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Long Beach. long white beach with blue sea
Long Beach, white beach and blue sea

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Long Beach is a lovely white powdery beach on Phi Phi Don island . Officially this beach is called Haad Yao but every inhabitant of the island knows immediately what you mean when you talk about Long Beach. The beach of Long Beach is lined with restaurants and resorts. There are also a lot of trees and palm trees so there are nice shady spots and the beach doesn’t feel crowded.

Long Beach, people sit on the white beach and swim in the blue sea on Koh Phi Phi

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Relaxed beach holiday

At Long Beach, people mainly come for a relaxing beach holiday. Loud music as it is played on the popular Loh Dalum Beach is rare on this beautiful beach. However, there are regular fire dance shows in the evenings on Long Beach and you can eat with your feet in the sand. The beach is a half hour walk on a jungle path from the center (Ton Sai Village).

The sea is crystal clear (depending on the season) and ends quickly, you can’t stand anymore. This makes it a very good beach for swimming. But for younger children it’s perhaps less suitable. From the beach you have views of rocks and the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, known from the movie The Beach. 

Long Beach, view of Koh Phi Phi Leh from the beach

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Sleeping and eating on Long Beach

There are quite a few resorts on this beach where you mainly pay for the location. Some 3 or 4 star hotels may not be as luxurious as you would expect. Phi Phi The Beach Resort (from € 74,-) and Viking Nature Resort (from € 25,- to € 150,-) have good reviews. The cheaper rooms at the Viking Nature Resort are usually quickly fully booked. Also good to know is that the Viking Nature Resort is not located directly on Long Beach but has a number of small beautiful beaches in front of the door. Most resorts offer free transportation by longtail boat to and from the resort, you will be met at the pier and brought back after your stay. Walking is not recommended with luggage anyway.

The restaurants on Long Beach all belong to the resorts on this beach, of course you can sleep in one resort and dine at the other resorts.

Many people think Long Beach is the most beautiful beach of Koh Phi Phi. From Ton Sai (Village) Long Beach can be reached on foot if you’re on your feet.

signboard longtail boat Taxi on the beach of Long Beach

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Shark Point at Long Beach

When you walk all the way down Long Beach towards the south you can see Shark Point from the beach. There are rocks sticking out of the water (water shoes are handy here). The rocks themselves are not very spectacular, but the reef sharks seen here are of course! Of course you still have to be lucky to see a shark, but it still happens regularly!

Shark point, rocks at Long Beach

Near Shark Point is a stretch of sea where you can snorkel safely because there are no longtail boats. The sharks that are seen here vary from baby sharks to specimens of one to two meters. You are most likely to see them in the early morning. Of course, besides sharks, you can also just see colourful fish. Shark Point is also regularly visited during snorkel trips around the island.

Long Beach, sign with route to Loh Moo Dee beach

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Hiking trail to Loo Moo Dee Beach

Approximately at Shark Point, just past Phi Phi Long Beach Resort & Villa, a path leads inland. This path leads to Loo Moo Dee Beach. There are currently no accommodations here but you can rent sun loungers for 100 baht a day. You can also get something to drink when the shop is open.

A little further from the beach is the brand new PP Mountain Beach Resort & Water Park (from € 62,-), a resort complete with water slides in the shape of an octopus. A longtail boat taxi to Loo Moo Dee Beach costs 200 baht per person. But Loo Moo Dee Beach is also often visited during snorkel tours around the island. That is in proportion often cheaper to do.

Bar with stairs to Long Beach

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How to get to Long Beach on Koh Phi Phi?

The easiest way to get to Long Beach is by longtail boat. During the day you pay 100 baht per person one way. In the evening you pay 150 baht per person and after 00.00 hours 200 baht. With the longtail boat you can get there in 5 minutes. You can rent longtail boats anywhere on the beach, the drivers are hanging around on the beach and often there are also signs with the prices.

Another more sporty and adventurous way is just walking to Long Beach. The route sometimes goes up and down quite steeply, but can be done when you’re on your feet and take a break once in a while. It’s mainly the last part that takes some climbing and clambering, but there are ropes that support you and then you’re really almost there! Along the way you will also pass a few small idyllic beaches, which might make you decide not to walk at all!

Idyllic beach on the way to Long Beach
Beach on the way to Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi

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Start your hike at the Phi Phi Bayview Resort, from here the route is regularly signposted. Along the way you will pass the Phi Phi Bayview Premier Resort and the very special Viking Nature Resort. The Viking Nature Resort runs almost all the way to Long Beach.

Also you pass a nice little bar and some restaurants, no reason to rush! It took us about twenty minutes at a quiet pace from the U Rip Resort (where we stayed), from the center of the Koh Phi Phi (Ton Sai Village) you are about half an hour away.

