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Phi Phi Islands Tourism And Travel Guide
30.5° C / 86.8° F
November to February
2 to 3 Days
Phi Phi Island Airport
Phi Phi islands, offering some of the most tranquil and picture-perfect beaches, make for one of the most visited places in the world. Phi Phi islands are known as 'heavenly' because of the huge dozing palms, white beaches full of colourful corals off the shore and emerald colour waters. Tourists would love to visit Phi Phi to slouch around the beaches with lots of sunshine, blue skies and towering limestone cliffs. The only mode of transportation available in Phi Phi is by ferries or speedboats. People usually prefer to walk or use cycles to roam around the island.
Phi Phi Island tourism is centred around beaches and they are ideal for those who are marine-oriented and love to explore water sports. There is no hustle bustle of cities and travellers generally come to chill around and party along the beaches. Let’s have a trade guide take us through the exotic Phi Phi Islands.
How to Reach
Travellers coming for a trip to Thailand should make it a point to visit Phi Phi, even if it’s for a short duration. The most convenient route to reach Phi Phi is by flights or ferries, as there is no specific mode of transportation in Phi Phi.
Phi Phi has an airport with a limited number of flights flying in and out of the area. Tourists coming from India can take a connecting flight from Mumbai to Phi Phi directly, or else they can also go for a flight to Krabi or Phuket. From there, they can board ferries to reach the islands.
Ferries and speedboats are the most flexible and suitable modes of transport to the islands. The ferries mostly run from Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta and Rai Leh. It would take about 2 hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krabi to reach Phi Phi.
There is not much local transportation available in Phi Phi. People can hire motorcycles to roam around the city. However, visitors mostly prefer walking or riding bicycles to wander around the islands.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The pleasant weather of Phi Phi is one of the main reasons for making these islands an enticing place. The climate is quite similar to Phuket and Krabi, and the average temperature is from 24°C to 32°C. Winters are the best time to visit Phi Phi islands.
Winters (November to February):
Phi Phi Islands are full of tourists during winters as the temperature is amazing and there is cool breeze throughout. December is the coolest month of Phi Phi. It is the best time to lie around the beaches under the blue skies, and party on the beaches.
Summers (March to mid-May):
These are the hottest months of Phi Phi before heavy rains invade. The summers are not just hot but humid too, and the temperature may go up to 35°C. Tourists travelling to Phi Phi around this time may get the chance to witness the Thai New Year in April.
Monsoons (mid- May to October):
Monsoons are quite long in Phi Phi. There is heavy rainfall, especially in the months of September and October. Locals enjoy June, July and August as the influx of tourists is at an all time low. Visitors coming to the islands might get some of the best deals due to less rush.
Things to Do
Phi Phi Islands offers visitors a lot of things to do other than just roaming around the beaches. The islands have some of the best beach parties all night, and obviously, adventure sports are definitely a catch. Here is a list of the best things to do.
Visit Phi Phi Viewpoint:
One of the islands of Phi Phi has an unusual shape of ‘H’ situated between Dalum Bay and Tonsai Bay. It is known as the Phi Phi Viewpoint. Photographers should definitely visit for amazing picturesque views of the island, and families for a long leisure picnic..
Thailand is also popular for Muay fights wherein two young boys have a duel over the streets every night after 8 pm. Even people from the crowd volunteer for such fights and even though there is a lot of violence in the ring, adventurous tourists enjoy such sights.
Try Thai Cuisine:
Phi Phi offers the best Thai food, especially seafood like squid, fish, crab, etc. Tourists visiting the islands can have the flavour of Thai cuisine from the streets of Phi Phi. They offer great taste at the lowest prices.
Attend beach parties:
One of the best parts of Phi Phi Islands is that they are known for crazy night parties. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the atmosphere of night parties, and that too on beaches rather than clubs or bars.
What to Eat
Thai food has a reputation as one of the most delicious and easy to prepare cuisine. Southern Thailand is famous for fiery curries and fish dishes. Surrounded by sea, there is no dearth of seafood. In fact, tourists especially visit Thailand for fish, prawn, lobster and crab. Seafood is served in different sauces and dips in Phi Phi, and it can be curried, boiled, barbequed or fried according to the particular dish.
Where to Shop
There are a number of local shops displaying different items in Phi Phi. The islands offer you a variety of handmade jewellery, attractive clothing, handicrafts, sunglasses and even sports equipment at affordable prices. Tonsai Village shopping is a must, where they sell customised vintage dresses, handbags, shoes, hip jewellery and other accessories. Thus, visitors can get a lot of things from these islands as souvenirs.