This post was last updated on February 18th, 2020 at 12:53 pm
Koh Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful and visited islands in Thailand. And that is not strange because it is an impressive paradise! And although the island itself is quite small, there are actually quite a lot of things to do on Phi Phi. It is certainly not an island to just lie on the beach, although of course, you can do that if you want to!
10 Best Things to Do on Koh Phi Phi
Diving, kayaking, cooking courses, walking, relaxing on the beach or partying until the late evening hours with fire shows; Koh Phi Phi has something for everyone. After having been there twice we have a list of the top 10 things to do on Phi Phi!
1. Climb to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
If you search for Koh Phi Phi this photo will probably appear in the first 10 results. The viewpoint is, not surprisingly, the best place to look over the island. Koh Phi Phi has a special shape, a kind of “H”.
A 100-meter flat strip of sand runs between Dalum Bay in the north and Tonsai Bay in the south.
Phi Phi viewpoint overlooks the village and the two beautiful bays. It is at an altitude of 186 meters and depending on your condition it takes around 20 to 40 minutes to get there.
For the best photo, you have to come around lunchtime because it seems to have the best sunlight. Also, don’t expect to be the only one there!
2. Explore the Wonderful Underwater World
Diving is one of the most important activities on Koh Phi Phi. You will find a large number of diving schools here where you can take individual diving lessons or get your PADI. Most diving schools can be found near the “port” where you arrive. You can go for day trips to world-class dive sites near and around Phi Phi.
Shark Point, Anemone Reef, and the King Cruiser Wreck are among the most popular and beautiful dive sites in the area. They are located in the west between Phi Phi and Phuket.
Near Koh Phi Phi Leh you have Maya Bay, Koh Bida Nok, and Nai which you can all reach in less than 40 minutes.
3. Book a Yoga / Pilates Class
If you have had enough of climbing or diving, you can relax by taking a Yoga or Pilates class. There are several places on Koh Phi Phi where you can follow courses. Often you can learn the basics for a day or half a day, but if you really want to take it seriously, you can also book a course of several days.
It is wonderful to calm your mind on a tropical island, which is quite touristy so that you can continue with new energy on Koh Phi Phi or in the rest of Thailand.
4. Taste the Local Food
After a night of drinking, a good meal is a basic necessity. Anyone who likes good food will be right at home here because if you can eat good food anywhere, it is in Thailand.
We are a big fan of Asian food, and certainly Thai food, so we look for the tastiest new and special snacks with every visit.
Although Phi Phi is far from cheap compared to the rest of the country, there are places where you can eat delicious and cheap food. Check the smaller joints in the main streets or the restaurants on the beach.
You might pay a bit more here, but the food is delicious and the setting is also pretty good 😉
5. Drink the Night Away
Thailand would not be Thailand if you cannot party there and Phi Phi is no exception! It does not matter what time of day you feel like a beer or a cocktail, it is always available. And besides, nobody will be surprised if you have a drink in your hand at 1 p.m.
Whether you’re lying on the beach and enjoying the wonderful weather and that refreshing sea breeze with a nice cold Long Island Ice tea or ‘you’re dancing like nobody’s watching’ at 3 a.m., there’s never a bad time for a drink!
6. Channel Your Inner Spiderman
Always wanted to be a superhero? Well, here you can be! Spiderman fans will have a great time on Kho Phi Phi. Krabi and the surrounding area is the rock mecca of southern Thailand.
Due to the high limestone cliffs, you can climb very well here, also on Phi Phi.
Phi Phi is 42 km (26 miles) from Krabi and has the same limestone cliffs. In particular, the Tonsai Tower, located on the western side of Tonsai Bay, is a paradise for climbers.
It is a 200-meter high cliff with 48 different climbing routes in all levels of difficulty. You can take half-day or full-day courses at Spider Monkey and Ibex Rock Climbing, for example.
7. Visit the Viking Cave
You can also visit a cave on Phi Phi, the so-called Viking Cave. It is not super spectacular, but nice if you have a few hours left. It lies at the foot of a high limestone rock on the northeastern side of the island.
With a long-tail boat from Tonsai Bay (the most important pier on Phi Phi), you can be there in about 30 minutes. The cave is also known as Tham Phaya Nak and owes its name to the paintings on the walls of the cave including a Scandinavian Drakkar.
8. Become a Thai Chef
Are you a fan of Thai food? And would you prefer to make this yourself at home? Then a cooking course is a nice option! The delicious Thai dishes that you eat during your holiday in Thailand can then also be made at home, whenever you want.
It is not only fun to do, it is also educational. You learn about the local spices and the actual ingredients of all those delicious dishes you eat.
One of the best-known cooking schools is Pum Thai Cooking School near the Tonsai Pier. This cooking school offers a wide selection of cooking lessons ranging from a 30-minute lesson (one or two recipes) to full or half days.
You learn everything about herbs, vegetables, sauces, and customs in Thai dishes. It’s educational and fun and at home, you can treat your friends and family to a delicious meal!
9. Go Island Hopping
After cooking it is time to enjoy the surroundings more. What’s a better way than booking nice day trips where you visit different islands? You can choose to stay around Phi Phi with a long-tail boat or go a little further with a larger boat.
Whatever you do, one thing is certain. You will pass the most beautiful tropical islands with white sandy beaches and beautiful clear water. Often during these tours, you can also snorkel at the islands.
For the best price and the best tours, you can ask around at the Tonsai Pier. There are enough companies here that offer different tours.
10. Visit a Muay Thai Competition
Have you eaten, climbed, cooked, dived and partied enough? Then you can also visit a Muay Thai competition. In fact, everyone should visit a Muay Thai competition in Thailand! It is a very traditional and unique experience. On Koh Phi Phi you can also visit Muay Thai competitions.
Almost every evening a Muay Thai competition is held in the Reggae Bar around 8 p.m. It will get pretty busy, so come on time!
After the fight they ask two people from the audience to step in and fight, the winner gets a free bucket of alcohol. We have not done it or seen it, but it seems that people are being seduced with a free bucket of alcohol.
And the more alcohol that flows, the more people come up with the great idea to step in.
Bonus: Bamboo Island
Do you have time left after these 10 things? Then, of course, you can visit one of the surrounding islands such as Bamboo Island and Phi Phi Leh. Bamboo Island (Koh Phai in Thai) is one of the six islands in the Phi Phi archipelago.
You will find Bamboo Island about five kilometers (3.1 miles) from Koh Phi Phi. It is a real tropical paradise with beautiful beaches and a beautiful wooded interior region.
Koh Phi Phi Leh is the second largest island in the entire archipelago. It is uninhabited and belongs to the Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu National Park. Koh Phi Phi Leh is best known for Maya Bay Beach, perhaps the best-known beach in Thailand.
Maya Bay became world famous after the release of the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio. In the high season (November to April) it is quite busy here.