Moo Koh Phi Phi
Moo Koh Phi Phi or Phi Phi Islands towering of green cliffs, rising up from a glittering turquoise sea, and endless white sandy bays dotted along the shore, and you begin to have some idea of what awaits you. Add crystal clear water, no roads and a tropical laid back lifestyle, and it's easy to see why Phi Phi is one of southern Thailand's most popular destinations.
Approximately for 40 km offshore from Krabi are the scenic two limestone islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Don, the larger island, has all the tourist infrastructure, including resorts, restaurants, bars, tour agencies and dive schools. About 6km south, Ko Phi Phi Leh is completely undeveloped and hemmed in by towering limestone cliffs.
Moo Koh Phi Phi are well known as the 'jewels of the Andaman Sea', the six islands in the Ko Phi Phi group are Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh, Bamboo Island, Yung Island, Bida Nok and Bida Nai.
As most of the world knows, in December 2004 Phi-Phi Don's fortunes were tragically reversed by tsunami waves that destroyed virtually every standing structure on the twin bays of Ao Ton Sai and Ao Lo Dalam. Most things are back to normal and Phi Phi still has that laidback charm as before.
Phi Phi Islands can be reached by boat either from Krabi or Phuket. In downtown Krabi tourists can take a boat at Chaofa pier. The boat leaves daily for Phi Phi Islands. It takes about 2 and 1/2 hours for the journey. Regular boats from Ao Nang to Ko Phi Phi are also available during high season. Ferry services make return trips twice daily departing from Phuket, the journey taking about one hour forty five minutes. A regular ferry service from Koh Lanta direct to Phi Phi also operates in high season.
Moo Koh Phi Phi including of
Phi Phi Don Island
The largest island of the group offers a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs and a stage of sandy beaches dotted all around the island. There are no roads on the island so to get around you simply take a long tail boat, or walk along the pathway that criss-crosses Tonsai Bay. In the centre of Tonsai Bay, you'll find most of the accommodation as well as some resorts on the more secluded beaches around the island. Phi Phi Don has an abundance of fine tropical beaches along its southern and eastern shores, with plenty of limestone karsts offering spectacular views of the islands. Boats generally unload their passengers at a fishing village on Ton Sai Bay, protected on one side by steep, jungle limestone cliffs, and the other by low hills.
Phi Phi Ley Island
In terms of scenery, the smaller Koh Phi Phi Leh is by far the most spectacular, with limestone cliffs that plunge hundreds of feet down to the sea and numerous secret coves with small crescents of white sand and crystal-clear water. A particularly beautiful spot is Maya Bay, surrounded by soaring cliffs and harbouring three largely unspoiled beaches with good snorkelling. Unlike its larger sister, Phi Phi Ley is uninhabited. On the northeast side is the famous Viking Cave.
Of course there have never been Vikings, but the cave has numerous cave paintings of vessels, resembling Viking longboats. The local people revere the cave. They collect the swift's nests, used to make Bird's Nest Soup, a Chinese delicacy.
Koh Yung Island (Mosquito Island) lies to the north of Phi Phi Don Island. There is a rocky beach on the east side and a smaller patch of sand in a fold of the hill. Beautiful and various coral are found there. The island gets its name from the black clouds of mosquitoes at sunset.
Koh Phai Nok Island - (Bamboo Island) - is a tiny island surrounded by coral reef and small beaches on the north and east side. Broad coral reefs stretch away into the south.
Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok are a small islands visited mainly by divers for their underwater scenery.
Ko Pida Nok is very good for both advanced and beginners with both shallow and deep dive sites.
Activities on Phi Phi Island you can do
The Phi Phi Islands, which probably have the best snorkelling anywhere in Thailand, also have wonderful coral gardens, unusual cavefish, exotic tropical fish and sharks. The depths of the different snorkelling spots vary from 2-7 meters and visibility is crystal clear. The best snorkelling sites of Phi Phi Island are Maya Bay, Hin Klang Coral Reef, Bamboo Island and Yung Island.
Diving in Phi Phi is an experience not to be missed! From shallow sheltered bays to wall and drift dives, there's something for every level of diver and a multitude of diving sites. Around the Phi Phi Islands, you will see an amazing variety of fish life, beautiful soft coral, staghorn coral gardens and huge sea fans. A large number of species of large fish can be spotted. On the sandy bottom, leopard sharks can be found resting and between February and March the migratory giant Whale sharks can be spotted on occasion.
Game fishing tours from Phi Phi Island is a good way to experience something different and exciting. Boats of varying sizes are available for half or whole day charters with all the equipment and bait provided. Game fish found around Phi Phi are Black Marlin, Giant Travelly, Sailfish and Tuna. Sharks of several species can also be found, including Tiger sharks, Bull sharks and Reef sharks.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kayaking, canoeing and paddling on the waters of Phi Phi Island is a must. The highlight of any sea canoe trip is to visit the hongs. A Hong is a lagoon enclosed within an island, accessible only by canoe through hidden tidal caves and passageways. It gives you a real feeling of getting back to nature, an indescribable experience! This is a great way to see the best of Phi Phi's limestone cliffs, mangrove inlets, caves, and varied marine and bird life. Famous destinations for kayaking around the Phi Phi Islands are Maya Bay on Phi Phi Ley, four kilometers away from Phi Phi Don.
Phi Phi offers some of the best steep limestone walls in Thailand, which plunge straight down into the mesmerizing blue sea. Most climbing revolves around sunlight. The lush vegetation provides the shade to make it cooler. Given that it is such a beautiful climbing destination and has great potential for climbers, the routes are surprisingly and often comparatively un-crowded on the rock face. A vast amount of routes that still exist, have been rebolted, and over the past five years many new routes have been developed.
Try a traditional Thai massage. The ladies at Siamese massage are guaranteed to find and fix the places that ache.
Breakfast with the Sharks
The breakfast deal with the sharks is definitely the highlight of a trip to Ko Phi Phi. Don't be surprised if you find yourself being circled by up to six black tip sharks or leopard sharks, some of them two meters long, all hungry for their breakfast! Don't worry, you will return home with your body parts still intact, as the sharks are harmless.
Most of the locals use longtail boats to get around, but there are a few paths. Walk up to the lookout point in Tonsai for a stunning panoramic view over the twin bays of Phi Phi, the jungle below and beyond. It's worth the modest 40 minutes climb and the 200 metre steeper section is paved and quite easy. Although refreshments are available at the top during high season, be prepared and take drinking water for the climb. To get there, walk along Loh Dalum Bay past Phi Phi Princess and Pavilion beach resorts. Follow the signs up the hill past Viewpoint Resort to the vantage point.
Local Tours-Island Hopping
Take a local longtail boat trip around the island. Each boat can take about 6-8 passengers and stops at all the snorkelling places and local beauty spots including the Viking Cave. You may need to take your own snorkel gear (you can also hire from local dive shops). Some companies provide a limited selection of equipment and a local lunch.
In Phi Phi, life is laid back, and despite the variety of activities available, there is very little pressure to participate. Sleep in until the sun rises high in the sky. Then wander from your room to the beach (perhaps 20 metres) and lie in the sun until you are bored. Make time for a 15 minute trip to some protected inlet and find a new little beach or place to eat. Owners of local long tail boats are happy to take you from beach to beach, including the famous one in the Leonardo Di Caprio film "The Beach".