Wondering what to do in Ko Phi Phi Island, Thailand? Look no further!
Hike up Phi Phi Viewpoint
Go on a night out and watch a fire show
Watch Thai boxing
Deep sea fishing
Walk around Phi Phi market
As you can you see there are lots of ways of entertaining yourself on Phi Phi Island if you have had enough of sunbathing on the beach.
How can you describe Phi Phi Island in one word....PARADISE!
We got the ferry from Phuket and I remember when we were approaching the island I couldn't believe my eyes. Crystal clear sea, soft white sand and the most amazing backdrop, it felt like we were in a dream. We stayed on Long Beach, which I would highly recommend if you want to be away from the noise but still in easy reach of the nightlife.
Long beach is what you see in the glossy magazines, with the long boats lined up in the sea, with colourful bits of cloth contrasting with soft white sand underfoot and the warm sea splashing up your legs. The beach is not crowded but there are enough people around for it to have a nice atmosphere. There are restaurants/cafes dotted down the beach which are perfect for lunch or a drink and you don't have to swim out far with your snorkel to see colourful and exotic fish.
As this trip was a holiday, rather than a backpacking trip, we stayed in a nice hotel called Paradise Resort Phi Phi which was right on the beach. As we are usually in hostels or budget hotels, this really was a treat. When Rob and I walked into the room we really couldn't believe how nice it was.....just look at that view! You can get more information about Paradise Resort here. I would highly recommend Paradise Resort if you are looking for somewhere to stay on Long Beach.
You have to get a long tail boat across to the main village, which takes around 10 minutes. The journey is actually really nice but it was a bit ropey in the evening when it was pitch black.
We spent most of our time in Phi Phi relaxing, swimming, eating and drinking a little bit too much. It was exactly what we needed after the chaos of Bangkok. There is something for everyone on Ko Phi Phi Island, so here are my top things to do:-
What to do in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand?
Trust me, this is easy to do on Phi Phi Island. I can only comment on Long beach, but it was sooooo relaxing. The softest sand, with trees for shade, beautiful scenery, a warm clear sea, massages on the beach....what more do you want? Find a spot, grab a good book and do nothing.
Phi Phi Island is a great place for snorkelling or diving depending on your preference and budget. There is an array of fish to spy on and you don't have to swim out far before you spot your first one.
3. Hike up Phi Phi Island Viewpoint
After a 25 minute walk, you will reach panoramic views of Ko Phi Phi Le and Ko Phi Phi Don. One bit of advice would be to go just before sunset, as it will be cooler and you can watch the sun go down, before heading back. There are hundreds of steps, so you have to be reasonably fit to reach the top but it is rewarding. Make sure to take some change with you as there is a charge of 30 baht to go to the top.
4. Go on a night out and watch a fire show
There are a few places to watch the popular fire shows around Phi Phi Island, but we chose Carlito's, which I would recommend. The bar is right on the beach and has a good vibe. There are loads of bars and clubs to party all night. Just be careful of the buckets...they are strong, which we found out very quickly!
5. Shark Tour
You can go on a shark feeding tour which will cost you around 800 - 1000 baht and they usually last around 6 hours. On the tour you experience feeding leopard and black tip sharks. On the majority of the tours you can also go snorkelling in the coral gardens on the same trip.
6. Watch Thai boxing
The Reggae Bar is the place to be to watch the boxing on Phi Phi Island. The boxing goes on all night and you can buy alcohol by the bucket. There are professional Thai men fighting but the most entertaining part is when the tourists fight each other, usually after they have had a few buckets of booze and the winner gets...another bucket of booze.
7. Island Hopping
From Phi Phi Island there are other islands that you can visit on day trips. The popular islands are Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley and the Bamboo Island. Maya Bay is very popular after the iconic film 'The Beach' and is very touristy.
Get your Guide offers brilliant trips, such as the Sunset Tour by Speed Boat from Phi Phi Island and Bioluminescent Plankton Boat tours.
8. Cooking class
Cooking classes are great fun and a brilliant way to meet like-minded people and you get to improve your cooking skills. The most popular place on Phi Phi Island is Pum’s Thai Cooking School.
9. Deep sea fishing
If you don't fancy feeding the sharks, then there are deep sea fishing tours but these are quite pricey. It can be a great way to spend a day on the sea, taking in the amazing views and there is the option to go night fishing.
10. Walk around Phi Phi market
Phi Phi market has lots of goodies including fresh fruit, veg and fish and is a great place to get away from the crowds and watch the locals going about their day to day lives.
There is more to do on Phi Phi Island than just sunbathing and swimming and I felt 4 days was not long enough. I enjoyed my time on Phi Phi and I would definitely like to go back one day and even though I did find it slightly touristy, it didn't take away from the beauty of long beach.
*Tip* If you are visiting Phi Phi Island for the beaches rather than the nightlife, I would highly recommend staying on long beach as the main beach is quite dirty, noisy and touristy.
Have you been to Phi Phi Island & have anything else to add to the list?
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