Koh Phi Phi Solo Female Travel:
Koh Phi Phi has a bad rep for being “too touristy” and too much of a party spot. Having been there myself I can see how it got this reputation but still, I’m glad I went and experienced Koh Phi Phi for myself. There’s a reason this island paradise attracts so many visitors and I encourage all travelers to make up their own mind on a place because, if given a chance, it might just become your new favorite. Solo female travelers in Koh Phi Phi can take in the incredible views, lay out on the beach and take a few selfies with a monkey. Intrigued? Then give this Koh Phi Phi Solo Female Travel Guide a read.
When To Go
November – February (High Season)
Daytime Temps: 90F-93F (32C-34C)
Nighttime Temps: 68F-73F (20C-23C)
May-October (Monsoon Season)
Daytime Temps: 91F-95F (33C-35C)
Nighttime Temps: 75F-81F (24C-27C)
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What To Wear
Koh Phi Phi is always warm and the sun is forever blazing. Pack those summer dresses, floppy hats, and moisture-wicking tops. Along with sunscreen! Definitely, don’t want to forget that.
If you travel during monsoon season like I did then you’ll not only be dealing with the heat and rain but you’ll be suffering from the humidity too. The upside is there are fewer crowds during this season but the downside is you’ll feel hot and sticky all the time. So try to bring clothes that breathe like silk or cotton.
Hostels (High Season): Prices range from 450 Baht to 600 Baht per night.
Hostels (Monsoon Season): Prices range from 550 Baht to 600 Baht per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hotels (High Season): Prices for budget hotels run about 600 Baht to 1,000 Baht per night.
Hotels (Monsoon Season): Prices for budget hotels run about 480 Baht to 600 Baht per night.
What To Spend
30 USD/ 40 AUD/ 40 CAD/ 25 EUR/ 20 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
There are no cars, buses, taxis or trains on Koh Phi Phi so the best way to get around the island is by using those two bad boys at the end of your legs. The island is not very big and maps are all over the place so getting around is easy and actually pretty enjoyable. I loved wandering around, smelling the heavenly food cooking in the restaurants and watching everyone going about their lives.
Longtail boats are the way to see all the parts of the islands. It’s a pretty unique way too. You can get some beautiful shots of Koh Phi Phi and if you go at the right time you can enjoy the sunset on the water.
What To Do In Koh Phi Phi
The thing to do while in Koh Phi Phi, besides watching fire shows and knocking back a few buckets (of alcohol), is to take a boat tour around the islands. There are lots of tours offering different packages but the one I went on offered snorkeling and took us around to the many bays, beaches, and lagoons. The guide kept us well-fed and at the end of the day, we stopped to watch the sunset.
Most boat tours will take you to Maya Bay and Monkey Beach. Maya Bay was made famous by the movie, “The Beach” featuring Leonard Dicaprio. It does get crowded but not even that can distract you from the perfect, white sandy beaches and the beautiful, clear blue water. As for Monkey Beach, this spot is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a stretch of beach taken over by monkeys. You can take pictures and walk along the beach with them.
Travel & Safety Tips
Beware The Monkeys
You should know that the Phi Phi monkeys are not tame and they are not pets. They are wild animals and as such, they can attack. While I was at Monkey Beach, one little bugger jumped me for my water bottle. He ripped it right out of my hands and then preceded to pop open the top and upend the contents all over the beach. That was a shock but it wasn’t as bad as people who actually got bitten by one of them. Just be careful, don’t bring any food or drink around them and respect that fact that they are wild.
Beware The Rain
If you’re visiting Phi Phi during Monsoon Season then you are going to get rained on at some point. It’s inevitable. But that doesn’t mean you should stay holed up inside and miss out on everything. Carry a travel umbrella and shoe rain covers so that your feet aren’t constantly getting soaked.
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Good luck and Happy Travels!