Absolutely one of the BEST destinations we’ve been to, Phi Phi Island far exceeded our expectations. Although it’s a bit difficult to get to, it’s totally worth the journey.
How We Got There:
Fly To Phuket/Fast Ferry To Phi Phi: After arrival at the airport, take a bus to the ferry terminal (30minute commute) and finally take a 1.5 hour fast ferry ride to the island. This entire commute was arranged by the resort, which was a nice perk, although we had to pay extra.
Public Ferry: 2 hours and $10USD, dropping off at multiple locations on Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort:
The PERFECT resort if you want to get away and relax…if you want to party, then don’t come here (go to Tonsai Bay!). The service and food was outstanding, and the rooms are beautifully designed and modern. The pool is HUGE, with a swim up bar. They offer beach side massages as well ($30USD/hour). Rooms $150USD/night
Other Accommodation Options:
Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel:
Centrally located near Tonsai Bay, this is an affordable hotel nearby all the fun in Phi Phi! $77USD/night
Phi Phi Hotel:
Located within walking distance of Tonsai Pier, it’s great for people on a budget. $48USD/night
Where To Eat…
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort:
The resort offers 4 different restaurants, all being outstanding. The Beach House Grill & Chill as our favorite (the pasta with lobster was divine). Ruan Thai offered up great Thai food, but I think there are better options in the village behind the resort (more on that later). Api Restaurant’s salmon and chicken over a bed of rice was delicious, we ordered them twice! Their beef salad is great too!
The breakfast buffet at the resort is HUGE and delicious. Offering up both western and asian cuisines, complete with an omlet station, cheese boards, endless amounts of pastries, and 6 different types of fresh juices, it’s one of the best we’ve ever seen!
NOTE: Be sure to get the breakfast buffet included in your room rate.
Pad Thai Restaurant (Village):
Located in the small village behind Phi Phi Island Village beach resort, this place had excellent green curry, pad thai, tom kha gai and pineapple chicken fried rice at about half the price of the resort. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Aroy Kaffeine (Village):
Located in the small village behind Phi Phi Island Village beach resort, the food, service and drinks were EXCEPTIONAL! The owner is super kind as well. Get the pad thai, green curry, and any of the desserts! The drinks are on point too!
The Beach Bar (Village):
A bar located behind Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, the bartender, Chet is super friendly and offers up a lot of great info about the area.
Mango Garden (Tonsai):
THE place for delicious dessert!
Anna’s Restaurant (Tonsai):
With both local and western dishes, this is one of the favorites near Tonsai Bay.
Beach Bar Restaurant (Tonsai):
Strong drinks, great music and surpassingly good food for being right in the middle of the beach.
Thai Food Favorites:
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Thai food is DELICIOUS, but beware, it’s spicy! You can always ask for little or no spice. The best Thai dishes are Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry), Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Noodles), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry), Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad), Tom Cha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup-my favorite!), Pad Krapow moo Saap (Fired Basil and Pork), and Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad).
What To Do…Water Excursions!
You can take boat excursions to all of these sites for snorkeling, swimming, etc. We hired a private boat through the resort for the ‘Island Exploring’ 6-hour tour, for $100USD/pp.
The #1 attraction on Phi Phi made famous by the movie The Beach with Leonard Decaprio, it’s such a gorgeous place for photos! Beware this area is FULL of tourists. Note: You can only access this by boat, so go early!
Another gorgeous location for snorkeling. The water is so clear…its magical.
Arguably more beautiful than Maya Bay, Pi-Leh is far less crazy, with just as picturesque waters/scenery.
A gorgeous cave made famous by the paintings on the inside walls, done by sailors taking shelter during a storm.
Wang Long Bay:
More off the beaten path, this Bay is great because there aren’t a lot of tourists.
Monkey Beach is a popular site, but BE CAREFUL of the monkeys! They are totally mischievous and have been to known to steal personal items and even bite people. DO NOT feed them or touch them!
Another hidden gem that is less crowded with tourists.
Koh Yung (Mosquito Island):
This island has been closed off to all boats to preserve it’s natural beauty and retain the reefs condition.
One of our favorites while we visited, we spent over an hour here eating lunch in the pristine white sand, while swimming in the crystal clear blue water.
Phi Phi Viewpoint Hike:
Cost: $100Baht ($2.90USD)
Phi Phi Viewpoint is a MUST SEE while visiting. If you’re coming from Tonsai, the trek is only about 30minutes. If you’re coming from the resort, it’s a 2+hour strenuous adventure. Wear tennis shoes, bug spray, a hat, and bring water/snacks. There is a restaurant at the top, serving fresh juice smoothies (get the banana).
NOTE: From Tonsai, you can take a long tail boat back to Loh Lana Bay for $800Baht ($23USD), then walk 15 minutes back to the resort. DONT FORGET to watch the tide, or you may get stuck at Tonsai if you don’t leave in time.