We both absolutely loved Koh Phi Phi. There are actually two islands: Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh. You can’t stay on Phi Phi Leh, but you can visit for the day. The movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio really made this island famous.
You get to Koh Phi Phi Don by boat, probably either from Phuket or Krabi. There are ferry boats or you can hire a private boat. We elected to go by ferry. They are smallish and crowded, but I never felt unsafe and actually enjoyed the ride. There is nothing like the view when the ferry is pulling up to the Koh Phi Phi!
Once you get to Koh Phi Phi you will walk to your hotel. There are no motorized vehicles. Some hotels will send someone with a pushcart to pick up your luggage, but we just walked to our hotel. It was easy to find (thankfully) as we were right on the main road from the ferry. (You can stay at some hotels that you need to take a boat to, but that seemed a bit complicated to me :))
We stayed at Phi Phi Banyan Villas. This place was not cheap by Thailand standards, but Koh Phi Phi seemed to be much more expensive then anywhere else we went in Thailand. We had a nice room with a private bathroom and air conditioning, a big breakfast buffet was included, there was a nice pool and even a gym you could use. The beach and many restaurants were an easy walk away. You can stay on Phi Phi more cheaply, but we’re princesses 🙂
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