Phi Phi Islands: what to see and when to go

The Phi Phi Islands is a group of six islands located in the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand.

Here are some of the more beautiful beaches and visited in the world thanks to heavenly seascapes, white beaches with palm trees and an emerald sea in which colorful corals are immersed.

Phi Phi Islands, where they are located

Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi Islands are part of it Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Parkthe two main islands Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Donthey are very close to each other and are considered part of Krabi Province in Thailand.

The only inhabited island is Phi Phi Don which has hotels, restaurants and services but no vehicles are allowed, while Koh Phi Phi Leh is undeveloped and uninhabited and cannot be stayed overnight.

This is where the wonderful lies Maya Bay made famous by the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Phi Phi Don It is the arrival point for tourists coming from Ao Nang and Phuket.

Getting there is pretty easy. The slow ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi Don takes about 2 hours, while the fast ferry takes half an hour. Starting from Krabi, ferry travel times to Phi Phi are about 30 minutes shorter.

Once you disembark, you should organize a boat trip to visit Phi Phi Leh and the rest of the islands.

There are also shared or private tours to visit most of the main attractions in a full day.

These islands in the Andaman Sea are famous for their excellent snorkeling and diving. The warm blue water is clear and offers excellent viewing of tropical fish, turtles and other marine animals feeding on the surrounding reef.

The southern island of Phi Phi Leh is particularly popular for diving.

The Thai government closed the area for almost 4 years and only recently reopened to tourism, with many warnings and rules to be respected.

In 2004 a huge tsunami struck, destroying and destroying much of the island. About 4,000 people died in this natural disaster and the island took a long time to rebuild and recover.

Today you can still see monuments and images dedicated to the tragedy, there are signs on almost every corner indicating tsunami evacuation routes to higher ground should the unthinkable happen again.

When is the best time to visit Phi Phi Islands?

Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands

The months from November to April are the best to visit Phi Phi Islands due to their pleasant climate with constant sunshine and clear skies. This is also high season, so busier and more expensive.

December is the coldest month, while February is the driest month, good for sunbathing on the beaches or for water sports.

Late March to mid-May is the hottest time to be in Ko Phi Phi, just before the monsoon season arrives, so humidity is high, temperatures reach 30°C and crowds are sparse.

The monsoon season runs from mid-May to October, with May, September and October being the wettest months.

The average daily temperature during this period is 28°C, prices are cheaper and the beaches less crowded

The best beaches in Phi Phi

Phi Phi Beaches
Phi Phi Beaches

The sbeaches of Koh Phi Phi they are among the most beautiful in Thailand and are the main tourist attraction of the archipelago.

Among the numerous internationally renowned locations, the seascapes of Maya Bay, Bamboo Island, Monkey Beach and Nui Bay stand out.

Near Phi Phi Don, some great options are Long Beach, Loh Moo Dee Beach and Loh Ba Kao Bay, all with picturesque white sands and beachside hotels.

There The main beach of Phi Phi Don is Loh Dalum Beach it’s full of beach bars, kayak rentals and long-tail boat taxis.

Although this beach is stunning and offers panoramic views of the surrounding green mountains, it can often get very crowded.

Maya Bay is the most popular attraction on Koh Phi Phi. With its emerald waters framed by towering limestone cliffs and soft golden sand, it offers the eye an otherworldly landscape.

Given its huge reputation, it would be best to visit in the early morning or late afternoon to enjoy its beauty with fewer crowds.

Unfortunately, Ko Phi Phi has suffered the worst from over-tourism, with over 5,000 people visiting a day and countless speedboats and junk. Today, after a long period of closure to preserve its delicate ecosystem stressed by over-tourism, Maya Bay is open to the public again.

Monkey Beach, as the name suggests, monkey beach is not only noted for its pristine shores but also for its mischievous resident monkeys.

This picturesque beach offers the unique experience of observing these creatures in their natural habitat. Better to keep your personal belongings safe and avoid feeding the monkeys to maintain a respectful distance.

On the other side of Tonsai is the warm sand of Loh Dalum Bay. This might be the first beach you come across on Koh Phi Phi for those who live in the city.

This is the main beach of the island, it is full of quirky bars right on the water, each with its own style and music. During the day Loh Dalum it’s calm and fun enough for swimming while at night it turns into a wild party zone with shows of all kinds.

Phak Nam hat located on the east coast of Phi Phi Don. It is a secluded bay with a small beach that hosts a small fishing village.

You can get there on foot, by a difficult hike up a steep hill, or much more simply by a water taxi.

Bamboo island is a remote island with white sand and crystal clear waters. Its beauty is amazing and it offers a great exotic experience. The island is a peaceful haven for beachgoers and snorkelers.

Its shallow waters teem with marine life, while the interior of the island, covered with lush vegetation, is ideal for leisurely picnics and relaxation.

Things to do and see

Phi Phi view
Phi Phi view

A gentle hike will take you to Phi Phi Viewpoint, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the island’s twin bays and isthmus. Especially at dawn or dusk, when the sky paints a myriad of colors on the landscape below, there is the opportunity to take unforgettable photos.

For the more adventurous, Shark Point offers the exciting opportunity to dive with coral reef sharks, considered more curious than aggressive creatures. With its diverse marine life and coral formations, Shark Point is a must for diving enthusiasts.


The heart and soul of Koh Phi Phi, Tonsai Village, is buzzing with energy.

From bustling markets selling local handicrafts to beachfront restaurants serving delicious Thai cuisine, it’s the place to immerse yourself in the island’s culture.

As night falls, the village transforms into a bustling hub of beach parties and bonfire shows.

Viking Caves
Viking Caves

The famous and impressive Viking Caves are located in the north-eastern part of the island, under a high rock.

Tourists are not allowed to enter the caves and boats are not allowed to approach them but they are worth exploring. The caves got their name from the drawings Scandinavian sailors made on the cave walls.

It is said that during a terrible storm these sailors took shelter in the caves and during their stay created impressive designs on the walls of the caves.

The storm destroyed their ships and while they waited for help they survived by eating birds in the caves.

  • Mosquito Island – Mosquito Island
Mosquito Island - Mosquito Island
Mosquito Island – Mosquito Island

This island has impressive and interesting places for diving and snorkeling. It owes its name to the swarms of mosquitoes and insects that make their presence more intense at night.

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