Consisting of just six small islands off the southern coast of Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands are one of the most popular travel destinations in South East Asia. Popularised by the 2000 Hollywood production ‘The Beach’, the isles’ remoteness, sprawling landscapes, and vibrant atmosphere ensures that it remains near the top of every traveller’s Thailand bucket list.
Getting to the Islands
The ferry is the most common and reliable method to get onto the islands, with regular departures taking place from both Phuket and Krabi. The trip usually takes around 2 hours, so remember to pack up a few snacks or beverages. One of the islands, the small but popular Phi Phi Leh, is completely uninhabited and devoid of any roads – so just keep that in mind if you’re planning on bringing a lot of luggage with you.
Choosing a place to stay
The Phi Phi Islands have their own set of accommodation options which are ideal if you’re planning on staying overnight. However, the islands are quite small, and the resorts tend to fill up relatively quickly. So, alternatively, you might want to invest in some Phuket real estate, especially if you’re planning for a long stay. Options like the Layan Residences by Anantara are located above tranquil beaches, overlooking lush rainforest canopies, and are designed with luxury and comfort in mind.
The Maya Bay of Phi Phi Ley is a must-visit for anyone traveling to the islands. Its mesmerising white sandy beaches are surrounded by colossal limestone caves, and the surrounding waters harbour a litany of lively coral reefs. If you want to enjoy the island’s beauty from high above, consider a short hike up to the famous Phi Phi Viewpoint. There’s also plenty of options to shop for souvenirs and trinkets, or to treat your palate to some local cuisine.
Aside from all its natural splendour, the Phi Phi Islands are also renowned for their nightlife and raucous parties. You can expect to find packed bars, cocktail parties, crowds of partygoers and even fire dancers all around once the sun sets.