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Phi Phi Islands Guide

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The central area of Koh Phi Phi Don is located between Tonsai Bay (where the ferry pier is situated) to the south and Loh Dalum to the north. The area counts four sub-areas: Tonsai West, Tonsai Village, Loh Dalum, and Tonsai East. It is the liveliest place in the whole Phi Phi Islands and hosts a great choice of hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and bars for all type of customers and budgets. Tonsai West is the quietest side of the area, while Loh Dalum, Tonsai Village and, to a slightly lesser degree, Tonsai East are the buzziest parts of Phi Phi Don.

Who is it For:

  • Budget-conscious holidaymakers
  • People who like a busy and lively beach
  • People who want to be centrally-located and want everything in one place
  • People who love to party

What’s Good:

  • Massive choice of nightlife, dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Massive choice of nightlife, dining and shopping options

What’s Not So Good:

  • There are not many traditional Thai touches
  • Crowded with day trippers from 11:00 – 15:30

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Laem Thong (Golden Bay) is a long strip of sand located toward the northeastern coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. The area is a tropical cliché come true as, apart from a few classy resorts, it features only a small fisherman’s village and two or three standalone bars and restaurants. Outside the resorts, all activities are dedicated to the beach and sea: sunbathing, snorkelling or scuba diving on the reefs off the coast, exploring the charming Bamboo Island lying five kilometres off Laem Thong, and strolling south along the coastal path. The perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday, Laem Thong is definitely the destination for those looking for a break, but a trip to Loh Dalum takes roughly 40 minutes by long-tail boat, if you miss the hustle and bustle of a beach party!

Who is it For:

  • Honeymooners
  • Luxury travellers
  • People who want to get away from it all

What’s Good:

  • Beautiful exotic area with white sand, turquoise sea, and coconut trees
  • Easy access to excellent snorkelling opportunities some 50m from the shore

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options

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Long Beach is the eastern end of Tonsai Bay. It is only separated from the central area of Phi Phi Don Island by a rocky cape featuring a narrow jungle path which allows to get there on foot. The main assets of Long Beach are its tranquillity and its proximity with the village – a five-minute trip by long-tail boat - and all it has to offer in matter of dining, shopping, and nightlife entertainment. Long Beach hosts a few bungalow resorts and beach restaurants: it somehow could retain a bit of the Hippie-touch that the central area of Phi Phi has definitely lost.

Who is it For:

  • Families
  • People looking for a village community feel
  • Budget-conscious travellers

What’s Good:

  • Quiet and not crowded
  • Good snorkelling spots including a Shark Point, 200m off the beach

What’s Not So Good:

  • Very few dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options

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Remote and mostly only accessible by boat (it takes at least one hour to get there on foot from the central area of Phi Phi, trekking along steep jungle trails), the southeastern coast of Phuket is the latest destination available in Koh Phi Phi Don. Since the beginning of the 21st Century, this three-kilometre-long wild coast has seen the construction of small bungalow resorts offering unpretentious accommodation choices to those who really want to get away from it all. Water sports – kayaking, snorkelling, and scuba diving – are the main activities on offer. Composed of narrow beaches, lying at the foot of mountains covered with thick vegetation, the southeastern coast of Phi Phi is the right place for nature lovers.

Who is it For:

  • Nature lovers
  • People who want to get away from it all
  • Budget-conscious travellers

What’s Good:

  • Quiet and not crowded
  • Nautical activities
  • Back-to-nature feel

What’s Not So Good:

  • No dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options whatsoever
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