Pileh Lagoon

Pileh Lagoon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

Depart from Phuket and cruise in a speedboat across the ocean to the Phi Phi Islands. Enter the picturesque Loh Sama Bay and walk across the sands to relax on Maya Bay. Spot local wildlife at Monkey Beach and indulge in a beach-side restaurant buffet before snorkeling on Bamboo Island. Get picked up from your hotel in Phuket and travel to the pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Be welcomed onto the boat with a soft drink and seasonal fruits as you're briefed about the tour. Arrive at Loh Sama Bay, a famous site of Koh Phi Phi Leh, located on the eastern side of the island's southern tip. The bay has a small islet in the center, along with a tiny beach at the back of a small canyon on its northern part. From Loh Sama Bay you will walk over to Maya Bay, famous for being the set of the movie, The Beach. Here, spend time enjoying the view of the local white sand beach and take some time to walk around. Appreciate the restoration work around the bay, and respect the strict rules that have been placed to preserve its natural beauty for everyone. Visit Pileh Lagoon, an uninhabited national park, which truly allows you to take in the natural environment. It is one of the most stunning places to visit in Thailand due to being an enclosed lagoon with its bright emerald waters encircled by towering limestone cliffs. In front of the steep and dark cliffs, there is a narrow strip of fine white sand, where you can a small secluded beach. Ponder over your existence, let your toes feel the grains, and feel the peace of being where you are. Visit Viking Cave, an excellent way to discover one of the most profitable local industries in the past, the harvesting of swiftlet bird nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health, specifically for the skin. Next, you will have the chance to visit monkey beach, one of the most unique locales on the Phi Phi Islands. Reach, an idyllic spot, surrounded by nature and steep rock formations that makes the whole vision of the beach a beautiful memory that will last forever. Limestone cliffs surround the beach and the wild monkeys can be seen up in these cliffs, chilling out on the sand or swimming in the sea. Here, take a moment to sightsee, but keep your distance from the wild monkeys to avoid a dangerous altercation. Enjoy a delicious International Buffet Lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Nui Bay, a dive site on the northwest coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. It offers a shallow dive and is also well-known for snorkeling trips inside the bay. Get excited for some free time on Bamboo Island where you will be able to swim, relax, or sunbathe for an hour and a half. The island measures roughly 600 meters wide by 700 meters long, and the island is shaped almost like a heart. Surrounding the island, is a strip of white powder sand, which boasts as a highlight of the Phi Phi islands. Afterward, return to your speedboat and enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

2. From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day of relaxation on this speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands, lapped by turquoise waters and shaded by towering limestone rocks. Scene of the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a paradise destination just 30 miles from mainland Thailand. Composed of 2 islets, Phi Phi Don is the larger, known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Tourist facilities are available along the 2 beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Lodalam. During the day you can visit Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed, swim in some of the world's clearest water, snorkel at beautiful Hin Klang, and explore Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest. Discover the hidden coves of Phi Phi Lee, such as Phi Lee Bay, where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens of Ao Maya and Ao Lo Sama. Surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark. You will also visit Monkey Beach, which is located on the southwestern side of Ton Sai Bay. It is a simply stunning 150-meter-long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water. During low tide, you can see a colony of monkeys having their breakfast down on the beach. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in the restaurant of Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort. Then it is time to explore the island path of Ton Sai along the beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay. In the afternoon you will have to chance to swim and snorkel at Bamboo Island, a tiny and flat island covered by lush vegetation and entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters from the shore. The uninhabited paradise located 3 miles (5 km) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don provides visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium.

From Phi Phi: Beat The Crowds Island Hopping Day Trip

3. From Phi Phi: Beat The Crowds Island Hopping Day Trip

Meet the staff at 6 AM in front of McDonald's on Tonsai Pier. Depart to snorkel at Phi Phi Le, a smaller island situated towards the south of Phi Phi Don which was the backdrop for the movie 'The Beach'. The water has fewer currents in the early morning meaning greater visibility for seeing colorful marine life and coral reefs. After this, proceed to the iconic Maya Bay a wonderful paradise with turquoise water. Relax and admire the remarkable scenery from 'The Beach' movie. After you have taken in the beauty of Maya Bay, head to the opposite side of the island to snorkel at Lohsamah Bay famous for its large soft coral reefs still in perfect condition. Next, enjoy swimming and relaxing at Phileh Lagoon, the jewel of the Phi Phi archipelago also known as the emerald lagoon. The enclosed lagoon is enclosed by jagged, towering limestone cliffs making the water extremely calm and beautiful. Some of the types of fish found at Phileh Lagoon include Rabbitfish, Rainbow and Moon Wrasses. Depart to catch sight of the iconic Viking Cave, a mysterious cave with a prehistoric-looking painting of a Viking boat on its wall.  Finally, visit Bamboo Island to enjoy a picnic lunch on the white powder beach. Bamboo Island is a virgin island uninhabited by humans and less frequented by tourists. Return to Phi Phi Don Island to visit Nui Bay and Monkey bay. The intricate Nui Bay and Camel Rock formations are beautiful features to explore as a snorkeler. When a body of water is hidden behind a rock you never quite know what you might find on the other side. Camel Rock has a deeper reef and 'wall' marine life ecosystem quite different from the shallower reefs. At about 2:30 PM, transfer back to Tonsai Pier where your tour ends.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

4. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Hop on a speedboat, and make your way to Green Island for snorkeling while observing marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

Phi Phi: Half-Day Long-Tail Island Boat Tour Ticket

5. Phi Phi: Half-Day Long-Tail Island Boat Tour Ticket

Your first stops will be at Monkey Beach, Shark Point, and Runtee Bay. At Monkey Beach, interact with the cute, furry inhabitants — who are absolutely tourist-friendly. These crab-eating macaques live on the cliffs above and scramble down to the beach to find food.  Continue your tour to Mosquito Island, the north-easternmost point in the archipelago. Mosquito Island is also uninhabited and has two beaches rarely visited by tourists. The waters near the southeastern tip host an impressive abundance of marine life, making it a stunning snorkeling spot. Then, head to the famous Viking Cave, with its mysterious prehistoric-like painting resembling a Viking boat.  Be amazed by Pi Leh Lagoon, a turquoise lagoon enclosed by towering limestone cliffs. Escape to paradise as you float in the calm, crystal-clear water. Next, visit Loh Samah Bay, famous for shallow waters and a large coral reef filled with vibrant marine life. Spend some time here snorkeling before hopping back on the long-tail boat. Sail towards Maya Bay, a paradise made famous by the Leonardo Di Caprio movie The Beach. If you have chosen the afternoon tour, you will enjoy the spectacular sunset views here. Remark: Maya and Lohsamah bay has been closed from the 1st of August to the 30th of September 2022.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands Day-Trip by Speed Catamaran

6. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands Day-Trip by Speed Catamaran

Start your experience with hotel pickup and head to Chalong Pier to board the catamaran. Relax and admire the beautiful ocean landscape as you enjoy snacks and drinks on board. Arrive at Phi Phi Le and cruise along the towering karst rock coastline. Hop aboard a longtail boat and cruise into Pileh Lagoon, where stunning emerald waters are encircled by limestone cliffs. Visit the iconic Viking Cave and enjoy a snorkeling session to discover the underwater landscape of colorful corals. At Phi Phi Don, enjoy some lunch and time to explore. Then head to Maya Bay and relax at one of the locations in the film 'The Beach'. On the way to Phuket pier, stop by Maiton Island and enjoy some BBQ chicken on board as you admire the sunset. If you're lucky, you might see some dolphins too.

Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands: Premium Day Trip w/ Seaview Lunch

7. Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands: Premium Day Trip w/ Seaview Lunch

Discover the natural wonders on the Phi Phi Islands on this boat tour from Phuket. Snorkel through colorful marine life at Bamboo Island and Maya Bay. Enjoy the stunning limestone formations at the Viking Cave and the turquoise waters of the Pileh Lagoon.  Following pickup in a minivan, head to the marina. There, listen to your guide as they give you a brief introduction to your day. Take in the scenery in style as you whizz to Bamboo Island on a speedboat. Stop to swim in the clear blue waters, snorkel to discover the amazing underwater world or take a walk on the white beach. Visit Yong Kasem, also known as Monkey Beach. There, continue your snorkeling experience, exploring the stunning coral reefs. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Phi Phi Island to discover the unique Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim in the amazing natural pool surrounded by cliff formations. Stop at Maya Bay, famous for the movie The Beach, and enjoy the local white sand beach. At 5:30 PM, return to the marine for a transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

8. From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

Depart from Ao Tonsai Pier or Laemtong Pier and start your tour with a visit to Monkey Beach, snorkel in the turquoise waters, and watch the naughty monkeys on the shore. See the mysterious Viking Cave and admire the wall painting within, before continuing to one of Phi Phi's most beautiful gems, the Pileh Lagoon. Snorkel in the turquoise lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, then sail to the crystal clear waters of Lo Samah Bay to discover the abundance of marine life and colorful corals there. The last stop will be just outside Maya Bay, the iconic site made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in “The Beach.” On the afternoon charter, catch stunning sunset views as you head back to Tonsai Pier.

