The Phi Phi Islands are one of the most beautiful destination in the southern part of Thailand. Located only a 45-minutes journey from both Krabi and Phuket, those tropical islands will be the highlight of your trip, offering white sandy beaches and amazing rock formations rising from the turquoise waters. It is the perfect place to visit if you are looking to experience tropical paradise at its best combined with one of the world’s most laid-back attitude. Not to forget that those islands remain an affordable option, offering accommodations for every budget or even ideal for a day trip from the coast.
Phi Phi Islands topics
- Video of Phi Phi Islands
- Introduction to Phi Phi
- Ao Nang
- About Phi Phi Islands
- Bamboo Island
- Phi Phi Leh
- Ao Maya Beach
- Viking Cave
- Phi Phi Don
- Ao Ton Sai
- Photographs of Phi Phi Islands
Ao Nang situated in the coastal province of Krabi is one of the major departure point to the Phi Phi Islands (although it is also possible to get there from Phucket or Koh Lanta). There are hundreds of longtail and speed boats waiting to take you to any of your favourite destinations. The town itself is quite small and mainly consists of one major road parallel to the beach where all the accommodations, restaurants and travel agencies are located.
About Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are located in the Andaman Sea in South West Thailand and are part of the Krabi province. They are comprised of a group of six different islands, the most important being, Phi Phi Don the biggest and only inhabited, Phi Phi Leh made famous by "the Beach" movie, Bamboo Island and Bida Noi. Those set of islands were initially known to Muslim fishermen in the 1940s and later became famous for their coconuts plantation. Today they are mostly known for being one of the best beach destinations with thousands of tourists visiting them each year.
Bamboo Island is one of the smallest island in the group but offers astonishing natural beauty. Situated only a few kilometres north of the main Phi Phi Don, it is a perfectly flat evergreen island with breathtaking white sand, and which can easily be walked all around in less than half an hour. It offers amazing crystal clear water, big waves, colourful coral reefs and is an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling. Less known and less crowded then its sisters it should definitely be a stop when visiting the area.
Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh is the remarkable southern island with breathtaking coves and bays. With its national park status, permitting only an overnight stay, many believe it is the most beautiful island of them all. It is blessed with two amazing bays surrounded with huge rock formations appearing from the transparent azure waters. Those bays offer a superb marine life and is one of the most favourite spot for experienced divers. It is home to the Ao Maya beach and the Viking Cave, considered to be the two most popular attractions on this island.
Ao Maya Beach
Ao Maya Beach is by far the most popular destination of Phi Phi Leh, with an impressive large number of boats coming in every day. The beach surrounded with beautiful green cliffs on three sides, is blessed with pristine water and white sand. It is the perfect tropical paradise and is not a surprise that the famous British director Danny Boyles, chose this beach among many others in the region, to be the primary location of the movie The Beach, featuring Leonardo Dicaprio. A film about a community of young people living a hedonistic life.
The Viking Cave is another key attraction on Phi Phi Leh. Although currently not accessible for tourist, the cave have many petroglyphs (rock engravings) of Viking style vessels, reviving the myth that our North European cousin could have come to the island to bury their treasures. The Viking Cave are definitely worth the boat ride.
Phi Phi Don
Phi Phi Don is the biggest and only inhabited of all the six Phi Phi islands. Ton Sai Bay and its village, where the first inhabitants settled, is considered the heart of the island where all the action takes place. It offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, hotels and diving schools. Blessed with a remarkable natural beauty, it is not a surprised that Phi Phi Don gained the title of one of the world’s best islands and is very popular all year long.
Monkey Beach which can easily be accessed by boat is one of Phi Phi Don key attractions, where numerous monkeys cane be seen enjoying the wild and the water.
The Phi Phi islands are without any doubt the ultimate tropical getaway and definitely make the world’s best beaches list. Amazing beaches, turquoise waters with colourful marine life and mind blowing limestone cliffs surrounded with tropical jungle, it has everything you need for the perfect vacation. If you haven’t’ done so already , a visit on those set of islands should be a top priority.
Photographs of Patong beach