Bamboo island Phi Phi
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The awesome Bamboo island Phi Phi (also known as Ko Mai Phai) should be high up there on your bucket list of things to do in Phi Phi. This is a lush island that is located in the most northern position of the Phi Phi islands. There is a popular tour from Phuket to Monkey Island and Bamboo island, however, you will usually find this beach is fairly quiet. I enjoyed getting away from the crowds and you will too. It’s an awesome island that is fringed by gorgeous palm trees, tropical water and pearl white sand. Also, the Bamboo island snorkelling opportunity is amazing, which you will experience if you visit the Hin Klang reef near the island. But I will share with you how to rent a long-tail boat from Sea Gypsies village or Tonsai village.
You have heard of the Bamboo island tsunami, but there isn’t really any trace of that affects left anymore. To visit this amazing island you can do a boat tour from Phuket or Krabi (check out the best areas to stay in Krabi) to Bamboo island, but we will cover everything you need to know to visit this top Thai island.
Is Bamboo island worth a visit? Yes, yes, yes. You need to take the boat tour and visit this top, scenic Thai island.
Let’s look what’s included in this post;
- Bamboo island snorkelling
- Phi Phi to Bamboo island
- Phuket to Bamboo island speedboat
- Krabi to Bamboo island speedboat
- Camping on the island
- Final thoughts
Snorkelling on Bamboo island
I know you will enjoy the Hin Klang snorkelling tour in Phi Phi if you’re into snorkelling. This is one of my favourite activities and the Bamboo island snorkelling tour did not disappoint.
You can explore the reef near the Bamboo island beach and the marine life that surrounds it. Don’t worry about not having any snorkelling gear with you. Your Hin Klang tour operators will provide all the equipment you need.
You even get to see a Nemo (clownfish) and a wandering turtle. Remember to be respectful of the marine life and try not to damage any of the coral. Also, don’t forget your underwater camera.
There are many awesome snorkelling beaches in Phi Phi and Thailand. There are plenty of swimming and snorkelling beaches on Koh Samui, such as the Lamai beach and silver beach.
Phi Phi Leh to Bamboo island tour
This is probably the most popular option to visit this top island in the Phi Phi region.
You can book a boat tour from Phi Phi Ley that will take you to see the amazing island. Don’t worry you won’t travel just then and back. You will still get a chance to see other popular islands that are nearby.
How to book the Phi Phi Ley to Bamboo island speedboat tour?
There is plenty of tour operators hanging around the Phi Phi island and don’t worry they will ask you before you ask them. If it’s your first time in Thailand, expect to be slightly hassled. It’s all fair though 🙂
Your tour will last at least 8 hours and you will get to see some amazing islands, as well as Maya Bay beach. But Maya Bay is closed indefinitely so you will have to stay on the boat.
You can book a tour here
Phuket to Bamboo island speedboat tour
Want to visit Bamboo island Phi Phi from Patong, Karon, Kata Beach or Phuket town?
You can book a tour from either one of these destinations. Then you will be taken on a tour that lasts around 8-hours, it’s awesome!
Where will I visit on the Bamboo island tour?
You will some of the most amazing places such as; Koh Khai, Koh Yao, Bamboo island, Mosquito island, Chicken island and other amazing Phi Phi islands.
Sounds like a lot is included in this tour, right? Don’t worry it’s possible. You will get around 1-2 hours on each of the islands. Also, lunch will be included, as well as drinks such as fizzy pop and water.
You can book a tour here
Krabi to Bamboo island tour
Yes, you have the option to do the Krabi to Bamboo island speedboat tour. Many tourists do the trip from Krabi to the Phi Phi islands.
There are plenty of Krabi speedboat tour operators, it’s just picking the one that’s best for you.
If you’re looking for awesome boat tours, you can check out my post on the 4 island tour Krabi which is amazing!
How much is the Krabi to Phi Phi islands speedboat tour?
The actual cost of the Krabi to Phi Phi islands tour is around 1600 Baht ($45). And this includes;
- Pick up from your accommodation in Krabi
- Then you departure from Ao Nang or Railay beach
- Bamboo island snorkelling + swimming
- You may get to visit Maya Bay and Viking Cave
Remember to take wet shoes with you or flipflops. Also, take comfortable clothing and a towel.
You can book a tour here
Bamboo island Camping
You should check out the Bamboo island camping experience if you get the chance. The best way to do this is with part of a tour. I would book a tour and then stay overnight on Bamboo island. You will get to see all the awesome island off the coast of Krabi and then head to the island around 5pm to stay overnight.
Things to do on Bamboo island whilst camping?
You will be able to do the amazing snorkelling and swimming as the sunsets. The sunsets in Thailand are amazing and if you haven’t seen one yet, you’re in for a treat!
You will definitely be able to get a new Instagram photo of the Bamboo island sunset!
Then, the locals on the island will prepare your food such as; chicken, prawns typical Thai food and treats. However, don’t expect a 5* food menu, but the food is good and there is plenty to keep you full till you leave in the morning.
You may be able to see Phra Nang and Phang Nga Bay.
Then in the morning you can see the wildlife and watch the stunning Bamboo island sunset, amazing.
Bamboo island Phi Phi is just one of the amazing islands in the Phi Phi district. It’s beautiful coral, white sand and camping experience is what makes this top Thailand island very attractive to tourists.
You now know how to visit here from either Krabi, Phuket or Phi Phi Leh.
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