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Maya Bay

Despite being discovered by Hollywood in recent years, this picture-perfect bay remains one of Southern Thailand’s most scenic natural escapes.

Maya Bay is located on the uninhabited island of Phi Phi Ley, just off the coast of Phuket in Southern Thailand. Until recently this picture-perfect bay was something of an undiscovered gem. However, since its staring role in the movie, The Beach, this incredibly beautiful nature park has firmly arrived on the tourist trail. Yet despite the bay’s sudden increase in popularity, it remains one of the most scenic natural destinations in Southern Thailand.

Wander along the powdery white sands of Maya Bay’s curving beach. Stop to take photos of colorful long-tailed boats back-dropped by the blue-green sea. Go for a swim in the exceptionally clear waters and explore the watery grottos beneath the towering limestone cliffs. 

Although some of the coral within the main part of the shallow bay has been damaged, the area still offers fantastic diving opportunities. Maya Bay Corner offers beginners the chance to explore the sea life that abounds amid the reef’s hard coral and small caverns. More advanced divers should head to Maya Bay South where black-tipped reef sharks, turtles and banner fish gather. Book a trip just offshore to the soft coral wonderland of Garang Heng to dive with leopard sharks, schools of barracuda and gold-striped fusiliers. 

Each day, scores of powerboats, longboats and yachts congregate in the bay to drop off hundreds of visitors. By late morning the bay is busy, so arrive early or stay after 5pm to enjoy the bay without the crowds.

A small snack bar and rudimentary restrooms are the only amenities at Maya Bay. There is no permanent accommodation allowed; however, overnight camping trips can be arranged through local tour operators. An overnight stay is the best way to see the bay outside of peak visiting hours. Stargazing at the cliff-framed night sky above Maya Bay is an unforgettable experience. 

Maya Bay is within easy reach from Phuket and Krabi. Numerous long-tail boat and ferry services are available, ranging from multi-stop day tours to direct services. Visit Maya Bay between November and April, when the weather is calmest and the water visibility is at its best.


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Phi Phi The Beach Resort AU$143
Reviewed on 6 May 2019
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Phi Phi The Beach Resort

Phi Phi The Beach Resort

177 Moo 7 Phi Phi Island, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    I loved the view and the beach, the service could be better and staff more attentive

    Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort AU$168
    Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2019
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    Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort

    Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort

    279 Moo.7 Ao-nang Maung Krabi, Ton Sai Bay, Ko Phi Phi
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Great view and beach access, cleanliness and kindness feom the staff were exceptional.

      Bay View Resort - Phi Phi Island AU$103
      Reviewed on 9 May 2019
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      Bay View Resort - Phi Phi Island

      Bay View Resort - Phi Phi Island

      69 Moo 7, Leam Hin Beach, Ton Sai Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
         
        3.6 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Loved the location right on the beach. I love phi phi. An amazing place. Hotel beautiful location.

        Viking Nature Resort AU$50
        Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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        Viking Nature Resort

        Viking Nature Resort

        222 Moo 7, Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          The bungalow was great and clean, in a very relaxing spot. Really liked the breakfast, lots of options and the ones I tried were good. Also, they had a free tasting of Thai food every night and the choices were very good. Amazing beach. The resort has a tour agency if you want to go on some tours. ...

          HIP Seaview Resort at Phi Phi AU$90
          Reviewed on 12 May 2019
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          HIP Seaview Resort at Phi Phi

          HIP Seaview Resort at Phi Phi

          166 Moo 7, Ao Nang, Muang, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            I can’t say enough good things about this beautiful place. Situated on the far end of Long Beach, it feels like you’re staying on your own island. The beach is beautiful and quiet. Away from the noise in Phi Phi. The staff were so helpful with arranging taxis for us and doing whatever they could ...

            Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort AU$191
            Reviewed on 10 May 2019
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            Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort

            Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort

            299 Moo 7, Tambon Aonang, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              CocoBeach is absolutely beautiful, and the staff are so nice and welcoming! We loved it!!

              Paradise Pearl Bungalows AU$82
              Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2019
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              Paradise Pearl Bungalows

              Paradise Pearl Bungalows

              138 Moo 7, Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Close to the beach. Restaurant location is even closer to the beach.

                Paradise Resort Phi Phi AU$82
                Reviewed on 22 Dec. 2018
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                Paradise Resort Phi Phi

                Paradise Resort Phi Phi

                138/1 Moo 7, Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Good hotel not in good condition

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