There are two islands which collectively make up what is known as Phi Phi. All of the accommodation is located on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the two islands. Phi Phi Don has a slender isthmus which connects the east and west of the island and features two stunning symmetrical bays, which can be fully appreciated from the viewpoint to the north-east. The uninhabited Phi Phi Leh is much smaller than Phi Phi Don and is regularly voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Phi Phi Leh earned worldwide fame as the location for the movie, The Beach. Getting there from Phi Phi Don means hiring a longtail boat or travelling as part of a tour group.
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh
Where to Stay
Much of the budget accommodation on Phi Phi is located close to the two bays of Tonsai and Loh Dalum. This area suffered particular damage during the 2004 tsunami and has always been popular with backpackers, independent travellers and Phi Phi’s diving fraternity. Hat Yao (Long Beach) is another popular choice for many visitors. For more exclusivity and comfort try the Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa on the north-east of the island at Ao Loh Bakao. To spoil yourself in unadulterated 5-star luxury, head straight for the Zeavola hotel on Laem Thong at the northern most point of the island.
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The most convenient way of getting to Phi Phi means coming via Phuket or Krabi. Boat and ferry crossings vary according to the time of year and are more frequent during the dry season. The main arrival point is Tonsai on Phi Phi Don. Tour operators in both Krabi and Phuket can arrange day tours to Phi Phi and often include lunch on the gorgeous beach at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh (pictured above).
Ko Phi Phi Weather
The dry season is from November-April and corresponds with the tourist high season. May-October is the rainy season with south-westerly breezes bringing rain in between the sunshine. Statistically, the highest chance of rain is during June and September (80% chance) with the lowest chance from November-March (5% chance).
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