By Paula Parker
Ko Phi Phi is renowned for its tranquillity and spectacular beaches; in fact it is one of the most inspiring holiday destinations you will find.
The scenery is truly amazing with sheer limestone rock formations that rise dramatically from the turquoise colored waters that are teeming with colorful marine life.
With all this natural beauty, it’s no wonder that the Islands are the most popular islands around Phuket and are often listed in the top ten of beautiful islands around the world.
The Phi Phi Islands is by far one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.
Ko Phi Phi lies halfway between Phuket and Krabi, only 48 kilometres southeast of Phuket in the Andaman Sea.
Many people think that this group of islands are part of Phuket, probably because many visitors travel from Phuket to the islands, however they are considered part of Krabi province.
Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island covering an area of 28 square kilometres and is the only island with permanent residents.
To visit the other islands in the group, there are organized day trips from Phuket or Krabi or longtail boats available for hire from Ko Phi Phi Don.
Tonsai Bay is a hive of activity; with a constant flow of ferries, yachts, speed boats, dive boats and long tail boats.
The main tourist hub is Tonsai Village which attracts many visitors.
There are no roads or cars, just footpaths and the only mode of transport you will find is a push bike.
Tonsai Village has an abundance of bars and places to eat, there is casual beach side dining around the beaches.
And loads of delicious restaurants dotted throughout the streets and alleys ways, or more up market restaurants within the resorts.
If you love to shop, you won’t be disappointed as there are loads of shops around Tonsai Village.
With everything from handmade jewellery, boutique clothing, handicrafts to sunglasses, DVD's and CD's.
Many visitors come to the islands for a day trip from Phuket or Krabi, but the reality is that there is no possible way that you can do and see all what these stunning islands have to offer in just one day.
The best way to see all of the attractions and do all the fun and adventurous activities on and around the Islands is to stay a couple of nights.
Something that you must do while on the larger island is the walk to Pee Pee viewpoint, here you will see some of the most incredible views of the Islands.
Whilst the walk is a little tough especially in the heat, the sunset views from the lookout are simply amazing.
There are many resorts and hotels available at phi Phi Don to suit all tastes and budgets.
Including upmarket resorts and water-front bungalows, that are located on the quieter beaches of Phi Phi Don.
Backpackers flock to Phi Phi Don as there are numerous cheap hotels and affordable guesthouses throughout Tonsai Village.
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Koh Phi Phi has many top beaches that are worth exploring.
In fact I would have to say that they are among some of the best beaches in Thailand.
One of our favourite beaches is the stunning Maya Bay which is by far one of the most popular tourist attractions around the Islands.
Maya Bay was made famous by the movie "The Beach" and is located on the smaller sister island of Phi Phi Ley. You can read more about Maya Bay here.
The Islands are an ideal spot for a scuba diving vacation, with exceptional dive sites for all levels of experience from complete beginners to qualified divers.
For an adrenalin rush you could try some other adventurous activities such as cliff jumping, rock climbing or swimming with sharks.
Or hire a longtail boat or kayak and explore some of the hidden bays and beaches such as Monkey Beach or Monkey Bay, at either of these two locations you will find groups of crab eating cheeky monkeys.
There is a colorful array of nightlife on PP Don, with plenty of bars and pubs that provide nightly entertainment and music including soul, hip hop, reggae and dance music.
Maybe you would like to take in a fire show or chill out on the beach, relaxing under the stars.
Koh Phi Phi is still a dream vacation spot for backpackers, but is also an ideal destination for all age groups as it offers exciting and fun activities for kids and adults alike.
The islands are also one of the top honeymoon spots offshore of Phuket.
You really should include Koh Phi Phi in your Thailand vacations.
Some resorts are only accessible by boat transfer from Tonsai Pier.
Guests that are staying at the following resorts are transferred by boat to their resort.
Most of these resorts don’t have piers, so leave your good shoes at home and wear a pair of flip flops.
The cheapest way to get to the islands from Phuket or Krabi is by scheduled ferry.
The trip on the ferry takes around 90 minutes, depending on the conditions and runs every day all year round.
Another option is to take a speed boat which is the fastest way to reach the islands.
Speedboats take as little as 45 minutes from Phuket, and are ideal if you are going on a day trip.
If you have pre-booked your accommodation on PP Don, when you arrive at Tonsai Bay there will be transfers waiting on the pier to help you with your luggage and to escort you to your resort.
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