Koh Phi Phi Don is one of our favorite beaches in Thailand mainly because the location is hard to beat and it offers a lot for everyone. That’s probably the most important criteria when we select beaches here at Three Best Beaches, i.e. we want a beach you will enjoy without distraction, and one that offers a little bit of everything, if possible. Koh Phi Phi Don has a few things we thought we would recommend if you’re planning a trip to this part of Thailand.
When you think of Thai beaches, you’re reminded of the green vegetation on the rolling hills and the brilliant white sand, along with that emerald water. Well, Koh Phi Phi Don won’t disappoint. As this beach curves around creating a beautiful bay, it stops at another mini bay called Ton Sai, where the boats dock from Phuket and Krabi. The area actually encompasses a few really nice beaches, but don’t stop here. You can make plans to dive or snorkel the crystal clear water with operators in the area. Our recommendation is to plan at the tourist travel agencies around the island. You’ll find only a handful of operators (five, last time we checked) all offering the same or similar snorkel tours to a few of the prime beaches like Koh Phi Phi Ley and Maya Bay.
A great romantic adventure is to do the sunset cruise that will expose you to more Thai culture in music and an awesome Thai meal that is created for you right on the boat. Don’t forget your camera! But remember, this is after you spend a relaxing day on the beaches here on Koh Phi Phi Don. One of my favorite things to do is to stroll the beach while my partner bakes in the sun. She loves to get a nice tan and I love exploring. I’ve also gone snorkeling while she tans, but I try to stay within her sight, and go out when others are also snorkeling. I know that’s not the “buddy system” but it’s pretty close and sometimes you can’t go with someone – not exactly recommending you go alone, though. Use common sense.
Ton Sai & Loh Dalum Bay from the Phi Phi view point, Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand
So, we’re talking about snorkeling on this island and I have to tell you one of the best spots that you can venture to, or the tour boats can take you – hopefully it’s not overrun with people when you get there as groups have a tendency to murky up even the clearest water. On the northeast shore of the island is a cave area called Tham Viking. You’ll see it on the little tourist maps. It’s a big cave and surrounding area and there are several beautiful bays which are really cool for shallow snorkeling. If you have a bit of time, venture to see the famous Viking Cave because there are prehistoric paintings in it.
One thing I bet you’d never guess I’d talk about is soup. I mean we’re here discussing Thailand beaches and sand and sea, no? But here on Koh Phi Phi Don, more that just tourists know this is a nice place to visit. Millions of nesting swifts can be found in certain areas and locals come to collect their nests and these are the nests you’ve heard that make Bird’s Nest Soup which is a Chinese gourmet delicacy. You can try it while you’re here – it might not be your… cup of tea. Kinda tastes like wet straw, but you know the Chinese – it’s good for some ailment. Who knows? Maybe there’s a cure in there for something?
Loh Dalum Bay, Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand
I can’t say enough about the food here. You know, back home a nice meal can set you back a couple of $20’s. In Thailand get used to the fact that the only place meals cost that much are at the fancy resorts. Make sure you dine out a few times and please… stay away from things you’re familiar with. Explore! Go crazy! Enjoy life here! Find one of the local restaurants that show a movie while you dine. It’s magical and memorable.
Maya Bay panorama, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Thailand