Phi Phi island is probably the most famous island in Thailand. We all remember it as the gorgeous white beach that Leonardo DiCaprio finds in “The Beach” this is known as Maya Beach. Owing to the film this island is one of the most visited island in Thailand. This beach is quite busy with lots of longtail boats and speedboats parked up on the beach, I personally like quieter beaches with fewer people.
Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful island to visit and there are many islands surrounding it such as Bamboo Island, Bida Nok Island, Bida Noi Island, Maya Bay, Monkey Island and Mosquito Island. There are lots to visit and see. All of these beaches are beautiful and delightful to visit. Bamboo Beach and Maya Bay are amongst the most gorgeous islands I have seen in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is the largest island of the group. Koh Phi Phi has no cars and very, very few scooters which is brilliant, because the Island is so small and everywhere is in walking distance! And they use push carts to transport goods around the island.
I went on a boat tour on a longtail boat around Phi Phi and nearby islands to explore the wonderful beaches. It was a brilliant day. As you can tell from the pictures that I took with my camera and my phone, it is a beautiful little island. Did I mention beautiful? IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS! I highly recommend a visit Koh Phi Phi whether you are going in the high or low season. Let’s get back on topic of my longtail boat tour, I recommend this as you get see all the islands such as Bamboo Beach, Maya Bay and Monkey beach and many other things. You get your moneys worth! It is only cost 600-700 Thai Baht (Depending on tour company) plus 400 Thai Baht towards Phi Phi Marine National Park.
I went to Phi Phi viewpoint, it is a very steep walk up to the viewpoint, however it is worth it to see the whole view of Phi Phi and if you are lucky, you may get to see a glorious sunset at around 6pm, I was unlucky! All I got were clouds covering the sun! Not a happy person! But hey ho, thats mother nature for you. As you can see from the picture of the viewpoint. Do you know what this reminds me of? It looks like a shape of dumbbells! So thin in the middle of Phi Phi and wide towards the each side!
If you fancy blowing of steam you can take part in a Muay Thai Fight. Go and visit Reggae Bar (It is in the middle of Phi Phi). Very easy to find! Every time you step in the ring and fight, you’ll get free bucket of your chosen spirits/liquor and mixer and a gold medal for participating. My friends and I all volunteered to fight each other for fun! We all wore protection pads and gloves! So it’s safe!
What do I think of Koh Phi Phi?
Koh Phi Phi is the most expensive island, that I have visited during my stay in Phi Phi, due to the tourism and it is over development. its very popular due to the stunning beaches, especially
long beach where it has white sands, and feels so soft. On high or low season, you can go to the main beach, it can be crowded but once the tide goes out, the beach doubles in size. If its crowded, I recommend you to take a twenty minute walk to the other side of Phi Phi to Long Beach, it is stunning, but the water is not as clear but it still looks beautiful. As you can see from below pictures. However, on the main beach you can rent a kayak in open water for 150 baht, I highly recommend it only if the weather is good! Don’t do it when it is choppy and raining badly! When you get into open water and away from the main beach, turn left toward another beach, it is the largest beach I have ever seen and there is clear water too! It is called Monkey Beach, Nestled in a cove, north-west of Loh Dalam Bay. Monkey bay is reached by walking or renting a long tail, but the most fun way which we did was to rent a kayak! This takes at least 20-30 minutes to get there depending how strong you are whilst paddling. Walk along the coast and consider buying a waterproof bag if you plan to bring your picnic or camera. Just be very careful when you are there, if I were you, don’t bring any food because the monkeys can be aggressive. I have heard about them attacking people, so don’t bring any food!!. If you want to leave your bags on kayak on the beach, you can do so but you need to be very alert! When we were there the monkeys tried to steal our bags! So we put some very heavy rocks on the bags to prevent them stealing our bags! And it works a treat! We tried to chase them away but didn’t work and one of the monkeys ended up chasing us! And we had to run into the sea! Then they kept watching us, after a while they got bored and went back to the tree, finally we can enjoy ourselves on the beach for an hour. When we came, it was four of us, two, British, , an American and a French guys. When we got there, there was Three more people! All Canadians, on that monkey bay alone, it was only seven of us. It is so peaceful and we all can enjoyed the peace and quiet (apart from the monkeys chasing us). It is amazing how you can meet people while traveling around! The four of us ended up spending a lot of time together, going out for food and drinks so you do not need to be alone!
I recommend you get a Lonely Planet guide book it recommends visiting Pa-Noi in the Food market area. I got a Pad Thai with Chicken which tasted delicious , and they do excellent shakes! (I kept going back there because it is so cheap), I also tried different meals there and not once was I disappointed. If you are traveling on a budget, I highly recommend you visit there! You will not be disappointed at all! You must, must, must visit this little restaurant!
If you want a hostel that stays away from the main beach and away from party area, I recommend Chao Koh Dorm Room which I found very reasonable, only 250 baht per night. Bear in mind, it is one huge room with 32 beds. As most of the hostels/hotels are more 400 baht a night or even a luxury which could cost over 1,000 baht a night!
Would I recommend visiting Phi Phi? Yes I would recommend it, but for only 3-4 days. Because any longer than that i would be struggling for new things to do, since it is such a small island. Everywhere is walking distance. There are many boat tours you can go on and also they are numbers of scuba diving company! I wish I could have gone scuba diving, but due to my hearing and the pressure of the depths i could not go, however if I had emailed my Manchester Implant Team earlier to find out how deep I could go without damaging my “Nucleus” then i would have found that i could have gone to a depth of 20 metres, I would have done so but I left it too late. If you like scuba diving, I highly recommend it and you will enjoy it. I used to do it when I was younger before I had my Cochlear Implant.
They are few fire shows around Phi Phi, but the best fire show, in my personal opinion is across from Chao Koh Dorm Room. Also they are a few on the main beach. But across from the hostel beats any other fire shows. I have not took any pictures as I was too busy enjoying myself and laughing with people that I had met from the hostel!
So, I recommend visiting Phi Phi in low season if you don’t mind the rain every now and again! (In high season, it can cost you a lot more). So go and visit Phi Phi, do the boat tours, visit Maya Bay and see Bamboo Beach. Beware of the aggressive Monkeys (learn to run fast) 🙂