There’s a lot of hype surrounding Phi Phi islands, but with good reason. These 6 tiny islands sit like scattered jewels in the Andaman Sea, just a short boat ride from Krabi or Phuket. They’re Thailand’s superstar islands, offering visitors the ultimate island paradise.
Dramatic karst formations tower over sweeping bays of blonde sandy beaches, their shores lapped with turquoise-blue water that teems with tropical marine life. Inland, tangled rainforest completes the picture of a perfect tropical island. Indeed, this is where Danny Boyle filmed The Beach, placing the islands firmly on the tourist map.
Beauty and fame doesn’t come without a price though. The only inhabited island, Koh Phi Phi Don, has seen a rise in tourism so it’s no longer the hidden paradise it once was. Luxury resorts and beachside bars have opened the island to package holidays, families, honeymooners and partygoers, as well as backpackers. Phi Phi islands remain an unmissable Thai destination; just don’t expect to have them all to yourself.