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Ko Phi Phi Don Off the Beaten Path

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While it’s true that Ko Phi Phi has transformed into a 24-hour party island since its popularity exploded with the 2000 film, The Beach, there is still plenty to do that doesn’t involve vodka served in buckets. With that in mind, here’s your guide to Ko Phi Phi off the beaten path (and not a sports bar in sight).

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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Map

10 Places

Keiritas Yoga

Yoga & Pilates

Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bamboo Island

Islands

Phi Phi Diving

Scuba & Snorkeling

Kongsiam Bar

Restaurants

Laem Tong Bay

Beaches

Spidermonkey Climbing

Sports Camps & Clinics

Sunflower Beach Bar

Bars & Clubs

Loh Moo Dee Beach

Beaches

Orange Place

Restaurants

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • If you’re on a budget but staying in the main part of Ko Phi Phi, eat in Tonsai Village rather than on the beachfront – the food is of much the same quality but the prices are lower.
  • There are no motor vehicles on Ko Phi Phi, so you’ll be walking or cycling around the island. Travelling between the islands is best done by long-tail boat. Be sure to bargain with the boat owner as the cost is always negotiable.
  • Be careful with any rubbish you produce. Ko Phi Phi is a small island that’s already seeing the strain of thousands of people descending upon it year after year. Do your bit by clearing up after yourself and picking up any rubbish from the beach that you happen to walk past.
  • Keiritas Yoga
    Yoga & Pilates
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Leave the party scene alone for an evening and head to the quieter end of Tonsai beach for a yoga class instead. Mama's Beach Residence overlooks the ocean, which is the perfect setting in which to relax and perfect your poses.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • Don’t be put off if you’re new to yoga. The mixed-level classes are ideal for beginners.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 Spas & Wellness in Ko Phi Phi Don
    • Excellent yoga class 06/04/2015
    • Yoga on Phi Phi! 15/03/2015
    Address:
    199 Moo 7
    Ko Phi Phi Don 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 87 278 1997
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 6:15 PM
    Other:
  • Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Although the Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint is well known, the climb takes a bit of effort, which cuts down on the number of people heading up there right from the outset! Add in an early morning start (sunset) and you’ll find it surprisingly deserted. It’s a steep, 20-minute climb but the panoramic views of Ko Phi Phi Le and Ko Phi Phi Don that greet you when you arrive make it worth the effort. If you can’t drag yourself out of bed for sunrise, the next best time to visit is sunset – but beware: there will invariably be many more people around.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The climb is steep and fairly challenging. Take plenty of water and pace yourself.
    • Have 30 Bahts on you – there’s an entrance fee!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A moment of peacefull ! 18/10/2018
    • My favourite sight on the island 18/10/2018
    • Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Bamboo Island
    Islands
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    Kirsty S Says:

    For a less crowded alternative to Maya Bay, head the other way and take a trip to the uninhabited Bamboo Island. It’s a small and stunning island with white sand lapped by clear waters, which is ideal for snorkelling amid its abundance of coral and marine life. If you really want to escape the crowds, speak to the rangers about setting up camp for the night and experience the island after the very last tour boats have departed for the day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bamboo Island is part of a National Marine Park so you’ll have to pay a small entrance fee – but it’s definitely worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not too crowded and great snorkeling 15/10/2018
    • Beautiful Island & Beach 15/10/2018
    • Bamboo Island
  • Phi Phi Diving
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Whether you’re a beginner diver or otherwise, Phi Phi Diving is one of the best centres on the island. The areas around the Phi Phi Islands are incredible for diving, but not all diving schools are created equal. Fortunately, Phi Phi Diving is born out of a love and passion for the islands and features instructors willing to go the extra mile to make your trip a memorable one.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Phi Phi Diving’s main office is located near the Reggae Bar in Tonsai Village.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 44 Tours in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful experience for a lifetime! 12/10/2018
    • Very Rude 05/05/2018
    • Phi Phi Diving
    Address:
    125/10 Moo 7
    Ko Phi Phi Don 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 61 285 8902
    Other:
  • Kongsiam Bar
    Restaurants (Pub)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    It wouldn’t be a visit to Ko Phi Phi without a bit of partying! Kongsiam is unique in that it’s set away from the main party beach (although is still close enough if you want to go there after), plus it features live music by talented musicians. It’s a popular spot with expats and has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The live music usually begins at 9pm and continues through the night until around 3am.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 105 restaurants in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow 03/10/2018
    • Great music 30/08/2018
    • Kongsiam Bar
  • Laem Tong Bay
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    White sand? Check. Crystal-clear waters? Check. A distinct lack of tourists? Check! Laem Tong Bay has it all. Situated in northern Phi Phi, this beach can only be accessed by boat and is a slice of paradise that’s in stark contrast to the lively and crowded Tonsai scene

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There are only four places to stay on Laem Tong Bay and only a few restaurants to choose from, but that’s the price you pay for paradise!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So pretty. Go. 12/07/2018
    • Another part of paradise - very busy & not much shade, so very very hot! 29/05/2018
    • Laem Tong Bay
  • Spidermonkey Climbing
    Sports Camps & Clinics
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The climbing around Ko Phi Phi is fantastic, and this this another of those activities that is ideal for both beginners and the advanced. Challenging, rewarding and scenic, book yourself onto a full or half day adventure with one of the oldest and most respected climbing schools on the island.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • There have been reports of a fake Spidermonkey Climbing company advertising on Ko Phi Phi. Insist on speaking to the owner, Book, if you’re at all suspicious.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 19 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:
  • Sunflower Beach Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This is how Thai beach bars used to be on Ko Phi Phi before the vodka buckets and Eurotrash music came to town. Located right on the water's edge, the Sunflower Beach Bar is a unique and relaxed place to enjoy a few drinks. It features hand-crafted ‘boat’ tables, hammocks and floor mats to chill out on, plus it has great music and a good selection of food and drink – not to mention those magnificent ocean views.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Head to Sunflower just before sunset and relax into a hammock with your favourite drink while watching the sun dip into the ocean. Bliss.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 Nightlife in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice 28/04/2018
    • Good bar/restaurant 26/04/2018
    • Sunflower Beach Bar
    Address:
    Northern End
    Lohdalum Bay
    Ko Phi Phi Don 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 80 038 3374
    Other:
  • Loh Moo Dee Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Loh Moo Dee Beach is another slice of uncrowded paradise. White sand, turquoise waters and a sense of peaceful seclusion will greet you when you arrive at Loh Moo Dee, which is located not far from Long Beach.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • It takes around 20 minutes to walk here from Long Beach. It’s not particularly shaded and is bound to be hot so be sure to take water with you. (It’s worth it when you get there!)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 19 things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best for Snorkelling!! 27/09/2018
    • Beach with crystal water 18/08/2018
    • Loh Moo Dee Beach
  • Orange Place
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re craving some authentic, home-cooked Thai food during your stay on Ko Phi Phi, head to Orange Place. This restaurant looks humble and is off the beaten track, but the food is so worth it. Run by chef, Eat, and her husband, you won’t find better Thai food on Ko Phi Phi.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • You’ll find Orange Place along Gypsy Road, opposite the Oasis guesthouse.
    • Try the massaman curry– it’s outstanding!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 105 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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