Boasting pristine sandy beaches and turquoise water so tempting you’ll want to bottle it, Koh Phi Phi (also known as Ko Phi Phi or Phi Phi Islands) is the ultimate holiday destination. From honeymooners to partygoers, families to football teams and everything in between, this enchanted tangle of islands has something for everybody.
Just 50km southeast of Phuket, day trips to the islands are available. But why stay a few hours when you could spend a few days, or more?
Long before Leonardo Dicaprio made the white sands of Maya Bay iconic in the 2000 film, The Beach, the six islands that make up Koh Phi Phi gave beauty its meaning.
Drifting peacefully in the Andaman Sea, Koh Phi Phi sees majestic limestone cliffs emerging from tranquil azure waters that lead visitors through a maze of accessible caves ripe for exploring.
If you’re after a holiday filled with sunbathing, relaxing, pampering and a host of other adrenalin-free activities, then look no further. The fine sands of Bamboo Island and day spas of Phi Phi Don are calling your name. Slip on a kaftan, grab a cocktail and you’re ready to go.
Pronounced “pee-pee” (no sniggering please, children) the islands of Koh Phi Phi offer a bounty of activities suitable for youngsters. Canoeing, snorkelling and swimming, oh my! The phrase, “they’ll sleep well tonight,” most certainly applies.
Outdoorsy types will be as excited as water-lovers during Songkran (the three day festival celebrating Thai New Year, where locals and tourists alike arm themselves with water guns and buckets full of H2O before dousing any dry human within their line of sight). Take a dive and spot a leopard shark in the waters off Shark Point or scale the cliffs framing the islands with one of the many accredited rock-climbing companies. Not a fan of climbing? No problem. You have options. Cliff jumping is also available, so if you’d prefer to jump than climb, Koh Phi Phi is the place for you.
To unwind after a long day jumping from cliffs and swimming with sharks (or massages and manis and pedis) enjoy the island’s vibrant nightlife at one of its multiple beach bars and clubs. The geography of Phi Phi Don means most of the hotspots are within walking distance of one another, thus increasing your chance of a pub-crawl tenfold.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious hideaway or somewhere to simply rest your head (and sleep off a big night of buckets), accommodation on Phi Phi is divine. With a backdrop so beautiful, it’s hard to get it wrong. Villas, resorts, hotels and bungalows dot the island of Phi Phi Don (Phi Phi Ley, home to Maya Bay, is uninhabited and undeveloped, protecting the island against our human footprint and conserving its natural beauty). Whatever your budget and preferences, finding a place to stay is simple and visitors are welcome to book with one of many large hotel chains or any of the countless other reputable establishments. The hardest part is choosing just one!
As well as featuring on many an intrepid travellers bucket list, Koh Phi Phi may very well hold your next slice of paradise or your next great adventure. So visit the jewel of the Andaman Sea and experience it for yourself.