If there is any place in the world where the natural beauty has been preserved in its most pristine form, it would be Phi Phi Islands. Featuring prominently in Thailand, Phi Phi Islands have a laidback and relaxed culture, a reason for which this archipelago has become one of the most coveted tourist destinations. The island constitutes of two major islands: Phi Phi Leh(which is uninhabited) and Phi Phi Don(the only island out of the rest which is inhabited). What strikes the visitor travelling to Phi Phi Don is its timelessness- the island follows no schedules and thus there is no hustle and bustle. While Phi Phi Don’s nightlife calls for an admiration, the island’s Thai culture, cuisine and relaxed outlook also become the reason for its allure. With plenty of things to do in Phi Phi Don such as shark watching tours, rock climbing, snorkeling and diving, there would be a lot of thrill to get hold of your nerves during your visit.
Endowed with a paradisiacal charm, Phi Phi Don is one place where every bohemian would love to be. The island looks picture perfect with its nestled coves, white, curvy and lush green beaches, dazzling in the Andaman coast. Today, Phi Phi Don’s accommodation rates world class with most of it centered on Tonsai village and Loh Dalum Bay. If you wish to delve into the gorgeous side of the islands, visit Maya Bay, a place which Danny Boyle thought mesmerizing enough to be a backdrop of his movie “The Beach”.
The quiet and pristine beauty, however, holds a turbulent past in its bowels. You must be aware of tsunami 2004 which struck the Phi Phi islands and left it devastated to the core. You can surely not miss the mark of resilience and somber countenance which defines the shape of Phi Phi Don today.
Ko Phi Phi Don Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Ko Phi Phi Don tips for your visit
- Thais are very tolerant people, but if you want to make the most of your visit, you should be aware of some Thai customs and sensitive areas.
- On the islands, especially Phi Phi, the dress code is very informal, but smart-casual is appreciated in the better quality hotel restaurants.
- When travelling, especially on boats, it's better to cover up as you can get sun burnt in a very short time.
- In general, Thais do not shake hands, they wai. The hands are placed together with the palms together in a prayer-like way. If you're meeting Thais in a social situation, a wai will be appreciated. Shaking hands in the western way is also acceptable.