Planning your first trip to Phi Phi Islands? Despite the fact that only 1 island of the group of 6 offers accommodations, you can find a variety of things to enjoy throughout your stay. Koh Phi Phi Don offers a wide range of hotels and resorts scattered across several neighborhoods. 

    There is a right place to stay for everyone, from the lively central village to the tranquil yet convenient Long Beach to the remote and secluded resorts of Phi Phi Don’s southeastern coast to the luxurious and peaceful Laem Thong. We've compiled this guide to the 4 main neighborhoods of Phi Phi Islands to help you decide on where to book your stay. 

    Laem Thong (Golden Bay) is a long strip of sand toward the northeastern coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. Apart from a few classy resorts, the area has a small fisherman’s village and a couple of standalone bars and restaurants. Outside the resorts, all activities are dedicated to the beach and sea – sunbathing, snorkeling or scuba diving on the reefs off the coast, exploring Bamboo Island just 5 km off Laem Thong, and strolling along the coastal path. 

    An excellent place to spend a relaxing vacation, Laem Thong is definitely for those looking for a break. If you miss the hustle and bustle of a beach party, a trip to Loh Dalum takes about 40 minutes by longtail boat.

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    Long Beach lies on the eastern end of Tonsai Bay. It's separated from the central area of Phi Phi Don Island by a rocky cape, which you can pass through via a narrow jungle path. 

    The main draws of Long Beach are its tranquillity and proximity to the village – a 5-minute trip by longtail boat – as well as dining, shopping, and nightlife opportunities. There are a few bungalow resorts with a hippie atmosphere, which you might not find in the central area of Phi Phi.

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    Koh Phi Phi Don central area

    The central area of Koh Phi Phi Don is between Tonsai Bay (where the ferry pier is situated) to the south and Loh Dalum to the north. The area counts 4 sub-areas – Tonsai West, Tonsai Village, Loh Dalum, and Tonsai East. 

    It is the liveliest place on Phi Phi Islands, with a great choice of hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and bars. Tonsai West is the quietest part of the area, while Loh Dalum, Tonsai Village and Tonsai East are excellent for those who want a lively area to stay on the island.

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    East coast of Koh Phi Phi Don

    The east coast of Koh Phi Phi Don is a 4-km-long coast with several small bungalow resorts offering simple accommodations.  This rather remote area is only accessible by boat unless you fancy 2 hours of trekking along steep jungle trails to get there. 

    Water sports – kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving – are some of the best things to do Koh Phi Phi Don's east coast. Its southeastern area has narrow beaches lying at the foot of mountains. Loh Bagao is a large bay that has stylish hotels and a small village with local bars and restaurants.

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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