"Phi Phi Island - Hidden Jewel in the Andaman Sea" Top 5 Page for this destination Ko Phi Phi Don by MikeAtSea

Ko Phi Phi Don Travel Guide: 490 reviews and 1,399 photos

Once a backpacker’s best kept secret, Phi Phi island (a title which invariably refers to the habited Phi Phi Don as opposed to the uninhabited Phi Phi Leh) is one of the most beautiful of the Andaman Sea islands belonging to Thailand. In fact there are several islands in the archipelago but only one has any development. Most visitors come for a day trip, visiting several, while others opt to stay awhile on Phi Phi Don.

Words do little justice to the awesome coastal scenery surrounding the islands and while photographs can capture the essence, those who experience it for themselves will tell you that the real things is worth a thousand words or pictures. The classic butterfly shape of Phi Phi Don, with its two distinctive back-to-back bays is one of the world’s most spectacular seascapes.
The Tsunami reverted the island to a natural undeveloped state The 2004 Tsunami took its toll on the island and the burgeoning tourist development was completedly devastated. The recovery has been slow due to the authorities’ reluctance to allow unchecked development too close to the beach, and this has actually had a positive effect on the island. Whereas many considered the island to be overrun and spoilt before the tragedy, it now seems to have returned the island more to its natural state. Although there are fewer beds available on the island, those who come as day trippers experience a much more beautiful Phi Phi Don.

  • Last visit to Ko Phi Phi Don: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Cool underwater photos. Cliff jumping... Great page of Phi Phi. Went there a few times too.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    I am a bit too claustraphobic for diving. Love snorkelling. Nice home page, I love visiting South African's Home Pages.

  • Thailandfan's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Great photos of Phi Phi dives. Will be there again myself in May 2007 cannot wait. Regards Michelle (South Africa)

  • high_d's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 1:04 PM

    Wonderful dive and island pics!

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2006 at 8:08 PM

    Nice updates, my friend. Keep me posted when you add more.

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2006 at 8:34 AM

    Stunning pic and such interesting info Mike! I for one am so glad SA was the FIRST to ban shark hunting, is a crime beyond belief!!! :( Jen

  • C-Care's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2006 at 6:28 AM

    you know, I have never been to PHI PHI DON yet. Have you been to Koh Tao?


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