Ko Phi Phi has a well-deserved reputation as a raucous gap-year party island, but those looking for some action beyond late-night bucket-drinking sessions will find plenty to do ... Read more about Beyond the buckets: Phi Phi's top things to do .
So you’re on Ko Phi Phi and have negotiated the back alleys and rabbit warren of Ton Sai Bay to find the cheapest habitable digs you can find. Yes, 1,000 baht doesn’t go far on this glistening little island. The bags are thrown in the corner and it’s time to wash the ferry grunge off. The only problem is, you wandered down to Ao Lo Dalam and found a scene straight out of Khao San Road meets ... Read more about Ko Phi Phi beach getaways .
A lot of people show up on Phi Phi Island ready to spend like drunken sailors, and the prices have been rigged accordingly. One way for budget travellers to save money is to simply not go there! But it’s still worth seeing, so we’ve come up with some ways to visit the island without emptying your bank ... Read more about Ko Phi Phi on a budget .
Phi Phi Leh is the southern of the two main islands and has an even more spectacular sheer cliff scenery. It's a rugged, jagged rock a 30-minute boat ride to the south of Ko Phi Phi Don. It also has an especially pretty beach, Maya Bay. It was on Maya Bay that scenes from The Beach were controversially shot in 1998, catapulting the island to international prominence, and as a result, over a ... Read more about Boat trip to Phi Phi Leh .
Well it isn't really trekking, for those who need a day out of the water and on their feet, there are some solid walks to do on Ko Phi Phi. The most popular walk is up to the viewpoint. There's actually three viewpoints (imaginatively named viewpoint 1, viewpoint 2 and viewpoint 3), with each offering an increasingly spectacular view of the sand isthmus of Ko Phi Phi. The walk is ... Read more about Trekking .
There's no shortage of boatmen on Ko Phi Phi and they'll all happily offer you a range of boat trips around the island. Several join-in snorkelling half-day or full day trips are available, too. The highlights are Monkey Beach (the real one, not the sliver of sand south of Ton Sai) and Lo Moo Dee. These are somewhat inconveniently located at opposite ends of the island, but that just gives you ... Read more about Boat trips on Ko Phi Phi .
With a range of sites available, scuba-diving around Phi Phi is popular for novices and more experienced divers alike. While all of the dive shops are based on Ko Phi Phi Don, the bulk of the actual diving is done in the waters surrounding Ko Phi Phi Leh to the south. There are outlying sites to the north, including the King Cruiser Wreck and Anemone Reef to the northwest and Ko Bida Nai and ... Read more about Diving on Ko Phi Phi .
One- and two-person kayaks can be hired from a few spots along Lo Dalam that makes for a good base to explore the surrounds. The most popular beach to paddle to is the lovely Monkey Beach which lies about a 45-minute splash away to the northwest of Lo Dalam. You can't actually see the beach from Lo Dalam, but it is beautiful and totally undeveloped. Oh, and it's called Monkey Beach for a ... Read more about Kayaking .
For those seeking to really get away from the water, Phi Phi has considerable opportunity for rock climbing. Courses range from half-day introductions to three-day advanced ones. Experienced climbers with their own equipment can just stop in and ask where the best routes are. One note of caution: the equipment here denigrates quickly due to the salty air and it isn't totally unheard of ... Read more about Rock Climbing on Ko Phi Phi .
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.