Phi Phi Islands located in Phuket, are known for the conserved raw beauty and scenic views. Phi Phi Islands is a collective name for six islands including Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Phi Phi Lee, Bida Nok, Bida Noi, Ko Yung (Mosquito Island) and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai). The six islands can be reached easily from Krabi and Phuker. The distance from Krabi is 42 km (south) and distance from Phuket is 48 km (southeast).
Kho Phi Phi Lee and Ko Phi Phi Don are popular amongst tourists while the other four are mostly abandoned islands with large limestone rocks. Ko Phi PhI Din is known to be the largest while Ko Phi Phi Lee is the second largest of all six. Most of the tourist prefers visiting the Phi Phi Don as it is the inhabited one. These islands can be reached by speed boats, cruise and even by Long-tail boats.
Phi Phi Islands are popular for the activities like sightseeing, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, snorkeling and diving. The smaller islands Ko Phi Phi Leh, Bida Noi, Ko Phai, Ko Yung, Bida Nok and Ko Mai Phai offer great sites for the activities like rock climbing, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Phi Phi Island being the largest and populous is inhabited by about 2000 people. About 1500 locals and 500 foreigners, Chinese, Thai and Westerners, are living on the island. You can explore the village Chao Ley to connect with the locals. The village is located on the north end of the island. They are mostly fishermen or farmers by occupation. There are no roads, pavements are built for walking and cycle is the common ride. Vehicles are only allowed when there is an emergency.
Phi Phi Islands receive a notable number of tourists every year. The popularity of Phi Phi Island reached another level when they were used as a shooting location for Leonardo Dicaprio’s movie “The Beach”. For those who are planning to visit Phuket, Phi Phi islands are the top destination on the bucket list.