Koh Phi Phi: a complete guide

Sander & MariskaKoh Phi Phi is part of a dazzlingly beautiful group of islands with gorgeous beaches, a tropical jungle, and a rich underwater world. It’s a popular tourist destination, especially among young partygoers. However, it still boasts plenty of calm areas where peace seekers or families with children can retreat.

Koh Phi Phi consists of two islands: Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest and most developed one – it’s where you’ll stay and where all the hotels, restaurants and bars are. Koh Phi Phi Leh is uninhabited and harbors, among other things, Thailand’s most famous natural attraction: Maya Bay.
– Sander & Mariska

Sights in Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is so beautiful that everyone wants a piece of it. To preserve the islands’ natural treasures, they have been designated a National Park – making an entrance fee upon arrival compulsory. Unfortunately for Koh Phi Phi tourism can’t be stopped, so the beaches are becoming slightly more polluted, the number of bad hotels is mushrooming and the construction work seems never ending. Still, it’s not all “bad”: Koh Phi Phi still is a fantastic beach destination, with stunning beaches, spectacular bays and lots of cats walking around day and night asking to be stroked.

1. Ton Sai Village

Ton Sai Village in Koh Phi Phi

The ferry will arrive straight at the heart of Koh Phi Phi. Get lost in a labyrinth of nice restaurants, hostels, little bars and nightlife venues.

Sander at the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

Brave the steep steps and climb to Thailand’s best viewpoint from Ton Sai Village (± 30 min). Especially beautiful come sunrise.

Phi-Leh Lagoon in Koh Phi Phi

This lagoon is one big, crystal clear “swimming pool” surrounded by huge cliffs covered in vegetation. Easy to combine with a visit to Maya Bay.

Bamboo Island near Koh Phi Phi

A small island that’s part of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park (entrance fee: ฿ 400). It has white sandy beaches above water and coral reefs and below, colorful fish.

Mosquito Island near Koh Phi Phi

Most boats won’t moor on this island (see name), but it’s a nice place to go snorkeling and to look at the enormous limestone cliffs from your boat.

Snorkeling in Koh Phi Phi

Though the coral is damaged in many places, the underwater world is still surprisingly beautiful. From February to March it’s possible to spot whale sharks if you’re really lucky.

Rent a kayak - Koh Phi Phi

Forego expensive taxi boats and hire a kayak to go explore the island. From Lo Dalum Bay you’ll paddle your way to Ao Ling (Monkey Beach) in no more than half an hour.

8. Rock climbing

Climbing Tonsai Wall on Koh Phi Phi

Thanks to its beautiful limestone cliffs, Koh Phi Phi is excellent for rock climbing. The best places to go climbing are the Ton Sai Tower and Hin Taak.

Beaches in Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi’s most important landmarks, of course, are its gorgeous beaches and bays – the absolute highlight being iconic Maya Bay, Thailand’s most famous beach. Hop on a long tail boat to get to them, or just walk!

Maya Bay - Koh Phi Phi

The famous beach featured in the movie “The Beach”. Go early, or travel with the Maya Bay Sleep Aboard, to avoid the crowds! Entrance fee is ฿ 400.

2. Ao Ling (Monkey Beach)

Monkey Beach in Koh Phi Phi

On this beautiful beach, you can go monkey spotting. Take the boat from Lo Dalum Bay to get there or rent a kayak and paddle your way there in half an hour.

3. Lo Dalum Bay

Lo Dalum Bay in Koh Phi Phi

A beach located behind Ton Sai Village. Lo Dalum is surrounded by limestone cliffs and has a spectacular view. Great place for a bite to eat, a drink and a hammock.

Ao Nui in Koh Phi Phi

Beautiful beach that not many tourists know about. You can get there by hiking through Lo Lana Bay, you can take a long tail boat (10 minutes from Lo Dalum) or rent a kayak!

5. Laem Thong (Golden Bay)

Laem Thong, Golden Bay, in Koh Phi Phi

Charming little beach with a white sandy strip, a few resorts, a fishing village and a handful of bars and restaurants. Take a taxi boat to get there.

6. Ao Lo Bakao

Ao Lo Bakao in Koh Phi Phi

Very pleasant beach with palm trees, a view of Bamboo and Mosquito Islands and the dramatic scenery of the hills that surround the bay. Take a taxi boat to get there.

7. Phak Nam Bay

Phak Nam Bay in Koh Phi Phi

You’ll share this beautiful white beach with the inhabitants of a small fishing village. Hop on a boat to get there, because the 1-hour hiking trail (that crosses the viewpoint) is tough!

8. Ton Sai Bay

Ton Sai Bay in Koh Phi Phi

Ton Sai is Koh Phi Phi’s Khao San Road, but with a beach. It’s the islands beating heart, with lots of nightlife, bars, hostels and a maze of tiny little streets.

