Article Updated in February 2020
Amidst the rapid development and building of hotels and resorts, the white sandy beaches of Koh Phi Phi remain to be the top draw on the island.
Each one of the beaches on the main island of Koh Phi Phi Don has adopted its own vibe and character. Ao Lo Dalam is the preferred hang out of backpackers and young travelers. During the day, you will see tanned bodies chilling on the sand. At night, loud club music fills the air, and kerosene-fueled rods and chains light up the dark.
Ao Ton Sai is the more consistently laidback beach, where more candlelit restaurants and grandiose resorts are situated. But this beach is a bit of a paradox, because it is also the home of the island’s main pier. Ton Sai pier sits in the middle of Ton Sai Bay, and it is bustling and busy as all major ferries dock here.
Ao Lo Dalam and Ao Ton Sai are the two main beaches on Koh Phi Phi where most tourists tend to stay with literally hundreds of accommodation choices.
But if you are looking for a beach with fewer people, with a more serene atmosphere and the whitest sand on Koh Phi Phi, then we recommend you check out Long Beach.
Facing southwest, Long Beach overlooks Phi Phi Leh. The sand here is soft and white, and the water is clear and ideal for swimming. Away from the multitudes of shops, guesthouses and long tail boats, being here, especially if you visit during low season, is an entirely different Phi Phi experience.
It’s like you are taking a glimpse of how Koh Phi Phi used to be before it became a tourism powerhouse.