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Island Hopping around Koh Phi Phi

The Phi Phi islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lei, are located in the beautiful Andaman Sea and accessible from Krabi and Phuket by a 2 hours boat ride.

If you do Phuket holidays and you’d like a little change of location the Phi Phi islands might be the best and closest location for adventurers and travelers. The main island, Koh Phi Phi Don, and its main town is very crowded and full with backpackers. Especially after the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan many travelers continue to Koh Phi Phi to continue the biggest party of South East Asia. If you’d like to live a little bit more quiet you might want to look for accommodation outside of the main town.

Mainly known as the location of the movie The Beach, Koh Phi Phi has more to offer than only Maya Bay.

Phi Phi islands are great for travelers looking for the extra bit of adrenaline. You can dive with sharks, kayak from one bay to another and watch monkey running and playing at the beach, camp at the beach where Leo Di Caprio once slept, go climbing and much more.

If you’d like to exhaust yourself on a day tour and do some island hopping, there are many companies offering such. The price for such day tour with a speedboat is at around 1.500 Baht and starts at 8 AM.

You normally visit many little monkey bays where you will find monkeys running and playing by the water and even go swimming. Afterwards, depending on the weather you might have the chance to visit shark point where you can go snorkeling with Black Tip Reef Sharks.

This is followed by a stop at Bamboo Island where you will have lunch and relax for a while. You can use the time to go snorkeling at the reef around the island or go for a little walk at the stretch of sand.

From Bamboo you will probably visit Mosquito Island, depending on the weather conditions. The highlight of the tour comes close to the end when you head off to visit Phi Phi Lei and it’s famous Maya Bay where once Leonardo DiCaprio acted in the movie The Beach.

Many travelers come to relax and cure their hangovers after the crazy Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan.

Note: I’d recommend to not do such a tour by bad weather. The boat is not very big and people get sea sick quickly. Remember to bring a towel, sun glasses, sun cream, dry clothes and maybe a waterproof sea bag where you can store your camera, phone etc… 

Have you been to Koh Phi Phi? How did you like it? Leave your opinion in the comments below!

 Koh Phi Phi Lei

Koh Phi Phi Lei, Maya Bay

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Lei

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Lei

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16 comments on “Island Hopping around Koh Phi Phi


    LOVED Koh Phi Phi!! We made friends on the island and hired a long tail boat to take us for the day. We did the true The Beach experience and got dropped off on the other side of Maya bay and had to swim to shore with our bags raised above our heads. Then we walked right into the most beautiful site.

    Definitely a trip to remember 🙂

    • sebastian on

      To be honest, I didn’t like Phi Phi that much. This could have been due to the bad weather we had or the crowded streets of this little island. Expect busy and dirty streets and a lot of party. The trips was fun but I think we should have gone on it due to bad weather. Many of the people on our tour got seasick due to the big waves and the rocking of the boat.

      Due to the bad weather we couldn’t drive into maya bay and had to swim from the back through a whole in the rocks. That was great!

      Have you been to tonsai beach already? I loved that place. Check out the posts about Tonsai Beach here on the blog! Either way, enjoy Thailand!

  2. Malds Menzon on

    The water looks soooo good. I hope get to visit the place someday. I’m from the Philippines and we have some great beaches here as well but I’ll definitely visit Koh Phi Phi once I get my papers in order (passport is taking a while).

  3. Finn on

    Ko Pi Pi is absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately polluted with garbage and intense crowds. Of all the places in the Adaman coast, Tonsai beach was my favorite. Weed + Climbing + Ocean = my personal paradise.

  4. Christine Osborne on

    Yes, I have been to the Phi Phi islands in the late 1980s when I was writing the AA Essential Guide to Thailand. There was one small hotel. It is now just another lovely place polluted by tourism. Thank you.

  5. Carina on

    Hi Sebastian, Thanks for this great post! I miss Thailand! It’s such a beautiful country. I even miss the sneaky monkeys, who stole a bottle of Sprite out of my hand… 😀

  6. Monique on

    I totally love Koh Phi Phi.I have been there in 2010.
    But I had a bungalow (Phi Phi Relax) at the other side and not with the party folk 🙂 I have so beautiful rememberings on this island and my time there. I definately wanna go back one day. And also to Krabi (Railey Beach). These both were my top destinations in Thailand so far which I enjoyed the most <3

  7. christoph on

    The look from the view point was great. But there were too much Backpackers in the streets and on the beach. I won’t come back. There are better beaches to go to.