Top 14 Activities to do on Koh Phi Phi Islands 2023

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, one destination that should definitely be on your radar is the Koh Phi Phi Islands. This breathtaking archipelago, located in the Andaman Sea, is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. But with so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to decide how to spend your time on the islands. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top 14 activities to do on Koh Phi Phi Islands in 2023. From snorkeling and island hopping to partying the night away and relaxing on the beach, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration for your Koh Phi Phi itinerary.

I. Adventure Activities in Koh Phi Phi

Go Snorkeling

Koh Phi Phi is known for its vibrant marine life, and snorkeling is the best way to experience it. If you have no diving experience, snorkeling is a great way for beginners to start their underwater journey. Rent some snorkeling gear and jump into the ocean to discover the beauty that lies beneath the surface.

Jump Off Cliffs Into The Ocean

For those who are looking for an adrenaline rush, cliff jumping is a popular activity on Koh Phi Phi. There are plenty of cliffs to choose from, so find your inner daredevil and take the plunge! PSA- Remember to find a guide to show you the safest spots to jump from.

Go Kayaking On The Open Ocean Waters

Kayaking is a great way to explore the ocean and discover hidden beaches, uninhabited islands and caves. You can rent a kayak and paddle your way around the island, taking in the stunning scenery as you go.

Hike To The Viewpoint On Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is full of breathtaking views, and hiking to the viewpoints is the best way to take them all in. There are a total of 4 viewpoints, and the entry point is a 7 minute walk from Bodega Hostel. If you get to viewpoint 2, there is a lovely deck and café to sit and enjoy the sunset at. Tickets are only 40 Baht to the first two viewpoints. Although there are stairs that go up the whole way, it can be a bit steep. However, the view from the top is well worth it.

II. Boat activities in Koh Phi Phi

Go On A Boat Tour

There are plenty of boat tours available on Koh Phi Phi, and they’re a great way to explore the surrounding islands. You’ll get to see some of the most stunning beaches and snorkel spots in the area. At Bodega Hostel, we organize some of the most exciting tours on the island. Whether you’re looking for an early morning snorkeling tour or a sundowner party on a boat – we have it sorted.

Visit Maya Bay

No trip to Koh Phi Phi is complete without a visit to Maya Bay. This stunning beach was made famous by the movie ‘The Beach’ and is a must-see destination for any traveler. Maya Bay can only be accessed by boat, so you will have to buy a spot on a tour, or rent out a longtail boat privately. Maya Bay was closed for a long period to rehabilitate the area from damage inflicted by excess tourism. Because of this, you cannot swim in Maya Bay but you can stroll along the beach and relax on the soft white sand. There is also an entry fee of 400 Baht to enter the protected area.

maya bay

Take a longtail boat to Bamboo Island

Bamboo island is a stunning gem in the archipelago of Phi Phi islands. You can rent out a private longtail boat or kayak there, if you’re up to the adventure. It’s a lovely spot to have a picnic, a swim and a little lounge on the beautiful beach.

III. Beach activities in Koh Phi Phi

Watch a Fire Show on the Beach

As the sun sets on Koh Phi Phi, the beach comes alive with fire shows. Sit back and relax as you watch the talented performers twirl flaming batons and put on an unforgettable show. From fire poi to fire limbo and fire jump-rope, you’ll get a kick out of participating in these activities.

fire show on beach

Go for a Yoga Class on the Beach

Koh Phi Phi is a laid-back and relaxed island, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with an early morning yoga class on the beach. You can ask the hostel manager at Bodega Hostel to book you into the best classes on the island, led by trained instructors in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin practices. 

Party the Night Away

Loh Dalum Beach is a great spot to party through your holiday. The beach is a relaxed spot in the daytime but turns into a rave ground at night. From Slinky Bar all the way to Ibiza, every venue has a different genre of music, from pop to techno and trance, so you’re sure to find a great beat to groove to. With fire shows and dancers at every club, you will be entertained till the break of dawn. 

IV. Cultural activities on Koh Phi Phi 

Get a Sak Yant Tattoo with Bamboo Needles

If you’re looking for a unique souvenir from your trip, consider getting a Sak Yant tattoo. These traditional Thai tattoos are done by hand-poking bamboo needles, making it a different experience from our modern tattoo techniques. Yant is a derivation of the Sanskrit word yantra, which refers to the geometric diagrams used as meditation aids and symbolic representation of divine energy. Each yantra is symbolic of a different value, like protection or prosperity, and a sak yant tattoo is traditionally blessed by a monk after it is complete. Koh Phi Phi Don has several tattoo studios where you can find the right yant for your next tattoo. Skull Tattoo Studio is one of the most popular studios on the island. You can find it here.

Get Colorful Hair Braids and Extensions

If you’re feeling like changing up your look, why not get some colorful hair braids and extensions? You’ll find plenty of vendors in the village market who can give you a fun and unique hairdo.

Go Shopping in the Village Market

The village market on Koh Phi Phi is full of unique and handmade souvenirs. Take a stroll through the market and pick up some gifts for your friends and family back home.

Watch a Muay Thai Match Ringside

Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport, and watching a match is an experience you won’t forget. Get up close to the action and cheer on your favorite fighter as they battle it out in the ring. The Phi Phi ring is always packed with excited crowds, making the entire experience even more thrilling!

Bonus Activity – Pet All the Cats!

Finally, no trip to Koh Phi Phi is complete without petting all the cats. These furry little creatures are everywhere on the island, and they love attention. So go ahead, give them a little scratch behind the ears, they will thank you for it.

Conclusion

To summarize, Koh Phi Phi has plenty of activities to make your vacation there an exciting and memorable one. Whether you’re snorkeling in the clear waters, cliff jumping into the ocean, or simply petting all the cats, Koh Phi Phi is sure to leave a lasting impression.
As you plan your trip to Koh Phi Phi, remember to pack for tropical weather, and bring comfortable shoes for hiking and exploring. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood and delicious Thai curries. You can find a list of our favorite restaurants on Koh Phi Phi Don linked here.

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