Once a small, well-kept secret of the Andaman sea, Koh Phi Phi burst onto the tourist trail in the early 00’s with its appearance on the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. Since then, it has become one of the busiest, wildest, and most developed islands in Thailand, regularly attracting visitors by the thousands.
As you arrive in the larger island of Phi Phi Don, you are welcomed by a bustling crowd of backpackers, adventurers, party animals, families, and honeymooners. Many of the sights have been marked by aggressive development and the central beaches no longer feel very unspoiled. However, this area comes into its own at night, with one of the most hedonistic party scenes in Thailand (which is, of course, saying something).
But, if you take the time to explore the islands further, you will find the breathtaking island scenes you are looking for. Many beaches remain stunning and peaceful, from tiny super-secret alcoves to larger bays lined with high-end luxury resorts. These are usually secluded from the party life, accessible only by long-tail boat or demanding jungle hike, giving you a sense of absolute peace.
Koh Phi Phi is a small place, so there is no specifically gay nightlife. However, the island’s party atmosphere welcomes all with equal enthusiasm, so you may not even miss the gay bars. It may not be Thailand’s gayest destination, but it remains one of its most iconic, so don’t miss out.
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