Koh Phi Phi Island in Thailand is becoming popular day by day and first credit goes to Leonardo Di Caprio’s film “The Beach”.
Size wise, the island itself is not big. But good news is, there are actually lots of things to do on Koh Phi Phi Island to make your trip exciting and fun.
This beautiful island is full of white sandy beaches, stunning colorful exotic fish. A visit to Phi Phi Island needs to be on your bucket list!
I visited Phi Phi with my husband in February. We spent 4 days on this wonderful island. 3-4 days are sufficient if you wish to explore it properly and do exciting things around Phi Phi island.
From activities during the day involving the sun , sea, snorkeling to night life excitements like beach side fire shows and mouth watering Thai food, Phi Phi Island has something for everyone.
When we first thought to stay on this island for 4 days, my reaction was, 4 days are too much to explore this little island. But after staying here for 4 days, I left this island with wonderful memories to cherish for life time.
Here, I’ve compiled a list of top things to do in Koh Phi Phi Island!
Beach Hopping in Koh Phi Phi! – Its absolutely Fun and Free
Once you enter in Phi Phi island, you will be amazed by its crystal clear blue water beaches with white sand.
Immediately shake off your strong desire to click thousands pictures of the first spot. As you start exploring the island, you will notice blue water, white sand are common everywhere. The more you explore the more you find spectacular hidden gems, virgin beaches on this island. Keep exploring.
Some beaches you can explore by yourself either a long ass hike through jungles or simply by walking. Also there are longtail boats to visit some very remote beaches of this island.
…i quickly jump into water to click my picture with this gorgeous looking long tailed boat…..
Just remember, when you are going to visit unknown beaches, carry a bottle of water, some food, sunblock, and mosquito lotion.
You will thank me for that 🙂 This article will guide you on how to reach some of the most spectacular beaches of Koh Phi Phi island. Trust me its worth checking out.
With plenty of options for island hopping tours in Phi Phi, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and your budget. During your beach hopping tours, you’ll stop at popular places like Monkey Beach, Maya Bay (Maya Bay got famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie : The Beach)
Also Read: The Complete Guide of Koh Phi Phi Island
Climbing Up To The Beautiful Phi Phi Viewpoints
If you wish to take a break from exploring beaches and islands of Phi Phi, I would suggest to go hiking in Phi Phi as it has some of the most stunning viewpoints in Thailand.
I have already written about my experience of Phi Phi View Point. This was one of my top favorite things I did on the island. The best time to visit Phi Phi Island is either at sunset or sunrise. But unfortunately I couldn’t make it to either.
The climb towards Phi Phi viewpoint starts in the back of Phi Phi village. It’s not so hard. But since the wind doesn’t get through, it can get really hot. I reached to the view point at 2PM when it was super hot. I highly recommend this hike.
Read: My Experience Of Phi Phi Viewpoints Hike and Bonus Tips
Free Word of advice :), don’t do this hike when you’re tried,hungover or feeling dehydrated.
Witness Stunning Fire Shows in Phi Phi
Fire shows are very popular in Thailand. In Phi Phi, its a great way to start your night with fire shows. Most of the times beach side resorts organize these shows. You can chill out on the beach, drink in one hand, while you watch a fire show.
These shows are free, if you wish you can give some tip to these boys. And if you wana have some fun, you can be a part of their fire show :).
Koh Phi Phi is full of stunning dive sites worth checking. I would suggest to choose your dive school wisely before arriving here. All the dive schools in Koh Phi Phi have a standardized price. Also they have various scuba diving courses too.
…you will find many centers offering PADI certifications and scuba diving….always check its reviews online before applying..
Scuba diving was one of the reasons due to which we stayed in Phi Phi for 4 days. My husband wanted to do 3 days scuba diving course here. .
Small Tip: Heading to Phi Phi? Check out my Where to Stay in Phi Phi guide to help you find best suitable options
Watch a Muay Thai Boxing Fight
Watching a Muay Thai fight is a must-do for every sports fan looking for a real Thai experience. Muay Thai or Thai boxing is immensely popular in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi Muay Thai is a mix of the art and fun.
…. Reggae Bar in phi phi offers Muay Thai boxing …
If you are a young guy going to these bars, there is a good chance you will be asked to fight in the ring at some point in the night. Some of these bars give participants full protection like shin guards, gloves and head gear (no mouthguards), while others don’t. .
When you are in Island, naturally, underwater activities are a must! Snorkeling is such a fun in Koh Phi Phi as there are lots of colorful, playful fish. If you have a snorkeling mask then swim out a couple of meters and you’ll see decent colorful marine life.
