The Phi Phi Islands — which is actually an archipelago composed of six islands — are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. In fact, a lot of tourists find their way to Phuket simply to rent a speedboat to Phi Phi. This isn’t really surprising; with the islands’ beauty and their place in pop culture, they definitely should be a part of your Thailand itinerary.
Phi Phi has always been famous among those who are looking for a tropical paradise, but its popularity exploded when it was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach” in 2000. Since then, more and more people have added the archipelago to their must-visit list and booked Phi Phi boat tours during their Thailand vacation.
Many tourists travel to Phi Phi Island by speedboat and spend most of their time on Ko Phi Phi Don, which is the largest among the islands and also the only one with inhabitants. With its hotels, restaurants, and bars, Phi Phi Don is an excellent option for those who want to enjoy the archipelago in comfort and style.
Leonardo DiCaprio fans will want to hop on a boat and visit Ko Phi Phi Leh (or Ko Phi Phi Lee), which is the second-largest island in the area. It’s home to Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed and where visitors can take photos of the shooting location.
Depending on the Phi Phi Island speedboat tour you’ve taken, you can explore other attractions aside from Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh’s Maya Bay. There’s Monkey Beach, which is home to dozens of adorable primates, as well as Pileh Lagoon, which is known for its emerald-green waters and impressively tall limestone cliffs. There’s also Viking Cave, which is famous for its Norse-like cave paintings, and Loh Samah Bay, which is home to many colorful fishes and is a popular snorkeling spot.
With these in mind, you’ll definitely want to add the Phi Phi Islands to your Thailand vacation itinerary. There’s no need to worry since reaching the islands is easy. You can rent a speedboat from Phuket to Phi Phi or book a Krabi to Phi Phi speedboat tour — either way, you’ll reach the archipelago in 45 minutes or so. If you take a ferryboat ride from Phuket or Krabi, you’ll arrive at Phi Phi in approximately 90 minutes.
The Phi Phi Islands should be a part of your trip if you’re visiting southern Thailand. Book a Phi Phi Island tour today to explore what this archipelago has to offer!