After having seen the most part of what Phuket’s south could offer we decided to continue the journey and move on towards our next destination. Our plan was to eventually end in Koh Lanta, an island further down southeast of Phuket. On the way the choice would either be the more secluded islands of Ko Yao Nai & Ko Yao Noi or Phi Phi Island. Based on what we have heard from other people we met in Phuket and all the pictures we have seen it seemed like the little island gem of Phi Phi (pronounced Pee Pee) was to be our next trip ahead.
How to get to Phi Phi Island from Phuket
The only way to get to the island is by ferry boat. From Kata we took the local bus all the way around the island to Phuket town and from there a short taxi ride to Rassada Pier. Once you arrive at the pier there are many tour operators offering a ferry trip to Phi Phi island, pretty much all for the same price. We realized that the online prices differ quite a bit from those offered directly at the ferry – yet we bought our tickets there (no choice, really). The ferry to the island takes you around 2 hours.
Things to do on Phi Phi Island
The archipelago consists of 6 islands with Koh Phi Phi Don being the largest and only inhabited one of them. They all are amazingly beautiful and are considered to be one of the main attractions in southern Thailand. Being so, the amounts of tourists visiting the island has increased drastically within the last years. More and more hotels are being built to accommodate the mostly young and party-seeking youth.
Why still visit the island?Because it’s still got its beauty…
Ever since the movie The Beach was filmed here in 1999 the Maya Bay has become the most visited attraction. The beach itself is a stunner – powdery white sand surrounded by high cliffs and amazingly clear water. Downside – it can get incredibly crowded as thousands of people come by every day. The beach can be reached with a chartered boat – either by longtail or with a speed boat. Private tours can also be booked.
Make sure to check in advance if the beach is opened as it was closed for some time due to cleaning.
The View Point
It seemed a bit confusing to finally figure out how to get there and we were a bit lost and confused at times – but it surely is worth every drop of sweat! Amazing view overlooking the island seeing both sides with the high cliffs behind. Truly a beautiful scene, especially at sunsets.
Long Beach and Ton Sai Bay
Very nice beaches a bit further down the island that offer a more relaxed setting. A bit of a walk from the main area (around 20-30 minutes) but can also be reached by a short long-tail boat ride. Nice place to go for a day-tour. Just keep on walking and follow the signs towards long beach.
Loh Dalam Bay
Also, you can enjoy a nice day to along the beach and have a swim in this bay as this side of the island does not have as many waves. Particularly interesting during the evening and night time as it has loads of different restaurants and bars that offer a great variety of European and Thai foods and drinks. Party goes on hard and long during high season, fire shows pretty much every night. Have a walk along and see what suits you best. Last chill-out bar can be found along the northern end named Sunflower Bar.
Yes, it can be very touristic. Yes, prices are not the best. BUT you can still find some nicer hidden places in between (for example Pad Pad Thai – best Pad Thai on the island!) that just make your day. Have a walk along the many bars, shops and restaurants and find what best suits you.