Get Lost In Street Life
In Phi Phi island, you will not find any vehicles. I did not find even a single shop renting out two wheeler.
On arriving at Phi Phi jetty, you will have to walk till your hotel. But trust me it wont be boring as the street life in Phi Phi island is full of life.
...white sand beaches are everywhere…
…Yes, it can be very touristic. Beach side small affordable hotels where you can work and have budget friendly food…
Read: All Know Want To Know About Street Life Of Koh Phi Phi Island
In the middle of Koh Phi Phi Island, there are intersecting walkways with little shops, restaurants, and bars lining both sides, making it an interesting yet confusing experience to try to navigate your way from one place to the next.
…to make life easy, there are island maps displayed on the roads…..
Set aside an hour or so and just get lost wandering all of the paths. While roaming around, you can quickly take a note of bars or shops you may wish to visit later.
Taste Lots Of Local Food
Trying local food is again one of my favorite things to do while traveling. I’m not a foodie but I love trying new dishes, especially at local restaurants where the food is usually guaranteed to be delicious, authentic, and pocket friendly !
Though Koh Phi Phi Island is not that cheap when it comes to food but during my stay on the island, I found quite a few spots where you can get tasty cheap local thai food.
…this mouth watering prawns dish was for 80 bhats…
….this ridiculously yummy red thai curry i got again for 80 bhats……..
Read: Complete Guide On What To Eat In Koh Phi Phi
Do not forget to try roadside chilled coconut water. The taste of Thai coconut water is just amazing.
Party Whole Night..Every Day
My list of things to do in Koh Phi Phi is incomplete without mentioning the fun nightlife of this island. You dont need to spend much to be a part of this fun.
Just get a bucket (or two) and walk around the beach watching the many fire dancing shows. You will find night parties in the main clubs and beach bars.
….while buying a bucket check the bottle caps and make sure they not already opened…
If you wonder what is bucket ?? In Thailand a bucket is full variety of drinks (mostly local drinks) which may include soda, ice, liqueur. The price of bucket is comparatively cheap.
Hire A Long-Tailed Boat – PHI PHI TAXI BOAT
Before visiting Thailand, I had no ideas what Long-Tailed boats are. I would call it as a Water Taxi.
You may have already noticed these boats on Koh Phi Phi postcards. These simple wooden boats are powered by gasoline engines are called “Long Tail”.
If you are one or two, look for other people to come with you … 4 people can usually take the long tail boat.
Long tails driver is often a family affair, a job that is transmitted from father to son, no woman led the long tails. Some boats are in the family for several generations.
Each owner decorates the front of the boat with colored ribbons and flowers. It is extremely photogenic !
Get A Tattoo In Phi Phi
You will find a dozens of tattoo shops while roaming around on the streets of Phi Phi Island. They are literally everywhere! Well, getting something on my skin I was not quite sure. But it really fun to see these creative shops on phi phi roads.
Getting a bamboo tattoo in Thailand and on Phi Phi for that matter is a very popular thing. The good thing about it’s popularity is there are a number of really nice tattoo shops to choose from with talented artists. The artists are welcoming and many are willing to sit down with you to discuss the perfect tattoo for you.
Also Read: The Best Places To Stay In Koh Phi Phi Island
Get Wet in a Pool Party
Party life in phi phi is well known. Here you can find many resorts that throw large pool parties where you can dance all day on pool side Dj’s, enjoy drinking games and booze. If you wish to take a break from exploring island then , you can definitely look at doing this.
Chilling At The Beach
When you want to get over that hangover or are just wanting to relax and get a tan, spending some time on the beautiful white sand beach of Phi Phi is sure to make your day a little sparkling!
When you are done with most of the Top things to do at Phi Phi island, I will suggest to just chill at the beach before leaving this beautiful place. I spent my half a day soaking up the sun on the beach.
There are tonnes of comfy beach chairs scattered along the beach, though they all belong to the restaurant/bar behind them, not all of these places will make you buy a drink to use their chairs.
Staying at a Luxury resort
I got it. If your only purpose to visit Koh Phi Phi is to have a nice relaxing vacation. And if you are ready to spend money then think about staying at a luxurious resort.
Try checking in to the Zeavola Phi Phi Resort, Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island or Phi Phi Island Village Resort And Spa. These resorts have all the mainland facilities you would expect and ensure you see the best of the islands while maintaining the standards of the discerning traveler.
This was my small guide on Things to Do on Phi Phi Island.
Here are some important links to help you in Koh Phi Phi vacation planning:
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To book best budget friendly hotels in Koh Phi Phi: Booing.com
Note: There is no direct flight to Phi Phi island. One has to get there by taking a ferry from Krabi or Phuket.
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