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Phi Phi Island Hotels and Apartments
Escape to a tropical paradise
Soft white sand, warm turquoise waves and palm tree-fringed lagoons. If paradise is what you’re looking for, Phi Phi Islands are the place to go. Situated between Phuket and Krabi in the Andaman Sea, Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest and most developed of the 6 limestone rocks in the archipelago.
Boasting a central area filled with beautiful beaches, restaurants and lively nightlife, Koh Phi Phi Don is fast becoming a tourist favourite, despite not allowing motorised vehicles. Quieter areas to stay can be found on the eastern side of the island.
Famous utopian scenery
Thanks to its outstanding natural beauty and having no permanent inhabitants, Koh Phi Phi Leh was chosen to represent the untouched island in Leonardo di Caprio’s 2000 drama ‘The Beach’. The stunning visuals of high rugged cliffs, epic waterfalls and exotic shores amidst a jungle isle, all reflect the true nature of this resort.
While a visit to Koh Phi Phi Leh is a must, the smaller islands offer a host of other exploration opportunities. Longtail boats and speedboats depart regularly from Koh Phi Phi Don and whether it’s scuba diving for tropical fish at Koh Bida Nok & Koh Bida Nai or snorkelling round multi-coloured coral reefs at Koh Phai (Bamboo Island), low prices practically encourage sightseeing and discovery at every corner.
Things to do in Phi Phi Islands
Relax under a coconut tree
Idyllic white stretches of sand make up large portions of the islands’ coastline, with the central area of Koh Phi Phi Don providing the most popular and liveliest beaches and Koh Phi Phi Leh providing the most famous, Maya Bay.
The islands are part of a National Park, so remember to check if the entry fee (up to 400 Baht) has already been paid for.
Get your tongue tingling
Traditional Thai food is served to the highest standard in Phi Phi Islands. The Thai specialities of Laab (spiced meat salad) and Gaeng Som (spicy and sour fish curry) are freshly made and will get your mouth watering. And if the heat gets too much, desserts made from mangoes and coconuts will cool you down.
Make a reservation for your evening meal – some restaurants are very popular and you won’t want to miss out!
Spend a night on the Thai-les
The more lively bars and clubs are in the Loh Dalum area of Ko Phi Phi Don and have emulated the larger Thai resorts by serving alcohol in novelty buckets. Clubs regularly host wild ‘Full Moon’ parties and stay open until the birds start their early morning chorus. For a less raucous night out, Tonsai East has a number of late-night establishments, where you can eat heartily and swig drinks ‘til the early hours.
Take a trip to Maya Bay on the Sleepaboard boat and not only get to experience the famous beach, but get a full evening’s itinerary, including meal, drink and a chance to sleep under the stars.
Take a piece of Phi Phi home
While visual memories will be created in abundance, physical souvenirs can be purchased in the small variety of shops around the islands. Beachwear, handbags and jewellery are some of the most commonly bought items from the boutiques, with many items being hand-made or vintage. There is also a market for fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood in Tonsai Village.
If you want a permanent souvenir, over 20 tattoo parlours offer traditional Thai inking done by bamboo – double check spellings before committing!
Probe beneath the waves
If watching the waves lap the shore doesn’t float your boat, why not ‘sink your boat’ and explore the deep blue. Kledkaeo Wreck, sunk in 2013 to create an artificial reef, now hosts a variety of sea life and daily trips there mean even the most inexperienced scuba diver can appreciate the wonder. For a more natural diving location, Hin Klang is a coral reef palace.
Compare local diving centres for the best deals, as they will usually combine trips for a lower price.
This family-run café is a hidden gem, secreted away in the north of the island. Its banana and Nutella pancakes are delicious and can be enjoyed alongside freshly roasted coffee and international beers.
Something you wouldn’t expect to see at your local is a boxing ring. But that’s the attraction of the Reggae Bar, which doubles up as a Muay Thai arena. Customers can watch the ‘professionals’ or if tempted by the free drink-buckets on offer, can even take part in the fights themselves.
· Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
· Time Zone – GMT+7
· Travel time – London - Phuket Airport (HKT) approx. 11 hours 30 minutes, Dublin - Phuket Airport (HKT) 15 hours 35 minutes (connecting flights only)
· Transfer time – 1 hour HKT to Phuket ferry terminal (Rassada Pier)
+ 1-2 hours from Rassada Pier, Phuket to Tonsai Pier, Koh Phi Phi Don (depending on transport mode of speedboat or ferry)