The ideal getaway if you’re looking for peace and serenity, with gorgeous white sand beaches, remarkable scenery and a great range of nearby activities, the islands of Phi Phi are the perfect place for a fun-filled yet chilled holiday away from the bright lights of the more traditional resorts on the nearby islands and mainland.
Consisting of six spectacular islands, only one of which is inhabited, most visitors to Phi Phi stay on Phi Phi Don where a great selection of guesthouses, backpacker lodges and a few larger hotels are situated. Phi Phi Don is the largest of this small archipelago which is accessed only by boat, either from Phuket to the west or from Krabi on the mainland. Nearly all of the resorts are scattered across this island and are located right by the beach, but it’s small enough to be explored entirely on foot and there are a number of lovely low-key restaurants and beach bars where you can try a sunrise breakfast or a sunset cocktail.
Most visitors who come to Phi Phi for a day trip from the nearby islands do so to experience the beautiful Maya Bay at Phi Phi Leh which was made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Beach’. Not actually fully enclosed, this stunning bay is still as beautiful as it looks in the film, although if you arrive after about 10am it is often completely swamped by boats and tourists wanting that all-important selfie!
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