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Let’s go to the Phi Phi islands and Maya Bay

Koh Phi Phi Leh and Maya Bay
PHOTO: Koh Phi Phi Leh and Maya Bay

Not just an island, but an archipelago of six islands situated between Phuket and Krabi in Phang Nga Bay, one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. Sure you’ve heard of Maya Bay, but there’s a lot more to see and do in the islands which make up this archipelago.

Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh are the most popular destinations for people visiting Phuket or Krabi, even more-so after May Bay was featured in the 2000 movie “The Beach” featuring a younger Leonardo DiCaprio.

5 of the islands have no developments or permanent structures on them, other than piers and National Park buildings.

But that’s all made up on the largest of the islands, Phi Phi Don which is the only island with a range of hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. The main island is also known for nature walks, a breathtaking viewpoint, fantastic snorkelling, stunning limestone rock formations, rock climbing, kayaking, photo opportunities, coral reefs and feet-in-the-sand Thai restaurants.

There is also a vibrant nightlife on Koh Phi Phi Don that has developed over the years, and accommodation options at all levels. There are no sealed roads on the island and you can get everywhere by foot.

Phi Phi Don

PHOTO: Koh Phi Phi Don

Whilst the feature location of Maya Bay is closed down for a few months during the annual monsoon (usually August and September), the Phi Phi Islands can be visited at any time of the year, although during the monsoon your tour company will be more selective with the weather.

Maya Bay was closed down for beach visits in 2018 for an extended break and only re-opening in 2022 with new access paths and a landing pier to help protect the famous beach and eco system.

You can reach the Koh Phi Phi group from either Krabi or Phuket – around 2 hours on the regular ferries or 45 minutes in one of the many speedboats heading out every day.

Diving or snorkelling in the turquoise waters around the smaller islands is recommended. The dive spots are very accessible and, apart from Surin and Similar Islands, is some of the best areas for diving around the Andaman region. 

Phi Phi Islands map

5 Star Marine organises private boat tours to the Phi Phi Islands throughout the year. You can check out more details HERE.

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