Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi 400
Phi Phi – boats await visitors to tour the area
Photo by: friedwater, Creative Commons

When setting out to enjoy a unique and rejuvenating Thai vacation with young family members in tow, there are plenty of things to do from exploring hip young haunts to water sports fun.

If you’ve decided to go on a backpacking adventure to Phi Phi Islands, you and your kid can relish the havens of luxury with only a few of your worldly possessions on your backs. You can begin a fun journey by checking in a villa or a bungalow in a hillside resort that offers panoramic views of the bay and islands.

Koh Phi Phi actually has two islands, the larger Phi Phi Don where beautiful beaches galore; and Phi Phi Leh which is noted for its cliffs, natural caves and water-filled canyon. Both islands are located in Krabi province, around 42 kilometers or about a 45-minute jaunt from the south of Phuket.

Phi Phi Islands (coined from the original Malay term Pulao Pi ah Pi) has an allure all its own. The tiny island oasis beckons not only as a snorkeling destination but as a day tripper’s trekking delight. From amazing coral reefs and limestone lookouts to the idyllic beaches to the immense Viking Cave (so named because it resembles ancient Viking ships but was later on renamed by an explorer who thought it looked more like a great serpent) which consists of a cave and sea lake formed by a clef between the two cliffs, Phi Phi Island is a revelation.

Check out the curving bay of Ton Sai in Phi Phi Don, where you may join other tourists (mostly nature lovers and environmentalists) in feeding the shoal of fish before heading off to other scenic spots.

In the northern end of Phi Phi Island, discover Chao Ley, a sea gypsy village whose dwellers emigrated from Koh Lipeh in Tarutao National Park. Whether you and your companion are keen on diving or swimming in the long beaches, or spelunking, you are in for a wonderful time at Phi Phi Island.

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