The Phi Phi Island Viewpoint hike is a must do when spending time on Koh Phi Phi Don. Koh Phi Phi Don is one of the two Phi Phi Islands and the only one you can stay on. If you are staying in the main town, the trail is relatively easy to find however there are two trails one short and one long.
The short trail is roughly 20 minutes to the viewpoint, from PP Princess Hotel, and only about 13 to 15 minutes from the viewpoint back to PP Princess Hotel. This trail is mainly made up of stairs from the base to the viewpoint and is quite pleasant. Like any popular tourist activity, locals have found an opportunity to monetize it. Along the stairs, there are plenty of shops where locals are selling everything from souvenirs to fruit smoothies. There are even a few restaurants right off the trail if you want to take a break and enjoy the views.
There is also a viewpoint halfway up the trail that offers cute benches overlooking Tonsai Beach. This is a good place to rest if you are tired and need a break!
The long trail is almost three times the distance and will take roughly 35 to 40 minutes to get to the viewpoint from the town. Instead of shops, restaurants, and concrete stairs, this trail is made up of a road that turns into a rocky dirt path through the forest. This is more of a traditional hiking path compared to the short trail. If you want to see what the countryside of Koh Phi Phi Don is like we recommend going this way. We saw several animals on this trail such as monkeys, geese and we were able to see how locals live who do not reside in the town.
We personally recommend the short trail over the long trail to the Phi Phi viewpoint. It will save you a lot of time and the views are much better along this trail. Also on the short trail you can get away with sandals or flip-flops (slippers for the Hawaiians)! On the long trail we definitely recommend wearing sneakers or hiking shoes as this trail can get muddy and slippery if it has recently rained. The long trail is also not the cleanest trail, so you do not want to risk getting a cut or infecting an already open wound.
If you want to do the short trail to the Phi Phi Viewpoint here’s what to look out for.
Head east along Ban Thai Road, one of the main streets that cuts through town, and look out for Charlie’s Bar and The Grande PP Arcade. Charlie’s Bar and The Grand PP Arcade are located right next to each other. If these two restaurants are on your left then you are heading in the right direction. When you get to a fork in the road stay left, do not go right.
This was our mistake and why we took the long Phi Phi Viewpoint trail that is almost triple the distance! If you see a row of small huts or start to feel like you are leaving the hustle and bustle of the town then this is your queue to turn around and turn around fast! If you continue this way you will find yourself on the long trail to the Phi Phi Viewpoint.
If you would prefer to take the long trail up, down, or even both ways, here are some positives that we found along this route.
We recommend hiking to Phi Phi Viewpoint early in the day for multiple reasons.
There is an entrance fee of 30 baht per person, roughly $1.00 US dollar, that is required to enter the viewpoint. The Phi Phi Viewpoint is located on private property and relatively clean so we were happy to spend two dollars to enjoy it and help with the upkeep of this area.
|Comparison||Short Trail||Long Trail|
|Distance||0.64 Miles (1.04 KM)||1.61 Miles (2.6 KM)|
|Duration||20 Minutes Up | 13-15 Minutes Down||40 Minutes Up | 35-40 Minutes Down|
|Incline||Steep (Mainly Stairs)||Relatively Steep (No Stairs)|
|Trail Type||Concrete||Concrete | Dirt/Mud|
|Shops||Yes, plenty of rest areas and a few restaurants.||None, watch out for scooters before you get to the dirt path.|
|Recommend?||Yes||No – unless you want more of a workout, but only one way, not both up and down.|
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