Phi Phi Island in Thailand is one that is talked about all over the world and for many travellers. All non-believers, be sure to experience love at first sight with its redefining alluring beauty. Out of all the things to explore in Thailand, the sought after desire is to unwind and relax and do absolutely nothing. If you are the type to take it slow, disregard schedules, live life with no hurry and certainly no hustle or bustle, fly to your haven now! Isn’t this the ideal vacay we all secretly go in pursuit of?
Phi Phi archipelago consists of six islands – Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Koh Phai (Bamboo Island), Koh Young (Mosquito Island). All of these islands feature a bit of ideal tropical beaches, phenomenal rock formations and radiant turquoise waters brimming with colourful marine life.
How to get to Phi Phi group of Islands
The easiest way is to take a ferry boat or a ponytail boat from either Phuket or Krabi. The frequency depends on the season and weather conditions. However, you can easily find out the relevant information and also purchase tickets at your hostel or hotel accommodation. It just takes 90-minute from Phuket or Krabi in a Ferry.
Best time to visit Phi Phi islands
The best time to visit Phi Phi islands is between November and April. The weather conditions are similar in Krabi and Phuket and during these months the weather is much cooler and pleasant although a bit of light showers now and then.
List of top 10 things to do in Phi Phi Island
- Bamboo island
- Scuba diving
- Rock climbing
- Shark site tours
- Viking Cave
- Phi Phi Thai cooking classes
- Late night swimming
- Hiking up to view points
- Experience the nightlife
1. Bamboo Island
An unexplored treasure shaped like a heart, Bamboo Island is a must visit for the famed “clownfish” in the waters and the gorgeous coral reefs. And, of course, the rows of the Bamboo trees that gave it the name. This Island is locally known as Koh Pai and is one of the six in the Phi Phi archipelago. This is usually a great spot to be for a day trip to get away from the crowds! Feel free to lie back in the shade, order a few drinks and read a book!
2. Scuba Diving
Hear! Hear! If you are one to grasp a thing or two while on vacation, and you have it in you – Phi Phi is one the best places to be to complete a course on Scuba Diving! It offers a bewildering variety of dive sites. One of the most recognized sites is in Koh Bida Nok. Dive away to discover the beauty below the waters. The best sites additionally include – Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Hin Daeng, Hin Dot, Malong Bay.
3. Rock Climbing
Challenge yourself to yet an adventure when in Thailand and try Rock Climbing if you dare! One of the stellar destinations for rock climbing is the Phi Phi Islands in Krabi province of Thailand because of its majestic and tall limestone cliffs. Head to Tonsai, Ao Nang and Railay Beach for the best things to see and do in Phi Phi Islands. If you wish to make a booking in advance, these leading companies can help curate these experiences too – Spider Monkey, Ibex Rock Climbing, and Deaf Gecko Rock Climbing.
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4. Shark Site Tours
Snorkel with the sharks, the world’s least understood creature and experience a real-life version of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws bearing nothing but a mask, fins and wetsuit! If you pay attention to what the guide tells you every step of the day, rest assured you will come out alive and in one piece. Just kidding, it is absolutely safe for you to give this a shot! As a part of the tour safety and required equipment will be inclusive in the cost.
Blacktip reef sharks that are 1m long are the most common in these waters around Koh Phi Phi. The highlight of this experience is, you might find yourself taken over by fear but as time passes you will realise that these sharks are quite timid and sometimes even swim away if you show signs of fear. Isn’t this reason enough to visit Thailand? Reserve your tickets now!
5. Viking Cave
In another one of the islands in the region is Koh Phi Phi Leh incredibly famous for the Viking Cave sites. Located on a limestone cliff, it takes a 30-minute boat ride from Tonsai Bay. The Thai name of the Viking Cave is Tham Phaya Nak, and it gets its name from the paintings found on the walls of the cave which represent types of boats, including one like a Scandinavian Drakkar. It is recently discovered and presumed to be sailors’ works while they take shelter in the cave during a storm.
