Phi Phi's Beaches
Located about 50 km east of Phuket's coast and 40 km west of Krabi Province, Mu Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago formed by six breathtaking islands amidst the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. The archipelago consists of Phi Phi Don, the largest of archipelago, Phi Phi Leh, Koh Mai Phai, Koh Yung, Bida Nok and Bida Nai. Characterized by two opposing bays, Ton Sai Bay and Loh Dalum Bay, Phi Phi Don is a true tropical paradise. The striking scenery of the island includes green hills and imposing cliffs overlooking stunning bays with unspoilt white sandy beaches surrounded by incredible turquoise waters and coral reefs with a wide variety of marine life. Phi Phi Don is the only island in the archipelago with resident population, hotels and facilities. Located south-west of archipelago's main island, Phi Phi Leh is uninhabited although universally known thanks to its amazing Maya Bay. The stunning enclosed bay is sheltered by 100-metre high cliffs overlooking a pristine white sand beach long no more than 200 meters, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located about 814 km south of Bangkok, the Phi Phi Islands do not have their own airport, accordingly to reach the islands you can choose between two travel options to approach, one that requires the use of the flights, and one cheaper that includes the use of buses. Phuket and Krabi are the nearest cities with airports and bus terminals. Regular ferry services connect Phi Phi Don to both cities throughout the year. For more information on timetables and fares please refer to the page: Phi Phi Islands Ferries.
Phi Phi Islands by drone
Bamboo Island is most north-easterly island of Phi Phi Archipelago, about 5 km from the northern tip of Phi Phi Don, and is a true tropical paradise. Known by locals as Koh Mai Phai, the stunning tiny island is just a short strip of white sand beach which rises from the sea, about 600 meters wide and 700 m long, with a shape like a heart. Its central part is covered with lush vegetation, mostly Casuarinas trees and the Bamboo trees, hence its name. On the north-eastern side of the island, under the shade of trees, there is a small bar for visitors, which serves drinks and snacks. Koh Mai Phai's beach is one of the most beautiful of all Phi Phi Islands. Constituted by soft white sand like talcum powder, the beach is surrounded by crystal turquoise waters. The stunning coral reef is close to the shore and offers an unforgettable underwater view to the snorkellers. The side of reef towards Phi Phi Don, known as Hin Klang, is rich of rocks covered with coral formations and teeming with marine life, a natural swimming pool that gives the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Bamboo Island is the perfect spot for an excursion from Phi Phi Don with long-tail boats from Ton Sai Bay, 45-minute boat ride, or even better from Moken Sea Gypsies village on Laem Thong Beach, 15-minute ride. Although the island is also often by day trips from Phuket, as a stopover in the afternoon or for the lunch buffet time, the beach is most of the time never too crowded.Read More
Viking Beach is a tiny spot located between the eastern end of Tonsai and Long Beach. The two beaches are separated by a small rocky cape covered with lush vegetation which houses Viking Natures Resort. The resort’s restaurant is right on the eponymous beach and offers the perfect spot for lunching or dining in very quiet and idyllic settings. Snorkelling is great on the two sides of the 25-metre beach, and the foliage offers cool shading. The short trail through the jungle to get there is not that difficult; it starts at the back side of the Arayaburi Resort and ends at Tonsai East.Read More
Phak Nam Bay
Phak Nam Bay, also known as Relax Bay, is located on the eastern coast of Phi Phi Don, just south of Loh Bagao. It is a secluded cove with a 400-metre long sandy beach and a small fishing village. You can reach it easily with a long-tail boat or on foot, a long but pleasant walk from Ton Sai Bay, first climbing the hill leading to the View Point and then going down through the jungle. In the wild and beautiful white beach is one Resort for those seeking peace and tranquility.Read More
Nui Beach is settled in a tiny cove located to west of Lana Bay on the northwest coast of Phi Phi Don. Framed by tall karsts which offer excellent rock climbing opportunities, it is a renowned field among snorkelling enthusiasts. A few limestone karts including one of Phi Phi’s landmarks, Camel Rock, jut out from the sea right in front of the beach, adding to its exotic feel. You can get there by long-tail boat from Loh Dalum for a few hundred baht, or by hiking through the jungle from Loh Lana or Loh Bagao, although the trail is steep and tricky.Read More