The Phi Phi Islands are a group of islands located in Thailand. The Phi Phi Islands are almost equidistant to both Phuket and Krabi, and thus are accessible from both these regions. In terms of administration though, the islands are parked under Krabi province. The two biggest and most popular islands among the Phi Phi Islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le; additionally, Bamboo Island is also an island that tourists love to visit due to its white sands and clear waters.
Like most island-hopping day trips, a trip from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands is meant for relaxing by the beach, snorkelling to view beautiful fishes and coral, taking photographs of gorgeous limestone rock formations, and just taking in the wonderful sights around you. Admittedly, during peak season, there can be many tourists going to the islands at any one time, but nevertheless, you should still make it a point to view these beautiful tourist attractions for yourself when you come to Phuket.
On your Phi Phi Islands day trip, carried out through boat rides, there are a few locations you must not miss out on. The first would be Maya Bay, the location that probably propelled the Phi Phi Islands to its highest level of fame. It became popular due to it being the shooting location for the film “The Beach”. Previously visitors were allowed to set foot on the location itself, but in 2018 Maya Bay was closed to tourists indefinitely until a future date after the local marine ecosystem recovers. You can still view Maya Bay from a distance on a boat, though.
Of course, you need to visit both Phi Phi Le and Phi Phi Don, as they are the main islands. Most of Phi Phi Le’s offerings such as Viking’s Cove, Loh Samah Bay, and Pi-Leh Cove are mostly visited as dive/snorkelling spots rather than physical locations that are stepped into. Phi Phi Don is the largest island and has a number of beaches you can relax on; it’s also a popular spot to have lunch and to do some shopping during these Phuket to Koh Phi Phi day trips. Lastly, you must spend some time lounging on Bamboo Island; it is a shame to miss it if you are already travelling from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands. Not only is it a great snorkelling spot, but it also has pristine sands and light blue waters that you’d be excited to sink your feet into.
The answer to that is a loud, resounding yes. While there are travellers that may discourage the visit spouting reasons like large crowds, the natural wonders offered by the Phi Phi Islands are not very common elsewhere in Thailand, and it truly is an amazing area to snorkel as well as visit for relaxation and aesthetic photographs. Club Med Phuket offers an excursion to the Phi Phi Islands that you can conveniently sign up for during booking or at the resort. The excursion includes swimming, snorkelling, a Thai-style lunch, shopping, as well as a Bamboo Island visit, so it’s a trip you don’t want to miss out on!