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All you need to know to visit Koh Phi Phi

Southern Thailand
1000 km from Bangkok
Province of Krabi


Recomm. stay
3 jours minimum


Practical guide to go and visit Koh Phi Phi

When we talk about Koh Phi Phi we especially talk about Phi Phi Don which is the largest island of the Koh Phi Phi archipel. This paradise island has been hit hard by the 2004 tsunami but quickly rebuilt with more brick bungalows that can resist better to such disasters. It is a very popular tourist destination and probably the most famous island in Thailand after Phuket. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, a landscape of cliffs and greenery, seabeds that amaze divers neophytes or not, it's a real postcard image. Accommodations prices have just vanished but they are still reasonable compared to other destinations in the world who are not as beautiful. Phi Phi Le island is uninhabited. Its splendor is worldwide known because it was the place where the Danny Boyle's film "The Beach" was shot.
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Accommodations in Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is victim of its success and it is very difficult to get there without booking a room in advance. In high season, finding a place to sleep is quite hard and you will probably not end up where you wanted to be. The good news is that as soon as you step foot on the island, the touts will be there to offer you accommodation. But expect to pay high prices, hotels and guesthouses in Koh Phi Phi are already among the most expensive in Thailand and there will be commission.
In Koh Phi Phi, the highest concentration of guesthouses and hotels is located in Tonsai village. This is the area of the island where the tourist density is the highest. But anyway in Koh Phi Phi, it is difficult to find not crowded areas. Note that there are often burglaries in the hotel rooms and bungalows so take your valuable things with you.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Koh Phi Phi.

Hotel in Koh Phi Phi

Hat Yao

Hotel in Koh Phi Phi

Hat Tonsay

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Practical information about Koh Phi Phi

Like some other islands in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi has introduced a tax for the preservation of the environment to be paid upon arrival. It is 20 THB per person.
From December to March there are a lot of people. If possible come during the low season when the weather is still good and the tourist less numerous, in May-June for example. Avoid the Hat Tonsai area if you don't want to find yourself drowning in a crowd of holidaymakers and choose a room towards the end of Loh Dalum instead.
If you are looking for a party island with beautiful scenery and interesting excursions, you should like Koh Phi Phi even in high season. Otherwise, come rather in low season.

How to go to Koh Phi Phi ?

In general to go to Koh Phi Phi, travelers prefer to fly to Phuket or Krabi and then take boats or ferries to the island. Or do the same journey by plane and not by bus, Phuket and Krabi beaingnot accessible by train.

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How to get around in Koh Phi Phi ?

To get around in Koh Phi Phi, you will either have to walk or hire a longtail boat to go from beach to beach. Price depends on distance. You also have path in the mountains to go around the island. It's a bit sporty but hiking enthusiasts and those looking to escape the crowds of Tonsay and Loh Dalum, will enjoy them !

Other places to see in Koh Phi Phi

Monkey Beach (Ao Ling) Koh Phi Phi
Monkey Beach (Ao Ling)
This small beach is home to a horde of monkeys. Accustomed to humans, they can be approached very closely. The beach is easily accessible by kayak from Koh Phi Phi pier.
Viking Cave Koh Phi Phi
Viking Cave
This cave is not that interresting but it is often part of the visits agencies or boats drivers offer on Koh Phi Phi Leh. You can visist the inside only in high season.

Weather & climate in Koh Phi Phi

The island of Koh Phi Phi has a tropical savanna climate and is influenced by tropical monsoon winds. There are two seasons in Koh Phi Phi : the rainy season from May to late November and the warm season from January to April. The most rainy months are May, September and October.

The best time to go to Koh Phi Phi is from December to April. From May the monsoon sprinkles the island regularly with torrential downpours. September is particularly a bad moment to go to Phi Phi islands, it is the rainiest month. It is also better to not com in October.

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When to go to Koh Phi Phi ?

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How to ask in Thai to go to Koh Phi Phi ?

I want to go to Koh Phi Phi / Yak paï ti Koh Phi Phi.
Where is Koh Phi Phi ? / Koh Phi Phi you ti naï ?
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