THE ONE WORD WE USE TO DESCRIBE KOH PHI PHI AFTER OUR STAY THERE IS “MAGICAL”
This was the first island we spent some time on in Thailand, and we wished we had stayed longer. The island has everything you want/need; amazing food with a variety of amazing restaurants, incredible sceneries, and the best and most accessible nightlife we experienced while island hopping in Thailand. If you’re planning on visiting the islands of Thailand, we recommend putting this on your bucket list.
WHAT TO DO
1. 4 Island Tour
Besides lazing around on the beach there are plenty of things to do in Phi Phi. Our favourite was the 4 island tour which you can purchase at a variety of tour offices on the island as last minute as the day before you plan to go. The name explains it all, you get to explore 4 incredible islands throughout the day. You will also be able to do plenty of snorkeling and view the Viking caves as you pass by.
The island tour includes Maya Bay which is where the famous Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” was shot. Monkey Beach is also on the list so be sure to bring some bananas if you want to get up close and personal to some monkeys, just be careful because they are not shy and they WILL try to rob you if you have anything food or drink wise. Whatever you don’t want to share, leave it on the boat. You will also get to see Bamboo and Mosquito Island in this tour.
Keep in mind this is a popular tour, and just like many of the tours, there are many people coming from different tour boats to see the islands so prepare yourself for this.
He may be telling stories for purposes we don’t fully understand. The Atlantis story, at least the first part, comes at the beginning of the work called Timaeus, which is Plato’s attempt to explain the nature of the cosmos, to explain how the universe worked, arguably the most important topic that could possibly be discussed.
2. Night Life
Another major highlight of our time spent on this island was the nightlife on the beach. The whole length of the beach is lined with bars, bonfires, cushiony lounge chairs, fire shows, and dance floors. There’s plenty here to keep occupied throughout the night. We started most of our nights here by ordering a drink and finding some comfy lounge cushions to sit on to watch the fire show and become mesmerized by the talented performers who seemed to effortlessly and fearlessly dance with fire. Once the fire show was over we would head over to the dance floor to dance the night away.
3. Reggae Bar (Boxing Ring Bar)
The boxing bars in Thailand are a popular attraction, and you can’t miss the one that’s on Phi Phi Island. As soon as you walk by this bar the music will catch your attention along with the view of the ring you get from the entrance. This bar includes a boxing ring for drunk foreigners to fight in. It’s highly entertaining to watch, and they usually ask you if you want to participate. I passed on the offer, Josh hesitantly went in. The next 10 minutes involved 3 rounds of punches and kicks. I stood on the corner of the ring like his coach, giving him water in between rounds and pep talks as if it was a serious match. Well, it turns out Josh may have been a bit too drunk to fight, he lost. In the end, both fighters receive a free bucket of alcohol worth 300 baht, which brings me to my next point on what to do in Phi Phi.
4. Drink From A Bucket
This isn’t something we recommend for everyone but if you’re in the mood to party then this is the way to go. As you walk around Phi Phi island you will see plenty of vendors selling sandcastle buckets for around 300 Baht. There are a variety of alcohol and mixes to choose from, and the bonus is that, if you get drunk enough, you can use your bucket to make sand castles!
5. Maya Bay Overnight Stay
This is the famous picturesque island where the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. If you just go here through the day tour you may miss the high tide (which happened to us). There are also hundreds of people crowding this beach throughout the day. In order to get some great photos with the high tide and a little bit less of a crowd, you have
the option to stay here overnight instead. There are many tours that offer this and also include other fun activities like swimming with glowing plankton, kayaking, and a boat party. These tours usually have you sleep in a sleeping bag on the beach, or in a boat so it’s more suitable for the adventurous.
ESSENTIALS TO BRING
Aloe: Because you’re likely to get burnt. Even if you don’t you should put some on your skin at the end of each day to help soothe and nourish it. This was also more expensive on the islands so it’s smart to just pack it beforehand.
Dry Bag: this will come in handy if you’re going on tours as the longtail boats can get a little wet, sometimes really wet depending on where you sit and what kind of mood the ocean is in. We never had a dry bag when we went but we wish we had, instead, we used plastic bags which isn’t as reliable but it saved our camera from getting soaked.
Bug Spray: Unless you enjoy bugs sucking your blood we recommend buying some bug spray before you go. They have this on the island but again it can get pricey.
Swimsuit (duh): Because you’ll want to cool off in the ocean or pool.
WHERE TO STAY
- Phuphaya Seaview Resort
We stayed here the whole time we were on Phi Phi and absolutely loved it. You can stay here for as little as $24/night. The little huts were clean and cozy, and the staff was delightful. Our stay included a nice breakfast which was a bonus since the restaurants were a bit of a walk from here. The breakfast area overlooked the ocean, making it a perfect way to start the day. In terms of location, this was one of the best places to stay on the island if you ever want to sleep. It’s far enough from the beach that the noise from the beach parties (which happen every night) don’t carry over too much, although you can still here it. If you stay in a place closer to the beach then bring some ear plugs if you plan on sleeping at all.
WHERE TO EAT
- Oasis Bar & Restaurant – You can trust this one as it’s one of the top places to eat on the island. The menu includes authentic Thai and Asian food including Pad Thai, spring rolls, noodle dishes, and a delicious rice dish you eat out of a pineapple.
- Aroy Kaffeine – If you’re looking for the best-rated restaurant on the island, this is your place. This hidden gem serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an assortment of cuisines. Their menu items include burgers, sandwiches, curry, spring rolls, Thai food, vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten free options.. One thing’s for sure, if you’re craving pancakes for breakfast this is the place to go.
- JD Pizza – This place is perfect for those late nights when you want to snack on something. Here you can purchase a slice of pizza at a very affordable price. A slice costs 79 Baht or $2.30 USD.
- Italiano Bar and Restaurant – This is on the main strip and includes a huge menu full of delicious Italian appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks. We shared some delightful appetizers and a pizza here.
Warning: Keep in mind the tides here rise and fall drastically. During low tide, you may have to climb down some rocks to get to the water. I don’t recommend this if you tend to be any sort of cluts like me. I attempted this and ended up falling and cutting my shin open, which is something you DO NOT want to do in Thailand because the bacteria is on steroids here. We cleaned up the cuts with iodine and alcohol and bandaged me up right away. This is something that would have sufficed if we were back home, but the next day we were on Koh Lanta island out for dinner and my leg started to feel numb; I looked down and it was swelled up like an elephant leg. We had to get a tuk-tuk to take us to the nearest clinic (thankfully this island has a clean one). After inspection (which is too gruesome to explain) the doctor said it was infected and I needed to get antibiotics through an IV. After which, I needed to come back to a clinic every other day to get my cut cleaned and bandage changed.
That’s my horror story but there are many others like this from Thailand, some of which end in Flesh Eating Disease. So just be careful here whether you’re driving a motorbike or just simply climbing down slippery rocks; and in the case that you do get a cut, go to the clinic right away to get it professionally cleaned.
All in all Phi Phi Island is an incredible place to visit and is one our list of Top Islands You Must Visit in Thailand.