PHI PHI VIEWPOINT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED ABOUT HIKING TO THE KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINTS & BEYOND
The vast majority of travellers visiting Koh Phi are young backpackers, looking for a good party, good vibes, and like-minded people, and if that’s what you’re after Phi Phi Island won’t disappoint- but Phi Phi is beautiful and it would be a shame to miss out on what the island offers.
So if you’re in need of some island adventures or you fancy a break from the hectic hustle and bustle of Phi Phi Island, then why not spend a day hiking the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoints. It’s one of the best activities to do on Phi Phi Island and those who make it to the top are rewarded with epic ocean views from the summit.
There are a total of three viewpoints to hike to, which can be climbed in succession before leading out onto some of the most beautiful beaches on Phi Phi Don’s eastern coast.
If you’re wanting to see all three viewpoints, grab lunch in the quite Phi Phi Island Village and spend some time relaxing on the beaches, you’ll want to allocate an entire day for this activity. The hike to the top can be tough, but the reward, the scenery and the views make it well worth the trek! And perhaps after one too many evenings knocking back Chang beers on the beach, getting a sweat on could be just what you need!
Phi Phi Island is a travellers paradise, and there is no shortage of activities to do on the island, one of the most most popular things to do is hiking to the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.
If the viewpoint hike sounds like too much in the hot sun, but the promise of the secluded beaches beyond sounds great; skip the hike, and hire a private long-tail boat to reach these beaches instead! A private longtail boat tour of Phi Phi Islands is a great way to avoid crowds in the busy town and earn yourself some peace and quiet!
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GUIDE TO THE KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINTS
HOW TO GET TO PHI PHI VIEWPOINT
The best views of Phi Phi Islands don’t come easily, the ascent can be tough in Thailands humid climate and as there isn’t any wheeled transport on the island, hiking to the Phi Phi Viewpoint is the only option!
There are multiple routes you can take to get to the first viewpoint but by far the quickest and easiest route is to climb the stairs. If you know where you’re going and you’re in half-decent shape you can reach Phi Phi’s viewpoint number one after hiking for around 20 minutes, it’s not as far as some people think.
To begin your viewpoint hike, you’ll want to locate the concrete stairs leading to the top. Follow one of the many signs scattered throughout the town- it’s not difficult to find the stairs, but if you manage to get lost ask of the locals who will be happy to point you in the right direction!
KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINT 1
After climbing the countless and seemingly never-ending staircase, you’ll arrive at Phi Phi Island’s Viewpoint 1. Sometimes know as the ‘I Love Phi Phi Viewpoint’, the first viewpoint is the easiest to reach. So if you don’t fancy a full day hiking in Phi Phi Island, climbing to the first viewpoint takes just 20 minutes and you’ll still get to see some epic views from above.
The staircase leads out directly on the lookout terrace at viewpoint 1 so there is no possibility of getting lost. When you arrive at the first viewpoint it becomes clear that the land here is privately owned property, owned by a local family who are living here. At the summit of the first viewpoint, you’ll need to purchase an admission ticket for 30 Baht.
The 30 Baht charge is one of the more reasonable admission fees in Koh Phi Phi, especially when compared to the eye-watering 400 Baht admission fee charged by the national park when visiting Bamboo Island on a Phi Phi Island Tour!
The family keep the land well maintained and use a percentage of the money generated from entrance fees for upkeeping the area. The viewpoint is kept spotless, clean and litter-free, there is a beautifully crafted terrace, botanic garden and seating area- the perfect place to catch your breath before heading to viewpoint 2!
It was quite quiet at this viewpoint so it felt a little spiritual, everyone was just breathing it all in. – Ivana, wanderintwo.com.
KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINT 2
Phi Phi viewpoint 2 is another trek higher into the mountainous Koh Phi Phi. Walking to viewpoint two takes another twenty minutes or so from the first viewpoint, with the climb to the second viewpoint getting a little steeper than before. But after making it this far it’s totally worth the short hike to reach viewpoint 2. There are other tourists around and signs leading the entire trail so getting lost shouldn’t be a worry.
