Thailand is known for its luxury beaches, enticing food, and exquisite islands. There are numerous islands to visit, such as the Similan Islands, Koh Yao Yai, and the Racha Islands. But a group of islands you don’t want to miss out on are the Phi Phi Islands.
The Phi Phi Islands are an archipelago located right in between Phuket and the Straits of Malacca. The Phi Phi islands only consist of 6 islands Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Koh Pai, Koh Young, Koh Bida Noi, and Koh Bida Nai. Phi Phi Don is the biggest one in the archipelago and the only island with accommodation and restaurants. This island is where most of the tourist attractions and activities place.
Phi Phi Islands is famous for many things, but it is most well known for the famous movie filmed there called “The Beach” starring Leonardo Dicaprio. The movie took place on Maya Bay, one of the many hidden bays, on Koh Phi Phi Leh. People will come to Koh Phi Phi Leh to visit the magical Maya Bay to see the crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches they witnessed in the movie.
There are lots of activities all over the islands to participate in. Firstly, like most of the islands in Thailand, you can go snorkelling and scuba diving. The Phi Phi islands, in particular, have stunning coral reefs and lots of excellent scuba diving locations. Plus, there are plenty of beautiful sea animals to see while undersea. You could also go for a dip in the warm ocean or relax on one of the gorgeous beaches.
If you like to exercise and enjoy nature, you can also take a hike on one of the pathways through the vast jungles. You will be able to enjoy the lush, tropical plants and flowers in the jungle, as well as various species of animals. The Phi Phi islands are notorious for Macae Monkeys and Cave Swiftlet birds, and numerous other animals.
You can also book rock climbing on the Phi Phi islands! There are lots of limestone cliffs all over the island, which is perfect for rock climbing. There are some world-class rock climbing sites nearby, such as Tonsai Beach and Diamond Cave. Koh Phi Phi Don, as well as Koh Phi Phi Lei, have climbing destinations to book for full or half-day tours with professionals. Some of the top climbing spots are the Drinking Wall, Ao Ling Wall, Hin Tak, Hua Ling Wall, Ao Play Wall, and Maya Bay.
Many people also go to the Phi Phi islands to go cliff jumping. It is advised for the participants to go cliff jumping only on organized tours as they come with risk. There are also various heights that you can choose to jump from. If you are a beginner or a little nervous, you can start with a 3-meter jump. If you are more experienced or confident, you can jump from a cliff as high as 20 meters high! There is a cliff for everyone’s comfort level!
Another unique excursion they have to offer on the Phi Phi islands is shark watching tours. The most popular spot for shark watching is called Shark Point on Phi Phi Don. At Shark Point, you get to go out with an experienced guide and swim with black-tip and leopard sharks. You will learn about safety precautions, equipment and how to use it, and some different species of sharks.
As for nighttime activities, there are lots of great bars and restaurants to hang out at. There are also often parties on the beach with fire dancers, shows, and music. Loh Dalum beach is one of the top party locations on the Phi Phi Islands. There is always music blasting and people partying from the evening until early in the morning. There is also another area called Tonsai Bay, where there are numerous bars to check out.
Some bars offer bucket drinks where they combine soda, juice, and plenty of liquor in a bucket that you can purchase for about 200 baht ($6.35 USD). Also, many bars offer sheesha or hookah for customers to engage in. Beach Bar, Hippies Bar and Restaurant, and Carpe Diem are a few of the popular bars you check out when visiting the Phi Phi islands.
When it comes to accommodations, there are lots of great options to choose from. The Phi Phi islands aren’t exactly cheap, they are one of the most expensive islands in Thailand, but they have some more affordable options for about $10 USD a night. If you are looking to spend a little more money, they also have plenty of luxury hotels for up to $175 USD a night. Some of the best hotels on the island include the Zeavola Resort & Spa, Phi Phi Island Village and Phi Phi Coco Beach Resort. These resorts have luxury amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, cooking classes, and kids clubs.
Along with luxury hotels and a vast amount of bumping bars, there are also many different types of restaurants on Koh Phi Phi Don. Some types of restaurants include Bohemian, Italian, Thai, and Mediterranean. Various restaurants specialize in seafood, barbeque, and baked goods. A few of the most popular restaurants are Anna’s Restaurant, Jasmin BBQ Restaurant, Efe Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant, and Phi Phi Bakery.
The Phi Phi islands are stunning and one of the best places to visit in Thailand. There are many different activities to do, great bars to see, and tasty restaurants to eat at. There are also luxury hotels to stay at and beautiful beaches to relax on. On top of all of that, the scenery is to die for! The Phi Phi islands are ideal for taking a vacation if you are looking for an all-inclusive trip. You can relax, adventure, party, and indulge in foods and drinks of all types! So the next time you are in Thailand, make sure you visit the Phi Phi islands to experience the time of your life!