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About Phi Phi Islands

 

About Phi Phi Island


Phi Phi Island is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the world (in fact, there are six islands in Phi Phi). They lie 40 km south-east of Phuket and are part of Had Nopparattara - Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi Province which is home to an abundance of corals and amazing marine life. There are Limestone Mountains with cliffs, caves and long white sandy beaches. The national park covers a total area of 242,437 Rai.
From archaeological discoveries, it is believed that the area was one of the oldest communities in Thailand dating back to the prehistoric period. It is believed that this province may have taken its name after the meaning of Krabi, which means sword. This may have stemmed from a legend that an ancient sword was unearthed prior to the city’s founding.

The name Phi Phi (pronounced ‘pee pee’) originates from Malay, the original name for the islands were ‘Pulao Pi ah Pi. The name refers to the mangrove wood found there. Six Islands are in this group; Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Lay, Biddah Nok, Biddah Nai, Yung, and Pai. Interesting places to visit include:

 

Phi Phi Don


This island is the largest of the 6 Phi Phi islands and consists of two main sections. It is on Ton Sai where the original inhabitants settled and is now the home of the main accommodation area.
Phi Phi Don is quite stunning and has earned the title of one of the most fantastic islands in the world. Nowadays though, with development, the beaches have had to pay a cost and so they’re not quite as spectacular as they were in the days of yesteryear. The landscape however, can never be ruined.

 

Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi Don

Ton Sai Bay

Loh Dalum Lay

Long Beach


Phi Phi Ley


Covering an area of only 6.6 square kilometres, this islet is surrounded by Limestone Mountains and sheer cliffs plunging hundreds of metres to the sea. The sea is 20 metres deep and the deepest point in the south of the island is around 34 metres. Ko Phi Phi Le offers superb scenic bays such as Pi LahBay, Maya Bay, and Loh Samah Bay. In the northeast of the island is a large cave called Viking Cave. Inside the eastern and southern parts of the cave are ancient rock paintings of sailboat. It is a place much revered by the local people who come there to collect the swift’s nest used to make Bird’s Nest Soup, a Chinese delicacy.

 

Phi Phi Lay

Maya Bay


Koh Yung Or Mosquito Ialand


An island to the north of Koh Phi Phi Don has a stone beach on the east and small sandy beaches amid valleys. In addition, the island is teeming with diverse colorful coral reefs.

 

 
   

 

Koh Pai or Bamboo Island


Koh Pai is north of Koh Phi Phi Don and not far from Koh Yung. Marvelous beaches are in the north and east of the island.  The bank of coral reefs with stag horn corals, in particular, stretches from north to south of the island. 

 

 
   

 

Bida Nok and Bida Nai

 

There are the 2 smallest islands in the group that offer the best diving in the area. These 2 islands have no beaches so the reason to go there is purely to enjoy the coral reef. It would take literarily 2 minutes to drive around both islands by boat.

 

 
   

 



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