Koh Phi Phi – Thailand

Phi Phi island is by far one of the most beautiful places in Thailand, the sea is the brightest blue and so clear that you can see the coral and the fish underneath clearly even after swimming out as far as you can.

The island is very developed and you’ll be hard pushed to find an isolated spot anywhere, but with an island this beautiful its easy to see why so many people flock to the paradise of Koh Phi Phi.

Things To Do:

The Island Viewpoint on the East side of the island is fairly well sign posted, the walk will take around 30 minutes and you will be rewarded with panoramic views over the whole island, if your lucky you’ll see a monkey or two on the way. Entrance costs 30B and there is a little shop and a cafe at the top.

The calm waters around the island are perfect for kayaking, stay in the shallows and keep looking down to see all kinds of fish and sea life. Rental costs 200B for 1 hour, 100B for every hour after that. The price includes the use of a dry bag for your stuff.

There are a few different fire shows on Phi Phi island, the best one by far was the one at Hippies Bar, it starts at 9pm every night and is completely free, definitely the best fire show we’ve ever seen.

Boat trips around the island start from 1,200B depending on the type of trip you take and the boat company. The boats will all go the same or similar route and it gets really crowded. There is an early bird option starting at 6:30 am which promised to be less crowded, though we didn’t take that one so can’t vouch for its quietness.

Earlier I mentioned they it was ALMOST impossible to find a secluded spot on the island, the walk to long beach takes around 40 minutes from the town centre, long beach is usually busy but along the way there are a few smaller, less busy beaches, if your lucky there’s a chance you could have one all to yourself.

Where To Eat:

The island is a little bit more expensive than the mainland but there are still some budget options out there.

There’s a small night market not far from the pier where a curry will only set you back 70B, doughnuts are 15B and lots of other bargains available.

For a proper sit down meal, Dow Vegan restaurant was lovely, curries starting at around 120B, or the normal Dow restaurant opposite (serving meat) also looked good and similar prices.

Getting There:

Phi Phi is a tiny island without an airport, it’s only accessible by boat.

The ferry from Koh Lanta takes 1 hour and costs 300B. This includes hotel pick up but they forgot about us and we ended up running to catch the boat. The ferry to Phuket costs 350B and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.

There are no cars on the island and you need to make your own way to the pier, but Phi Phi is so small that you’re never far away.

Entrance to the island costs 20B, you will pay when you get off the ferry.

Where To Stay:

Everywhere on the island is walking distance, there are no cars but some of the fancier hotel will arrange pick up from the pier with a man and a wheelbarrow to carry your bags for you.

We stayed at the Gypsy Village 2 hotel, I’m not going to rave about the rooms, they were pretty grubby but seem average for the price range in Phi Phi if you don’t fancy a dorm room. However the big bonus with the room was that you got free access to the pool at the nearby Gypsy Sea View Resort, which was beautiful and peaceful. We paid £21 per night through hotels.com.

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