by Louise Smithers
Looking for things to do while visiting Koh Phi Phi? Below is a list of the top activities that can be found at Koh Phi Phi and surrounding islands.
Snorkel at Mosquito Island
Renowned for its pristine coral gardens, Mosquito Island (Koh Yung Island) is a must for any snorkelling enthusiasts. A striking rocky beach and sandy coves surround the tiny island, but be sure to leave before dusk or you’ll find out how the island earned its name!
Watch the sunrise on Bamboo Island
This charming, uninhabited island offers one of the most unforgettable camping experiences of earth. Three hours north of Koh Phi Phi Don, it lacks the imposing limestone cliffs that dominate the other islands. Instead, the turquoise waters, sparkling sand and lush jungle shine. Once the tourist boats and day-trippers set off and the sun begins to set, the magic truly begins, and if we’re honest, it’s almost too beautiful to bear.
Hike to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
“Am I in a postcard?” is the most common response heard when reaching this phenomenal sight. Depending on your fitness level and how keen you are to reach the summit, the hike is manageable for most, and takes no more than 45 minutes to complete, 20 if you’re feeling fresh. The panoramic view of Tonsai and Loh Dalum Bays make any sweat induced worthwhile. After you regain your composure and manage to close your gaping mouth, relax with a cool drink and a swing in one of the hammocks provided.
Don’t be fooled by Koh Phi Phi’s sleepy demeanour. For more adventurous holidaymakers, the island’s impressive limestone cliffs offer the ultimate extreme experience. A number of companies provide tour services, so shop around and pick the peak that’s right for you and remember to enjoy the view as you plummet towards the alluring azure water.
Located on the northeastern tip of Koh Phi Phi Ley the cave was named in reference to the mysterious prehistoric drawings resembling ancient Viking ships found on its walls. Sea gyspsies or pirates are believed responsible for the drawings that adorn this huge cave, which is only accessible by long-tail boat. The cave is also famed for its colony of swiftlets, making it a wonderland for bird watchers. The elusive species are prized for their valuable nests, used to make the Chinese delicacy, bird’s nest soup. Precarious bamboo scaffolding litters the cave and supports agile collectors, who then reside in huts perched around the cave to ward off potential thieves or overzealous tourists.
Divers who venture to Koh Phi Phi are perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the best dive sites in the Andaman Sea. With a host of operators touting tours and accreditation training for first-timers, you’ll soon be enjoying the underwater oasis surrounding the islands. Hin Daeng are Hin Muang are two locations not to be missed. Rated among the top dive sites in Thailand, manta rays and whale sharks abound as do crocodile needlefish and imposing walls of schooling fish.