Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is Thailand’ superstar

If you are planning to go to Phuket, from Thai boxing and ornate temples to world-class diving, excellent beaches and a vibrant nightlife, this tiny island packs a major punch. Whether you prefer to spend your time at a tranquil resort hotel in Phuket or long to experience the most outrageous nightlife you will ever encounter at Patong Beach or to enjoy an heaven on earth like the Phi Phi Island, the Land of Smiles has something for everyone. Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s island-superstar. It’s been in the movies. It’s the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it’s the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn’t disappoint. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight. The second part of the why we love this place story is attitude: few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry.

Where to stay

Right by the pristine sands of Natai Beach just 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, there’s a sunny spot where the hip movers and sand shakers come to play and slay. With 58 stylish rooms, suites and villas complemented by lashings of in-room comforts, and appealing facilities including beachside massage salas and a fully equipped fitness centre, the akyra Beach Club Phuket offers an enchanting escape full of hip happenings and stylish surprises. The resort’s integrated Club akyra is where you’ll want to head for après-beach fixes served by cool poolsters and sand bunnies. The style setting waterfront spot hosts fabulous weddings and events, plus regular theme parties with DJ fuelled fun and a delectable Weekend Beach BBQ. Whether it’s a sultry tropical sojourn for two, or a mates’ escape to paradise, akyra Beach Club Phuket ticks all the beachside boxes. Truly immerse yourself in your surroundings by borrowing one of the hotel bikes to explore the coast or plan a scuba diving trip complete with leopard sharks and ancient shipwrecks. Island hop to the legendary Phang Nga Bay or Ko Phi Phi for the ultimate beach experience. Whatever takes your fancy akyra Beach Club Phuket will be sure to lift your spirit and calm your soul, ticking all the right beachside boxes for a memorable getaway.

Choosing your Phi Phi Beach

Follow Thailand’s long leg of land stretching down to Malaysia and you’ll find Phi Phi Island to the west of the “knee” in the Andaman Sea. Technically, Phi Phi is two islands: Ko Phi Phi Don, where Long Beach, or Hat Yao in Thai, is located, and Ko Phi Phi Leh, which is smaller and only accessible by tour or chartered fishing boat. Ko Phi Phi Don is home to several dozen seafood restaurants, and even more reggae bar and coffee shops, but no motorcars. If you are looking for a beach where to enjoy your vacation, this is it. The white sand beaches, clear waters and a great weather are common to all of the islands. Koh Phi Phi has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phi Phi are listed below.

Long Beach

This beach is known for having the softest sand in all of the Koh Phi Phi beaches. A popular sport for tourists who visit the area is snorkeling. You can get some training from professionals while you are there and look at the beautiful coral formations and amazing fish in the sea around the island. The best time to visit the Long Beach is winter season.

Loh Dalum

This beautiful crescent shaped beach is located at a walking distance from the Tonsai Bay. The beach has a lot of restaurants and hotels that offer both local and international foods. The beach is perfect for one day trips to the beach where you can have fun swimming and relaxing.

Maya Bay

This beach is perhaps the most famous beach in Thailand. It was setting of a popular movie “The Beach”, 1999. The beach is splendid with limestone cliffs, palm trees, white sands and large corals. The place is perfect for a picnic with friends and family. You can also enjoy numerous water activities.

Laem Tong Beach

The beach is located in the northern region of the Phi Phi Islands and can only be accessed by long tail boat. The beach is a secluded, quiet place making it perfect for a romantic getaway. The beach is located close to islands of Koh Phai and Koh Yung so you can plan to visit all these places in a single day.

When to go

Ko Phi Phi at its most pleasant, and at its most crowded, from November through mid-January, when the skies are clear, the water is calm, and the air is at its least humid. During the rainy season, between late May and late September, Ko Phi Phi still sees long patches of sunshine, but the water is slightly wavy (fine for swimming, poor for snorkeling) and the air humidity will make you sweat buckets.

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