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Welcome to Phi Phi

The Phi Phi islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. Just a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferryboat ride from either Phuket or Krabi, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway. Featuring classic tropical beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life, it is paradise perfected.

Picture your dream tropical getaway – white sand beaches, turquoise waters lapping the shore, verdant palms swaying gently in the breeze as the sun beats down. Am I close?

 

If that is your idea of heaven, then you’ve just found it. The twin islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh form one of the most dramatic resort getaways in the world. Phi Phi Don lies to the southwest of Thailand in Krabi province south of Bankok and Phi Phi Leh is to the south of the larger island.

 

The islands were badly hit by the 2004 tsunami. However the resort has been quick to mend itself but this time it has been developed in a slightly lower key manner. One difference you will find is that prices are somewhat higher here now. You will find that accommodation here is more expensive than in Phuket – however, it is very difficult to put a price limit on paradise.

 

All the hotels are on Phi Phi Don as Phi Phi Leh is an uninhabited national park. However it is usually teeming with tourists as its best beach, Maya Bay, was used as the setting for the Hollywood movie “The Beach” in 1999.

 

The main resort area on Phi Phi Don is Tonsai Village. There are no cars or roads, only footpaths. It's located on Phi Phi’s famous isthmus with Tonsai Bay on the south side and Loh Dalum on the north.

Weather

With its tropical climate, Phi Phi’s average daily temperature is fairly consistent throughout the year at around 30°C. The rainy season is from November to January when the nights are comfortably cool. The hottest times of year are between April and May and then September to October with temperatures reaching 34°C. 

 

The average monthly temperatures are:

 

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Feb

Mar

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May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Day

31

33

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32

31

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31

Night

22

22

23

24

24

24

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Shopping

Shopping

Although Phi Phi isn’t exactly a shopper’s paradise it does have a number of shops and stalls for you to browse through. In Ton Sai, you can pick up beachwear and clothing, souvenirs, handicrafts, handmade jewelry, sports equipment, snorkels, flippers, etc. There are also a couple of mini-marts and a supermarket.

Food & Drink

  • Panda Restaurant

  • Sakana Japanese Restaurant

  • Ton Sai Seafood Restaurant

  • Cosmic Pizza House

  • Pum Thai Restaurant

  • Oasis Restaurant

  • Dang Dang Thai Restaurant

  • Mama’s Restaurant

  • H C Anderson’s Restaurant

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entertainment

Some believe that the nightlife on Phi Phi hasn’t quite reached the level it was at before the tsunami, but nonetheless, it can still provide you with a hangover in the morning. Most of the bars and clubs are situated in Tonsai. The beach is often the venue for cabaret and fire dancing displays.

 

Below are a few names you might like to look out for:

 


  • The Reggae Bar
  • Carlito’s
  • Tiger Bar
  • Hippie Bar
  • Apache Bar
  • Sunset Bar
  • Viewpoint Bar 
  • Rolling Stoned

excursions

By far the most popular trip is to Phi Phi Leh. It is an idyllic national park where you are even prohibited to camp. Your only choice is whether you go on an organized tour or just hire a long-tailed boat.

Health & Safety

There are no hospitals on Phi Phi so any serious illness should be treated in Phuket. However, there is a local health center on Phi Phi Island in Tonsai Bay.

 

You are strongly advised to make sure you have full medical insurance in place before traveling.

 

Sunburn and sunstroke are the most common health problems so take the usual precautions - strong sunblock, wear a hat and drink plenty of fluids. The tap water is unsafe so always stick to bottled water.

 

Crime levels are low but you should still exercise the usual precautions with your valuables and never leave your belongings unattended on the beach.