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The Gorgeous Island of Phi Phi Don

Located just a stone’s throw away from Phuket/Krabi, Koh Phi Phi Don is one of the six beautiful islands in the group known as Phi Phi Islands. Albeit small, the island is a sight for sore eyes – boasting clear waters, soft golden sand and luscious greenery. There are no vehicles on the island and as walking is the main mode of transportation, finding an ideally located accommodation is crucial. If you want to be at the heart of the party, Tonsai Bay and Loh Dalum Bay are perfect. Still want to enjoy the lovely town but you’re not a fan of loud music? Long Beach is the place to be. A mere 15minutes from the town, Long Beach boasts a lovely beach front and some pretty great hotels. To truly escape the hustle and bustle, Laem Tong Beach is the perfect respite with wonderful beachside hotels.

Long tail boats near Ton Sai Pier
Long tail boats near Ton Sai Pier

From adventurous diving to chilling out at night by the beach - Ko Phi Phi Don is the place to be. Here’s some of the things you should definitely do on this beautiful little island.

Sit by the beach

During off season, the beaches of Ko Phi Phi Don are practically deserted. Free from long tailed boats and humans. If you’re looking for a true blue beach holiday, the best time to visit the island is during off season (The island experiences heavy rainfall during some periods so plan your trip wisely). During high season, Long Beach is a better bet for some unobstructed sun tanning and beach relaxation. At night the beach front comes alive with thrilling fire shows throughout the night (Carlito’s Beach Bar & Night Club).

Hit a watering hole

Thai booze buckets
Thai booze buckets

Ko Phi Phi Don is the place for great parties and fuzzy nights. The small island has an array of amazing bars and nightspots. Get yourself a bucket or two of their local booze and get the party started. For those who are unaware, a bucket of booze is a small sand pail filled with half part liquor (usually the local liquor Sangsom) and half part mixer with a couple of straws to share. Although a pretty lethal concoction, let’s be real, no one really shares these wonderful buckets. You will see party goers ordering booze by the bucket and downing it. For the ultimate party spots hit Ibiza Beach Bar, Reggae Bar, Carpe Diem and a POOOOOOL PAAAARTY. If you’re on a budget grab some booze from a convenience store and enjoy it as you catch the amazing fire show by the beach.

Join in the action!

Reggae Bar Muay Thai Ring
Reggae Bar Muay Thai Ring

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is a popular combat sport in Thailand. At Reggae Bar travellers can enjoy a drink as they watch an exciting Muay Thai fight. A Muay Thai boxing ring sits in the middle of the establishment and there are fights all night long. Patrons of the bar may take part in this traditional combat sport and fight against other patrons. With a little bit of strength and a whole lot of liquid courage, many travellers join in the fun to win a bucket of booze, medal and whole lotta bragging rights. These amateur fights may be hilarious to watch, but before you step into the ring, ensure that you know what you are getting into and be safe.

Go Island Hopping and Snorkelling

If you think Ko Phi Phi Don is beautiful, you will be in for a real treat when you visit the surrounding islands. Take a boat trip around the islands to do a little bit of snorkelling. The tour usually brings you to about 4 – 5 places and stops twice for snorkelling. My favourite places are Maya Bay (made famous by the movie The Beach), Monkey Island, Bamboo island and Viking Cave. Let the pictures speak for themselves!

Island Hopping Tour
Island Hopping Tour
Island Hopping Tour
Island Hopping Tour

EAAAAAAT!

Papaya Thai Food
Papaya Thai Food

Having travelled to different parts of Thailand (Khon Khaen, Krabi, Bangkok and more), I have tasted really really good Thai food. Unfortunately, Ko Phi Phi Don is not the best place for authentic Thai food. Nonetheless, there's a variety of food options that will leave you spoilt for choice(including some pretty decent thai food options).

For some authentic and delicious Thai food head to Papaya. Although slightly overpriced, the serving portions were huge enough to feed more than 3 people. Apparently the Massaman Curry here is to die for(Unfortunately we only realized this after placing our orders). Everything else was pretty delicious.

Pizza at Amic Resto
Pizza at Amic Resto

I absolutely love Thai food and I am pretty sure I can survive on it. But if you need to mix it up a little, you can check out Amico Resto. They have a fusion of things from Mediterranean food to heavenly pizzas. It is a little pricey but the portions are huge.

For all things classy and mango head to The Mango Garden. You will be able to find Mango Sticky Rice in every nook and cranny all over Thailand but the mango sticky rice served here is restaurant standard (and priced that way as well). Spoil yourself with this little treat that is both a feast for your eyes and palettes.

Mango sticky rice at Mango Garden
Mango sticky rice at Mango Garden

If you haven't been to Ko Phi Phi Don(or to Thailand in general), you NEED to plan a trip there soon!! Happy trippin'

This article was originally published on travelantics

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