Koh Phi Phi is one of the most popular islands to visit while traveling through Thailand.
And by popular, I’m discussing boat loads of excited vacationers stepping onto its sands each day – rain or shine.
The tiny island became well known after The Beach was filmed here and because the debut, it’s been game over for Koh Phi Phi. Game over signifying the island is becoming over developed, overly populated with vacationers, and even a little overrated.
Nevertheless, Koh Phi Phi continues to be at the top of every Thailand bucket list due to its remote location, aqua blue waters, lush mountains, and party like atmosphere.
And honoring #throwbackthursday and for the sake of Asia wanderlusters everywhere, below is a complete travel guide to see Koh Phi Phi.Koh Phi Phi Tips –
Koh Phi Phi Don is the key island that folks go on and Koh Phi Phi Place is the smaller, uninhabited island that’s a countrywide park.
You can find zero roads on the island, meaning upon arrival – you will have to roll or carry your luggage to your accommodations. Expert traveler suggestion – check the dock area for men with wheelbarrows, pay them a tiny fee, and your luggage inconvenience is immediately set.
p.s. – you’re pleasant for that!
The island is totally walkable, it’s actually ridiculously small. Explore, make an effort to get lost (you can’t), but definitely take the time to stroll around.
Koh Phi Phi is a partying fool’s paradise. People start participating in drinking video games around 2 pm and it persists Forever long. It’s get together madness.
If vacationing Thailand on a budget, skip this island altogether and research some smaller, more remote islands. Because of its level of popularity, Koh Phi Phi can (and does) up their prices – such as a LOT.
Ways to get There:
Ferries depart from Phuket and Krabi and it’s roughly a two-hour trip. The regularity of ferries and times is determined by the growing season and weather.
Tickets can be bought on nearly every place or from your hotel/ hostel (we bought ours from our hotel in Krabi). The tickets are 250 baht for a one way solution or 400 baht for a round-trip solution ($13). Just click here for ferries departing from Phuket or here for ferries departing from Krabi.
IMPORTANT – the ferries can be incredibly nauseating if the seas are remotely abrasive.
Pack whatever snacks or beverages you want for the trip. Some boats have pubs while some have nothing but a restroom.
Upon arrival, many people are required to pay a 20 baht duty fee to keep the island beautiful. You can’t leave the ferry dock without paying, don’t even bother attempting.
Where you can Stay:
We stayed at Dee Dee Beach House – a little, on the water, away from almost all of the party madness place. It had been sub-par (not bad, not great, but $20 a nights).
Having journeyed here a couple of years back, where you can stay apart from the place we stayed, escapes my mind. Read this article for an intensive break down on Koh Phi Phi accommodations of all types.
Where you can Eat:
An Indian restaurant (name mysterious) was well known place to eat while viewing. I know it’s a conundrum to eat Indian food while in Thailand, BUT we adored this place! The restaurant is excellent small, it’s usually jam-packed, the food is delicious, beers are ultra cheap, you can order hookah right to the stand, and there’s always North american movies playing on the tv screen. It’s simply brilliant. And I can’t bear in mind the name than it for the life span of me, BUT the island’s tiny – you should have no issue finding it!
Anna’s Restaurant is a family group run establishment that’s been around for years. The restaurant functions international and Thai food with a healthy twist. The prices are affordable and it’s a relaxed environment.
Pum Thai Restaurant is a delightful Thai option + a cooking school. The owner is extremely sweet, the meals is scrumptious, and the restaurant is aesthetically satisfying + clean.
Phi Phi Bakery is merely as it looks. Stop by here for freshly cooked breads, desserts, plus some home-brewed coffee. The bakery has had a occurrence since 1989 so they’re definitely doing something right!
What to do – Day time:
Have a longtail fishing boat or a scheduled head to to Koh Phi Phi island tour Ley to see Maya Bay. That’s where The Beach was actually filmed and it’s stunning.
Go scuba diving with one of the numerous dive companies on the island. This was my first experience diving and without a certification. I did so what’s called a resort dive, while Myers experienced the chance to roam free with the other skilled divers. It was a great first experience apart from the thunderstorms and difficult seas before going under. The company was professional, the provided lunchtime was decent enough, and the dive vessel/gear is at great condition.
Hike up to the famous Phi Phi Viewpoint and admire the island from up above. The hike is brief and sweet, little or nothing that flip-flops and a bikini can’t take care of. At the top, there’s a snack/ drink stand and some tables to take pleasure from the view.
Hire a kayak and go explore the limestone cliffs that are jutting right out of the sea. The seas are easy to paddle through and stunningly blue. And don’t mind the occasional piece of trash floating, it’s area of the island life. Kayaks can be rented at multiple places over the beach.
Take a preparing food school at Pum Thai’s Preparing food University and eat your heart out. We dropped after this activity unintentionally and are so thankful we performed. It’s one of our favorite memories from the complete island. The cooking class can be an all day long affair with 4+ programs – go hungry and with an available mind!
Lay down on the beach – this is a smart choice.
Shop. The complete island is one market stall after the next and filled up with inexpensive bohemian clothes and trinkets. Inexpensive = you’ll want to complete your complete suitcase with products (practice moderation gals).
How to proceed – Nighttime:
That’s where Koh Phi Phi shines.
The island is a haven for twenty something year-olds looking to enjoy cocktails, packed bars, rowdy crowds, fire dance, and late night swims.
Doesn’t that sound super relaxing?
To be honest, I’m not a huge drinker or party animal so the island was a tad much for my personal flavour. But to each their own!
The Reggae Club – a vintage as it pertains to Koh Phi Phi nightlife. Pub goers can voluntarily “combat” each other in a boxing wedding ring which makes for great entertainment. Nearly all suits are between two men who are usually highly intoxicated. We didn’t click here because this just isn’t my thing, but again – to each their own.
Slinky Club is a nightclub on the beach and it’s the perfect location to unwind and let loose. The music is ridiculously noisy, people dance wildly incorrect, and there’s local hearth dancers!
Banana Rooftop Pub is just enjoy it sounds. It’s a bamboo hut type bar that is situated together with a Mexican restaurant in support of accessible with a spiral staircase. The vibe is super relaxed with live music, video gaming, and special “cigarettes” that may be purchased.
Koh Phi Phi was a great stop on our Thailand trek that exposed us to a whole new life-style – island life. It’s definitely geared towards a certain masses and a bit overdeveloped, but don’t let that deter you from browsing.