Phi Phi Islands - Thailand
Phi Phi is known as Thailand’s Island superstar, and it’s easy to see why. This set of six idyllic mountainous islands rise from the Andaman Sea as if from a dream, with sugar white beaches and lush green rainforests surrounded by nothing but clear azure water. Thailand is renowned for its numerous beautiful islands, but Phi Phi’s huge visiting numbers pay testament to just how special they are. The largest island Phi Phi Don has developed dramatically over recent years, with excellent restaurants, bars and food markets springing up on the gorgeous beach that connects each side of the island. The island comes alive in the evening, with dramatic Fireshow’s taking place on the beach against the wondrous background of the setting sun over the other islands. Hop over to Phi Phi Leh, the second largest island for a totally different experience. This National Park is uninhabited, and as such has kept all its pristine island splendour. Phi Phi Leh is home to the stunning Maya bay, recently immortalised by Leonardo DiCaprio in Danny Boyle’s ‘The Beach’. With Diving, Snorkelling, Rock Climbing, Spa’s, Sailing and more, Phi Phi truly is an island paradise.
Where is it?
The Islands are situated between the largest Thai island Phuket and the Mallaca coast of the mainland, at the southern tip of the country.
What is it?
The islands are one of Thailand’s most desirable destinations, thanks to its perfect beaches, stunning landscapes and excellent range of activities. They are also very accessible given their proximity to Phuket.
Best time to visit?
The best time to visit Phi Phi is in July, as there are far less tourists and rates are lower because it is considered ‘off season’ on the island. The sea is still settled which is perfect for snorkelling and sailing, and rainfall is extremely scarce.
Take a stroll or kayak to the secluded Monkey Beach on Phi Phi Don Island late in the afternoon to see the once domesticated but now wild Monkeys traverse the mountainous forest to the white sandy beach to collect coconuts, and whatever they can barter from visitors!