Exploring Phi Phi Islands from PP Princess Resort

Sridhar Salian

Writes about the experience at the laid back beautiful beach paradise, Phi Phi Island

After tasting a bit of busy city life in Bangkok and a few days of soaking in the mountainous scenery in Chiang Mai, we headed south for our much-awaited beach time in the ever amazing Phi Phi Islands. As always, PP Princess Resort helped us plan the trip and we couldn’t be more thrilled upon arriving at this amazing Resort.

PP Princess Resort – The best resort in Ko Phi Phi Don!

PP Princess Resort is a beach retreat on the paradise, Phi Phi Don Island, overlooking the stunning white sands and the azure blue Andaman Sea. The prime location of the resort places guests just a few steps away from the island’s popular sunbathing beach, water activities, village centre and the main pier.

Why we chose this Resort

  • On our doorstep are all the facilities of Tonsai Village with loads of restaurants, entertainment, shopping, nightlife(party scene).
  • Another highlight is that the resort can be easily reached within a 5 min walk from the Tonsai Pier. So, there is no need to worry about getting transport from the pier to the resort.
  • PP Princess resort makes the ideal base for exploring Ko Phi Phi Don as you are just a few minutes away from the beach, Phi Phi Viewpoint, rock climbing, kayaking & snorkelling and other water activities.
  • It is the centre of the Tonsai village and close enough to enjoy all the activities of both Loh Dalum Bay and Tonsai Bay.
  • The Friday pool parties at the resort’s infinity pool are the popular attractions here.

Our First Impression

From the moment we set our foot on the island pier, they did everything to make our stay as perfect as possible, even escorting us from the pier point. The check-in was quick and efficient. The staff was amazing. During the check-in, we were presented with cool towels and mineral water. Even though we’d arrived in an air-conditioned ferry, this was still a very welcoming gift at the humid island!

The Phi Phi View-Point1

Phi Phi is a small island with no vehicular movement and located at a 2 hr boat ride from Phuket and Krabi

How to get to Phi Phi Island and PP Princess Resort?
You can reach P P Island via Krabi or Phuket by taking morning boats or afternoon boats of about two hours, then walk about 200 meters from the Phi Phi main pier(Ao Tonsai Pier) and safety arrive at the paradise for economy tourists. During the peak season, there is a daily morning boat from Ao-nang Beach to Phi Phi and daily morning and afternoon boats from Ko Lanta Island to Ko Phi Phi Don Island.

Location Map of PP princess resort, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand:

PP Princess Resort is in an excellent location on the Phi Phi Islands within easy reach of all the islands amenities and attractions. It is just a few steps away from the Ton Sai Beach and the Loh Dalam Beach behind the Ton Sai Villagea favourite sunbathing spot where the sands are wonderfully soft and the sea is super clear. The small bay is almost surrounded by limestone cliffs offering gorgeous unforgettable views.

There are plenty of activities to do on the beach with kayaks available for rent, massage services and other sporting activities. However, if you prefer to go for souvenir shopping, the markets in the village are a five minutes walk from the resort. The Ton Sai Pier, where guests can embark on a boat trip to discover Maya Bay or depart on the next leg of their journey, is only 200 metres away from the resort.

Facilities at the Resort

Complimentary pick up and drop off escort service from the pier point, Clean and Comfortable Accommodation, A Fantastic Infinity Swimming Pool and Sunbathing deck overlooking the Andaman Sea, Pool Partys every Friday, A  restaurant positioned right on the sands of Lo Dalam beach

Tip: If you arrive on a Friday, head to PP Princess Resort for a free pool party

Phi Phi Islands PP Princess Resort Pool

Phi Phi Island’s Best Infinity Pool

We enjoyed the large infinity pool, an abundance of sun lounges and trees for shade. They have a bar attached to the pool to bring you the well-deserved vacation cocktail while you relax and sink into the beautiful view of the sea. When you swim out to the edge it is both mesmerising and calming watching the boats go about their day on the sea. There are beds built right into the pool, so you can keep reading your book or sunbathing while enjoying the cool waters. This infinity pool is a new addition to the resort and it complements the panorama suites very well.

Blue Marine Restaurant

Munching at the restaurant was our favourite moment at the resort. We enjoyed dining on delicious Thai and international cuisines directly on the beachfront at Blue Marine Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants on the island at the beach front. Restaurant specialises in local and international cuisines and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with its oceanic views.

Phi Phi Islands PP Princess Blue Marine Restaurant
Phi Phi Islands PP Princess Resort
Phi Phi Islands PP Princess Resort

Rooms and Villas

There is a good range of tastefully decorated cottages and villas with views of the cliffs and glimpses of Loh Dalum Bay from the top floor. All room types at PP Princess are modern with facilities that include free WiFi, air conditioning, hot and cold showers, western toilets, satellite TV, an in-room safe, refrigerator with complimentary bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Ferry Guide

The Ferry Schedule from Mainland :  From Phuket to Ko Phi Phi (departing from Rasada Pier) – 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 am. From Krabi to Ko Phi Phi (departing from Klong Ji-Lard Pier) – 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 am.

