite near to Phuket and Krabi. You can get to either Phuket or Krabi and take a speedboat to Koh Phi Phi.

Journey to Phuket and Krabi 

  • Private car  From Bangkok, drive along Highway 4 to Phetchaburi, Prachub Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Phanga and Phuket. The total distance is 930 km. The journey takes 10 hours. Alternatively, when you arrive Chumphon, take Highway 41 and drive to Luang Suan district, Chaiya district, Aw Leuk district and Krabi. The total distance is 814 km. The journey takes 9 hours.  
  • Plane  It is the easiest way to travel. It takes only 2 hours 
  • Coach  Those who want to save money and do not mind rough and long journey can take a coach at the Southern Routes Bus Terminal. Transport Co., Ltd. and Lignite Tour Co., Ltd. operate a coach service. The journey takes 12 hours.  

Boat 

 


 
Koh Phi Phi Pier

Most popular piers: 

  • Krabi – Koh Phi Phi 
    • Klong Ji Rad pier This pier was built by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. It provides efficient and safe service. It is quite busy. Phi Phi Family Co., Ltd. and Chao Koh Co., Ltd. run air-conditioned 2-deck boats.  

Timetables 

      • Krabi – Koh Phi Phi  
        • Chao Koh boat: 10.00 - 11.30 hr.
        • Phi Phi Family boat: 15.00 - 16.30 hr.
      • Koh Phi Phi – Krabi
        • Phi Phi Family boat: 09.00 - 10.30 hr. 
        • Chao Koh boat: 14.00 - 15.30 hr. 
      • The journey takes
        • 1 hour 30 minutes (calling at Ton Sai pier, Koh Phi Phi) 
      • Fare 
        • 350 baht/person 
  • Phuket – Koh Phi Phi 
    • Rassada pier  This pier is in Phuket city center. Many companies provide boat service.  

Timetables 

      • Phuket – Koh Phi Phi 
        • 08.30 - 10.00 hr. 
        • 13.30 - 15.00 hr. 
        • 14.30 - 16.00 hr. 
      • Koh Phi Phi - Phuket 
        • 09.00 - 10.30 hr. 
        • 14.30 - 16.00 hr. 
      • The journey takes
        • 1 hour 30 minutes (calling at Son Sai pier, Koh Phi Phi) 
      • Fare
        • 350 baht/person

Getting around Koh Phi Phi

Unlike other islands, Koh Phi Phi is only a small island where car and motorcycle rental services are not available. You might be able to hire a bicycle to ride around the island.  You can also travel by minivan or boat to quite a few beaches. Long-tail boats are also available along Ton Sai bay and and Loh Dalam bay. The fare depends on the distance, but the minimum is 100 baht.  

Islands and Bays 

Phi Phi Don  It is the largest island among all Phi Phi islands. The quay, resorts, shops restaurants and all the facilities turn this island into a communication hub. Ton Sai bay and Loh Dalum bay are quite famous for their unrivaled scenic beauty. 

Laem Tong

Laem Tong

On the uppermost of Phi Phi Don, lies an attractive peninsular where the emigrants from Lipe island settled down and formed the first fishing community. Now, the villagers still live in small huts and have a language of their own.  

Loh Ba Gao Bay 

Loh Ba Gao Bay 

This bay has a quiet yet the most beautiful beach which measures 500 m. long and lined with rows of coconut trees, which makes it ideal for a private retreat. Phi Phi Island Village and Spa prominently stands at the front of the beach. Some small resorts can be found in more remote areas. 

Pak Nam Beach

A small beach which measures only 300 m. long and is located next to Loh Bakao Bay. 

Ran Tee Bay

Ran Tee Bay

Only 300 m. from the east of Koh Phi Phi, lies Rantee bay and a small beach with clean white sand and crystal clear blue water of only 2 m. deep. This bay is an excellent site for snorkeling.   

Yao Beach

 

Yao Beach 

An elongated beach which measures approximately 700 m. and is adjacent to Ton Sai bay.  Varieties of small fish can be seen through the crystal clear water. The beach is so lively with so many tourists staying here. Long-tail boat service is available. 

Loh Mudee Bay 

On the east coast lies a quiet small bay with a beach measuring only 400 m. long. It is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. There is a 600 m. walkway joining Loh Mudee bay and Yao beach. 

Ton Sai Bay

Ton Sai Bay

Ton Sai is a lively bay with a pier where boats and ships from Krabi and Phuket stop, a 2-km. long beach with powder white sand that fringes with crystal clear turquoise water, accommodations for all types of budgets, shops, restaurants, entertainment establishments and all the facilities.  From here, you can take a long-tail boat to many beaches. 

Wang Long Bay 

One of the smallest and quietest parts of Phi Phi islands, and very little visited, yet it retains its natural and scenic beauty. It is ideal for a private retreat. Reading in this bay’s peaceful surroundings is a wonderful experience. 

Loh Dalum Bay

Loh Dalum Bay

Loh Dalum Bay is an idyllic, exotic and tropical paradise surrounded by hills on all sides. Its 1 km. long beach which comprises silky soft white sand and turquoise water is visited by many tourists. The activities here include sunbathing, watersports and pictures of scenic beauty.  

Yong Kasem Bay

Yong Kasem Bay

Yong Kasem is a small deserted tranquil bay located just outside Loh Dalum Bay to the west. It is also known as Monkey beach because it is a large habitat of moneys. 

Nui Bay

A small tranquil bay which measures only 100 m. long. It is near and separated from Loh Lana bay only by a hill.  It is perfect for swimming and relaxation.  