This second viewpoint offers incredible photo opportunities; you’ll have a chance to capture that perfect postcard view of Koh Phi Phi Don that you see on Instagram, and it is pretty breathtaking.
You’ll have some time to chill out on the rocks and in the beautiful gardens and at viewpoint 2 there is an open viewing deck and a recently built cafe, (with air-conditioning)! The prices are a little steep, but if you want to cool off and grab a bite to eat with jaw-dropping views of Phi Phi Island, you’ll find yourself right at home here.
Keep hold of your entry ticket from viewpoint 1 it also provides access to the viewpoint 2!
KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINT 3
Satisfied, with the first two viewpoints? If you’ve made it this far, you’ll likely want to go all the way and followed the more rugged trail towards viewpoint three, the highest viewpoint on Phi Phi Island.
The hike to the last viewpoint is much steeper in comparison to the past two viewpoints. But it’s worth it, and you’ll be surprised to find far fewer other tourists at the third viewpoint than you would at the first two. The final viewpoint is much quieter, and it can feel a little spiritual there. You’ll get the best photo opportunities after conquering all the Koh Phi Phi viewpoints.
You’ll need to pay an additional 20 Baht ($1) admission fee but you’ll be rewarded with a ‘free’ bottle of water, which will be well needed in the hot sun.
From the third viewpoint, you’ll have the best views over both of Phi Phi Dons bays so you can watch a sunset from here all year round. The temperatures drop off somewhat in the evening, so you can chill here and cool off after a sweaty hike.
BEACHES BEYOND THE VIEWPOINT
After conquering all three Phi Phi Island viewpoints, the trail doesn’t stop there! While the top of the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint is a great place to relax and soak up the surroundings if you’re an adventurous traveller- curiosity may just get the better of you.
If you’re intrigued to see what lies beyond and want to keep on exploring, then it’s not much further to reach Phi Phi Don’s eastern beaches. There are some stunning beaches on Phi Phi Don’s eastern coast such as Rantee Beach, Loh Lana Bay, Loh Bakao Bay and Pak Nam Beach.
With these beaches being so far away from the town and not so easily accessible means they’re deprived of tourism, making them some of the most beautiful, yet quietest beaches you could imagine visiting in Phi Phi Islands! If you’re prepared to spend the entire day hiking, you’ll avoid the crowds and have scenic views all the way!
Following the jungle path down from viewpoint three, you’ll see make-shift signs directing you too, Pak Nam Beach. This trek takes around 30 minutes, on a seemingly endless path, eventually leading out at the Phi Phi Island Village resort. Tucked away in the mangroves, and hidden away on Phi Phi Island you’ll find facilities here to buy water, grab something to eat and chill-out.
If you’re feeling tired and don’t feel like trekking back over the viewpoints, you should be able to find a long-tail boat captain around here. So make sure to bring along some cash, and you can take a taxi-boat around the coast and back into the town!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE VIEWPOINT
SUNRISE OR SUNSET? The most popular time to climb the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint is at sunset, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best time to go. Yes, watching the sun setting over Phi Phi Island from the viewpoint is beautiful but doing so comes with a catch. The downside of visiting at sunset is everyone has the same idea. The viewpoint at sunset gets crowded.
Sunrise is the best time to visit the viewpoint. While it might prove tough getting out of bed while on vacation, hiking early in the morning will give you the best possible experience. You’ll benefit from the cooler temperatures as you climb, the colours in the sky at sunrise are much more vibrant and since Koh Phi Phi is notorious for its nightlife culture, you’ll have the viewpoint almost all to yourself!
DO YOU NEED TO BOOK PHI PHI VIEWPOINT IN ADVANCE
There is only one place to buy an admission ticket for the Phi Phi viewpoint, and that’s at the top! For travellers staying in Phi Phi Don, there is no option to book a trip to the viewpoint in advance, and certainly no need to.
The only exception to this is if you are staying outside of Phi Phi Island, in nearby Phuket or Krabi. From Phuket, it’s possible to book onto a speedboat tour of the Phi Phi Islands which will incorporate a hike to viewpoint during the trip. In this case, you’d need to book in advance.
