Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing in the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds is not the easiest.

The beautiful Phi Phi islands, near to Phuket, are home to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. With silky soft white sand and stunning clear water, it’s easy to see why. Coupled with year-round warmth, tourists from around the world flock here.

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Located on the Western side of Thailand, these islands came to prominence following the film ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo diCaprio. Before this, it was a group of fairly hard to reach islands but since, ferries ply the route between Koh Phi Phi and Phuket/Krabi several times a day, bringing hoards of tourists over to explore the Phi Phi islands.

However, thousands more tourists arrive in the Phi Phi Islands as daytrippers from neighbouring islands. It is increasingly harder to find your own slice of paradise here these days. Even between my first visit in 2010 until today, the islands have got busier and busier.

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Phuket Sail Tours

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds is possible… with the right company. On my most recent trip, I knew I wanted to visit this island paradise again, but felt determined to see them without the crowds.

A few hours of research and I landed upon Phuket Sail Tours. As well as amazing TripAdvisor reviews, they came highly recommended in the GirlsLOVETravel Facebook page.

The key USP of the company is that they leave super early to beat the crowds and adjust through the day accordingly, to do their best to avoid the mass crowds!

And they do a really great job of it!

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Our Day with Phuket Sail Tours

We were picked up at our hotel in Panwa at 6am (hardly awake!) We then enjoyed delicious brekkie at their marina base at 7am, before boarding our speedboats by 7.45/8am.

The speedboats accomodate 25 people but the company only allows a maximum of 16-20 people on each tour. This is so important – we had oodles of space! You notice the other huge boats going by, absolutely crammed with people!

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Our first stop was Bamboo Island. We were the first boat there! We enjoyed unbelievable paradise before anyone else arrived. The beach was immaculate and the sea crystal clear – a really unbelievably gorgeous spot.

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

We enjoyed a number of snorkelling stops, a delicious lunch (included) before heading to the famous Maya Bay. Made famous by ‘The Beach’ film, it is this very bach where mass tourism has taken over.

Amazingly, we arrived and had about 40 minutes to enjoy the beach before all the other boats arrived. Despite the sheer number of tourists that descend on this slice of paradise everyday, it is remarkably clean!

My top tip is to head right down to the far end of the beach. A lot less people walk down this far and you can definitely  enjoy the water with less people around.

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

We had a wonderful day with Phuket Sail Tours. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The Phi Phi Islands, regrettably are not what they were. Whilst the beaches and the water is actually cleaner than when I went in 2010, the crowds have probably more than quadrupled.

However, they’re still paradise and we had the most fantastic time exploring them (and without crowds)! I haven’t heard great things about staying Koh Phi Phi Island overnight, it has become more commercialised than ever so it sounds like a daytrip is still the best option!

If you’re considering a visit so South East Asia, I would still recommend visiting the islands and definitely choose Phuket Sail Tours to enjoy a day Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds.

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Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

Sailing the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand without the crowds

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. Bryony
    January 15, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Thanks for great info ! When would you say is best time of year to go there ?

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      December to April is like peak time because the weather is best but I’ve been all year round and except for a heavy downpour each afternoon, even the summer months were fine! Just a bit steamier too! x

  2. February 8, 2018 / 12:15 am

    I have been to Phi phi island years ago but not really going into a tour in the water. Thank you for showing how to tour without congestion. I need that as I love my pictures without many photo bombers in it. I also love some quiet time without too many other tourists. Your pictures look awesome, the water look so clear and weather was great!

  3. February 8, 2018 / 2:58 am

    I’d love to be able to see a place so incredibly beautiful without the stressful crowds impeding my view. Thank you for providing this amazing post on ways to avoid the hassle of other tourists! 🙂

  4. Candy Rachelle
    February 8, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Oh, my goodness!! Phi Phi Island is breathtaking and stunning. The peaceful and calming ambiance of this island is so fulfilling and relaxing. I would love to visit this place someday.

  5. Elizabeth O
    February 8, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Oh wow, Phi Phi Islands look so serene. What I would give to go take some peaceful time out with those beautiful seas and stunning scenery. Looks so relaxing!

  6. February 8, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    WOW that place looks absolutely gorgeous… and as I sit here looking out my window at the snow you are certainly inspiring me to work harder and make enough money to get my ass on a vacation somewhere warm!

  7. February 8, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to visit. I love how remote this location is!

  8. February 8, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    I’m completely in awe, this is exactly what I imagine when I think of my ideal paradise. I would love to visit Thailand one day. Also fabulous tip about walking to the end of the island for a more peaceful, less crowded time!

  9. Sue Tanya Mchorgh
    February 8, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    What lovely pictures! I have been dying to go here for like…forever! I am just living through you right now 🙂

  10. February 9, 2018 / 1:21 am

    Absolutely beautiful and so glad that you were able to find a way to enjoy it without the crowds. Not sure how you ever left that!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      It was tough! Can’t wait to return some day

  11. February 9, 2018 / 9:22 am

    I LOVE sailing this looks sooo amazing! I hope to get to Thailand this August and see the Phi Phi islands in person.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      I hope you do! It was so lovely 🙂

  12. February 9, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Phuket Sail Tours offers some incredible services. I loved the photo tour of your experience of visiting this beautiful place 🙂

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Oh yes, an excellent tour company! 🙂 and thanks!

  13. February 9, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    I have not been to Phi Phi Island, it is breathtakingly beautiful. All the pictures look so amazing, would love to visit Phi Phi Islands. I am glad you had an amazing time there.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  14. February 9, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I haven’t seen that film (not a fan of DiCaprio), but gosh, these islands look gorgeous! Such a pity that they’re so popular. It’s understandable of course, but I just hate the crowd of tourists.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Same… defintely better to go in Spring than Summer 🙂

  15. February 10, 2018 / 12:00 am

    This is absolutely a stunning place to relax. I like the laid-back vibes, there’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Exactly! True paradise 🙂

  16. Josselyn Radillo
    February 10, 2018 / 12:47 am

    Thank you for showing how to tour without congestion!! i love the pictures ! I want to go there

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

  17. Shubhada Bhide
    February 10, 2018 / 6:49 am

    I would love to visit Phi Phi Island and I am hoping it will next month. Such a beautiful and breathtaking view. I love seeing all your photos.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      I hope you do! It really is so beautiful 🙂

  18. February 11, 2018 / 1:42 am

    The Phi Phi islands are beautiful. I love your photos, You provided great tips for someone who may be visiting there for the first time.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  19. February 12, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Oh such a cool trip! I went there with a scuba diving excursion which was lots of fun. But we didn’t get the chance to stop and swim on the beach. Your photos look so lovely 🙂

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Ah awesome, did you see lots of good fishies?! We had opposite trips, but I’m a bit scared of diving!
      Thanks 🙂 x

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