Koh Phi Phi was one of the best places I visited while visiting Thailand back in December. I loved the laidback island-vibe that the whole place had, from the fact that there were no cars on this island, to vibrant beach parties and fire shows that took place every night. I could easily kickback and relax on the white sand beaches there and never turn back. If heading to Koh Phi Phi for the first time, below are 5 must-have experiences to make the most of your trip to this gorgeous part of the world.
1. Island Hop
There is a tour agency on every street corner in Koh Phi Phi, all of which offer the same tours through the same company. While visiting Koh Phi Phi, you should try to take at least a day to hop on a boat and go experience some of the neighboring islands and beaches. The common islands that are visited on these tours are: Bamboo Island, Monkey Beach (yes, it’s filled with monkeys) and Maya Bay (where Leonardo Dicaprio filmed the popular movie, The Beach).
2. Join a beach party
Even if you aren’t traveling to Koh Phi Phi for the vibrant nightlife and partying it has to offer, it’s a must to at least head down to the beach in the evenings to experience the madness first hand. Buy yourself a bucket of your favorite drinks and sit back and people watch. The beach will come alive with music, fire shows and dance parties that continue on until sunrise.
3. Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Either wake up early for sunrise or head out late for sunset to take the trek to the viewpoint, that will offer unbeatable views of Koh Phi Phi. From the viewpoint you will be able to see Tonsai Village and Loh Dalum Bays; although the trek can be exhausting it’s completely worth the effort. The walk will take about 30 minutes–depending on the speed at which you walk–and when you reach the top there is a little café where you can reward yourself. It is extraordinary to see how much this island has built itself up since the 2004 tsunami that dramatically impacted South East Asia, including the Phi Phi islands.
4. Go scuba diving (or snorkeling)
There is no shortage of diving companies that are eager to take you out on a diving adventure. Whether it’s your first time or you are an experienced diver, there are several courses and trips you can organize when you get to the island. The crystal blue water of the Andaman Sea will make snorkeling and diving that much more breathtaking.
5. Swim with bio-luminescent plankton
There are very few places in the world that you can experience such an amazing experience as swimming amongst bio-luminescent plankton at night. As you move throughout the water you’ll see the tiny plankton glow, making for a truly magical experience that seems as if it was plucked right from a movie. Opt for the Maya Bay Sleep Aboard tour and you’ll be able to not only hang out at Maya Bay when all the rest of the tourists have left but also swim amongst the plankton.
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About the Author
Lauren Marinigh is based in Toronto, Canada and currently works as a full-time marketing professional during the day and a self-proclaimed wannabe full-time traveler by night. Her travel blog, Twirl the Globe was created to share Lauren’s experiences and travel advice and was developed for the young budget traveler in mind. Follow Lauren on Twitter at @TwirlTheGlobe or on her Instagram.