Please note arrive at the pier at least one (1) hour prior to departure as schedule may change based on weather conditions. Guests who arrive at Phuket or Krabi airport after 12 PM (noon) will have to stay on the mainland and board the morning ferry to Ko Phi Phi.

Must Visit Attractions nearby

Ferry Arrival & Departure point-Ao Tonsai Pier – 400 meters -10 min walk
Thai Boxing at Phi Phi Reggae Bar -150 meters – 5 min walk
Night Party bars at Slinky Beach Bar -200 meters – 5 min walk
Koh Phi-Phi view-point – 2 km – 40 min walk
Tonsai Village – 5 min walk
Ton Sai Beach – 5 min walk
Lo Da Lum Beach – 5 min walk
Night market – 5 min walk
Restaurants & bars – 5 min walk

A DAY TRIP GUIDE TO PHI PHI ISLANDS

Visiting Phi Phi Islands is at the top of most travellers’ to-do list when they visit Thailand.  So we decided to book something quicker for a trip out to Phi Phi Islands. Our resort suggested us to go for “The Original Phi Phi Sunset island Trip” and offered group tours in a big boat. Here is the general itinerary that is offered by tour providers.

After a brief introduction by the tour operator, we proceeded to board the boat that carried about 10 + tourists from all over the world. Once everyone is seated in the boat, the tour guide greeted us warmly while the boat set sail for our first stop of the day – Ko Phi Phi Le.

Phi Phi Islands, Phi Phi Le
Phi Phi Islands, Phi Phi Le

The Itinerary

  • Depart around 1:30 pm from the resort and reach Tonsai pier.
  • Arrive at the Monkey Beach along the way.
  • Brief stopping at the Viking Cave on Ko Phi Phi Le.
  • Head further south around the island to the Maya Bay. Stop at the beautiful Maya Bay for at least an hour to lose yourself in its beauty.
  • Cruise into Pileh Lagoon. This is an incredible sight where giant limestone cliffs dwarf the long-tail boats and the water looks clear with the most magical shades of green with plenty of time for kayaking and snorkelling.
  • Depart for Ko Phi Phi Don and arrive back at the resort.

The Maya Bay, snorkelling and kayaking at Pileh Lagoon and the sunset were the best part of the day tour. The Pileh Lagoon between two boulders is extremely beautiful and scenic. The colourful sea life there offers great surprises. After a full day of swimming, snorkelling, sun and fun, we were happy to get back on the boat and relax our way home. At the sunset, we were served a fried rice and some fresh cut fruits. It was the perfect way to end our day watching the Sun playing hide and seek as we sailed across the islands in the Andaman Sea.

We have no words to describe how much we loved everything in Ko Phi Phi Le. The white sandy beach, the impressive and breath-taking rock formations, the unique Maya Bay, the mesmerising sea life in the clear and turquoise blue sea waters. For a moment, we felt as if we had arrived in paradise and this has been one of the most amazing and unique experiences of our life.

What to pack for the Koh Phi Phi islands tour

  • Waterproof bag
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops / Sandals
  • Extra clothes
  • Camera
  • Money to enter Maya bay(National park fee of 400 Bhat)

Tips

  • The best time to visit the Phi Phi islands is between November and April when the sea tends to be calmer, thus allowing easier access to the Bay.
  • Come at odd hours to avoid touristy at the Maya bay when you book a day tour.
Phi Phi Islands Day Tour

Conclusion
Be sure to put the PP Princess Resort on the top of your list if you are looking for a perfect and romantic beach getaway. Overall, we were deeply impressed by the excellent service and hospitality offered by the resort. Of the 10days we spent in Thailand, this day was one of our absolute favourites. The combination of luxury, breathtaking scenery and sea-life is an absolute winner. We made many memorable moments ticking off one of our bucket list items (Visiting the Maya Bay of ‘The Beach’ movie fame).

We’re glad we went with tour booking done by our Resort and highly recommend that you do too. They are the perfect company to visit Phi Phi islands tour with, because they are professional and luxurious.

All in all, we would definitely recommend the PP Princess Resort to anyone who is looking for a quality accommodation in an easily accessible and convenient location, at a relatively affordable price stay in Phi Phi Island.

To find out more & book directly on their website: PP Princess Resort Or find them on Agoda and Tripadvisor. And make sure to follow them on Facebook.

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Disclaimer: Interlude Journey were invited as guests of PP Princess Resort, but as always all opinions are our own and we would never recommend something we haven’t experienced and loved ourselves.

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