The Ko Phi Phi island overnight stay 1 night 2 day, Thailand
How long to stay on Phi Phi? Phi Phi has been on my bucket list ever since I saw the Instagram pictures of traditional long-tail boats floating on the pristine ocean, the white sandy beaches and the backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs. So whilst staying in Phuket it seemed daft not to take the 48km journey to this paradise island and do the Phi Phi island overnight stay. There are plenty of day trips from Phi Phi like sightseeing around Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Bay and Viking Cave. Or you could enjoy the Phi Phi island nightlife. Whether it’s 1 or 2 nights on Phi Phi island or a day trip to Phi Phi, it is no doubt you will have an amazing time on this epic island that is easy to get to from Phuket.
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After doing some research we were a little sceptical about our overnight stay on Phi Phi due to mass tourism and an increase in infrastructure, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the boat ride was busy, but once on the island I felt instantly relaxed, we weren’t bothered to buy Thailand tat and we didn’t have to fight our way through crowds of tourist. Also, our ferry from Phuket took us around Maya bay before arriving at the Phi Phi Island.
Most people tend to go to Phi Phi for a 1 or 2 night stay. And we wanted to enjoy what Phi Phi has to offer, so why not stay the night. I know some do a day trip to Ko Phi Phi Don, but you have to stay at least one night to fully experience Thailand’s best place to visit.
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Whether you thinking of staying overnight at Ko Phi Phi or for a 1 or 2 nights package tour on Phi Phi. Here are the reasons why you should include a stay at the amazing Ko Phi Phi island! So, what’s included in this Phi Phi island overnight stay post;
- How to get from Phuket to Phi Phi island
- What to do Phi Phi island on your visit to this top island in Thailand
- Best hotel to stay on Phi Phi island
- Where to stay in Phuket to visit the Phi Phi island
- A YouTube video of the Phi Phi island
What to do on the Phi Phi island overnight stay?
Can’t decide between a day trip or staying on 1 or 2 night on Phi Phi and doing a Phi Phi island tour package?
I have created this list of the activities to do in Phi Phi and there is plenty of awesome things to do. This is why it is worth a one night stay on this epic island in Thailand. To do things like visiting the stunning Maya Bay and possibly visiting Long Beach and Laem Thong.
We realised the boat tour package around the Phi Phi islands is the best thing to do on your visit to Phi Phi. I couldn’t believe the scenery on this unbelievable boat trip, it’s simply out of this world.
First, stop on the Phi Phi island overnight stay boat trip – monkey beach
Monkey beach is a small white sandy beach 5 minutes from Phi Phi Don pier, and as you guessed it there are lots of monkeys waiting to grab a selfie with you. Considering the size of the beach I thought it was gonna be packed, but we had it all to ourselves to enjoy the monkeys and take some snaps. Most of them were friendly, however, I wouldn’t advise touching them, rabies jab or not!
But they’re such cool animals, you could watch them for hours of how they act around humans. They are like little humans themselves, so clever. You could take a little fruit onto Phi Phi’s monkey beach and give the monkeys a banana or two. After 20 minutes we headed to a few different snorkelling spots.
Top Tip for Phi Phi’s monkey beach – This is a great place to get an Instagram photo. The monkeys put up a good pose and the scenery is out of this world!
There are plenty of different boat trip packages available on Phi Phi, but we were happy with the long-tail boat (the picture below).
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Snorkelling in Phi Phi
We’ve done our fair bit of snorkelling around South East Asia, but snorkelling in Phi Phi has hands done been the best experience. Even if it’s just a 1-night stay on Phi Phi, you have to try this. There are hundreds of colourful rainbow fish swimming around in crystal clear water and they aren’t afraid of you. The snorkelling spots are deep enough so you won’t be touching the floor or coral so there’s no need for swim shoes. The water depth drops down to at least 15-feet in some areas.
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Things to know about the snorkelling trip on Phi Phi
- Snorkelling equipment is included
- You won’t have to wear wet shoes
- Take an underwater camera on your trip, the fish you will see are stunning and you won’t see many better places to snorkel in Asia than around Phi Phi
- Life-jackets are included
- The fish do get up close, so you shouldn’t get spooked by them
Phi Phi’s Pileh Lagoon
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After we were all snorkelled our we headed to Pileh lagoon. This is one of the best things we did on our 1-night stay on Phi Phi. Pileh Lagoon is out of this world and again we were able to enjoy this experience with only 2 other boats around us, enhancing its beauty. We cooled off in the crystal clear water from the midday heat only to be greeted by nibbling fish!
This is in the top 3 things in Asia I have seen. The green lagoon at Phi Phi will blow your mind.
