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Phi Phi Island

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Our Editorial team's advice

In the Andaman sea off the coast of Thailand, the Phi Phi islands lie between the island of Phuket and the mainland. The most touristy of these, Koh Phi Phi Don, is best known for its diving sites and its beautiful sandy beaches. The region was made famous by the movie "The Beach", released in 2000 and directed by Danny Boyle, starring Leonardo Dicaprio. The film was shot on the island of Phi Phi Lee.

If you don't feel like spending your day snoozing on a beach somewhere, grab your goggles and snorkel and have a look at what's going on below the surface; diving enthusiasts will find a very varied aquatic fauna and flora.

Forget about driving here, everyone gets around by boat, there are no roads here anyway! The island is accessible from various places: Phuket, Krabi and Koh Lanta, etc. Most of the boats are moored on the southern part of the island at Ao Ton Sai.

To see

The panorama of Koh Phi Phi, is well worth the tiring climb (900 ft of near vertical ascent).

To do

Stroll into the village of Tonsa where you can visit a monument to the memory of the countless victims of the 2006 tsunami. A trip to the island of Phi Phi Leh, the sister island of Phi Phi Don is also a worthy excursion.

pros

  • +  Beautiful beaches
  • +  'Long-tail' boat excursions

cons

  • -  The journey to get there

To think about

Go with an empty suitcase, otherwise you will be forced to buy an extra bag over there for all your new purchases! Oh, and don't forget your mosquito repellent, very important.

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To avoid

There's a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed the 'land of smiles' so don't hesitate to join in - smile! Don't buy counterfeit goods, you'll only get yourself into trouble with customs. Also, avoid visiting during the monsoon - never pleasant for your holiday!

To try

Thai food is very tasty but be know your limits with spices so enjoy those spicy peppers in moderation! The choice is varied; from green curry to noodles, from sauteed vegetables to fried rice and soups there is something to satisfy all palates. Don't forget to taste a real pad thai and somtom (green papaya salad).

To bring back

In Thailand, it is difficult to resist the temptation to shop; from clothing to Biddha statues, or incense and cushion covers, here you will find the souvenir to suit you.

Weather Phi Phi Island

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Phi Phi Island . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Phi Phi Island so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Phi Phi Island , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 48/100
  • Temperature indicators 62% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24, temperature felt between 33C and 36C.

  • Bad weather indicators 8% Heavy rain

    Heavy rain - averaging over 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 14% Mostly cloudy

    Mostly cloud (80% to 100% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 92% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24C), high sea temperature (>24C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 84% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24C).

  • Humidity indicators 64% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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