Long Beach - Long, fine sandy beach with lots of luxury
Long Beach on the island of Koh Phi Phi Don is actually called Hat Yao, but is almost always referred to as Long Beach. The easiest way to get to this beach from the centre of the island is by hiring a motorised long-tail boat as a water-taxi which will get you here in just a few minutes. Long Beach is also one of the beaches of Koh Phi Phi which can be reached relatively comfortably by foot. From the neighbouring Laem Hin Beach a path with picturesque views in places leads to here. Be careful though, as the path is in parts rather steep and not well laid. You need to calculate at least half an hour for the route and you should only walk along here when it is light. You can still get water-taxis from Ton Sai Bay in the late evening.
Once you have reached Long Beach, you will notice that it is one of the nicest and most luxurious beaches of Koh Phi Phi. The sand is light-coloured and very fine, the water shimmers in a soft turquoise colour and in the background numerous trees provide natural shade. You can also enjoy the fantastic view of the small island of Koh Phi Phi Leh which appears almost within reach.
Stretching for only around 700 metres, Long Beach is not the longest beach of Koh Phi Phi, but it has comparatively plenty of space for swimming, even outside the designated areas. The anchored, motorised long-tail boats are quite spread out, so that it does not get as busy here as at some of the other beaches of the island. The way into the water is comparatively steep which is good for swimming, but it is also good for splashing about. At low tide the water does not recede too much, at least not from November to April during the main holiday season when swimming conditions are ideal. The beach is spacious and you will have plenty of space to spread out and there are also numerous sun-loungers for hire.
In the background there are several holiday complexes in different price categories, ranging from cheap to reasonably priced to luxurious and these stylish bungalows are scattered on the surrounding hills. Most of the complexes have a restaurant, giving you the choice between the terraces and food offerings of several beach bars. Here you will find a large selection of Thai and international dishes, as well as snacks. To the rear of Long Beach you will also find a quirky bar where you can enjoy the great view and delicious drinks. Long Beach is really quiet at night, so if you are staying at this nice beach but want to party all night, then you can take a taxi-boat to the centre for not much money.One of the highlights at Long Beach is Shark Point which is a reef at the edge of the beach which you can swim out to. As the name suggests, you have a very good chance here of spotting sharks while snorkelling, especially early in the morning and in the evening. There is no need to worry though, as the sharks are timid and swimming is safe here. At the local diving schools you can hire snorkelling equipment or goggles and flippers, book a diving course, or even an excursion to explore the stunning underwater world of the national park around the islands of Koh Phi Phi.