15 Best Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don

An idyllic retreat located between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast, Ko Phi Phi Don is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Since this archipelago is home to pristine beaches, limestone caves, and lush forests, the list of Ko Phi Phi Don Attractions mostly includes water sport activities like swimming, snorkelling, and diving. Majority of the places to visit in Ko Phi Phi Don are located on the coasts and boast of stunning natural beauty. Among the Ko Phi Phi Don points of interest, the Bamboo Island, the Maya Bay and beaches like Long Beach and Monkey Beach are most famous.

Here's the list of tourist attractions  and 15 best things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don:

1. Climb up to The Phi Phi Viewpoint

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There is no better way to enjoy the lush greenery and the crystal-clear waters of the Phi Phi Island than by observing it from an elevation. The Phi Phi Viewpoint is the best place to do just that – located to the east of the flat strip of sand, it overlooks the village and the two bays, thus providing you with enchanting views of the shore as well as the jungle! A short but a rigorous climb takes you to the peak of the Phi Phi Viewpoint from where can admire the mesmerising views.

2. Explore the Bamboo Island

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A picturesque island which is a part of the Phi Phi archipelago, Bamboo Island is a quintessential tropical island which is covered by a dense Bamboo vegetation and surrounded by powdery-white sands. Most visitors come to this island for an overnight trip and camp in tents on the fringes of the jungle. Thanks to the exquisite coral reef framing the shores of the Bamboo Island, it is a popular snorkelling spot among tourists. 

3. Dive in the Phi Phi waters

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The waters of the Phi Phi island are known for the exclusive marine diversity and colourful underwater flora and fauna. It thus comes as no wonder then that scuba diving is the favourite sport of the tourists who visit this island. Various famous diving sites like hark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck are located around the Ko Phi Phi Don. Here, you have a good chance of spotting sharks, glowing plankton, corals, and hundreds of vibrant fish! So, get your diving gear on and off you go into the turquoise waters of Phi Phi! 

4. Go for a shark watching tour

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Due to the large population of the harmless black-tip and leopard sharks found around the Phi Phi islands, shark watching tours are highly popular among tourists. Starting quite early in the morning, these tours usually last for around half-a-day and are carried out under strict supervision of the guides, so you can rest assured that your experience is a safe and a memorable one. 

5. Chill at the beaches 

From the scenic Tonsai Bay to the secluded Phak Nam Bay, from the playful Monkey Beach to the popular Long Beach, and from the buzzing Loh Dalum Bay to the pristine Maya Bay, there is no shortage of beaches and coasts in Ko Phi Phi Don. One of the most bountiful and picturesque set of islands in Thailand, Phi Phi islands draw tourists from all around the globe due to their sandy shores boasting of turquoise waters, limestone cliffs, and lush green forests. 

6. Enjoy rock-climbing at the Tonsai Tower

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The 200-metre tall limestone tower called Tonsai Tower is a popular rock-climbing spot on the Phi Phi Islands. It hosts 48 different bolted routes of various difficulty levels, thus making it an ideal spot for novice as well as expert rock climbers. Nestled at the western end of Tonsai Bay, many tour operators and companies conduct specialised rock climbing tours of half-day and one-day to the Tonsai Tower. 

7. Take a boat to the Viking Cave

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Named after the paintings found on the eastern southern walls of the cave that represent different kinds of boats, the Viking Cave is accessible from the Tonsai Bay by a long-tailed boat ride of 30 minutes. The Viking Cave is also famous for the large number of Swiftlet caves found inside its scaffolds. This limestone cave which lies on the eastern side of the Phi Phi Leh is a famous tourist attraction in Ko Phi Phi Don. It is imperative to not that you need prior permission from the authorities to access the Viking Cave.

8. Savour the local food at Phi Phi islands

Known for its tasty and fresh seafood, Ko Phi Phi Don is the perfect place to try mouthwatering fish delicacies. Almost all the islands in Phi Phi archipelago house beach shacks, Reggae bars, and local eateries where you can sample some of the most delicious Pad Thai, Tom Yum and Massaman curries. The local fares like barbecued fish dipped in sauces and served on a heap of rice, shrimp soup, and papaya salad, too are sure to blow your mind away. 

