Koh Phi Phi Island Information

Phi Phi Island, the spot for great dives and unbelievable holidays

The beautiful bay of Monkey Beach, in Koh Phi Phi, ThailandThe Phi Phi Islands truly are one of the most beautiful collection of island’s to be found anywhere in South East Asia, and have been described as one of the World’s most unique tropical locations in several magazines and books. And judging by the amount of tourists returning year after year there must be something special that keeps them coming back year after year.

In 2011 Phi Phi was voted into the prestigous Trip Advisor Top Twenty destinations worldwide as voted for by Travellers themselves. More awards were to follow from Trip Advisor with Phi Phi becoming the Number 1 in the "Must See Islands of the World"

 

The Island’s limestone cliffs rise dramatically from the Andaman Sea and are located only a short ferry journey (just over 1 hour) from Phuket or Krabi on the Thai mainland. The Phi Phi Islands National Park comprises of 6 beautiful islands each one uniquely different. The islands are made up of a combination of white sandy beaches, lush green jungle, huge limestone cliffs and stunning underwater coral gardens and fringing reefs. Most of the islands are covered with coconut palm trees stretching from the beachfront up to the jungle, creating an amazing blend of natural beauty.

 

The main Island of Koh Phi Phi Don is made up of a narrow strip of land sandwiched between jungle and cliffs on both sides and containing two large bays, Ao Tonsai and Ao Loh Dalum (Ao meaning bay in Thai), both containing large white sandy beaches.

 

Tonsai Bay is the arrival and departure point for all the arriving boats and is where the islands main pier can be found.

 

The more peaceful and scenic Loh Dalum Bay is where most of the beach lovers head for during the day for sunbathing and swimming.The more peaceful and scenic Loh Dalum Bay is where most of the beach lovers head for during the day for sunbathing and swimming, the bay is nice and shallow and offers safe swimming conditions all the year round in warm (Average 29?C) crystal clear water’s. This is also where the islands vast range of accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants can be found. The island has something to offer everyone and the visitors to Phi Phi are made up of tourist’s both young and old, backpackers, travellers, families and honeymoon couples all seeking and finding something different.

 

 

Climate and weather

 

The West coast of Thailand is effected by two main seasons, the dry season which many refer to as the high season is from November to April/May this is when the weather is most stable and is generally blue skies, lots of sunshine and flat calm seas, a gentle breeze is always welcome to help cool down in the evenings. The "Green" season is during May to October, generally May to July/August the weather is changing and many good days of sunshine and calm seas can be expected and rain is usually kept to heavy showers for 1 or 2 hours in the morning or evening and can be a nice relief from the hot humidity. September and October are the most unpredictable and can offer a mixed bag of sun and rain. Generally Phi Phi receives less rain than the mainland due to it’s location in the open ocean and lies behind Phuket in Phan Nga Bay so is protected from the worst of the wind and waves. So no matter what the weather diving is possible all the year round as the islands form a barrier against any waves always offering at least one side with nice flat calm protected dive sites. Underwater visibility changes regularly throughout the season with excellent visibility possible at any time throughout the year.

 

Activities

 

For adventure seekers the island has many activities to be found such as Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, cliff jumping, rock climbing, trekking and jungle hikes, abseiling and of course Scuba Diving for what Phi Phi is most famous for.

 

For more peaceful pastimes scenic boat trips around the island by traditional long tail boat are a must, relaxing and sunbathing on beautiful tropical beaches or by the pool, or a Thai massage is always the perfect way to relax and unwind.

 

Restaurants

 

Phi Phi has an amazing diversity of food to choose from, whilst in Thailand many people fall in love with the Thai food and for good reason, Thai cooking uses an amazing amount of herbs and spices to create mouthwatering curries and soups using vegetables, meat and fresh seafood. For those wishing to mix it up a little can choose from Italian pizza and pasta, Scandinavian meatballs, German schnitzel, English Sunday dinner or fine French cuisine at several restaurants owned and run by ex-pats. Several bakeries also cater to the sweet toothed among us showing movies throughout the day.

 

Bars and Nightlife

 

The island's nightlife has grown over the years and now a large range of different styles and all vary in entertainment on offer, In the center of the Island you will find one of the Islands busiest and most popular bars which is Dojo Bar playing the most upto date House & Dance music with the coolest crowd in attendance, close by is the famous Reggae Bar one of the first bars on Phi Phi, here you can  watch Thai Boxing champions fighting each other and even challenge a friend to a "friendly" boxing match, Carlitos Bar’s fireshow and late night music is always a big attraction and sure to put you in the party spirit, as the night moves on most people make their way to the beach to dance the night away, live football and sport events are always showing at Dojo or Sports Bar, Phi Phi's nightlife has something to offer everyone and has become famous throughout the South East Asia travellers circuit.

 

 

Getting Here

 

Traveling to Phi Phi could not be easier, with several ferries daily arriving from both Krabi and Phuket and with both now boasting international and domestic flights arriving day and night. Taxi’s and Ferry tickets can be arranged either from the airport or any of the many travel agents located in Krabi or Phuket. For more information or help with travel plans please contact us and we will be happy to help you with any assistance required.