Koh Phi Phi
About Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi consists of a northern and a southern island. The southern (Leh) is a National Park and can only be achieved by daytrips, overnight stays are not possible. The island consists of steep cliffs, which rise up to 200m high from the sea. The two famous bays can be visited by longtail boats, best at high tide. The world famous beach of Maya Bay has a beach, which became known as the perfect beach in the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo di Caprio.
Koh Phi Phi Don (north) is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The marvelous shape of the two bays of Tongsai and Lo Dalam forms a unique place of paradise, where hundreds of coconut palmtrees grew, before the Tsunami in 2004 washed them all away, together with the bungalows, and brought disaster to Koh Phi Phi. The place is now a construction site where new hotel resorts are built and local people try to renew paradise and business. The small village of Tongsai Beach is completely rebuilt already and provide services, restaurants, shops, internet cafes and diving schools. There are no cars on Koh Phi Phi, what makes the island very special. The distances along the Ton Sai Beach and Lo Dalam Beach are easily accessable by feet or motorbike taxis. At the main pierfeet feasible. Several times a day boats from Krabi, Koh Lanta and Phuket arrive at the main pier at Tongsai Bay, bringing not only vacationers, but also many daytrip guests to the island, what makes Tongsai Village a bit over crowded during high season.
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Therefore, souvenir shops and restaurants dominate the image of the village at the pier. But after a short walk, the beach scene is more relaxed and nice bars and beach restaurants can be found. At night, when only the overnight guests are there, the place is wonderful and provide a very chilly and relaxing atmosphere with good food, nice music and peacefulness.
The room rates in the center of Tongsai Beach are quite high, so it is advisable to look for a hotel resort a bit away from the spot.
With the longtail boats one can explore the island quite well at daytime. Other beautiful beaches at the east coats or in the bays around the island are worthwhile to visit for a day. Especially Lana Bay is a very nice and quiet place with a beautiful scenery. The Lana Bay was also hit by the tsunami and the resort was completely destroyed and not rebuilt. Here you can find the happiness of being totally alone on many days of the year.
On the East Coast there are also some very nice beaches: Moodee Beach without accommodation and Loh Bakhao Beach with the luxury hotel of Phi Phi Village.
If the weather is nice, a short mountain walk to the view point on Phi Phi Don is very much recommended. From there you have a magnificent view over the two bays of Ao Loh Dalam and Ao Tongsai and more over to the island of Phi Phi Leh. Best times are early morning or late afternoon.
How to get there
Koh Phi Phi can be reached only by boat, eather from Krabi, Aonang, Phuket or Koh Lanta. The boats leave two times daily during high season from November to May.
Please find more informations about the boat schedules to Thailands islands here (PDF for free download).
Accommodation [links to r24.org*]
From cheap bamboo huts to 5-star hotel complexes Ko Phi Phi offers any kind of hotel resort to travelers and tourists. Many of them had been distroyed in the tsunami desaster, but now new hotels are being built between Lo Dalam Bay and Tongsai Bay. Some resorts are located along Tongsai Beach, others can be found in very beautiful places on the east coast, especially the luxury ones. The Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa is a real paradise place and uniquely beautiful concerning architecture and location. Recommended because of the central location is the fully renovated Hotel Phi Phi Banyan and a bit more outsided the Phi Phi Andaman Resort. The most luxury resort on Phi Phi island is the Zeavola Resort on the northern Tip of the island, far away from the daily hustle at Tongsai Bay. A special tip for travelers without demands on comfort: behind the Phi Phi Village Resort direction Lana Bay, six newly built simple cottages for 1500 baht can be rented from local Thai people.
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Suitable for: As many hotels were destroyed by the tsunami, the possibilities are still restricted. The locals, however, are dependent on tourism and build new accommodations. Some resorts are brand new, others totally renovated. The government plans are to rebuild Koh Phi Phi as a very luxury island. The old times seem to to be gone forever, but are not yet in fact. The atmosphere is very good, relaxed and omitted.
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