Having traveled around Thailand and its endless array of island paradises, Koh Phi Phi Don stands out as the most pristine and easiest to navigate. It’s designation as a national park and it’s location close to other more popular tourist destinations such as Phuket and Krabi have kept it considerably less developed than other places nearby. Until recently only the most adventurous travelers have ventured here; but its clear water, beautiful reefs and variety of tropical fish have led the small island to develop more family-friendly and upscale accommodations.
The closest airports to Phi Phi are in the mainland province of Krabi http://www.krabiairportonline.com/ and on the island of Phuket http://www.phuketairportonline.com/. Phi Phi is then easily reachable by ferry http://www.phiphi-ferry.com/. Phi Phi offers accommodations of all sorts. The Phi Phi Village Resort http://www.phiphivillaresort.com/index.html offers a selection of rooms from double to whole bunglows ($112/ bungalow peak of December-January). Another option that is slightly cheaper and with a popular location is the Phi Phi Arboreal Resort ($90/night during peak) http://www.phiphiarboreal.com/index.html.
The main town on the island, Ton Sai offers a variety of restaurants, shopping, and ways to book daytrips to the myriad destinations close to the island. Its charm is evident in the footpaths that crisscross the village with views of the beach around every corner. The majority of the island restaurants are located here on the central strip through the village. Chao Koh Seafood is located on Ton Sai’s main drag, opposite the resort of the same name. They serve the best seafood on the island and it’s always fresh off the longboats that dot the waters off the island. Another great option for some authentic Thai food is the Pearl Restaurant located in the smack middle of Ton Sai’s walking strip. It is a no-frills Thai place owned and operated by locals who are sincerely friendly and helpful.
Once you get there you will not be short of things to do. Whether you just want to relax and get a Thai massage from a masseuse on the beach (yes, this is actually possible) or head out for snorkeling or diving the possibilities are endless. Simba Sea Trips http://www.simbaseatrips.com/main_english.htm and Hat Ton Sai both offer amazing tours and snorkeling opportunities.
The pristine views of the karst’s off in the distant sea, numerous opportunities to be in or on the water and the tropical enchantment here make Koh Phi Phi a destination not to miss in a country that is as beautiful as it is remote.