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Phi Phi consists of a group of six islands. Only 40 km away from Phuket, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two most famous islands of the six. With their pristine waters and vibrant parties, these islands are a wonderful way to spend a few days in Thailand.
With four other islands besides the large ones, Phi Phi houses Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Ko Mai Phai, is also known as Bamboo Island. Phi Phi Islands became famous after the 2000 Hollywood flick 'The Beach' that was shot in Ko Phi Phi Le. Ko Phi Phi Leh houses The "Viking Cave" which is a thriving industry that sells edible birds nests.
It's striking cliffs, white sand beaches with jungles all around and clear blue waters make it look nothing short of paradise. None of the islands has roads, and most of the islands are humanly inhabited, making Phi Phi Islands one of the few untainted beautiful landscapes left in the world. These easily accessible islands can be reached from both Phuket and Krabi, by a speedboat in just 45 minutes or by a ferry in 90 minutes.
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1. Go Swimming at Interesting Spots
Swim in the crystal clear waters of Phi Phi Islands, be it at the stunning Pileh Bay Lagoon, the nail shaped Mosquito Island, Bamboo Island or any of the other five Phi Phi Islands.
2. Go Kayaking at the Stunning Pileh Bay Lagoon
You can head to the gorgeous Pileh Bay Lagoon in Koh Phi Phi Lee in a Kayak, which looks straight out of a postcard with its 100-metre high limestone cliffs, deep green jungles and clear turquoise water.
3. Go Snorkelling
Here are the best places for snorkelling in Phi Phi -
4. Go Diving
There are many places to dive around the Phi Phi Islands. These include -
5. Visit Bamboo Island
6. Visit Mosquito Island
About 2.5km off Koh Phi Phi Don's northern tip lies Mosquito Island, also known as Moskito Island. It has two beautiful beaches. You can visit here for a swim or relax by the beach with a book or even head south of the island for snorkelling and diving. The best way to get here is by Longtail boat Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Pier or Laem Tong, which you can hire for the day for THB 2,000.
7. Hike to the Phi Phi Viewpoint
If you are in shape, hike to the Phi Phi Viewpoint, which is the highest point of Koh Phi Phi Don, one of the two main islands of the Phi Phi Island cluster. Start walking from Reggae Bar at Ao Nang towards Loh Dalum Bay, and you will spot the signs along the way for the viewpoint. It's only a 20 to 30-minute walk. Don't worry, there are plenty of places to rest along the way and cold drinks, ice-creams and many other snacks for sale on top. Though only 186 metres high it offers some stunning views of the surroundings.
8. Trek to Other Beautiful Spots
If you have the enthusiasm and stamina, walk further along. Three paths are leading from the Viewpoint. The path to the left leads to Pak Nam Beach, the road to the right leads Ao Toh Koh and can both be covered in 45 minutes. The road in the middle leads to Rantee Beach and is only about a 20-minute walk.
9. Visit the Monkeys on Monkey Beach
Located on the southwestern side of Tonsai Bay, about 700 metres from the jetty lies Monkey Beach. It is a beautiful 150-metre long strip of white sand beach, surrounded by deep emerald green water. There are many ways to get to this untainted paradise. Hiring a long-tail boat from Tonsai jetty is the easiest way, but if you are adventurous, you can rent a sea kayak and make the 40-minute journey alone or with a bunch of friends. As the name suggests, it's filled with monkeys, so you hang out with them here. But carry some food, as most tourists have been feeding them, they now expect food from visitors.
10. Take Up a Cooking Class
If you want to try something unconventional on your holiday, take a cooking class while you are in Phi Phi Islands at Koh Phi Phi. There are a couple of 1 and a half hour classes that teach 3 Thai dishes, including the famous Thai curry. In the end, you enjoy the yummy food you make with a beautiful view.
11. Clubbing and Parties
There are many party places in Phi Phi Islands, so whether you like Reggae, Jazz or EDM, you are sure to find the music of your liking at some nightclub or pub. The Reggae Bar, Hippies Bar, Ibiza Beach Club, Apache Beach Bar, Carlito's Beach Bar & Nightclub, Stockholm Syndrome & The Dubliner Irish Pub are some of the most popular places to party here.
12. Take a Walk on the Beach
Unwind by taking a stroll along the pristine shoreline of Phi Phi Islands, along any beach that takes your fancy. From almost empty beaches like the ones at Bamboo Island and Mosquito Island to more crowded ones like Tonsai Beach or Loh Dalum Beach, you walk down any beach and breathe in the bliss.
Taniya Batra4 years ago