Just a 45-minute speedboat ride or a 90-minute ferry ride from Phuket or Krabi lies the beautiful Phi Phi islands. The islands are picture-perfect which would make you want to just click your time away. Turquoise blue waters, diverse marine life, colorful coral reefs, sandy beaches topped with a blue sky.
Koh Phi Phi is one of the most famous islands off the Andaman Coast of Thailand. The Phi Phi Islands consist of two islands: Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh. Koh Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island, and it’s home to all the accommodation and amenities of the Phi Phi Islands. If you’re staying overnight on Koh Phi Phi, you’re staying on Koh Phi Phi Don. It’s a vehicle-free island and some hotel workers move luggage by dragging carts behind them. Koh Phi Phi Leh is an uninhabited island to the south, home to famed Maya Bay, and it’s been closed to repair the damage since 2018 (and will be opening in January 2022).
Koh Phi Phi was enormously damaged in the 2004 tsunami, where approximately 4,000 people on the island lost their lives. Roughly 70% of the island’s infrastructure was destroyed. Looking at the shape of the island, where most of the development takes place on a narrow isthmus, it’s no surprise.
Phi Phi Islands are located in the middle of the Andaman sea, 42 km away from Amphoe Mueang. It is a part of Nopharat Thara Beach – Phi Phi Islands national park which contains 2 big islands – Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Le, and 4 smaller islands nearby – Koh Yung, Koh Mai Phai, Koh Pida Nok, and Koh Pida Nai.
Koh Phi Phi also features a vibrant nightlife before the covid pandemic nowadays November 2021 when we visit only restaurants are opened and the rest of the islands was broke and the people left the Island.
Tonsai Beach did contain dozens of beach bars and restaurants and a lively Tonsai Village consisting of a maze of shops, bars, and restaurants. Smaller beaches around the island are alternatively ideal for honeymooners, families, those on a budget, and those looking for the ultimate luxury resort retreat.
Phi Phi Le was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Beach, a story about the ultimate secluded island beach. Maya Bay was a suitable choice as it epitomizes the stunning beauty of these islands: a bay of pellucid aquamarine water surrounded by towering limestone cliffs that harbors an arcing, white sand beach.
The waters surrounding the Phi Phi Islands are filled with exotic marine life, including docile leopard sharks, and Snorkelling and diving day trip rival lounging on the beach as top activities on Koh Phi Phi.
We took the speedboat from Phuket Ratsada pier which we booked before online for 700 Bath for Foreigners and 500 for Thai. We booked by Kanichta speedboat it was the cheapest way but there are many tour operators who sell tickets. The ride will take about 45 minutes to reach Phi Phi.
We stayed for 4 days at PP Princes resort which is just a little walk from the pier to the other side of the Island. The room was spacious and have everything you need to stay a couple of days on the Island, we had a room with a balcony overlooking the garden. The PP Princes resort has a beautiful swimming pool looking out over the ocean and also an infinity pool which you can see in one of the pics I made there, very beautiful to watch the sunset here. The rooms were clean and all looked out over the garden, they have also beach villas which are a little bit pricier but a beautiful look at the ocean. The resort provide also free kayaks to use during your stay so you can explore monkey beach or Nui beach which are both 30 minutes kayaking away from the resort.
On the walking street of Phi Phi, you can find many breakfasts, lunch, and dinner options, when we dare November 2021 just after the reopening of Thailand 95% of the shops were broken but the good restaurants survived the pandemic so don't worry there are a lot of options there and even the nightlife starts a little bit to reopen.
The best way to explore Maya bay which will be reopened in January 2022 is to rent a longtail boat at the beach it will cost you around 1200 baths for half a day or you book a tour which is cheaper but with other people. We booked the longtail boat in the early morning so we can take photos in the morning light. Also, the afternoon is beautiful the water will glow and you can make beautiful pictures at Phi Phi Lagoon.
Before the pandemic, Phi Phi was a place where a lot of backpackers go but nowadays not much is left of that scenery.
Another great thing to do is to watch the sunrise or sunset from the many viewpoints on the Island, we walked to viewpoint 3 in the afternoon it's about a 1-hour walk and there is a restaurant where you can buy drinks.
Over tourism had a lot of impact on the Thai Island so they even have to close Maya bay which get more the 5000 visitors a day before. Nowadays it's suffering for no tourist staying at the island and many places and shops are just broke and the people left.
We still think its a great trip and the shops that are broke I never will be visiting anyway because most of the time it's just massage shops and souvenirs shops selling T-shirts with Chang or Koh Phi Phi I don't go to a tropical Island to walk there with a Phi Phi T-shirt or Chang t-shirt right?etc
· The best time to visit Koh Phi Phi is between November and April when the weather is more temperate and the rains are less frequent.
· In the low season, visitors can expect discounted room rates. In the peak season (around Christmas and New Year) it is recommended that you book your room in advance.