Information & Facts
Koh Phi Phi is a snorkelling and diving paradise with its
aquamarine waters, offshore reefs, rich coral gardens and variety
of tropical fish. Rock climbing is another popular activity and
there are numerous schools for learners and places to rent
equipment. Boat trips and kayaking are also common.
Thai is the official language, although English is widely
spoken in tourist areas.
The unit of currency is the Baht (THB), which is divided
into 100 satang. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks,
hotels and bureaux de change. Banks are open Monday to Friday. ATMs
are available in most cities and tourist resorts. Most large hotels
and shops accept travellers cheques, but a better rate will be
given at banks. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels and
There are no cars on Koh Phi Phi so people with walking
difficulties will find the hills and lack of transport trying.
Despite its small size, the nightlife of Koh Phi Phi is pretty
legendary, and after sunset the sleepy island of Phi Phi Don comes
to life with a selection of activities. There are parties at most
beach bars and clubs, and bars offer anything from reggae to jazz
music. The Reggae Bar is a longstanding favourite, with late night
dancing, five different bars and pool tables. There are also fire
shows on the beach, cabaret shows and Thai kickboxing competitions
There is an abundance of dining possibilities on Phi Phi Don,
the larger of the Koh Phi Phi islands, offering both local and
international cuisine. Many restaurants are located on the beach,
and there are also numerous food stalls selling pancakes and fruit
shakes. Most restaurants are in Ton Sai, but each holiday resort
has its own restaurant. PP Bakery has good sandwiches and cheap
Thai food. Seafood buffets near the pier are the best place to find
the fresh catch of the day.
Koh Phi Phi's larger island of Phi Phi Don has plenty of
souvenir shops, clothing stores and shops catering specifically to
travellers' holiday needs. Local shops offer everything from
jewellery and clothes to sports equipment and CDs. There are also
two mini-marts and a supermarket.