9. Try Snorkelling in Hat Yao

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Warm water, exotic marine life, and clear underwater visibility makes Hat Yao a popular snorkelling spot in Ko Phi Phi Don. From clown fish to black-tip sharks, and from vibrantly coloured corals to bizarre flora, a Hat Yao snorkelling expedition will surely leave you mesmerised and awestruck! 

10. Swim in the Ao Pileh Bay

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A secluded, shallow cove protected by colourful coral reef at its entrance, Ao Pileh Bay boasts of clean, emerald green waters which are perfect for swimming and skinny dipping. The lagoon is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, thus further enhancing the beauty of this region. The bright and pristine water of the Ao Pileh Bay is perfect not just for swimming but also for an exciting snorkelling adventure. 

11. Kayak around Koh Phi Phi

A unique way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Phi Phi islands, kayaking is the best way to discover the hidden and unexplored areas of the turquoise waters. A kayaking trip will take you to the pristine and secluded caves and coves which are untouched by human interference. As you relax on the kayak and zip across the crystal-clear waters, you will be treated to an unobstructed view of the lush green coasts. 

12. Discover famous shipwrecks at the Mosquito Island

As the name suggests, Mosquito Island has been named after the large number of mosquitos inhabiting this island. However, if you look past these pesky creatures, you will find that the Mosquito Island is home to some of the most famous shipwrecks in the region. Many tourists prefer to dive underwaters from the shores of the Mosquito Island to explore these fascinating shipwrecks. Of these, the eminent King Cruiser wreck is a popular wreck diving destination. 

13. Opt for a Thai Cookery class at the Pum Thai Cooking School

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In love with the mouthwatering Thai cuisine and interested in learning all the secret ingredients, processes, and techniques that make this cuisine so delicious? If yes, then enrol yourself for a Thai Cookery class at the famous Pum Thai Cooking School located in Tonsai Village. From short 30-minute lessons to extensive sessions that last more than two to three hours, Pum Thai Cooking School features various options for you to choose from. 

14. Have a cliff-jumping adventure at the Maya Bay

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The majestic cliffs of the Phi Phi islands make it an ideal site to embark upon a cliff-jumping adventure. The daredevils and adventure-junkies opt for this exciting sport in which you simply leave your fears behind and jump off the cliff, straight into the cold waters below! 

15. Watch a Muay Thai Fight

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Muay Thai fight is a type of martial arts which is practised in most parts of Thailand. Tucked into the roads and lanes of Phi Phi islands are several Reggae bars which house a boxing ring in their premises! These are great spots to catch a live Muay Thai Fight

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  1. Maya Bay

    # 1 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 5895 times in trip plans
    Maya Bay

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Entertainment, Water Sport

    Address: On Phi Phi Ley, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Surrounded by 100-meter high cliffs on three sides, Maya Bay attracts the visitors with its enchanting beauty and pristine waters. As you enter the area, there are several beaches that shall preoccupy...Read more

  2. Bamboo Island

    # 2 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 4894 times in trip plans
    Bamboo Island

    Tags: Outdoors, Island, Entertainment

    Address: North of Phi Phi Don, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the six islands of Phi Phi archipelago, the Bamboo Island lies 5km northeast off Ko Phi Phi Don. Endowed with tropical climate, its sea is surrounded by white sand and central part is covered w...Read more

  3. Phi Phi View Point

    # 3 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 3108 times in trip plans
    Phi Phi View Point

    Tags: View Point

    Address: Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Climb up to the highest point (186 meters above the sea level) in Phi Phi islands to enjoy the spectacular views of Phi Phi Leh, Tonsai Village and Loh Dalum bays, divided by a 100 m flat strip o...Read more

  4. Phi Phi Diving

    # 4 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 4347 times in trip plans
    Phi Phi Diving

    Tags: Water Sport

    Address: Phi Phi Islands

    Diving is a perfect option if you wish to experience the underwater marine beauty around Phi Phi islands. There are multiple professional PADI dive centers dispensing courses which can introduce you t...Read more

  5. Captain Bob's Sailing Booze Cruise

    # 5 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 949 times in trip plans
    Captain Bob's Sailing Booze Cruise

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Waterfront, Water Sport

    Address: 125/110 Moo 7, Loh Dalum Bay, Koh Phi Phi Don, 81000, Thailand

    Timings: 01:00 pm - 07:00 pm Details

    Sailing on Captain Bob’s Sailing Booze Cruise is a fun laden activity through which you can discover the most beautiful sites of Phi Phi Islands. The cruise departs at 1pm from Tonsai Bay and en...Read more

  6. Monkey Beach

    # 6 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 2046 times in trip plans
    Monkey Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Entertainment

    Address: Northwest of Loh Dalam Bay, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    As the name suggests, Monkey Bay is a colony of monkeys who wait to be fed with bananas as the tourists reach here. The beach can be easily reached by long tails from Loh Dalam Bay. If you want to ind...Read more

  7. Mosquito Island

    # 7 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 1475 times in trip plans
    Mosquito Island

    Tags: Outdoors, Island

    Address: Mosquito Island, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Named after the black clouds of mosquitoes at sunset, the Mosquito Island is situated on the north of Phi Phi Don. It has some well preserved offshore coral gardens that make for great snorkeling. It ...Read more

  8. Sunflower Beach Bar

    # 8 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 826 times in trip plans
    Sunflower Beach Bar

    Tags: Bar, Restaurant

    Address: Northern End | Lohdalum Bay, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 02:00 pm Details

    The Sunflower beach bar is located at the northern end of Loh Dalum bay, and offers beautiful views of the beach. Featuring a laid back ambience, the bar has salas, hammocks, and mats set around a bam...Read more

  9. Moo Dee Bay

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    Moo Dee Bay

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Entertainment

    Address: Moo Dee Bay, Phi Phi Islands

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located on the eastern coast of Phi Phi Islands, Moo Dee Bay is a recently developed attraction. Since the area was not considered to be suitable for heavy construction, there had been very little dev...Read more

  10. Viking Cave

    # 10 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 872 times in trip plans
    Viking Cave

    Tags: Outdoors, Cave, Geological Formation

    Address: Viking Cave, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Viking Cave is located north of Piley Bay on the east coast of Phi Phi Ley. You can visit this place only with the help of the tour boat operators who will stop their boats close enough to the entranc...Read more

  11. Long Beach

    # 11 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 823 times in trip plans
    Long Beach

    Tags: Beach, Restaurant

    Address: Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This beach claims of the softest and whitest sand amongst all the other islands. Near to Tonsai village, the beach is known for its tranquil surroundings. However, if you visit this beach at night, yo...Read more

  12. Tonsai Tower Rock Climbing

    # 12 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 384 times in trip plans
    Tonsai Tower Rock Climbing

    Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Adventure

    Address: Tonsai Beach, Thailand

    Timings: 08:30 am - 10:00 pm Details

    One of the primary attractions in Phi Phi Islands is rock climbing, with Tonsai offering the maximum number of roots to the adventure seekers. With a number of climbing schools and guiding companies s...Read more

  13. The Al Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque

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    The Al Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Al Islah Mosque, Phi Phi Island

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located just outside the Tonsai Bay, Al Islah Mosque is the primary mosque in Phi Phi Island Krabi. Built with the help of Sunni King of Saudi Arabia, it is the main centre of community life on the is...Read more

  14. Tonsai Village

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    Tonsai Village

    Tags: Hotel, Outdoors, Beach, Village

    Address: Tonsai Village, Phi Phi Islands

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This bustling centre of Phi Phi Islands is a major tourist attraction which covers the markets, an exquisite beach and a stunning nightlife. A special feature of the village is that you shall not find...Read more

  15. Rantee Bay

    # 15 of 29 Things To Do in Ko Phi Phi Don | Added 378 times in trip plans
    Rantee Bay

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach

    Address: Rantee Bay, Koh Phi Phi Don

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Situated on the east coast of Ko Phi Phi Don, Rantee Bay is an exceptionally calm one owing to its shape which acts as a kind of breakwater. Bordered by coconut trees which line up the beach, a visit ...Read more

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