Koh Phi Phi: The Quieter Side to a Backpacker’s Paradise

Koh Phi Phi (pronounced like Pee Pee) is a group of islands in the Andaman Sea. Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don make up Koh Phi Phi. Phi Phi Don is the larger, welcomes more visitors and inhabited of the two. Phi Phi Leh is home to the famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach was filmed. Phi Phi Don is only about 45 minutes by speed boat or 2 hours by ferry from Phuket and 1.5 hours by ferry from Krabi town. Here are some helpful references I used for ferry service from Phuket(Rassada pier) and Krabi(Krabi town, Ao Nang and Railey Bay). Phuket Ferry and Phi Phi ferry to other islands such as Koh Lipe, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, etc…

girl sitting on long tail boat in phi phi island thailand

On a recent holiday, my honey and I decided to visit Koh Phi Phi since it was the easiest of the islands to get to and from Phuket with such limited time. Knowing that we wanted to get away from the crazier side of Phi Phi Don for a more romantic holiday. With that being said, we decided to stay on the other side of the island. This part of the island is only reachable by a long tail boat after arriving at Tonsai pier. Maybe next time we will stay in town to enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

What is the best time to visit the Phi Phi islands? 

Generally, the best months to visit is from November to March when it’s a bit drier and the weather is cooler. The low season is from May to October due to heavy monsoon rain showers, with the heaviest in September and October. But don’t pass a chance to go even in monsoon season! With less tourists, cheaper flights and less expensive room rates, you may find yourself many budget friendly deals around these months. The low season may be filled with many rainy days but it is also filled with a lot more sunshine than one may think, with an average of 20 sunny days a month! We actually went in September and were lucky enough to not experience the rain except on the first day arriving. Downpours usually last 2-3 hours and the rest of the day is filled with sunshine. Though, many tours, speed boats are not readily as available in low season as in high. It may be harder to arrange visits to neighboring islands like Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe, Koh Samui and such.

girl on long tail boat in phi phi island thailand

girl sitting on mountain in phi phi island in thailand

And for my favorite part! The food of course….We stayed at the Zeavola Resort which is only accessible by a long tail boat from Tonsai pier. The boat ride was about 800-1000thb depending on your negotiating skills and about 30-45 minutes away. Boats can also be pre-arranged by the resort or picked up on the beach in Tonsai. The resort was very “natural” for the most part but perfect for those looking for a more quiet type of vacation. There is a very good restaurant in the gypsy village just steps away from Zeavola called Jasmine. It is absolutely delicious and decently priced.  In town there are quite a few as well which varies from American to traditional thai cuisines. Do try the fresh smoothies and thai tea! They are quite refreshing, especially in the heat.

fruit smoothie in thailand