Overview of Phi Phi Islands:
Phi Phi Don: This is the largest of the Phi Phi islands, and offers some of the most arresting scenery available anywhere in the world. Phi Phi Don is comprised of two main sections, peculiarly connected by narrow strip of glittering white sand. It was here, in the center, where the first settlement of Ton Sai was established. Since that time Phi Phi Don has earned a reputation as one of the most alluring sights in the region, offering spectacular beaches, gleaming, turquoise seas, and remarkable landscapes.
Key Attractions of Phi Phi Islands :
Beaches - Phi Phi Don
Phi Phi Le: The second largest of the Phi Phi Island chain, Phi Phi Le is extremely beautiful, and pristine. Day trips to Phi Phi Le are available, and one of the biggest attractions is Phaya Naak Cave, or Viking Cave, which has some bonafide prehistoric carvings.
Another attraction to Phi Phi Le are the nests of the edible-nest swiftlet. Armed guards stand watch over these nests, and to protect from poaching, overnight stays on Phi Phi Le are forbidden. Another attraction to Phi Phi Le is the abundance of coral reefs, which makes for some extraordinary scuba diving and snorkeling. Recently, the motion picture The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed on Phi Phi Le, giving viewers a mere glimpse of the truly breathtaking scenery this island has to offer.
Hat Yao: This beach, also known as Long Beach, is one of the most famous on the island. Not only does it offer a broad, sweeping beach and unbelievable scenery, it also is home to some of the best coral reefs in the area. Snorkeling and scuba diving top the long list of things to do here, and accommodation is plentiful. The only complaint might be a little too much development. Hat Yao can be reached on foot or by longtail boat from the pier at Ton Sai.
Hat Lanti: This beach is in close proximity to Hat Yao, and is equal to it in nearly all respects. Once underdeveloped, Hat Lanti has only recently given way to commercialism, and remains quite beautiful. Offshore coral reefs provide for some great snorkeling, and accommodation is cheap and decent.
Hat Lanti is accessible on foot via the viewpoint trail. Boats to Hat Lanti are difficult to find, because bungalow owners refuse to pay commissions, but boats can be arranged from Hat Lanti quite easily.
Hat Hin Khom: This beach is one of the more unremarkable on Phi Phi Don, and has recently fallen prey to over-development and lack of maintenance.
Hat Hin Khao: This is one of the more isolated beaches on Phi Phi Don, accessible only on foot. This beach offers good views, peace and quiet.
Phai Island: This is another small, deserted island in the Phi Phi chain that can be visited during the day by boat. Phai Island offers some tremendously attractive scenery, and also has exceptional coral specimens. However, like Yung Island, this pristine island is uninhabited, and has no accommodations.