ALCOHOL AT THE KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINT
The Koh Phi Phi viewpoint is an alcohol-free zone, which is kind of a shame as it would be an epic location for a bar with a view! For those disrespecting the rules, bringing in their own beers or alcoholic drinks will find themselves getting hit with a 1,000baht fine.
But why is alcohol banned at the Phi Phi Viewpoint? As part of the Muslim religion, consuming or selling alcoholic drinks is forbidden. And as the families who own the land at the top are religious; alcohol is strictly prohibited on the premises.
But don’t think that means you can enjoy a cool beer while watching the sunset for the top. A mere twenty meter outside the private-owned viewpoint you’ll find Bob’s Bar!
Bob’s Bar the alternative to the Phi Phi Viewpoint! Now, most people who visit the Phi Phi Viewpoint wouldn’t even know this bar exists. It’s hidden away in the dense Phi Phi jungle and with countless signs reading Alcohol is prohibited, you’d think the last place you’d find at the viewpoint would be a bar, right? Wrong.
Bob’s is a charming, remote Bamboo Bar, boasting incredible views over the Phi Phi Islands. You’ll be able to oreder home cooked Thai food, cocktails, beers and for those who are 420 friedly, you can buy a marley from bob to enjoy the view with. Viewpoint 1 & 2 have a concrete wall surrounding the border, marking the owners’ territory. The wall blocks the view of Bob’s Bar, so until you leave the private compound at the top; you would never know a rustic bar was hidden here, surrounded by nature.
Once you leave the enclosed land of the viewpoint, via the gate at the top of Viewpoint #2, and on the way to Viewpoint #3 you will see Bob’s Bar a mere twenty meters outside the gates. You’ll get the same views as you would from the second viewpoint, but you can kick back in the hand-built bamboo chairs over-hanging from the cliff face; with a cool beer.
Bob’s Bar is almost unheard of on Phi Phi Island and therefore remains quiet and peaceful. So if you want to avoid the mass gathering of tourist crowds which build up at Viewpoint #2 for the sunset, head to Bob’s instead where you’ll get the same great view, far fewer people and warm welcoming atmosphere, (plus there is no entry charge, just buy a drink)!
*Not to be confused with Bob’s Booze Cruise.
KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINT ENTRANCE FEE
When visiting the viewpoint, you’ll need to pay an admission fee. The cost of admission is 30 Baht and this price has been fixed for the past few years. The land is privately owned and the owners are not required to invest any of their income into maintaining the trails, keeping the gardens clean or providing signage. But they do. The Phi Phi Viewpoint is the nicest places on the island, the area is well maintained and a breath of fresh air.
If you’re hiking all the way up to the third viewpoint, you’ll need to pay admission there on top. The fee to enter the third viewpoint is 20 Baht per person, which comes with a ‘free’ bottle of water. You’ll pay a total of 50 Baht ($1.50UDS) if you visit all the viewpoints, and get a free bottled water.
Most importantly, make sure to bring some petty cash with you or you won’t be allowed to enter and it’s a long walk down to pick up your wallet if you’ve forgotten to bring cash, and you won’t find any ATM’s at the top either.
Although some backpackers love to complain about the admission charge, the fee for the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint is one of the most reasonable charges in Thailand. As its private land, and not regulated by any governing body- the landowners could increase the charge to any amount they like, 100 Bhat, 500 Baht, 1,000 Baht? Or close the land to tourism altogether. But instead, they consistently charge a fair rate of less than 1 USD! As it’s a private business, what the money is actually spent is, is not your concern. Buy your ticket, enjoy the views, and quit complaining.
WHAT TO BRING ON A KOH PHI PHI VIEWPOINT HIKE
You don’t want to carry too much with you when climbing the Phi Phi viewpoint, it will only weigh you down and there are small shops at each of the viewpoints to pick up essentials like drinking water.
- Petty Cash (For entrance fees and drinks)
- Small water bottle (can be refilled at each viewpoint)
- Camera / Phone
- Comfortable Sneakers
- Bug Spray (If you’re climbing at sunset)
- Beach Towel & Book (If you plan to hike to the beach)
- Sunscreen & Hat
ARE THERE MONKEYS AT THE PHI PHI VIEWPOINT
Phi Phi Island is full of wild monkey’s and they are a little $5**s! There aren’t so many monkeys in the populated areas around Tonsai Town or on the western side of the island. But on the eastern side of Phi Phi Island, these playful creatures run rife and that includes at the viewpoint.
