The inhabitable part of the island is a long sandy isthmus joining two rocky hills. On either side of the isthmus are long sandy beaches.
The day on Loh Dalam Bay can- be divided into 4 morning early afternoon very quiet as most backpackers are resting.
The afternoon is sun tanning time
As this bay faces west/north west the evening time can be spent watching the sun fade in a rosι sky.
After dark the bay comes alive to the sound of music as night after night it reverberates to the sounds of beach parties till early dawn.
Morning then comes and the cycle starts over.
Flyers with the latest night time beach party are circulated throughout the day so it's hard to miss hearing what's about to happen
Long Beach stretches for several kilometres and lies just east of the main village. Easy access to the beach and resorts is by long tail taxi from the ferry port across Ton Sai Bay.
This beach is much more quiet than the beach on Loh Dalam Bay. Between the village and the edge of the beach a number of small restaurants provide good food and have a spectacular view of Ton Sai Bay
Phi Phi Don is the main island of the Phi Phi islands there are six in total the mains one being Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh just across the bay from Long Beach.
This beach is quite accessible from Long Beach so if you stay at a Long Beach resort you can easily follow one of the small roads over the hill to the palm lined beach.
The beach is backed in the north by hills that reach down to the waters edge. On the south side tall palm and coconut trees offer shade during the hot day.
The beach is relatively small compared to the main beaches its about 400 metres in length but during the low tide it broadens out as the water recedes.
On the south between the two mountainous outcrops is the port and town of Phi Phi
Scheduled Ferry are the cheapest and most popular method to get to Phi Phi Island.
Ferry crossings take about 2 hours from Phuket and roughly 90 minutes from Krabi depending on conditions and run every day all year round.
Most of the year the trip is fairly smooth although conditions can get a little more choppy during the months of September and October.
If departing Phi Phi to an airport, allow yourself at least an hour to get to the airport from Phuket Port and 40 minutes from Krabi Port to the Krabi Airport.
The island's village is built on a sandy isthmus, connecting two limestone hills. On either side of the village are wide open bays, lined by sandy beaches.
The isthmus is flat not more than a metre or two at it's highest. The village was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Today it has an early warning system with escape routes marked.
Apart from through the village there are virtually no roads- just hard packed tracks. Motor bikes are minimal and cars hardly exist.
Porters often meet the ferries and carry heavy bags to the local hotels.
The small island of Ko Phi Phi Lee is home to the BEACH and some other amazing places.
The secluded beach of Maya Bay was immortalised in the 2000 movie the Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio and has become a favourite haunt of visitors to Ko Phi Phi though common first reactions is "oh it's not as I expected " especially at low tide or "oh it's so crowded ".
Some boats take you in through the main water channel in front of the beach others, anchor in a small bay, and let you swim about ten metres to a rope ladder, where upon to haul yourself through a gap in the rocks.
If venturing for the swim make sure you have water tight bags for cameras and phones many are water damaged before ever seeing the beach.
In recent years, toilets and cafι have been built allowing some luxury on the island.
Despite the number of visitors the island is stunning and well worth the boat ride.
Loh Samah Bay is a mecca for snorkelling and divers.
Many of the tour operators stop here and visitors can experience some amazing under water sights.
The bay also has excellent dive locations the cliffs are covered in clams and hard corals.
Scorpion fish, lionfish and angelfish are often seen by divers.
Diving trips can be arranged at many of the tour operators or dedicated diving centres on Ko Phi Phi.
On the long tail boat trip to the infamous Beach pass by the caves where bird nests are still harvested. Enjoy the wondrous gorge of Ao Pie.
Or just enjoy the swaying of the boat as it rounds Loh Samah Bay.
Many of the tour operators stop in Loh Samah Bay for snorkelling.- During the busy season this bay can become crowded with long tail and speed boats.
The operators should be encouraged to spread their departure times out such that they don't all arrive in the Ao Pie and Loh Samah Bay at the same time.
Common comments on these trips is about the large number of people and boats spoiling the atmosphere.
If you have a chance perhaps hire a smaller longboat for a trip in the afternoon
This cliff has been inhabited by monkeys for hundreds of years.
Today they come out to greet the visitors on the daily trips to Ko Phi Phi Leh.
During any visit you will see from a distance the monkey families clinging to the cliff face or scrambling over the trees and branches.
Feeding the monkeys has been banned.
The islands are easy to explore with many boat operators providing day and half day tours. In addition there are numerous water taxis which can be hired for a short trip to Long Beach or for island exploring.