Koh Phi Phi , Island, Destination information and point of interest.

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Koh Phi Phi ( Island )

The most popular destination on the Andaman Coast after Phuket. Here it offers pristine beaches, impressive cliffs, clear water and fascinating marine life.

Phi Phi, The name is derived from Malay and the original was Pulao Pi ah Pi, where in pulao is the Malay word for island, and pi, pronounced with only a half p sound, was very close in pronunciation to the English word be; the ah was eventually dropped, so the name was said something like Bi Bi. Later the P was pronounced with a stronger aspiration and the name became the Pi Pi we know today (the h with which it is usually spelled is confusing and superfluous). The name refers to the mangrove wood found there. Six islands are in the group; Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Biddah Nok, Biddah Nai, Yung, and Pai (Bamboo Island) ; total area is about 35 square kilometers. They were incorporated into the national park in 1983. Some of the interesting places to visit include.


Koh Phi Phi Don

covers a total area of 28 square kilometers : 8 kilometers in length and 3.5 at its broadest point. At the north end is Cape Laem Thong, where there is a Chao Ley, or sea gipsy village. These sea gypsies emigrated from Koh Lipeh in Tarutao National Park, near the border with Malaysia. Diving at Laem Thong is excellent, as it is also at Hua Rah Ket to the extreme south. There are long beaches with rocks scattered about. Two curving bays are especially beautiful : Ton Sai and Loh Dalam. This is also where accommodations and tourist services are found.

Ko Phi Phi Birdeye View
Ko Phi Phi Lay
Ao Ton Sai Bay
Loe Da Lum

Koh Phi Phi Lay

is 6.6 square kilometers in total area : 3 kilometers in length and 1 at its broadest point. The island is entirely limestone and steep cliffs rising from the sea very nearly ring it. Surrounding waters average about 20 meters in depth, reaching 34 meters at the deepest point off the island's southern tip. Phi Phi Ley has several beautiful bays : Pileh, Maya and Loh Samah ; Ao Pileh is very nearly enclosed by the limestone walls of the island's cliffs, so that the water appears almost to be an island sea. On Phi Phi Ley's northeast is the famous Viking Cave; this was renamed by H.M.Rama IX when he visited it in 1972, Tam Pya Nak, from the shape of a particular boulder, which resembles in shape the head of the great serpent of Buddhist legend, the Naga. It is a place much revered by the local people who come there to collect the swift's nests used to make Bird's Nest Soup, a Chinese delicacy. On the eastern and southern walls of the cave are colored drawings dating from historic times. There are pictures of elephants and also of various boats : European, Arab and Chinese sailing ships ; baroques, motorboats, and steamships. It is theorized that these pirates who paused in their travels from west to east, sheltering in the cave to escape the monsoon winds, transfer cargo, or make repairs. Travel to the Phi Phi Islands Tour operators in both Phuket and Krabi provide transport and tour packages to this popular destination. Regular boat service is available form Jao Fah pier in Krabi.

Koh PhiPhi 's Birdeye View
Maya Bay
Maya Bay
Maya Bay

Koh Phi Phi's Activity

Surrounded by aquamarine waters and boasting exceptional dive sites, Phi Phi is a diver's paradise. There's a fine selection of qualified operators who can arrange excursions, courses and fun dives.

All levels of experience are catered for - from complete beginners to fully qualified divers and it's even possible to dive with sharks!

You can also take a wooden longtail boat to Phi Phi's neighbouring islands, including Phi Phi Leh, the backdrop for the film 'The Beach', and snorkel in the clear surrounding waters or kayak from Phi Phi's beaches.

If you tire of water based activities, there's plenty to keep you entertained. Thrill seekers can try their hand at cliff jumping for an adrenaline rush and the island is famed for its rock-climbing. More laid back activities include jungle walks through the lush tropical forests of the island's hilly interior.

As with all areas of natural beauty, Koh Phi Phi's land and undersea ecology are delicate, and should be respected - as you're experiencing the stunning environment, remember: look, don't touch, and bring all your litter back for proper disposal.

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