A secluded island in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but clear blue infinity. That is Koh Phi Phi, probably the reason you’re heading to Thailand. Your very first walk after arriving at Koh Phi Phi will make you adore it. The island is the most beautiful maze you could ever get lost in. Multitude of tiny alleys floored with those yellow – red tiles, the numerous cats, quaint little boats, the best sea food and parties.
Reaching Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is accessible only by sea connectivity. Krabi and Phuket are the nearest prominent places. Depending on where you are coming from you can take a ferry from either Krabi or Phuket. Krabi and Phuket both have airports and have multiple flights from and to Bangkok.
I spent a decent amount of time at Ao Nang Beach, Krabi. A ferry from Krabi cost me 300 Thai Baht and took one and a half hours to reach Koh Phi Phi. The ferry ride is a pleasant one. You can see various tiny islands spread across asymmetrically. Gradually through the ride you can see the changing colors of the sea.
On reaching Koh Phi Phi island, you’re charged 10 Thai Baht as a cleanliness fee. You enter the island through the bay, it’s beautiful, you can sense something special.
Things to do at Koh Phi Phi
Owing to the large footfall of tourists there are activities in plentiful.
There are a group of islands around Koh Phi Phi Don which are arguably the most beautiful spots in Thailand. You can either hire a boat for yourself or go on organized tours. Their are options of half day(03 hours) and full day(06 hours) tours. I went in what can be called ‘off season’ so a full boat rental for half a day was 1200 Baht. Organized tours could cost you around 700 Baht per person.
Maya Bay is more or less a necessary evil for the tourists. The beach got famous due to the famous Leonardo movie, “Beach.” Post that it has become a hot destination. Entering it will cost you 400 Baht itself. I skipped it as it was crowded and my boatman suggested another beach to where i could snorkel to. So I spent more of my time at Loh Samah Bay, which was my favorite spot. You can also hike from Loh Samah Bay to Maya Bay.
Partying & Tattoos
Apart from all the island tours and sea activities, Koh Phi Phi is a dream when it comes to partying. The island has a big beach to the opposite side of the bay. The beach has a number of shacks which erupt at night. Fortunately for me I was present at the ‘Full Moon Party.’ Fire shows, insane drinking games, cheap buckets, glow bands & tattoos and you’re LIT.
Getting a Tattoo is on the top things to do in Koh Phi Phi for quite a few people. The exotic nature of the island and the traditional Thai Bamboo Tattoo lures them. I was on the verge of getting one as well but somehow I resisted the temptation. But someday, maybe I get one.
There are a lot of PADI certified Scuba Diving schools in Koh Phi Phi. All of them offer most kinds of learning courses. Thailand is relatively cheaper for scuba diving than many other countries in the world. Young volunteers from all around the world are instructors at most of these Scuba Diving Schools in Koh Phi Phi.
Kayaking & Beach Football
Sea Kayaking is another thing you can consider doing at Koh Phi Phi. Two seater sea kayaks are available on rent for hourly basis. Around the sunset you can easily spot locals playing football. If you fancy a game on the wet sand it’s perfect for you.
You’ll End Up Missing the Place
Koh Phi Phi makes you love it. You start loving the sweet little mazes and you start cherishing the fact that you somehow manage to reach your rooms post the parties. The food is pretty good. Seven Eleven stores are all over the place, these stores have pretty much anything you can need. The Bay of the island is under CCTV surveillance 24/7 but the interesting fact is that the live stream is broadcast-ed on all TV’s in Koh Phi Phi. Yes! you can see quite a few, more than tipsy people trying to walk their way to sobriety.
So if you’re planning to go to Thailand, you should definitely visit Koh Phi Phi.