Regarded by travellers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world, Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. In addition, the islands are famous as the location where the movie "The Beach" featuring Leonardo DiCaprio was shot.
Phi Phi Islands are located just 40 kilometres away from both Krabi and Phuket. The island group is composed of two rocky, tree-covered islets Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. Phi Phi Don, the larger islet to the north, is well known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Tourist facilities and accommodations are available along two beautiful curved bays, namely Ton Sai Bay and Lodalam Bay.
Several shops at Ton Sai can arrange diving and snorkelling trips around the island or the nearby islands - Ko Phi Phi Le, Ko Yung and Ko Mai Phai. About 2 kilometres to the south lies the uninhabited islet of Phi Phi Le. The main attraction here is a large cave known as Viking Cave. The cave has a 10 to 15-metre high ceiling which contains many ledges inhabited by thousands of swallows, and it is here you can witness the skilled locals collecting the nests which are used for the prized birds nest soup in Chinese cuisine.
The best time to visit Phi Phi Islands is from November to April, when the sea is calm. They are equidistant to Phuket and Krabi and can easily be reached by boat; the journey time is between forty minutes and two and a half hours depending on what type of boat you take.
There are numerous diving options from Koh Phi Phi.