For the most people Phi Phi Islands are visual definition of paradise. Phi Phi Islands are all about exotic views, azure water, postcard like boats and rocks rising from the ocean. On other hand you have all night long beach parties, drinks in buckets (yes, buckets), lots of tourists, quite a lot rubbish and prices much higher than other places in Thailand. We were charmed by its beauty despite all disadvantages. If you are planning to go to Phi Phi Islands check a few places below which we recommend.
Ko Phi Phi Leh and Maya Bay – Phi Phi Islands
‘The Beach’ movie with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed on Phi Phi Leh smaller than Phi Phi Don island. You can find famous Maya Bay there which was a main feature in the movie. Unfortunately due to damages made to natural environment by mass tourism in 2018 Maya bay was closed and will remain close until 2021 at least. We visited in 2017 and got a chance to do a cruise around the island and disembark on Maya Beach. Now you can admire the bay from distance being stuck on the boat.
Monkey Beach – Phi Phi Islands
The best way to reach Monkey beach is by kayak from Loh Dalum beach. We didn’t really know what the whole fuss is about as there was no monkeys when we arrived. Monkey gang appeared after few other people landed on the beach and left backpacks with food in kayaks. You have to be really careful these monkeys were quite aggressive and kept attacking tourist and ripping off food of them. Sand is super white and it’s worth to visit just because of heavenly beach.
Loh Dalum Beach – Phi Phi Islands
Views from the beach are spectacular! Tall rocks rising from pristine water makes huge impression. During the day you can sunbath and in the evening have a drink in one of many beach bars where parties are until dawn.
Ao Tonsai Pier and Phi Phi Beach – Phi Phi Islands
it’s a parking spot for all colorful traditional Thai boats. All looks like picture form a postcard. We caught a boat there to Ko Phi Phi Leh when Maya Bay was still open.
Viewpoint ‘Viewpoint 2 Top View’ – Phi Phi Islands
It was hard to find any specific name to this viewpoint. You can ask anyone or follow the sings to find stairs leading to the top. We went around by rough path. View compensate all the efforts . It’s not overly high but heat and humidity can kick your ass. View over whole Ko Phi Phi Don. Definitely one of the most breath-taking views we’ve ever seen.