Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Princess Divers

Koh Phi Phi is one of the most well-known islands in Southern Thailand because of its media attention from the filming of Leo DiCaprio’s movie, “The Beach”. Arriving in Koh Phi Phi Don from either of the main island’s ports, Krabi or Phuket, is stunningly beautiful as you sail by many of the smaller islands through the pristine tropical blue Andaman Sea waters.

World famouse Phi Phi Ley

Restore what tourism has damaged

Highlights of Phi Phi Island include “The Viewpoint” hike where both bays on each side of the island are visible from any of the three viewpoints. For more hiking, take the 40-minute trek to Long Beach or Loh Moh Dee, the two most beautiful beaches on the big island. If you are not feeling as adventurous on the way back, take a sunset long-tail cruise back to the pier. You can practically hike the entire island if you wanted to in about a day from the pier all the way to the far points of the island. For a more relaxed excursion, take a boat trip, get a thai massage on the beach, or explore the many food options peppered throughout the island. For a more local experience, ditch the more touristy joints for some authentic thai food, such as a spicy papaya salad or green curry at Pa-Noi by the pier, or enjoy a beautiful jungle setting at Phi Phi Grand Arcade, the best coffee shop on Phi Phi that offers more international options.

 

Phi Phi offers many excursion opportunities with the biggest one being a long-tail or speed boat trip to “The Beach’s” Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley, the smaller, uninhabited of the two islands. Phi Phi Ley is the quiet, natural sister island to the lively party of Phi Phi Don. One can opt to also pay a visit to Monkey Beach, where curious monkeys roam, but careful as they are known to steal anything in your hand, and may bite if provoked. At any of Phi Phi Ley’s beaches and shallow reefs, it is very important to remember not ever to stand on or bump against the coral, an unfortunate problem often seen on many of the island’s snorkeling tours. For this very reason, Phi Phi makes a great location for coral propagation, so divers can restore the damage tourism has left on many of the local coral reefs. Thankfully, coral does have the capability of self-sustaining itself through any of the six ways it is able to reproduce, namely fragmentation, the method which Ocean Quest mimics to create natural restoration.