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Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi islands are some of the most stunning in Southeast Asia. Less than an hour by speedboat (or 90 minutes by ferryboat) from Phuket, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical indulgent getaway. Stunning soft beaches, amazing rock formations, and clear turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life makes Phi Phi Island the stereo-typical paradise island. There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, the larger of which (Phi Phi Don) is inhabited and attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its beautiful golden shores.


Things to do and see

Koh Phi Phi Leh - The second largest island in the small Phi Phi archipelago Koh Phi Phi is uninhabited, apart from a few rangers in a small camp belonging to the Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. The island has only one beach in Maya Bay that became world-famous after the release of 'The Beach' featuring Leonardo Di Caprio. With crystal waters, soft white sand and lush tropical vegetation, Maya Bay is simply 'picture postcard'. Despite feeling a little crowded it remains the place to go. A great location on the northeastern side of Koh Phi Phi Leh is the Viking Cave which features ancient paintings showing what seems to be 'drakkars'. The cave is still used to show tourists how to capture bird’s nests as swifts live in the cave; it is a great source of income for the local fishermen.

The Phi Phi View Point - Koh Phi Phi Don has a very unusual shape, almost like a ‘H’. The two bars of the H are quite mountainous and covered with jungle vegetation. The View Point is located to the east of the flat strip of sand and overlooks the village and both bays. It's picture postcard setting is simply awe-inspiring and only takes around 30 minutes to get there on a well-walked paved path. Luckily, you can rest a while at the top as there is a small store selling drinks and snacks for you to enjoy.

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Bamboo Island - Koh Phai in Thai, Bamboo Island is one of six islands belonging to the Phi Phi archipelago in the province of Krabi. Roughly 5km off Koh Phi Phi Don, Bamboo Island is a much loved tropical dream come true. It measures only 600m by 700m and is entirely surrounded by a strip of soft white sand. Its central area is covered with lush vegetation including Bamboo trees that gives this beautiful island its' name. A perfect idea for a day trip, it has amazing snorkelling amongst coral reefs. A small bar on the island serves drinks and snacks. Day and overnight trips, sleeping in tents, are available just visit the island on a day trip by speedboat from Phuket.

Diving in Phi Phi - Diving is the main activity found in Phi Phi and the island houses a large number of professional dive centres. Courses are available from Disvover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. There are day trips to the many world-class dive sites in and around Phi Phi.

Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck are located here and well-known amongst the serious divers. All of them are reached in around 30 minutes from Koh Phi Phi Don.

Nightlife

The most favoured and best nightlife areas in Koh Phi Phi Don are spread around the island’s three key areas: Tonsai Village, Tonsai East, and Loh Dalum Bay. Most these options go for 2 different approaches; you can indulge in either the laid-back chilling feel or submerge yourself in a thumping party. However, there are certain bars that do a great job of offering both atmospheres in one venue.

A chilled night in Phi Phi is generally spent relaxing on the cushions of a bamboo and thatch bar with a beach setting. Here, the music isn't loud and you can have a few beers and simply allow the sea to wash away the day.

There really are options for everyone in Phi Phi from party goers to families.