I’ve read many reviews on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Some favorable and some not so much. If I had a regret while visiting the islands, it would be that I didn’t stay longer.
The Phi Phi Islands are six islands in the Andaman Sea off the Southern Coast of Thailand. The largest island Ko Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island of the group.
The only way to get to the islands is by boat. The closest major airport is Phuket International Airport. From the airport it will take you about a 50 minute taxi ride to get to Rassada Pier. The taxi will average around 750 Baht or $21.00 USD. When you get to Rassada Pier you hop on a 2 hour ferry boat to Tonsai Pier on Ko Phi Phi Don. It’s also a 2 hour boat ride from Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi. The best website to look at ferry schedules and purchase tickets is https://www.phuketferry.com.
When To Go
Temperatures are fairly consistent in the 80’s and 90’s throughout the year. December through March is peak season because the region gets the least amount of rain on average. September is the wettest month of the year.
What To Do
- Relax – Enjoy the scenery and the many beaches. Celebrate that you’re in Thailand!
- Hike to the Ko Phi Phi Lookout to watch the sunset. Bring cash as they will charge you 30 Baht (less than $1.00 USD) at the top. Picture below.
- Rent a long-tail boat to tour the surrounding islands. I paid 500 Baht (less than $15.00 USD) for a half day tour going to Maya Beach, Monkey Beach, The Viking Cave and a few stops to snorkel.
- Reggae Bar – YEESS!! Have a cold drink and enjoy watching people voluntarily sign up to fight one another for a bucket of beer.
- Long Beach – Less populated and relaxing. Best way to get here is walking to Tonsai Pier and hiring a long-tail boatmen to take you.
- Eat the amazing food!
- Go EARLY! My boat left at 6:00 AM and we were the first boat on Maya Beach. It was relatively empty until we left around 8:30 AM and it was beginning to get packed. Picture below.
- As of June 1st, 2018 the spot made famous from Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach” has been temporarily closed until September 30th, 2018 as part of a 4 month rejuvenation program by Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Close to 5,000 tourists visit daily during the high season and nearly 80% of the coral reefs have been destroyed.
- There are no roads or cars, only sidewalks – This makes it fun.
- It gets crowded.
- In high season it’s a spring breakers paradise full of young, intoxicated, college students but you can also find quieter parts of the island if you prefer to avoid that scene.
- There are budgets for every traveler’s needs here from the low to high end.
- Safe tourist destination.
- ATMs are on the island.
- Cell phone service and Wi-Fi work great.
- It’s beautiful.
I strongly believe that when it comes to traveling, you must see it with your own eyes and then form your own opinions on it. I highly encourage a visit to the Phi Phi Islands while in Thailand.
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