Paradise in Thailand: Koh Phi Phi Island
Besides the mainland, Thailand is made up of over 1,430 islands. Koh Phi Phi island is one of the most well-known, main reason being that it was hit by the tragic tsunami in 2005. Many people were tragically killed, and we honestly didn’t know what to expect before going there. Nowadays, Koh Phi Phi Island has a population of around 2,000 people with many backpackers coming and going on and off the island.
During our three weeks in Thailand, we spent most of our time in cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai. We decided to go south to visit Phuket and Koh Phi Phi attempting to discover something different within the same country. And boy, did we succeed!
Koh Phi Phi island is PARADISE! We were mind-blown! Its treasures and beauty are never-ending. Three days on the island were nowhere near enough. No more hustling and bustling of the city. In fact, not even cars are allowed on the island.
The island is a mix of locals and tourists. It’s so beautiful and serene that we compared the whole island to one big resort, with as many activities you may think of at whatever budget you have in mind. It offers the best of both worlds from beach hopping to snorkelling, cheap long-tail boat tours, monkey beaches, street food and most definitely, partying!
Mirroring the mainland Thailand, drinks are served in buckets. Yep! For what’s equivalent to a €5 note, you’ll get a beach sandcastle bucket filled with the drink of your choice. Every night, there is a beach fire show, beach volley, Muay Thai boxing bar, beer pong tournaments, video game tournaments and plenty of other activities! It’ll take ages for you to get bored on Koh Phi Phi island!
Getting to Koh Phi Phi Island
If you’re not planning on swimming, the only way to get there is by boat. Ferries leave from several ports, but perhaps the most popular two would be from Phuket and Krabi. Check out the Phuket Ferry website to get an idea about the timetables, departing ports and prices.
Where to Stay on Koh Phi Phi?
Although being a small island, Koh Phi Phi can cater for both the budget and the luxurious traveller. For those who are seeking luxuries, Phi Phi island has got a selection of posh resorts scattered around. Compared to European standards, prices are much cheaper!
Alternately, prices for Hostels and bungalows caught our eye much more! We used Booking.com, HostelWorld and Airbnb to compare offers and prices. We don’t like planning much in advance, but on an island as small as Phi Phi, it would really help to get your accommodation sorted as early as possible!