Loh Lana Bay

Loh Lana Bay

A horseshoe shaped bay surrounded by hills. It has a powder white sand beach of gradual slop, shallow water and rocks. No resorts are available. Boats sailing to other islands stop here for a break before continuing their journeys. 

Phi Phi Leh island Phi Phi Leh is one of the Phi Phi islands. It is a small beautiful island with an area of only 6.6 km2 , with no resorts, yet it has come to worldwide prominence when it was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach.  People who visit Phi Phi Leh island also visit Pileh bay and Loh Samah Bay which are as beautiful. So we will give you the info on these two bays too. 

Pileh Bay


 

Pileh Bay 

Pileh bay is located on the back of Chon bay and Maya bay and is surrounded by high cliffs. The water is crystal clear and very clean, but it is rather deep in the middle. The water near the edge of the bay is shallower and more suitable for swimming. At the bottom of the bay there is a small beach where many visitors enjoy swimming and relaxation. As the entrance is quite narrow, it is advisable to check how high the tide is before each entry and exit.     

Loh Samah Bay

Loh Samah Bay

Loh Samah is a famous site for snorkeling and admiring underwater corals. It lies on the south of Phi Phi Leh island within a walking distance from Maya bay. 

Maya Bay


 

Maya Bay

Maya bay is renowned for its unrivalled idyllic and rustic beauty.  Its entrance is a narrow curve path of 250 m. long with seawater coming in and out as the result of the corrosion of limestone hills. Its powder white soft sand beach that fringes with crystal clear turquoise water is so enticing that any visitors are bound to walk barefoot on the beach and immerse themselves in water for leisure. 

Yung Island

Yung Island

Yung island lies on the north of Phi Phi Don island and next to Tong peninsular. It is frequently visited by many tourists from all parts of the world. Although the beach is too rocky to stroll, it has crystal clear shallow water and exotic and colorful fish and corals of wide variety.  It is a superb site for snorkeling.  

Bamboo Island


 

Bamboo Island

Those who visit Yung island also visit Bamboo island because it is quite near. The island’s soft powder white sand beach with crystal clear turquoise shallow water is a paradise for snorkeling and admiring staghorn corals. Tents can be hired for overnight stay.  Restaurants and toilets are available in the national park. 

Bida Nok Island and Bida Nai Island

Bida Nok island and Bida Nai island are 2 km. apart from each other and lie at some distance off the coast-line. The exotic scenery of the islands is made up of high limestone hills, cliffs surrounded by silvery sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea under which a bank of coral reefs and colorful marine lives such as leopard sharks, blacktip reef sharks, blue-spotted stingrays, stonefish, tuna, threadfin jack and great barracuda can be seen. Not only are they unrivalled for their natural and scenic beauty, but they are also unrivalled for their diving site with water of 5-30 m. deep.   

Hotels

 


 

Sightseeing and other Activities 

A tour of the Islands  

A tour around the islands is highly recommended. You can take a boat trip to all the islands, bays and beaches, especially Bamboo island and Maya bay. You will be marveled by the unrivalled scenic beauty of all the Phi Phi islands. 

Viking Cave

Viking Cave

Viking Cave is on Phi Phi Leh island. The King of Thailand once visited this place and named it ‘Naga Cave’. The cave is perhaps one of the most visited sites in the area. It has everything to offer a visitor: beauty, history, relaxation and adventure. It is famous for ancient wall drawings and bird’s nest collection. 

Observatory Site 

Observatory Site 

At the altitude of 186 m. above sea-level, stands an observatory site from which you can admire the picturesque views of Ton Sai bay and Loh Dalum bay.  Walking up the hill can be rather tiring, but it is really worth the effort. 

Climbing Phi Phi Don island covers a lot of areas of hills and cliffs that have challenged so many mountaineers from all parts of the world. You will definitely find mountaineering one of the most adventurous activities on the island. 

Diving Diving is the greatest highlight of Phi Phi island. There are so many attractive diving sites with water not deeper than 30 m. and the currents not too fast, which are suitable for novice divers.  The island’s underwater is abundant with exotic and colorful coral reefs, stone piles and marine lives such as lion fish, clownfish, hawkbill sea turtles, leopard sharks, stingrays and tuna. 

  • Diving Season You can go diving around Phi Phi island all year round, but the best period is during the month of May because the water is crystal clear and the temperature is only around 30oC. To make sure that you come at the right time, always make inquiries at any diving sale counters. 
  • Phi Phi island diving sites 
    • Phi Phi Leh island  The water is 5-30 m. deep which is suitable for scuba diving and snorkeling. The underwater attractions include corals, sea fans and seaflowers   
    • Bida Nok island and Bida Nai island  The water is 10-30 m. deep.  The underwater highlights are stonewalls, schools of fish, including sharks. 
    • Shark point  A site with a stone tip emerging from water and a lighthouse on the rocks.  The water is 5-28 m. deep. Varieties of fish including sharks (as the name suggests) can be seen here. 
    • King Cruiser Wreck  A site where a car ferry by the name King Cruiser sank while in operation between Phuket and Phi Phi islands in 1997.  The water is 14-32 m. deep. Divers can admire the King Cruiser Wreck and exotic and colorful fish such as tuna, grouper and yellowtail. 
    • Banboo island and Yung island   Ideal sites for snorkeling. Novice divers will love these sites. During diving session you will be marveled by thousands of surrounding tiny fish. 

Phi Phi island high season 

The high season is during the months of November to April. During the months of August to October, which is the low season, heavy rains are expected, but the weather is still mild and the accommodations are offered at reduced rates. 

Editted on 8 Nov 12 11:26
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