Phi Phi Islands

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Why the
Phi Phi Islands
are special

They combine fabulous snorkeling and diving with a stunning seascape.

Phi Phi Islands
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How to pronounce

Phi Phi = pee pee (not fee fee)

Geography in brief

This group of six islands lies east of Phuket and south of Phang Nga Bay, which are also Hillman Wonders of Thailand. The two major islands are:


Ko Phi Phi Don

It's the largest and comprises two large mountainous land masses connected by a narrow isthmus.

The island as a whole is lovely. But the sandbar-like isthmus is packed with bars, eateries, dive centers, and tourist shops - hardly a vision of paradise.

Ko Phi Phi Leh

The second largest island is famous for its beautifully seascaped Maya Bay.

Chief tourism appeals The top three Phi Phi draws a

The top three Phi Phi draws are snorkeling, diving, and sea kayaking.

Maya Bay

Its beach and bay (see photo) was a primary shooting location of 2000 movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This film made Maya Bay known around the globe as a paradise to visit. Unfortunately, due to this popularity, the site's tranquility is shattered from 9am to 5pm by a bevy of tour boats laden with day trippers out of Phuket.

When to come

The best period is from January to April, the dry season. Monsoon rains occur in the May to October period..

2004 Tsunami

Both of its major islands were severely damaged by that horrific tsunami. Nearly a thousand tourists and locals perished.

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Phi Phi photo by Mr Bullit - CC-BY-SA-3.0


Tourism Authority of Thailand


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