When I heard about Phi Phi island I always pictured a remote and calm place with beautiful beaches. My expectations were quite high, which is never a good thing. So when we arrived to Phi Phi I was shocked about how touristy this place was. The main village Ton Sai is full of souvenir shops, bars and people trying to sell you tours. At first it seemed like there’s no untouched paradise at all and that the island is just a crowded tourist hotspot.
After having done some research I found out that there’s a beautiful beach called “Loh Lana Bay” on the other side of the island. It can only be reached by boat or by a 1 hour hike. As I love to be active I convinced my friends to hike to this beach, hoping that it would be less touristy. The next day we got up extra early for breakfast and then we started the hike.
Starting from the village Ton Sai we followed the signs to the Phi Phi viewpoints, as we had to pass them to get to Loh Lana Bay. They are quite famous so if you can’t find them just ask someone. You have to climb some stairs to reach the first viewpoint. This one isn’t very special so I recommend going straight to the second one, which is offers a stunning view. Make sure to bring some cash because there’s an entrance fee of 30 Baht (approx. € 0,90).
Most of the visitors only go to viewpoint 1 and 2 because they don’t know that there’s a third one too. From viewpoint 2 we kept walking uphill to reach viewpoint 3. If you’re not sure about the way just ask the person at the counter. Right before viewpoint 3 there’s a washed out sign pointing down a little path saying “Loh Lana Bay”. From there on it’s easy as there’s basically only one path and it goes downhill most of the time.
After hiking for about 40 minutes we reached a crossroad. There we turned left following the sign to Loh Lana Bay. It took about 10 more minutes to reach the beach from there. When we arrived we were left speechless: Crystal clear and blue water, white sand and nobody else but us.
I was so happy to finally have found paradise on this touristy island. We spent a few hours there and enjoyed sun, the ocean and the silence. Unfortunately, there was quite a lot of plastic waste lying around. The more frequented beaches are usually cleaned up every morning but this one apparently isn’t. The water was still very clean though.
After a while we got quite hungry as there’s no possibility to buy food so we decided to head back. On the way back we discovered a sign saying “shortcut Ton Sai”. We took this path and instead of climbing the hills again it led us along the coast. Thanks to the shortcut it took us only half an hour to get back to the village Ton Sai.
I highly recommend doing this hike if you like remote, non-touristy places. The views are amazing and the path is lovely. Phi Phi island truly is a paradise. The nature and the views on the island are a dream but in my opinion mass tourism destroys every paradise. Phi Phi is a party island so you’ll see a lot of clubs, bars and drunk people. This was the reason why I wanted to find a calmer place on the island and I’m glad we made the effort to explore it.
The red line shows the way to Loh Lana Bay over the hills. On this path you pass the three viewpoints. The blue line shows the shortcut where you don’t have to climb the hills. I recommend walking the red path once as the views are stunning but you have to pay a small fee.
- Bring enough water and food. There’s no possibility to buy anything at Loh Lana Bay.
- Wear insect repellant on the hike, especially in the evening on your way back.
- Hike up the hill to see the viewpoints and then on the way back from the beach take the shortcut.
- Start hiking in the morning to avoid hiking in the heat.
- If you don’t like hiking you can take a taxi boat to Loh Lana Bay but then you miss out on the views.
- Don’t follow Google Maps to Loh Lana Bay. We tried this and got lost several times by following the path that was suggested by Google Maps.