Be prepared to encounter wild monkeys on the trail to the viewpoint, and if they decide they want to take your bottle water it’s easiest to hand it over without a fight. Unfortunately, the monkeys here are used to tourists passing them food and drinks, so much so that they now look at tourists as a supply for food.
HOW HIGH IS THE HIGHEST POINT ON KOH PHI PHI
Phi Phi viewpoint height, the third Phi Phi Viewpoint is the highest point above sea level which is accessible on foot. Phi Phi’s viewpoint 3 is an impressive 568 meters above sea level!
TOP TIPS FOR HIKING THE PHI PHI VIEWPOINT
#1 CARRY PETTY CASH
Bring along some cash with you. You’ll almost certainly find yourself buying a few bottles of water on the hike, and you’ll likely want to grab a bite to eat at some point. If you’re planning on hiking all the way to Loh Bakao Beach- you might find yourself paying a boat captain for a ride home. And most importantly you’ll need to pay the entrance fees the enter the viewpoint.
The admission charge of 30 Baht ($0.95) per person is reasonable in comparison to the Phi Phi Island National Park charge of 400 Bhat. Some of the profit generated from entrance fees at the Phi Phi Viewpoint is invested back into the area, and the viewpoint is kept extremely clean, and free from litter.
#2 DONT FORGET THE SUNSCREEN
Temperatures in Phi Phi Island often exceed 38°C! (100°F), so bringing along sunscreen is essential. It’s hot and you’ll be outdoors all day, bring a hat, bring your sunglasses, and bring a bottle of suncream! Take care of yourself to avoid sunburn and sunstroke too much sun is not good for anyone!
#3 DONT TRY THIS HUNG-OVER
Climbing to the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint is no easy task, its physical, strenuous and hot! The climb is tough enough without being hung-over! I wouldn’t recommend this climb after an evening on the beach drinking party buckets it just won’t be as enjoyable!
#4 WEAR DECENT FOOTWEAR
If you’re planning to hike to the firsts viewpoint and back down, honestly, you’ll probably be just fine wearing thongs (flip-flops). But if you plan to hike much further that the first viewpoint, you’ll thank yourself for wearing supportive sneakers.
#5 WATCH OUT FOR MOSQUITOS
Out in the jungles on Koh Phi Phi you’ll be running into a few swarms of mosquitos! Typically, mosquitos won’t bother you much until early evening so if your planning to catch the sunset at the viewpoint you’ll definitely want to carry a bottle of mozzie spray.
#6 BRING A SUPPLY OF WATER
Water, probably the most important thing to bring along! You’ll be sweating a lot and you’ll want to take in plenty of fluids in Thailand’s hot sun. Carry a full bottle of water with you, you will find refill points and shops at all three viewpoints.
#7 LEAVE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
The best time to hike to the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint is early in the morning. Ideally, you want to be at the first viewpoint before the sun rises. This means leaving at around 5 o’clock in the morning, it might be tough to roll out of bed at this time on vacation but in doing so means there are almost no other people around and you’ll benefit from cooler temperatures on the climb up. Plus the sunrise is the most beautiful time to be at the Phi Phi viewpoint.
PHI PHI VIEWPOINT RESORTS
Do you want to stay at the Phi Phi Viewpoint resort? Firstly if you travel with lots of luggage booking accommodation at the viewpoint isn’t wise, you won’t enjoy lugging your cases up countless steps. But if you’re travelling light and looking for accommodation away for the party, where you’ll get some peace and quiet, you’ll love staying near the Phi Phi Viewpoint.
There is no accommodation at the viewpoint itself, but there are a number of viewpoint resorts on the stairs. The Phi Phi Arboreal Viewpoint Resort is the closest room you can get to the top- located over halfway to the first viewpoint, you’ll have epic views over the island from your bedroom window and balcony!
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