There is no denying Koh Phi-Phi is a true island paradise. From the moment you set foot on the pier you are surrounded by pristine waters and schools of yellow and black coral fish (sergeant major fish). Unfortunately this marine reserve is quickly depleting through overdevelopment and mass tourism / backpackers run riot on Koh Phi Phi Don in Low Season.
The island is busy year round. Rainy season does not affect popularity with backpackers and ‘The Beach’ fanatics guarantee steady flows of tourism. This brings high prices so expect to pay hefty mark-ups on basics such as 7/11s, water and local food markets. Hospitality is not so welcoming with pushy tour operators and an insular diving fraternity.
The island is small and easy to navigate. It allows no motorised transport meaning travel is by foot. Inexpensive long-tail boats offer transport between beaches including trips to Monkey Bay and further afield to the famous ‘Beach’ island of Koh Phi-Phi Leh (30mins).
Getting around on Ko Phi-Phi
There are 2 sides to the island; Ton Sai Bay (the pier side) and Loh Dalum Beach (the party side).
Loh Dalum (during the day is a serene sandy beach hidden between limestone cliffs. Serenity is lost after sundown as the beach transforms into a hedonistic circus of drugs, alcohol and poi (fire) shows. If you plan on sleeping do not stay on this side.
At night Ton Sai Bay is our preferred location along with Long Beach which is situated next to it. The atmosphere is serene, the bar scene is relaxed, the poi (fire) shows are artistic and the views are perfect. A great place to relax is Carlito’s bar with perfect views of Tonsai Bay.
Ko Phi-Phi Accommodation?
There are few exciting hotels in Koh Phi-Phi’s central tourist areas. To find any hotel worth mentioning a trek north is necessary to the quieter and secluded Laem Tong Beach and the impressive Zeavola Resort.
Recommendations for Ko Phi-Phi Don in Low Season:
Luxury: 5* Zeavola Hotel (8,000+), luxury boutique resort, beachfront suites, secluded location.
Budget: 2* PP Insula (1,000+), basic, affordable and in ideal location between both tourist beaches.