The isles of Phi Phi are made up by two islands – Phi Phi Don, the larger island, and Phi Phi Leh, the uninhabited sister island which was used as the location for the 1999 movie The Beach.
Widely esteemed as one of the best looking areas in Thailand, Phi Phi attracts a large amount of tourists to its sandy shores, most of whom stay in the party town of Ton Sei. Phi Phi Don is instantly recognisable, its narrow isthmus connecting the hilly east and west halves of the island and forming that iconic double bay of Ao Ton Sai and Ao Loh Dalum.It is wise to avoid the noisy and hedonistic Ao Ton Sai and instead escape the crowds by heading north to one of the smaller bays. The quiet sands of Pak Nam Pran are nearly always empty, and the boutique hotels in the area are luxurious and enticing. Spend a lazy day relaxing here and you'll likely spot dolphins frolicking within view of the shore.
Another spot in which to get away from it all is the beautiful Laem Tong Beach, accessible only via boat. Almost totally secluded, Laem Tong is home to a few upmarket hotels and acts as the perfect destination for a peaceful Phi Phi sojourn. Soft white sands and calm waters provide a great place to spend your days, and a selection of restaurants will keep even the most adventurous food tourist happy. Across the water lie Bamboo Island, Mosquito Island and Hin Klang, all of which are popular snorkelling and diving locations. Schools of tropical fish dance around a colourful coral reef about 100m from the shore, offering visitors a stunning marine landscape.
North-west of Loh Dalum Bay, on the west coast of Phi Phi Don, the hidden cove of Monkey Bay can be found, home to a colony of playful monkeys. These critters are extremely curious, and love to climb all over visitors in search of bananas. The best way to reach Monkey Bay is via kayak, and renting a kayak will provide you with an easy way to explore the many coves and bays that line the coast.
Phi Phi Leh’s status as a National Park is what preserves its uninhabited nature, although throngs of tourists flock to the Hollywood location of Maya Bay. It’s possible to spend a night camping on the island, which is an ideal way to experience the seclusion of the area.
14 hours 25 minutes
Best Time To Go
December to March
The weather in Phi Phi is defined by its two seasons - the high season when it is dry and hot and the low season when it is more humid and there is a great chance of rain. The high season lasts from November to April, and days are generally long and hot, with the odd westerly wind. The rainy low season begins in May and runs through until around October. Monsoons take place during the months of June and September, but weather conditions can generally improve in a short window across July and August. If you can plan your visit during this window, you will be rewarded with fantastic weather and lower hotel rates.