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Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago, Thailand

by Tsvete Popp

This post is part of the series Phi Phi Islands

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  1. Welcome to Phi Phi Islands, Thailand!
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On the second day of our Phi Phi Islands trip, we joined a full day speed boat tour to Bamboo Island, then we drove back to Phi Phi Dons Monkey Beach, and then finally visited Phi Phi Leh’s famous Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay!

 

A smaller boat picked us up at 8 a.m. from the hotel and left us at Tonsai Pier where we joined the others and started the tour.

 
Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

 

One of the stops was the Bamboo Island which is a small beautiful island located in about 13 km from Tonsai Pier and about 5 km from the north of Phi Phi Don Island. Bamboo Island is the most north-easterly island of Phi Phi Archipelago and is a well-known place for snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing.

 

As it is a bit remote and less famous than the beach of Maya Bay of Phi Phi Leh, there is still some space on Bamboo Island beaches during the peak season from December to March. And if you are lucky enough to be there before the tourists come, the island can make you feel like in a paradise when you arrive!

 
Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago
 

Measuring roughly, Bamboo Island is 600m wide and 700m long, so if you want to walk around the entire island, it will only take about 30 minutes for you to get around the tiny island.

 

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

 

The small island is very different than its Phi Phi archipelago sisters – here you will find no high rocky cliffs, but a flat island surrounded by white sandy beaches and a shallow coral reef which is recovering from the 2004 tsunami. It’s hard not to fall in love with its amazing beauty and pristine, its turquoise crystal clear water, white sand beaches and lush vegetation including countless Bamboo trees.

 
Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago
 

If you are searching for something to drink or snack, the only one on Bamboo Island is located on the north-eastern side of the island.

 
Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

 

Things to Know Before You Go

 

Official Thai Name: Koh Mai Phai

How to Get There: Bamboo Island is mainly accessible from Ko Phi Phi Don, in approximately 45 to 60 minutes by longtail boat or 25 to 35 minutes by speed boat.

Entrance Fee: 400 baht entrance fee to the National Park

Full-Day Tours, Half-Day Tours: A visit on Bamboo Island is included in almost all day tours from Ko Phi Phi. The price for a half-day is ca. 1500 Baht (40 €) and for a full-day ca. 1900 Baht (52 €).

Snorkelling: Bamboo island is surrounded by a shallow coral reef which is recovering from the 2004 tsunami

Best Time to Visit Bamboo Island: The best time to visit the Bamboo Island is in the months of November to March.

Phi Phi Don: Find the best deals here!

 
Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

 

! Did you know that ...
The Bamboo Island so small that you can walk around it in 30 minutes!

 

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

Bamboo Island in Phi Phi Archipelago

Enjoy the day!

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