Hotels in Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is known for its white beaches, gigantic rock formations, and azure blue sea water. And yes, it’s true: Koh Phi Phi is incredibly beautiful. Keep in mind however that it’s become a popular tourist destination as well. Consequently, demand for accommodation exceeds supply, resulting in unusually high rates for a modest hotel room. That’s why we went through the trouble of finding accommodations that are worth your money and where it’s possible to stay for a few days and enjoy Koh Phi Phi in all its splendor. Selected below are 10 of the best places to stay, sorted by location and price.

Blancho Beach Bar Koh Phi Phi Hostel

1. Blanco Beach Bar

On the beach Beach parties  Fun hostel

$ – If you’re staying in a hostel on Koh Phi Phi, expect huge parties. Blanco is no exception to this rule – this party hotel is situated on the beach itself and throws the very best parties every night.

PP Insula Hotel Koh Phi Phi2. PP Insula

Great location Price/quality ratio  Quiet but central

$ – PP Insula is ideally situated near the pier and in Phi Phi’s center, with its many bars and restaurants. But in the evening it’s nice and quiet. Considering the price, this hotel is fantastic!

Viking Nature Koh Phi Phi Resort

3. Viking Nature Resort

Quiet location Private beach  Tree houses

$$ – Koh Phi Phi’s best budget accommodation. You’ll be sleeping in a very spacious bungalow and dining on the restaurant’s private beach. Only downside (or upside, if you choose to see it that way) is that it’s a 20-minute walk to the center of town.

Pannamee Hotel Phi Phi

4. Panmanee Hotel

New hotel Near main pier  Clean rooms

$$ – This new hotel has a great location; in the center and a few minutes’ from the pier. The rooms are nice, clean and air-conditioned, with comfy beds and a small fridge. Another big plus: no loud music!

PP Casita Resort

5. P.P. Casita Hotel

Swimming pool Central location  Clean rooms

$$ – We highly recommend staying in one of P.P. Casita’s nice wooden bungalows. It’s near the beach, but also has a lovely swimming pool. During the day you can visit a viewpoint or rent a kayak, while at night you can enjoy the night life centered on the beach.

Beacha Club Koh Phi Phi Beach Hotel

6. The Beacha Club 

Astounding view Beautiful room  Right at the beach

$$$ – A small, clean and luxurious bungalow on the beach in central Ton Sai, this place is perfect for flashpackers who love to party: Koh Phi Phi’s best beach parties literally lie at your feet!

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Relaxe Beach Phi Phi Resort

7. Relax Beach Resort

Private beach Quiet location  Basic bungalow

$$ – Without a doubt, the best choice for couples, families and those looking for a restful stay, Relax Beach Resort is far away from the island’s more party intensive parts. Located on a gorgeous private beach with crystal clear water, the bungalows also boast a spectacular sea and beach view.

HIP View Resort Koh Phi Phi

8. HIP Seaview Resort @ Phi Phi

Modern rooms Helpful staff  Quiet beach

$$ – If you’re looking for a quiet spot on the beach, stay here! HIP Seaview Resort @ Phi Phi’s bungalows are very spacious, clean and have fantastic views. Keep in mind that it’s outside of the center (± 40-minute walk), but then again, that’s its appeal.

Romantic Hotel Koh Phi Phi

9. P.P. Erawan Palms Resort

Relaxed atmosphere Quiet location Romantic Resort

$$$ – This hotel is a great recommendation for those just looking to unwind. It’s a spectacularly beautiful and well-maintained resort, with a friendly staff and amazing location, right along a quiet and dazzlingly beautiful beach.

Best Resort Koh Phi Phi

10. Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

Family bungalows Large swimming pool Private beach

$$$ – This beautiful resort is located near a quiet coconut plantation and it’s the perfect romantic holiday destination. Enjoy the wonderful beach sunsets and the bright starry sky while lying in your hammock!

Restaurants in Koh Phi Phi

Luckily the food on Koh Phi Phi is a lot better, though don’t expect any haute cuisine. There are enough good restaurants that serve nice food, and you can buy some pad thai on any street corner for next to nothing. After dinner, put your feet in the sand and dance the night away at one of beach parties.

1. Anna’s Restaurant

111, Moo 7, Koh Phi Phi
Great place for nice Thai or western food. You’ll pay slightly more than usual, but it’s worth it. We recommend the Hot Fish Plate.

2. Aroy Kaffeine

125/48 M.7
We had our best cup of coffee on the island at Aroy Kaffeine; also a great place for a nice pancake by the way. The only downside is that it’s expensive.

3. ACQUA Restaurant

125/18 Moo 7, Koh Phi Phi
A stylish restaurant that serves excellent western and Thai dishes. Great wine selection.

4. Banana Bar

117/13 Moo 7 Soi
A fun bar that plays a movie at 8:00 PM every night which can be enjoyed with some tasty nachos and a fruit shake.

5. Garlic 1992

131 Moo 7, Ko Phi Phi
Don’t expect any culinary highlights, just good food for not a lot of money. Try the fish or the penang curry.

