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One Day in Ko Phi Phi Don

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The main island of Ko Phi Phi Don is known for its loud music, vodka buckets and generally raucous party scene. However, there are plenty of things to see and do around the island aside from this. Here’s your guide to getting the most out of one day on Ko Phi Phi.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Grand PP Arcade

Restaurants

Maya Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Phi Phi Diving

Scuba & Snorkeling

Spidermonkey Climbing

Sports Camps & Clinics

Loh Moo Dee Beach

Beaches

Orange Place

Restaurants

Kongsiam Bar

Restaurants

Reggae bar Phi Phi

Restaurants

Slinky Beach Bar

Bars & Clubs

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • There are no cars on Ko Phi Phi, so you’ll be making your way around the island on foot. For travel to other islands, there are plenty of long-tail boats available for hire. Group together with others if you can to bring the cost down, and be sure to bargain with the boat owners.
  • Ko Phi Phi is a small island that’s already seeing the negative effects of its growing popularity. You can do your bit by ensuring you never leave your own rubbish behind and by picking up any you may come across.
  • If you’re on a budget, avoid the beachfront restaurants around Tonsai Bay, where prices are invariably higher than elsewhere on the island.
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    Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Start your day in Ko Phi Phi early by watching the sun come up from the best vantage point on the island. It’s a steep, 20-minute climb up to the viewpoint but the sweeping views across the Phi Phi Islands awaiting you at the top are more than worth it. Going so early in the day also means there will be a lot less people around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The climb is steep and fairly challenging so take plenty of water with you and pace yourself. Also have 30 Bahts on you as there is an entrance fee.
    • Sunset is another great time to climb up to the Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint, although there will be many more people up there at that time of day.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Experience ! 10/12/2017
    • Worth the hard slog uphill 10/12/2017
    • Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Grand PP Arcade
    Restaurants (European, Healthy, Thai, Diner)
    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’ve worked up an appetite with all that uphill walking, head straight to Grand PP Arcade for breakfast. It’s a laidback spot in the middle of the bustling Tonsai Village where the food, the service and the prices are all spot-on. Particularly renowned for its breakfasts, Grand PP Arcade is the ideal place to set yourself up for the day ahead.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • The Grand PP Arcade is centrally located and sits between the Garlic Restaurant and Banana Bar in Tonsai Village.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 93 restaurants in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved it 12/12/2017
    • Perfect 11/12/2017
    • Grand PP Arcade
    Address:
    104/16 Moo. 7
    Ao Nang Subdistrict
    Ko Phi Phi Don 81210
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 83 863 9311
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 22
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Maya Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Located in Ko Phi Phi Le, the world-famous Maya Bay was the location used for the film, The Beach. It’s a stunner too, with white sand, turquoise waters and some scenic walking trails inland, all surrounded by impressive limestone cliffs and coral reefs. Not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The earlier in the day you can get a long-tail boat to whizz you over to Maya Bay the better as it becomes overcrowded with people later in the day.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go before 8:30 12/12/2017
    • Got lucky 12/12/2017
    • Maya Bay
    Address:
    on Phi Phi Ley
    Ko Phi Phi Don
    Thailand
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    Phi Phi Diving
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    As you might imagine, the Phi Phi Islands are fantastic for diving and the aptly named Phi Phi Diving centre is one of the best schools on the island. Spend the afternoon exploring beautiful coral and marine life with qualified and passionate instructors.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Phi Phi Diving’s office is located near the infamous Reggae Bar in Tonsai Village.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 40 Tours in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great dive Shop, professional staff 03/11/2017
    • Awesome first diving experience! 10/09/2017
    • Phi Phi Diving
    Address:
    125/10 Moo 7
    Ko Phi Phi Don 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 61 285 8902
    Other:
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    Spidermonkey Climbing
    Sports Camps & Clinics
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re the active type but would rather stay on dry land, skip the diving and experience Ko Phi Phi from a height instead. The climbing around Phi Phi is incredible and Spidermonkey Climbing is one of the most respected and well-established schools on the island.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • There have been reports that a fake company are advertising themselves as Spidermonkey Climbing. If you’re not sure, ask for the owner who goes by the name of Book.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 40 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    • Great Night Plankton Tour 16/06/2016
    • They sold us off to another tour group 14/04/2016
    Phone:
    +66 87 742 4289
    Other:
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    Loh Moo Dee Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you want to get a few hours in at the beach but don’t fancy sharing it with the rest of Ko Phi Phi, head to Loh Moo Dee Beach. It’s a 20-minute or so walk from Long Beach and is very much the secluded, white sand, turquoise water slice of paradise you’ve been hoping for.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • It’s a hot, unshaded walk from Long Beach so take be sure to take water along with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 40 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    • Wonderfull but too much people 28/11/2017
    • Dirty beach wasted by tourists 07/11/2017
    • Loh Moo Dee Beach
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    Orange Place
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    For dinner, seek out the best Thai food on the island by heading over to Orange Place. Located along Gypsy Road, here you’ll find authentic, flavoursome Thai food cooked by the charismatic owner and chef, Eat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Orange Place is the humble-looking establishment located opposite the Oasis guesthouse.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 93 restaurants in Ko Phi Phi Don
    • About as local as you can get... 06/01/2016
    • Doesn't look like worth going but it definitely is! 23/09/2015
    Address:
    Gypsy Road opposite oasis guesthouse
    Ko Phi Phi Don
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 80 521 5337
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    Kongsiam Bar
    Restaurants (Pub)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    To ease yourself gently into your evening on Ko Phi Phi, the Kongsiam Bar is just the thing. It’s lively yet laidback, with live music and a fun and friendly vibe. Plus it’s easy enough to reach the main hub of the party scene if and when you want to move on.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Kongsiam Bar features live music every night beginning at 9pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 93 restaurants in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place on Phi Phi 13/11/2017
    • Fantastic place with live music! 04/11/2017
    • Kongsiam Bar
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    Reggae bar Phi Phi
    Restaurants (Bar, Asian, Thai, Pub)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Most people who visit Ko Phi Phi end up in the Reggae Bar at one point or another! It’s a large bar at the centre of all the action and features its very own Thai boxing ring. With a steady flow of vodka buckets, beers and cocktails, the atmosphere grows steadily throughout the night. You’ll see both professional Muay boxers in the ring, as well as plenty of brave (or inebriated) punters.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Reggae Bar gets busier and busier as the night goes on so get there early evening if you want ringside seats.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 93 restaurants in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hilarious 12/12/2017
    • Good entertainment, poor service & expensive drinks 13/11/2017
    • Reggae bar Phi Phi
    Address:
    Centre
    Ko Phi Phi Don
    Thailand
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    Slinky Beach Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re in full party-mode as the night gets underway on Ko Phi Phi, you’ll inevitably end up at one of the bars along the beach. With chairs out on the sand, the music thumping and plenty of drinks flowing, Slinky performs as good as any of the others. Mechanical bull and fire shows included!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It’s not a good idea to take valuables with you to the beach parties on Ko Phi Phi. Keep them in your hotel/guesthouse safe instead.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 Nightlife in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing fire show 04/12/2017
    • sooooo much fun 01/11/2017
    • Slinky Beach Bar
    Address:
    Loh Dalum Bay
    Ko Phi Phi Don 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 86 067 7339
    Other:
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