Visiting Phi Phi for the first time? We know the feeling most of us have when travelling to the other side of the planet, to arrive in a destination we’ve never been to before. The tiredness involved with long trips can alter our perception of things, and it can leave us somehow puzzled the first day of our holiday in a new environment.

That’s why we prepared this Phi Phi Island survival guide. You’ll find here the restaurants, attractions, and nightlife entertainment we love on Koh Phi Phi Don. Have a look at the places we recommend to our friends and family when they come to Phi Phi, below.

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Phi Phi at a glance

It’s small wonder that Phi Phi is one of the most popular holiday destinations in southern Thailand. From the beautiful pristine bays of Koh Phi Phi Leh to the white soft-powder sand of Bamboo Island beach, and the festive atmosphere of Tonsai Village on Koh Phi Phi Don, there's loads to do here. It has all you’ll need for spending a memorable tropical island vacation.

What's good about Phi Phi:

  • Many beaches and islands to explore
  • Good choice of dining and nightlife entertainment options in Tonsai Village
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Good choice of hotels right on the beach

What's less good:

  • Some areas are barely developed
  • Few shopping opportunities
  • Walking is the only mode of transport on Phi Phi Don

Things you can do in Phi Phi

There’s undeniably a lot of things to do in Phi Phi. Snorkelling, scuba diving, rock climbing, island hopping, partying, hiking, and more... the list seems endless. If this is your first time in Phi Phi, the following things to do should be on your bucket list…

  • Maya Bay
  • Phi Phi Viewpoint
  • Bamboo Island

Best places to go at night in Phi Phi

Phi Phi has a cool reputation when it comes to late-night partying. Most of the action after dark is concentrated in Tonsai Village and its immediate surroundings (Loh Dalum and Tonsai East). If you come for the first time to Phi Phi, the following nightspots are not to be missed...

  • Phi Phi Reggae Bar
  • Loh Dalum Beach
  • Tonsai Bay

Great restaurants we like in Phi Phi

As a popular cosmopolitan destination, Phi Phi hosts a lively dining scene. Whether you’re looking for cheap, mid-range or upscale Thai and occidental fares, you’ll find them here. 

We’ve picked out 3 must-try restaurants for your first time in Phi Phi. Choices range from unpretentious gastro-bistros by the pier, chic Bohemian-style restaurants, and stylish beachfront spots toward the western end of Tonsai Bay.

  • Mama Resto
  • Anna's Restaurant
  • Aroy Kaffeine

First Time in Phi Phi - What to Do

Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveller