Koh Phi Phi is the most beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. Yeah I said it. Number ONE! Okay, coming clean, we haven’t been to every island off of Thailand, but if any of them are even CLOSE to Koh Phi Phi then they have a LOT going for them.
We spent the better part of a week on this island and had the time of our freaking lives! We wanted to stay for a month, learn to teach scuba diving, and camp out on the beach each night! Maybe next time. Here is lolglobetrotting’s guide for your trip to Koh Phi Phi.
Go For a Swim
Koh Phi Phi’s waters are right up there with any on earth. Crystal blue, basically the color of the best gummy bears and freeze pops.
Recently, the island has been home to a raging party scene. Beach-side clubs and DJs rocking out until 3 am, with fire dancers performing for the gathered tourists. If that is your thing, then Koh Phi Phi will be the best time you’ll ever have! We checked it out and partied one night, it was an AMAZING time people-watching.
Because of the partying, there are few people taking time to swim in the beautiful bays on each side of the town! More open water for us! And more for you when you throw on your most tropical swimsuit and head out for a dip.
Explore the Bays
One of the things we found unbelievable about Koh Phi Phi was the fact that you could walk out into the bays at least 100 yards and still touch! I’m talking more than entire football field people!
The island is shaped so that there are two stunning bays with a then strip of land between them. This thin strip is where the town is located, and therefore where you’ll probably spend a lot of your time. When we say thin, we mean thin. You can literally walk from one bay to the other in 5 minutes, and you’ll pass 3 of the best Thai food places you’ve ever had on the way.
Hiking to Phi Phi Viewpoint
One morning you HAVE to hike to Phi Phi Viewpoint. It’s a pretty quick hike, 45 minutes or so, and the view is SO much more than worth it.
If you are up for it, set your alarm so that you’ll be able to watch sunrise from the top. Sit silently with your honey and drink everything in. There’s a delicious breakfast cafe at the top of the hike for you to grab a bite to reward yourself for the trek.
What We Ate
Pad thai, pad thai, and more pad thai. Oh, and we drank a lot of coconuts. All of the coconuts.
There is one place you MUST eat on your visit. If we make one thing clear in this entire article we hope it is this: eat at Only Noodle. This is a tiny noodle stand nestled in the streets of Koh Phi Phi, and was the most delicious pad thai we had on our ENTIRE trip to Southeast Asia! As a kicker, the husband and wife running the stand were the cutest local couple on the island.
You should also drink as many coconuts as possible. They are INCREDIBLY cheap, and keep you as hydrated as you need to be in the Andaman Sea heat! Plus they make for some awesome pictured. Full disclosure: expect them to make you pee.. a lot! Something in these coconuts really gets the juices flowing, literally.
Where We Stayed
We had a lot of ups and downs with our hotel at Koh Phi Phi. We stayed at the Phuphaya Seaview Resort on the northern side of town. Let’s start with the good.
Location, location, location. We LOVED being just slightly out of the main part of the town. It was a ten minute walk into town, which was a great start and end to each day of exploring. It also kept us out of hearing range of the techno and EDM music bumping from the beach-side clubs. As a bonus, it was a shorter hike from our hotel up to Phi Phi Viewpoint, which is toward the north side of the island.
The view from Phuphaya really lived up to the hype. A gorgeous view of the bay from the pool made this place worth it. We were able to walk around town for most of the morning and afternoon and spend the evening hanging at the pool relaxing, reading a book or two and planning the rest of our adventure.
Now with the not so good:
Not all of the hotel rooms live up to the hype. There are a few private cabins which look epic, but a lot of the rooms are pretty dingy motel-style rooms with absolutely no frills and no air conditioning. This would be fine in most climates, but it’s tough when the temperature bottoms out at 80 degrees at night.
While the view from the pool was awesome, there was no outside food or drink allowed in. There is a small restaurant/bar on site, but there were two issues with that. First, the prices are about double what they are on the rest of the island. Second, when we tried to order a drink, they didn’t have any of the materials to make the drinks on their menu.
If we had to do it over, we would look for somewhere with the same view and location as Phuphaya, but that allows outside food and drink
Koh Phi Phi Rocks
All in all, we had the TIME OF OUR LIVES on the island of Koh Phi Phi. We were able to hike, swim, explore, dance, eat, drink, and be merry in one of the most stunning destinations on the planet!
Are you going on your Koh Phi Phi trip with your honey? If so, take a look at our advice for traveling as a couple:
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