Ko Phi Phi is regarded as one of the world’s most naturally beautiful islands (in fact, there are six islands in Phi Phi). They are located 50 kilometers southeast of Phuket and are part of the Had Nopparattara-Ko Phi Phi National Park, which is home to a plethora of corals and incredible marine life. There are limestone mountains with cliffs, caverns, and vast stretches of white sand beaches. The national park has an area of 242,437 rai (about 39,000 hectares; 97,000 acres).
The biggest and most well-known islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. The Andaman Sea surrounds the islands.
Two communities on Ko Phi Phi are administered by the Ao Nang sub-district, Muang district, Krabi Province.
Koh Phi Phi – Info Card
|TIME ZONE :||ICT (UTC+7)|
|AREA :||12.25 km2 (4.73 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||1 m (3 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||7°44′00″N 98°46′00″E|
Tourism in Koh Phi Phi
The islands’ natural beauty has been safeguarded by national park status, which includes beaches and beautiful water. Since the shooting of the movie The Beach, tourism on Ko Phi Phi, like the rest of Krabi Province, has surged. Only daring tourists visited the island in the early 1990s. Today, Ko Phi Phi is a well-known resort for scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking, and other marine leisure activities in Thailand.
The number of people that visit the island each year is so great that the coral reefs and marine species on Ko Phi Phi have suffered significant damage as a consequence.
On the tiny island of Ko Phi Phi Lee, there are no hotels or other forms of lodging. On this island, the only way to stay the night is to join a guided excursion to Maya Bay and sleep in a tent.
- Ko Phi Phi Don. The largest and only inhabited island in the archipelago.
- Ko Phi Phi Leh. A little island to the south that gained popularity when scenes from the film The Beach were shot there. Except for a few Maya Bay wardens and bird nest harvesters, the island is uninhabited. During the day, expect a large number of visitors, particularly around Maya Bay, often known as “the beach.”
- Bida Nok and Bida Nai. To the south of Phi Phi Leh, two tiny neighboring limestone karst formations with near-vertical cliff walls rising from the sea.
- Ko Mai Phai (Bamboo Island). A little low-lying islet north of Phi Phi Don with numerous nice beaches.
- Ko Yung (north of Ko Phi Phi Don). The island includes a stone beach in the east and little sandy beaches near the hills. It’s packed with vibrant coral reefs.
The majority of the development on Phi Phi Don takes place in or around Ton Sai Village, which is located on the flat, sandy isthmus that connects the two steep spurs that make up the remainder of the island. Other, calmer resorts may be found on Long Beach, Laem (Cape) Thong, and in other less accessible sections of the island.
The Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, which virtually destroyed the island’s entire infrastructure, ravaged Ko Phi Phi. However, redevelopment has been fast, and services have resumed, with construction controls in place to limit the height of new structures in order to protect the island’s spectacular vistas.
It should be emphasized that, despite their relaxed demeanor, many of the local islands are Muslim. If you stroll about town in your skimpys, you will lose a lot of respect (this also applies to Buddhist parts of Thailand!). While many careless visitors parade down Main Street in Speedos or thong bikinis, it’s better to avoid insulting your hosts by wearing shorts or a sarong. Similarly, although most people accept it, going topless on the beach is best avoided.
Climate of Koh Phi Phi
The weather in the area is tropical. There are only two seasons: the hot season, which lasts from January to April, and the rainy season, which lasts from May to December. The annual temperature ranges from 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 89.6°F), while the annual rainfall totals 2569 mm. Unlike in Europe, rain falls severely in this area for brief periods of time.
Geography of Koh Phi Phi
The Phi Phi group consists of six islands. They are located 40 kilometers south of Phuket and are part of the Hat Nopparat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park, which is home to a plethora of corals and marine life. There are limestone mountains with cliffs, caverns, and vast stretches of white sand beaches. The national park has an area of 242,437 rai (38,790 ha).
The biggest and most well-known islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lee. Phi Phi Don has a total area of 9.73 km2 and is 8 km long and 3.5 km broad. Phi Phi Lee is 2 kilometers away. The islands have a total area of 12.25 km2.