Phi Phi Island Honeymoon Guide
Discover the enduring tropical beauty of Phi Phi Island – one of Thailand’s most popular island destinations and perfect for a honeymoon.
With their enduring natural beauty of tropical rainforest and towering limestone cliffs fringed by powdery white-sand beaches surrounded by coral reefs teeming with colourful tropical fish, the Phi Phi islands offer the perfect honeymoon destination for newlyweds.
The island’s jungle-clad limestone mountains are bisected by a narrow, 2km-long isthmus, with a sandy beach on either side and the bustling main village of Ton Sai, which is crowded with mostly budget chalets, restaurants, bars, dive shops and minimarkets.
To the south, an easy day trip away, lies idyllic Phi Phi Lei and its marine preserve; the island was made famous as the setting for the Hollywood film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
This rugged and picturesque island is home to the sea swift bird, sheltered bays, gorgeous beaches and a rich underwater marine environment that is perfect for snorkelling and diving.
Both islands offer opportunities for rock climbing and cliff jumping from 18m-high limestone cliffs, as well as scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking in the surrounding bays – just perfect for adventurous honeymoon couples.
Hike through the pristine rainforest to spot several species of birds including gurneys, finfoots, kingfishers, egrets and herons. Keen fishermen can hook up a charter to chase marlin, sailfish, barracuda and tuna.
On Phi Phi Leh, kayak the idyllic Ao Maya Bay on the southwest coast, aka ‘The Beach’, which is also perfect for snorkelling in the calm and clear waters.
Look for 400-year-old graffiti on the walls of Viking Cave and watch local chao ley men climb flimsy bamboo scaffolds to collect swifts’ nests from the cavern walls – destined for bird’s nest soup in Chinese restaurants all over the world.
Note: Not all nests – which are held together by the birds’ spit, prized for its aphrodisiac qualities – are removed. The harvest occurs from February to May and is regulated by the government. Tip: Arrive early morning before the tour boats arrive.
Phi Phi Don is the largest and only inhabited island in the six-islands group. Here you have a choice of options ranging from budget bungalows to 4- and 5-star luxury beachfront resorts, including the following…
Location: Laem Tong, Ko Phi Phi Don
Prices: from AUD404 per room
Description: A 10-acre tropical retreat on the northern tip of Phi Phi Island, Zeavola Resort offers spacious accommodation resting on white sands. The resort features an outdoor pool and a spa. Apart from PADI diving courses, Zann Zanook activity centre offers guided island-hopping and shark-spotting tours. It also provides sports equipment so guests can play volleyball or Frisbee on the beach. Nestled among gardens, Zeavola’s wooden suites are designed like island houses. Each suite has satellite TV, a minibar and coffee/tea making facilities. The private bathrooms include outdoor rain showers. Baxil Restaurant offers Thai specialities, along with a good selection of international wines. Featuring an international menu, Tacada Restaurant also serves delicious seafood and barbecue dishes. Room service is available 24 hours. Zeavola Resort is around 48 km away from Phuket City.
Phi Phi Island Village
Location: Loh Ba Kao Bay, Ko Phi Phi Don
Prices: from AUD339 per room
Description: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort features a private beach and infinity pool equipped with a pool bar. First-rate amenities include tennis courts, dive centre, well-equipped fitness centre and 4 restaurants. Free WiFi is available at the lobby. Featuring a thatched roof and solid wood furnishings, air-conditioned rooms and bungalows come with a cable TV and a safe. Each has a spacious private balcony with outdoor seating. Wanna Spa offers traditional Thai massage and soothing body treatments. Friendly staff can assist with childcare needs. Sightseeing trips can be arranged at the recreational centre. American buffet breakfasts, as well as lunch and dinner, are served at Marlin Restaurant. Offering outdoor seating, Thai specialities are available at Ruan Thai Restaurant. Guests who prefer seafood and steak dishes can head to Coconut Grill & Bar. Situated along Lo Ba Goa Bay, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is about a 4-hour land and sea transfer from Phuket International Airport. The resort provides joined and private transfer service from Phuket International Airport.
Holiday Inn Phi Phi
Location: Laem Thong Beach, Ko Phi Phi Don
Prices: from AUD206 per room
Description: Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island sits on a white sandy beach bordering the Andaman Sea. The resort features 2 landscaped pools, a fitness room and the Scuba Schools International Dive Centre. Lazy afternoons in the sun can be spent on loungers at the large private balcony. Rooms at Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island offer the comfort of classic wood furnishings and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage, or try water activities like snorkeling and fishing. Excursions to surrounding islands can be arranged at the tour desk, while souvenirs can be purchased at the boutique. A kid's club is also available. Offering an intimate dining experience by the beachfront, Cha Bah restaurant offers freshly grilled seafood dishes. International buffet spreads and Thai cultural shows can be enjoyed at Tai Rom Prao. Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island can arrange resort transfers by speed boat from Klong Jilard Pier in Krabi and Rassada Pier in Phuket.
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The best time to visit Phi Phi Island is during the dry season from December to April when the skies are sunny and the sea warm and calm. The average temperature throughout the year remains a consistent 30°C.
The southwest monsoon lasts from the end of May until the middle of October; this off-season period brings less crowds, cheaper accommodation and, as the locals are quick to point out, it does not rain all day, averaging about 10 rainy days a month.
For more climate info: Phi Phi Weather Guide…
The Phi Phi islands are located on the west coast of Thailand, south of Phuket. The car- and road-free Phi Phi islands can be reached by regular ferry service or sea plane from Phuket, Koh Lanta or Krabi, all of which are less than 48km away.
Thai Airways has daily flights to Phuket from Bangkok.
Information about how to get to Ko Phi Phi…
Latest update about Ko Phi Phi honeymoon destination: 23 May, 2017