Phi Phi: Private Sunset & Bioluminescent Plankton Boat Tour

9. Phi Phi: Private Sunset & Bioluminescent Plankton Boat Tour

Explore the beauty around the Phi Phi Islands on a 6-hour tour in a traditional longtail boat. Customize the itinerary as you wish to make the most of your private experience. Watch the sunset over the Phi Phi archipelago and enjoy some included snacks, then take a dip with bioluminescent plankton once the sun has gone down. Make your way to the meeting point in front of McDonald's in Tonsai Bay at 1:30 PM. Once you have boarded your boat, depart for Monkey Beach, one of Koh Phi Phi's most interesting beaches inhabited only by monkeys. Encounter the macaques on the island, which are also known as crab-eating macaques as they are often seen foraging for crabs. Next, sail to discover the mysteries of the Viking Cave, famous for the seemingly prehistoric painting of a Viking boat on its wall. The cave was once used for the extraction of birds' nests, prized ingredients in Chinese culture for making medicinal soups believed to help with longevity. Continue your tour to Pi Leh Lagoon, and marvel at the azure/turquoise waters in this beautiful enclosed lagoon encircled by towering limestone cliffs. See certain spots glow from beneath the water, and take advantage of this fantastic photo opportunity. After Pi Leh Lagoon, head to Loh Samah Bay to snorkel with diverse marine life on a coral reef. Admire this wonderful paradise, which provides an alternative to the world-famous Maya Bay from the film “The Beach” due to its proximity. Maya Bay is closed for another 2 years to allow recovery from over-tourism but is separated from Loh Samah Bay by only one limestone mountain. Finally, enjoy a spectacular sunset with views of the Phi Phi archipelago before swimming with bioluminescent plankton at night. Delight in the glow of the plankton as they are touched in the water, making it look like you are swimming with stars in the night sky. The tour concludes back at the port at around 7:30 PM.

Krabi: Phi Phi Sunrise & 4 Islands by Speedboat with Lunch

10. Krabi: Phi Phi Sunrise & 4 Islands by Speedboat with Lunch

Start an amazing day with an early pick-up from your hotels in Krabi Town, Klong Muang, Ao Nam Mao, and Ao Nang between 6:00 AM and 6:30 AM, to avoid the crowds at Phi Phi Island. Enjoy a 20-minute speedboat ride to Railay Island, where the boat will stop to pick up some remaining passengers, before a 40-minute boat trip to Maya Bay.  Relax at Maya Bay, known for being the location where 'the Beach' was filmed. Here you can go for a swim in the turquoise waters or relax on the white sand beach. Next is Pileh Lagoon where you can swim and snorkel in one of the world's most breathtaking natural swimming pools surrounded by limestone mountains. Continue to a Viking Cave where you can spot the birds' nests and wall paintings from aboard the boat. Visit and walk on the Monkey Beach which is home to a colony of wild monkeys. At around 11 AM, journey to Koh Phi Phi Don to enjoy a Thai buffet lunch at the hotel restaurant. From 12:30 PM, take some time to swim and snorkel around Phi Phi Don Island and see the tropical fishes and corals. Head to Bamboo Island and spend another 45 minutes swimming or relaxing on this beautiful island.  Head back to 4 Islands, taking a photo at Chicken Island and stopping at Talaywaek (divided sea), known for its unique beach located between the offshore islands of Koh Kai, Koh Tup, and Koh Mor. This phenomenon happens each day as the tide recedes. Make your way to the last destination at Poda Island, a long sandy beach and the largest island out of the famous four. Relax and swim in this crystal clear water before returning to the pier to be transferred back to your hotel to bring the day to a close.

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What people are saying about Pileh Lagoon

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,520 reviews

One of the best snorkeling experiences I’ve had anywhere which includes Hawaii and the Maldives (saw the most colorful fish and even baby sharks). The guides were attentive and helpful. They were always offering drinks and snacks. One of them even stayed with me the entire snorkeling time as I lack swimming experience. My husband unfortunately stepped on a sea urchin at the end of the tour (on the last beach which had lots of seashells on the beach…it really shouldn’t be meant for a swimming beach especially if it is also known to have sea urchins); they helped to clean his foot and treat the “wound”. Albeit bad ending to the trip but we still had a great experience and are grateful to the staffs. Buffet lunch was meh.

The trip is really awesome and unbeatable for the price. The crew, led by Jacky, was extremely service-oriented and friendly. We felt comfortable, satisfied and safe with everyone. Very professional and the equipment/equipment was great! We can only recommend the excursion! We were 2 adults and an 8 year old child.

Staffs are super friendly, helpful, and amazing, especially molly and sprite. Will definitely use their service again

The trip was fun! Our boat crew was awesome and our guide Guyfaye was amazing!!

The Trip was Awesome...all thanks to the Guide..she was Good!!