4. Banana Bar

117/13 Moo 7 Soi
A fun bar that plays a movie at 8:00 PM every night which can be enjoyed with some tasty nachos and a fruit shake.

6. Grand PP Arcade

104/16 Moo. 7, Koh Phi Phi
Have a nice meal on a snug and peaceful little square. The food is freshly prepared and the different breakfasts every morning are always spectacular! The curries and spring rolls are great as well.

7. Ibiza Pool Party

225 M7. Loh Da Lum Bay, Koh Phi Phi
Every Wednesday and Sunday guesthouse Ibiza House organizes an awesome pool party with a DJ and delicious drinks, making it a lot of fun. Free entry.

8. Jasmine Restaurant

Laem Tong Beach, Koh Phi Phi
Really nice little restaurant on the beach featuring a roof terrace with a beautiful view of the bay. Fantastic Thai and Western food for a good price.

9. Kongsiam Live Bar

Moo 7, Ko Phi Phi
A fun bar with live music to start the evening. The atmosphere is great, it’s nice and busy and the music is fantastic!

10. Local Market

Ton Sai Village
For really, really cheap Thai food, go the local market, where you can have a Pad Thai or a Som Tam for 40-50 Thai Baht.

11. Oasis Bar & Restaurant

Ao Loh Bagao, Koh Phi Phi
Atmospheric little restaurant with a nice bar that serves the best Thai dishes. Mouth-wateringly good!

12. The Pirates House

9842 Konal Singhania, Ko Phi Phi
Across the street and left from Island Divers, you can taste Indian food with a Thai twist. Also a good option for a beer or a cocktail at the bar.

13. Unni’s Restaurant

125/36 Moo 7, Ko Phi Phi
For all your non-Thai food needs (burgers, burritos, homemade bagels, pasta) this is the place to be. Really good food, nice atmosphere and excellent service!

Transport in Koh Phi Phi

From Krabi Town

Koh Phi Phi can best be reached by taking the ferry or speedboat from Krabi Town (Krabi). When you arrive at Ton Sai Pier, you have to pay an entrance fee of ฿ 50 per person.


  • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 500 pp

Every day between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM five ferries leave from Krabi Town to Koh Phi Phi. The boats depart from Klong Jilad Pier, 4 kilometers outside of the city. To get to the pier you can take a white songthaew (shared taxi) for about 30 Thai Baht per person or you can take a taxi and pay about 150 Thai Baht.

The ferries will take you to Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi in about 2 hours. Tickets are about 500 baht per person and can be bought on the pier. The ferries run all the year round, although from June to September they could be canceled due to strong winds and high waves.


  • Travel time: 45 minutes
  • Cost: ฿ 800 pp

Instead of the ferry, you can take a speedboat to Koh Phi Phi from Klong Jilad Pier. It will take about 45 minutes to get you there; however, there are no fixed services. The minimum price is 800 Thai Baht per person. How much more you’ll pay depends on the season and the number of passengers.

From other destinations

Ao Nang

  • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 500 pp

From Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang, there’s a ferry to Ton Sai Pier that leaves every day at 9:30 AM. Traveling time is two hours and on average one trip costs ฿ 500 per person.

Koh Samui

  • Travel time: 7,5 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 1,000 pp

Getting from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi is quite the trek, but you can do it one day. You’ll be traveling for 7,5 hours and it will cost you about ฿ 1,000 per person.


  • Travel time: 2-3 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 500 pp

From Rassada Bay, in Phuket, ferries leave for Ton Sai Pier (2 hours) or Laemtong Bay Pier up north (3 hours) between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Tickets cost an average of ฿ 500 per person.

Koh Lanta

  • Travel time: 1 hour
  • Cost: ฿ 600-800 pp

A ferry leaves from Saladan Pier to Ton Sai Pier at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Traveling time is an hour and prices are between ฿ 600 – 800 per person.

Getting around in Chiang Mai


Because Koh Phi Phi has no roads, most travelers choose to walk. Some of the better hotels will pick up your luggage at the pier, making the walk slightly less arduous.

Taxi boat

You can hop on a taxi boat from any bay and beach. Prices are steep, so try to haggle.

Weather in Koh Phi Phi

The best time to visit Koh Phi Phi is during the cool season from November – February.

November – February

The cool season is the best time to visit Koh Phi Phi. Its nature is green and the sea is calm and clear. There will be lots of sun and temperatures can rise considerably. Luckily there are at least one or two cooling showers every week.

March – May

The hot season on Koh Phi Phi is synonymous with high temperatures and lots of sunshine. April is the hottest month. But surprisingly enough these months will also see a lot of rain. Never for the whole day, just a refreshing downpour here and there.

June – October

The rainy season in Koh Phi Phi is long, and it can get pretty rough at times. Especially during the months of September and October, what with the monsoon and its thick clouds, full of rain, ready to pour down. In between the showers, it’s still possible to enjoy the island.

Map of Koh Phi Phi

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