The beaches on these small islands located a few hours from Phuket are as idyllic as it gets. It’s a busy place, to be sure, but if you aren’t bothered by crowds, the island has more than enough picturesque sights and pristine beaches to make up for the lack of solitude.
The main island made an appearance in several movies, including the blockbuster DiCaprio picture, The Beach (2000). This, along with its many natural splendors, has helped to make it such a popular spot.
When approached by boat, the three islands that make up Phi Phi rise from the sea like a fortress. Towering cliffs loom, and then give way to thick jungle. Speedboat tours are one of the best ways to approach and explore the area and there are many operations that offer affordable options.
The local diving is especially sensational, thanks to the astonishing variety of marine life in the waters around the island.
Phi Phi also has ready access to nearby Krabi, which is often overlooked by pleasure seekers hot to make their way to other island destinations. A significant hub for travel in southern Thailand, Krabi Town makes an excellent gateway to a profusion of exotic islands and national parks.
In both cases, these destinations are best visited during the non-monsoon months (October–April), when the towns and villages and the region around them are teeming with opportunities for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jungle trekking, kayaking, sailing, birdwatching, yachting, and fishing.