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Maya Bay, Phi Phi Ley island, Thailand. Author Entropy 1963. No Copyright
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Ley island, Thailand. Author Entropy 1963

Phi Phi islands: limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches

The small islands of Phi Phi (Phi Phi Islands) are located about 50 km south-east of Phuket island, in the bay of Krabi, on the west coast of southern Thailand. The archipelago is made ​​up of a total of six islands of limestone, including two main islands, and four other smaller islands.

The two largest islands are those of Phi Phi Don (28 km ²) and Phi Phi Lee (6.6 km ²), to the south of these are the small and uninhabited islands of Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok, while to the north there are the smaller islands of Ko Mai Phai (Bamboo Island) and Ko Yung (Mosquito Island), which are inhabited only by a few fishermen.

HOW TO GET TO THE PHI PHI ISLANDS

The islands are accessible only by sea links, in the archipelago in fact there are no airports. The two nearest airports are in Phuket (Phuket International Airport (HKT)) and in Krabi (Krabi International Airport (KBV)).

There are regular ferry from Phuket (90 minutes one way) and from Krabi, as from other locations in the province of Krabi (Ko Lanta and Ao Nang).

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: WHAT TO VISIT IN PHI PHI ISLANDS

Koh Phi Phi Don, Krabi, Thailand. Author Amitparikh. No Copyright

Koh Phi Phi Don, Krabi, Thailand. Author Amitparikh

The Phi Phi Islands are famous for the beauty of their landscapes of mountains, limestone cliffs and bizarre rock formations, caves and beaches with white sand and turquoise sea rich in marine life and corals. Some areas of the archipelago, including the island of Phi Phi Lee, are part of the National Park Hadnopparattara-Koh Phi Phi (Hadnopparattara-Koh Phi Phi National Park).

The largest island of Phi Phi Don is the only island in the archipelago with tourist infrastructure, while the most beautiful island of the archipelago, thanks to its postcard landscapes, is the uninhabited island of Phi Phi Lee.

PHI PHI DON ISLAND: The island of Phi Phi Don consists of two mountainous areas connected by a narrow strip of flat land where there is the largest town on the island, and most of the hotels, the most developed area is the one that is along the Ton Sai Bay.

The island is spectacular, with a stunning backdrop of limestone rich in vegetation, crystal clear sea, white sandy beaches, and caves, are also worth visiting the various belvederes located on the heights of the island. The best spots for diving are located in the south of the island.

PHI PHI LEE ISLAND: The island of Phi Phi Lee is famous for its limestone cliffs, nesting terns, caves and crystal clear waters. In this island, in the Maya Bay, in 2000, was shot the film “The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet.

The best places for diving in Phi Phi Lee are those of Loh Samah, Maya Bay and Palong Bay, to the south is the island of Ko Bida Noi where is another interesting dive site.

Climate: when to go to the Phi Phi islands

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