This site is also home to one of the most profitable yet unusual businesses in the region – harvesting swiftlet birds’ nests. Because of its rare appearance, it is a prize to the Chinese culture because of its high nutritional value, a health booster and rich in skin, digestive and anti-cancer benefits. And as follows, Phi Phi Leh is one of the very few available nesting sites.
6. Phi Phi Thai Cooking Class
If you are all about the Food and a lot less concerned with adventure, well, fret not! Luckily for you, food is at our beck and call. One of the most sought after experiences is to learn a tad bit about the local cuisine and master one or two dishes on the go.
What is a more efficient way to do it than a cooking class? Learn all about the local techniques and ingredients that go into your favourite Thai curry and even better, learn to prepare a bowl of herbed rice to go with it! After your holiday if you find yourself missing this beautiful land of beaches and sun and if your family labels vacation a “wasted effort” hopefully, this Thai meal will help smoothen out everything!
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7. Late Night Swimming
Attention Swimmers, have you ever been at sea with bioluminescent plankton? If you are wondering what that is, Koh Phi Phi is home to the microscopic organisms that produce and emit a blue-green glow in the ocean.
Sign up for a Sunset Plankton tour or Night Dives to partake in an exclusive tour and swim amongst bio-luminescent plankton when everyone is partying in the mainland! So many travellers who have been here would agree that this is one of the best things to do in Phi Phi islands, hands down!
When you find yourself needing a break from all the sunbathing and hangovers, Kayaking is the way to go! The most primary tip for any adventure in Thailand is to be prepared. If you are experienced, you can rent the Kayak equipment from Tonsai Beach by the hour or day (don’t forget to bargain.) and paddle on by yourself.
Do pack some food and water and make sure you leave really early in the morning to prevent a swarm of tourists. If you require guidance, there are several tours to compare, and you can sign up for the best-guided experience and check off one more experience on your bucket list!
9. Hike up to View Points
Are you a morning person? A fan of sunrise or sunset? Would you be happy just sitting on a hilltop and watch the horizon and marvel at the rugged beauty of this world? Don’t forget hiking up to the best viewpoints and check off one of the best things to do in Phi Phi Islands! If it’s your lucky day, you might even see a rainbow after a light rain shower.
The Koh Phi Phi viewpoint is generally a 20-30 minute hike to get to an altitude of 186m. Be sure to wear the right clothes matching the weather conditions. We recommend carrying some money to buy food and drinks when you get to the top if you plan to stay a bit longer. If it’s a sunset hike, do take a flashlight.
- Entrance Fee: 30 Baht at Viewpoint #1
- Time: Open every day to all
10. Nightlife in Phi Phi Islands
You would think that fun things to see in Phi Phi islands could be restrictive with the limited land area, but be blown away while you take part Phi Phi’s wondrous nightlife mainly for under 30s! After a tedious day of beach hopping or scuba diving, who wouldn’t like some cold beer? Celebrate your vacation with some live music, DJs, Thai boxing fire shows, party games and delicious Thai cocktails lined up in iconic buckets.
There’s a bar for every kind of music to meet fellow like-minded travellers. To get you started, check out the Reggae Bar, Carpe Diem, Rolling Stoned, Banana Bar, Relax Bar, Stockholm Syndrome and countless other bizarre places to drink and dance all in Koh Phi Phi.
If you believe drinking indoors is overrated, book a spot along with the fellow travellers at Captain Bob’s Sailing Booze Cruise to make another dream come true!
If you have seen Di Caprio’s film The Beach, you must know that is one of the reasons Maya Bay Beach (and Thailand as a tourist destination) gained popularity in the world. For the longest time, attractive for its crystal clear waters, diving, swimming and pristine sands, this beach is presently said to be closed till the year 2021. The unfortunate reason is an influx of tourists had exploited the environment nearly beyond repair. We urge you to travel green, responsibly and sustainably and do your bit to preserve the beauty that is our planet.
Experience the exotic Thai culture, stunning mountains, delicious street food, martial arts, and party hop. Make the most of this cultural hub, and you will find yourself wanting to come back time and again!