Rent a longtail boat when it’s dark, there are no lights and the path is irregular.

Stairs up on the way to Long Beach
Ropes along the route to Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi

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Fun things to do on Koh Phi Phi!

On Koh Phi Phi there are of course many more beautiful beaches and fun things to do! We have picked some nice locations for you on Phi Phi. Like well appreciated restaurants, bars and places of interest which we think you should not miss! We hope this will make your visit to Phi Phi even more fun! Through the InfoBox below you can find more information.

Sleeping on Koh Phi Phi Don

It is not always easy to find a good hotel or hostel on Koh Phi Phi. Because of the popularity of the island, the price-quality ratio is not always good. It is also important to take into account the parties on the beach of Loh Dalum Beach and in the village. If you sleep close to here you have a chance of noise nuisance. The hotels listed below are not in the party area, but some are within walking distance. So you have a good night’s sleep but do not miss anything.

  • The Pier 519 Hostel | In Ton Sai Village
    Good and quiet hostel in the center of Koh Phi Phi (next to the pier).
  • Viking Nature Resort | Between Ton Sai Beach and Long Beach
    A back to nature resort with two beautiful paradisiacal beaches on your doorstep. Half an hour walk from the center, partly on a jungle path. Or a longtail boat for 100 baht p.p.
  • Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort | At Phak Nan Bay
    Relax on a quiet beach far from the center of Koh Phi Phi!
  • U Rip Resort | At Ton Sai Beach TIP
    A good resort with the best value for money on the island. You Rip is located just outside the center of Ton Sai and within fifteen minutes you are on the Ton Sai Pier.
  • ChaoKoh Phi Phi Hotel & Resort | In Ton Sa Village
    In the center between the nice restaurants and bars.
  • Phi Phi Natural Resort | At Laem Thong Beach
    You can take a break on Ko Phi Phi here!
  • Phi Phi The Beach Resort | At Long Beach
    This resort is located on one of our favorite beaches of Koh Phi Phi! A beautiful resort to stay a few days in peace and quiet!
  • Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island | AtLaem Thong Beach
    The well appreciated Holiday Inn can also be found on Koh Phi Phi! A top name on a top beach!
  • Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort | At Lo Ba Kao Bay
    Far away from the hustle and bustle, in a beautiful bay lies this great resort with a very nice pool!
  • Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort | At Ton Sai
    You look out for Ton Sai but you’re away from the hustle and bustle! A fantastic resort where you are within 10 minutes in the center of Koh Phi Phi!

You can also read more about these locations through the best hotels of Koh Phi Phi. You can also read about our experience at the U Rip Resort at the beach of Ton Sai.

Check out our list of best hotels in Koh Phi Phi and read about our experience with the U Rip Resort on Koh Phi Phi.

Good eats & drink on Koh Phi Phi

  • P.P. Wang Ta Fu TIP
    Our favorite when it comes to Japanese food on Koh Phi Phi! But the Ta Fu family also serves delicious Thai and Western dishes! Not for nothing almost always on #1 on TripAdvisor!
  • Aroy Kaffeine
    Whether you’re looking for a good breakfast, lunch, dinner or a good cup of coffee, at Aroy Kaffeine it’s always a pleasure!
  • Italiano Bar & Restaurant TIP
    The best pizzas and pastas of Phi Phi can be found in the main street of Ton Sai Village! Outstanding quality in an atmospheric restaurant helped by a very friendly team!
  • Grand PP Arcade
    Great in taste and conviviality! According to many visitors a must visit if you are staying at Phi Phi!
  • Efe Mediterranean Cuisine TIP
    Small but nice restaurant which is run by a very nice Turkish owner! Mediterranean hospitality in Thailand you will find here!
  • Unni’s Restaurant
    Whether you’re looking for something Thai, Mexican, American at Unni’s unique world flavors come together in this fun tent in Ton Sai Village!
  • The Coffee Club @ Koh Phi Phi
    Our favorite when it comes to coffee chains in Thailand! Super good coffee but also other delicious drinks and bites! So much better than Starbucks!

If you want to know more about the above restaurants read our article about the best restaurants on Koh Phi Phi.

Going out on Koh Phi Phi

  • Slinky Beach Bar
    The place on the beach of Loh Dalum to party with your feet in the sand!
  • Banana Bar Phi Phi
    Cozy bar / and good restaurant with roof terrace where films are still regularly shown on a large screen.
  • Reggae Bar Phi Phi
    Go into battle with your friends in the ring and get a bucket of mixed drinks as a reward or take part in the burger challenge!

Want to know the easiest way to get to the beautiful Koh Phi Phi? Then read on for the article here: Travelling to Koh Phi Phi.

More to discover on Koh Phi Phi

Take a look at our selection of some impressive pictures of Koh Phi Phi through our eighth Picture This article.

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