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Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is an extraordinary holiday destination. The twin Phi Phi islands, 30 miles (48km) east of Phuket, are world-renowned, particularly since the making of the Hollywood box office sensation, The Beach. Phi Phi Leh, the smaller of the two islands, was the setting for this movie, and now draws scores of day trippers from Phuket, just a 45-minute boat ride away. The island has no accommodation and is accessible only by boat, but offers sensational snorkelling and the Viking Cave with wall paintings.

Phi Phi Don, the larger island, has idyllic tropical beaches lining its shores and Ton Sai Bay, the main tourist centre on Phi Phi, may be a little overdeveloped for some visitors wanting a relaxed beach holiday. Although overrun by tourists, the islands retain their spectacular quiet beauty.

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Koh Phi Phi is a snorkelling and diving paradise with its aquamarine waters, offshore reefs, rich coral gardens and variety of tropical fish. Rock climbing is another popular activity and there are numerous schools for learners and places to rent equipment. Boat trips and kayaking are also common.


Thai is the official language, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas.


The unit of currency is the Baht (THB), which is divided into 100 satang. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and bureaux de change. Banks are open Monday to Friday. ATMs are available in most cities and tourist resorts. Most large hotels and shops accept travellers cheques, but a better rate will be given at banks. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels and larger businesses.


There are no cars on Koh Phi Phi so people with walking difficulties will find the hills and lack of transport trying.

Night Life

Despite its small size, the nightlife of Koh Phi Phi is pretty legendary, and after sunset the sleepy island of Phi Phi Don comes to life with a selection of activities. There are parties at most beach bars and clubs, and bars offer anything from reggae to jazz music. The Reggae Bar is a longstanding favourite, with late night dancing, five different bars and pool tables. There are also fire shows on the beach, cabaret shows and Thai kickboxing competitions for variety.


There is an abundance of dining possibilities on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the Koh Phi Phi islands, offering both local and international cuisine. Many restaurants are located on the beach, and there are also numerous food stalls selling pancakes and fruit shakes. Most restaurants are in Ton Sai, but each holiday resort has its own restaurant. PP Bakery has good sandwiches and cheap Thai food. Seafood buffets near the pier are the best place to find the fresh catch of the day.


Koh Phi Phi's larger island of Phi Phi Don has plenty of souvenir shops, clothing stores and shops catering specifically to travellers' holiday needs. Local shops offer everything from jewellery and clothes to sports equipment and CDs. There are also two mini-marts and a supermarket.


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