Here are the best places to see in Phi Phi islands. Of course, as they are so popular they can be really busy so it is usually recommended to stay overnight in Phi Phi and try to reach them early morning to beat the crowds. This is particularly true for the famous Maya Bay from the movie ‘The Beach’ which can be literally swamped with tourist! (See some discounted prices for ferries between Phuket and Phi Phi)
There is no need to introduce Maya Bay. Leornardo de Caprio took care of this is the not so great movie ‘The Beach’ (). However despite a 19% satisfaction on Rotten Tomatoes movie rating the beach itself is probably a bigger hit that the movie was. Just like at James Bond Island with the equally mediocre James Bond movie (45% on Rotten Tomatoes), crowds are pouring non-stop and all day in this once idyllic enclosed bay. Oh yes it is superb and worth going! But make sure you come early and get your photos before the crowds!
The Phi Phi Viewpoint is relatively easy to reach and the view from up there is certainly rewarding. The climb starts in the back of Phi Phi village and is well paved. Take some water and maybe a hat. It’s not so hard but since the wind doesn’t get through it can get really hot. At the top of the hill you will be asked to pay a small fee to reach the viewpoint 1, but don’t stop there and keep climbing to the better viewpoint 2!
Located on the other side of the famous Maya Bay, Pileh lagoon is a beautiful emerald blue bay where people like to snorkel and dive. Just like Maya Bay it is on the small island of Phi Phi Leh and can be full of longtail boats, diving boats and speedboats.
Monkey beach is a superb small white sand beach on the west coast of the main island of Phi Phi, not far from Tonsai Bay where the ferry dropped you. Of course you can expect to meet some naughty monkeys, always ready to grab whatever food you carry (which is not recommended).
Bamboo island is a small island found 30 to 40 minutes north of Phi Phi Don. Even tough it’s not on the main island you will have no problem finding a boat to take you there and enjoy the incredible white sand and blue waters.
The viking cave, also known as Tham Phaya Nak and has no relation with vikings, is also located on Phi Phi Leh. This is where long time locals climb those impossible bamboo ladders to collect swallow nest hanging inside a gigantic cave. Unfortunately the access to the cave has been closed to tourists. I don’t know if tourists were disturbing the swallows or the collectors who could not disturb the swallows in peace. Anyway, don’t eat swallow nests, it’s made with the birds’ saliva and you can perfectly live without trying it.