Last stop Maya Bay
As most of you are probably aware Maya Bay is closed to the public until October in an attempt to save this world wonder due to the thousands of tourist that visit each year. Made famous by the Leonardo Dicaprio film ‘the beach’ Maya Bay, it is now one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand. If you’re staying overnight on Phi Phi, you need to visit the Maya Bay of the Phi Phi islands. Even though we weren’t allowed on the beach, the boat was able to park on the bay so we could get a sneak peek of what we were missing. For me, it’s just an excuse to return to Thailand! We can’t wait to visit Phi Phi again just to see this amazing beach, it’s a shame tourists have to spoil it.
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Once our 3 hours were up we headed back to the mainland, where our driver dropped us off at Haad Yao beach. A long sandy beach with a jungle backdrop and shallow crystal clear water. In other words paradise! We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing until the sun went to bed.
Hike to the Phi Phi island viewpoint
After an early night and our second day on the Phi Phi island overnight stay we awoke to a filling breakfast served on the seafront overlooking the limestone cliffs, it was perfection. We then headed off to the Ko Phi Phi Viewpoints which takes around 30 minutes to reach the top from the pier. The treck is pretty steep so I recommend trainers and take plenty of water as you can easily become dehydrated in the 30+ degree heat. Entry ticket cost to the Phi Phi viewpoint is 30B per person but it’s worth it. They also have toilets and a cafe at the top.
The views overlook the whole island with the limestone cliffs in the background, it’s an Instagram shot (this is the best viewpoint on Ko Phi Phi island mainland for an Instagram photo) or a place to make a quick YouTube video!
Our Phi Phi island overnight stay has been one of the highlights of our trip so far, however, I’d advise going outside the peak season (December to March) to avoid the crowds and enjoy Phi Phi for what it is. Don’t let the ‘rainy season’ put you off, we had plenty of sunshine to enjoy. We preferred the overnight stay and accommodation on Phi Phi is cheap and easy to find, therefore I think you should stay at least 1 night at Phi Phi.
Diving in Phi Phi
You can book all the best things to do on Phi Phi individually if you prefer;
- Snorkelling on Phi Phi: Phuket dive tours
- Diving around Phi Phi islands: Phuket divers
- Maya Bay tour: Mayabaytours – This company also provides the Phi Phi plankton night tour. With this tour, you get to swim with luminous plankton at night around the Phi Phi islands. I never had the chance to do this but I heard it was a cool thing to do in Phi Phi. Probably best to do this tour on a 2 night stay on Phi Phi.
Also, you can hire a long tail boat and go out to both Bamboo and Mosquito islands for an epic snorkelling trip.
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Where to stay on Phi Phi island, Thailand
Phi Phi island beach bungalows
One of the sweetest places to stay is the Phi Phi village beach resort. This is one of the most iconic places to stay in Thailand. The amazing beach bungalows are stunning.
Book Room: Phi Phi island village beach resort.
U-Rip Hotel Resort
I choose a Phi Phi resort called U-Rip after reading good reviews on booking.com. £27 for a double room with breakfast I couldn’t complain and the hotel didn’t disappoint me. Around 1k from the pier it easily accessible and close by the many bars and restaurants, yet still quiet at night. Set right on the beachfront you can’t ask for more.
The rooms are big, clean and modern with a complimentary minibar and a large balcony with seating to enjoy a glass of brandy whilst the sun goes down. The hotel even offers a type of infinity pool that looks out into the ocean, pretty cool if you ask me.
There is also a good atmosphere at this accommodation on Phi Phi. Everyone has a smile on their face and the U-Rip hotel staff are very friendly and are more than happy to help. There are also shops nearby and some of Phi Phi’s best coffee shops. Also, I would say this hotel on Phi Phi is perfect for backpackers, honeymooners and family holidays.
Book Value Room: U-Rip
Phi Phi Natural Resort
Laemthong beach is on the quieter northeast side of Koh Phi Phi Don. This is a cool area for a relaxing. Therefore, I wouldn’t visit here as a backpacker looking to rave the night away! Perfect for a 1 or 2 night stay on Phi Phi.
The Phi Phi Natural Resort does packages with transfers by boat from Phuket and it also includes a snorkelling tour. This accommodation on Phi Phi is perfect for those looking for a luxury stay on this top Thai island. On your second day, you can take a classic Thai longtail boat around the Phi Phi islands or to Ton Sai Bay.
The sweet Phi Phi Natural Resort has luxurious cottages available that have good-sized separate bedrooms and private terraces. You will also have a nice view of the sea from Phi Phi’s Natural Resort. Furthermore, you will have your private sandy beach on Phi Phi to relax one of the most exotic locations in Asia. There is also an open-air coffee shop that offers a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Thai and other European dishes. And of course, there is an epic drinks menu.
If you are serious about this top accommodation on Phi Phi, then I would think about making your booking early. The Natural Resort on Phi Phi can get booked quick.
