6 Ways to spend a day on Phi Phi Island

Of Thailand’s islands, Phi Phi is unmissable. With its crystal clear, sparkling blue beaches, its spectacular views, and some truly amazing sights, Phi Phi is definitely worth spending time on during your trip to Phuket. Here’s a potential itinerary to make the most out of your day on Phi Phi Island.

See the magnificent sunrise from one of Phi Phi’s viewpoints

This list of ways to spend a day on Phi Phi Island starts early. A Koh Phi Phi sunrise is a truly sublime and magical sight, well worth the early start to your day. Try to get an early boat to the island at around 6 AM so you can watch the sunrise over the stunning limestone cliffs of the island. An opportunity for a meditative moment, this awesome sunrise is a perfect time to pause and take a breath. Plus, you’ll get some absolutely incredible photos!

Explore the island’s stunning bays

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The next stop on your trip to Phi Phi is exploring the caves and bays around the island. On a commercial boat trip, your next stop will most likely be Maya Bay. Famous as the filming location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach”, Maya Bay is a picturesque beach, complete with sandy beaches, impressive limestone cliffs and magical coral reefs. If you’re lucky you might even get to swim with some of the island’s local monkeys!

Lunch on the beachfront

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There are lots of restaurant options on the island near Tonsai Pier and Maya Bay. You’ll find a wide range of cuisines, ranging from authentic Thai dishes to all sorts of international foods as well. Try finding a spot on the beachfront so you can enjoy your meal with a gorgeous view. The best spots are to be found on either the East or West sides of the pier. The Eastside tends to offer quieter, more chilled out options, making it perfect for a peaceful lunch.

Explore Tonsai Village

After lunch, spend some time wandering through the village of Tonsai. Filled with interesting, quirky shops. A true island village, Tonsai has a real Bohemian feel. You’ll find no cars on the island, and everyone travels by bike, longtail or on foot.


Hike up to the highest point of the island for a gorgeous sunset

From Tonsai Village, follow the signs for “Viewpoint 1”, and you’ll soon find a set of stairs leading up to the famous Phi Phi viewpoint. The hike is about 1.5km, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear and fill up your water bottle before you start. While it’s a challenging climb, the view at the top is breath-taking. You’ll be sure get some amazing photos of the Phi Phi sunset from the three viewpoints on this hike.

Experience nightlife on Phi Phi

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Last up on this list of ways to spend a day on Phi Phi Island is all about reflecting on that great day. After your hike, you can either walk back down to the village or take a cab. An unmissable part of visiting Phi Phi is experiencing its nightlife. You’ll find a range of bars and pubs along the coast, all well-priced and with great music. Official closing time is 2 am, but most places stay open as long as there are customers, so you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable evening.

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