Phi Phi Islands Travel Guide
Phi Phi Islands
If you are traveling to Phuket you might also want to consider a side trip for a few days to the island of Koh Phi Phi which is just 46 kilometers, or a short 90 minute boat ride, from the largest Thai island of Phuket. The Phi Phi archipelago is made up of 6 small islands and these islands have some of the most stunning beaches you ever want to visit. The combination of these sugary white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and a chilled out feel have made Koh Phi Phi a must visit for beach lovers around the world.
Naturally with all these available beaches there may be some uestion about which ones you have to visit, which are the best of the best. Here are 4 of the most popular Phi Phi beaches that I feel everyone should come to see.
Long Tong Beach – This beach is in northern Phi Phi and is accessible only by longtail boat. This factor makes the beach secluded and a perfect choice if you are looking for quiet and solitude. In addition, the beach is right across from the smaller islands of Koh Yung and Koh Phai and these two islands provide some outstanding snorkeling for those who want to get underwater and see the fantastic marine life.
Loh Dalum – This beach is opposite Tonsai Bay and can be reached by walking from Tonsai. It is a stunning crescent shaped beach with the bay in front the stuff that travel guide books are made of. Because it is close to Tonsai there are still some restaurants, shops and bars here, but the pace is much slower than the main area of Tonsai. It’s a great beach to just chill out on and is perfect for those making a day trip from Phuket or Krabi.
Long Beach – Long beach has some of the softest sand of all the Phi Phi beaches. Snorkeling is also possible from the beach and there are some stunning corals and fishes to be seen just meters from the beach. If you plan on coming to Long Beach avoid the low season (May-October) because the water can be rough making swimming difficult.
Maya Bay – Possibly the most famous beach in all of Thailand thanks to the fact that it was the setting for the movie The Beach in 1999. It is uite stunning, with high limestone cliffs on three sides of the bay and several small beaches in this sheltered area. The entire bay is a large coral reef and the main beach is perfectly white sand fringed by palm trees. Many day trips come to Maya Bay and it’s a great place to get some photos, go snorkeling or just have a picnic lunch and relax.