Book this amazing place where to stay on Phi Phi: Phi Phi Natural Resort
Where to stay in Phuket to visit Phi Phi
This is my best hotel to stay in Phuket – This is a luxurious hotel in Phuket for the cheap price of mid-range accommodation. Out of all the places I have stayed so far in Asia, the Centara hotel has by far been the best. However, in Phuket’s peak season, this hotel’s prices jump up to match its amazing services!
Book a room: Centara hotel
So what’s so great about this hotel in Phuket?
Upon arrival at this accommodation in Phuket, you will notice its fine decor, pleasant staff and neat landscape. Furthermore, this is probably the best hotel in Phuket with a pool. The pools are mega, they have the clearest water and are sweet for swimming in. Also, the hotel pools are catered for different types of holidays. For example, adult only pool and family pools, all pools have swim-up bars.
This is the best hotel in Asia for its buffet breakfast, what I’ve stayed at anyway. The food is out of this world! This Phuket hotel’s buffet breakfast caters for all nationalities of the world. Whether you prefer western or Asian food, you will find it here. And there is plenty of fruit, pastries, sweets, juices, coffee and tea.
This top Phuket hotel has a fun entertainment team, that provides games and stuff to do for all the family. This is done by a weekly structured timetable, that starts in the morning and goes onto the evening. Also, there is a weekly Thai street food market and Thai shows. You can also take advantage of the different times happy hours throughout the day, the cocktails are great.
Other things to see in and near Thailand’s Phi Phi islands
How to get to from Krabi to Phi Phi?
Krabi to Phi Phi by ferry
The ticket cost of the ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi is THB 450
You can easily catch a ferry from the pier at Krabi to Phi Phi at four different departures times throughout the day. t the time of writing, ferry departure times from Krabi’s Klong Jilad Pier are 9 am, 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, and 3 pm. But you should know that the 3 pm ferry departs at 4 pm on Fridays. Better to get the earliest ferry if you are just doing a 1 night stay on Phi Phi.
The ferry journey from Krabi is approximately 1.5 hours and you’ll arrive at the Tonsai Pier on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest of the Phi Phi Islands. Here will be busy with tourists, but it’s a good atmosphere. You can also find food here straight away if you’re feeling hungry and there is also a couple of ATMs on Phi Phi located in the centre.
Top tip for booking a ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi – You should try and book your ferry online in advance to your trip. You may be able to save yourself some money on doing so.
Tickets: Book Krabi to Phi Phi island ferry
Phuket to Phi Phi by Ferry
The ticket cost of the ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi is THB 650
You can get the morning ferry to Phi Phi from Phuket which is a sweet sightseeing trip around Phi Phi Ley island and it takes around 45 minutes. Then you will arrive at Tonsai Bay at the main Pier in Phi Phi,
Once you arrive at Tonsai Bay, guests going to other parts of the island to the popular hotels of Zeavola Beach Resort and Spa, Phi Phi and Phi Phi Holiday Inn etc. Also, there is snacks and drinks available on-board. The best place to sit for the tour around Maya Bay and Phi Phi Ley is on the top deck, epic views.
We booked our boat from Phuket to Phi Phi with a local tour operator in Phuket called Phi Phi cruiser, costing $18 for a return ticket. This is included a 2-hour ferry boat setting off at 9 am, free tea,
coffee, water and fruit. The journey was smooth and we took the opportunity to sit on the top deck and top up our tans, with the sea breeze to keep us cool. The ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi island is a very enjoyable experience, I know not everyone is too great with boat rides. However, this ferry ride is completely fine!
Once we arrived for our Phi Phi 1 night stay at around 11 am we were bombarded with local guys trying to sell private boat tours. Don’t be put off by this, just remember to always barter as they tend to set prices high to start with. We settled for 2000B for 3 hours on a private longtail boat, with snorkels and water for 4 people. If you’re on a tight budget try and recruit some new friends to split the cost.
Before setting off we dropped our bags off at U Rip Resort, a brand new hotel built-in partnership with Andaman Beach Resort, around 1km from the pier.
YouTube video of the Phi Phi island overnight stay in Thailand
You can probably now tell by this post, that I had an out-of-this-world time on this stunning island and the other islands around Phi Phi. I have seen a lot of content about Phi Phi being a bad place to visit, to me them comments are delusional. The islands are amazing and I wish I could have stayed here longer. You will have an amazing time doing a 1 or 2 night stay on Phi Phi. Some of the things I have seen on the Phi Phi islands are the most stunning things I have seen so far backpacking around Asia.
If you are in Thailand and wondering if you should visit the Phi Phi islands for a day trip package or an overnight stay, then I would 100% recommend it to you. Ko Phi Phi has been an incredible place to visit in Thailand. Please if you have any questions on probably Thailand’s best island. Then don’t hesitate to ask.
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