First Time in Phi Phi - What to Do

Phi Phi Island Survival Guide

You may find this page helpful if you're visiting Phi Phi for the first time. We know the feeling most of us have when travelling to the other side of the planet to arrive in a destination we’ve never been before. The tiredness involved with long trips can alter our perception of things, and it can leave us somehow puzzled the first day of our holiday in a new environment.

This is why we wrote this Phi Phi Island survival guide. You’ll find here the restaurants, attractions, nightlife entertainment and even hotels we love on Koh Phi Phi Don (just in case you haven't made a reservation yet), so you do not have to think too much. Have a look at the places we recommend to our friends and family when they come to Phi Phi.

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Phi Phi at a Glance

No wonder why Phi Phi is one of the most popular holiday destinations in southern Thailand. From the beautiful pristine bays of Koh Phi Phi Leh, to the white soft-powder sand of Bamboo Island beach, and the festive atmosphere of Tonsai Village on Koh Phi Phi Don, there's loads to do. It has all that’s required to spend a memorable tropical island vacation.

  • Many beaches and islands to explore
  • Good choice of dining and nightlife entertainment options in Tonsai Village
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Good choice of hotels right on the beach
  • Some areas are barely developed
  • Few shopping opportunities
  • Walking is the only mode of transport on Phi Phi Don

Things You Can Do in Phi Phi

There’s undeniably a lot of things to do in Phi Phi. Snorkelling, scuba diving, rock climbing, island hopping, partying, hiking, and more, the list seems endless. If this is your first time in Phi Phi, the following things to do should be on your bucket-list…

  • Maya Bay

    Maya Bay

    Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since 'The Beach' was filmed here. It was popular before the Read More»

  • Phi Phi Viewpoint

    Phi Phi Viewpoint

    The viewpoint is elevated to 186m, which isn't really that high. If you're feeling energetic, it's a brisk 20 minute Read More»

  • Bamboo Island

    Bamboo Island

    Lying approximately five kilometres off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don, Bamboo Island is a stunning tropical Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Phi Phi

Phi Phi has a good reputation in matter of late-night partying. Most of the action after dark is concentrated on Tonsai Village and its immediate surroundings (Loh Dalum and Tonsai East). If you come for the first time to Phi Phi, the following nightspots are not to be missed...

  • Phi Phi Reggae Bar

    Phi Phi Reggae Bar

    A legend in its own lunchtime, the Reggae Bar chugs along year after year with differing approaches to draw punters in. Read More»

  • Loh Dalum Nightlife

    Loh Dalum Beach Nightlife

    Loh Dalum beach has somehow taken over as the number-one party destination on Phi Phi. Almost every night you’ll hear Read More»

  • Tonsai Village Nightlife

    Tonsai Bay Nightlife

    Phi Phi's nightlife is laid back but also lively at the same time, it's one of the few places in Thailand that is deviod Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Phi Phi

As a popular cosmopolitan destination, Phi phi hosts a lively dining scene. Whether you’re looking for cheap, mid-range or upscale Thai and occidental fares, you’ll find them here. We’ve picked out three absolute must-try restaurants for your first time in Phi Phi. The first of them is an unpretentious gastro-bistro located next to the pier. The second one is a chic Bohemian-style restaurant settled in a small lane of Tonsai Village. The third one is a stylish beachfront restaurant located toward the western end of Tonsai Bay.

  • Le Grand Bleu

    Le Grand Bleu

    Enter stage left Le Grand Bleu, probably Phi Phi’s best stand-alone restaurant and, opened in 1992, almost an Read More»

  • The Cliff Bar & Restaurant

    The Cliff Bar & Restaurant

    In an idyllic beach setting and sheltered by the towering and prolific limestone cliffs that mark the edge of the bay, Read More»

  • Aroy Kaffeine

    Aroy Kaffeine Café & Guesthouse is a hidden gem which should be on the bucket-list of every curious gastronome Read More»

Hotels in Phi Phi We Recommend to Our Friends

Low-cost, mid-range, and luxury hotels await you in this tropical paradise that attracts, during peak season, something like 10,000 visitors a day (this includes residents, day trippers, and overnighters). We’ve picked out three hotels that belong to different star-ratings that we would stay at or recommend to our closest relatives.

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort offers an authentic Thai island experience, whilst maintaining a high level of luxury and Read More...

Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort

Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort are beauty of the natural surroundings, nice private beach & offers you a wide choice of Read More...

Phi Phi Banyan Villa

Located in Ko Phi Phi, Phi Phi Banyan Villa is by the sea and minutes from Tonsai Pier and Ao Ton Sai Beach.The front desk is Read More...


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