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Nestled within a mesmerising archipelago of six islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two main islands collectively known as Koh Phi Phi.
The archipelago is part of the Hat Nopparat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park and is believed to be one of the oldest regions in Thailand with archaeological findings dating back to the prehistoric period.
Situated in Thailand's southern Andaman Sea, the Phi Phi islands are an iconic destination, revered for their jaw-dropping natural beauty.
The unbelievably blue waters are filled with gorgeous coral gardens, home to a haven of brilliant marine life. This underwater wonderland can be explored with a snorkelling or scuba diving trip and you can also go kayaking or take a longtail boat trip.
As you float along the crystal clear waters, you'll gaze up at the dramatic cliffs rising jaggedly out of the sea. Coated in lush greenery, these incredible rock formations are the ancient remnants of long lost mountains.
Head ashore to the exquisite white sands, lining the islands in crescent-shaped coves. The soft sandy beaches are an idyllic place to relax and soak up the sun.
Venture inland to the lush tropical jungle within the islands to see even more incredible wildlife and bird watching.
Phi Phi Don is the main island where visitors sleep, eat and shop. This small island has no roads and is completely walkable, perfect for picturesque strolls.
There are plenty of bars serving cocktails and fire dance shows, while dining options range from luxurious fine dining local street eateries. There are also a few spas where you can indulge in a massage.
Phi Phi Don is famed for its lively nightlife and can get crowded, so we recommend slipping away to the south, where you'll find tranquil bays and luxurious retreats.
Phi Phi Leh is the smaller, uninhabited island, only accessible through day cruises. The islands shot to fame after Leonardo DiCaprio's film, The Beach, was filmed in Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh.
Thousands of tourists flocked to the beach, causing massive damage, and Maya Bay is currently closed indefinitely for environmental rehabilitation.
Despite this, Koh Phi Phi remains an enchanting destination with plenty of other idyllic beaches and bays to explore.