Phi Phi Island Busy Season
Phi Phi Island Weather | Phi Phi events and travel seasons
If you are planning a trip to Phi Phi Island you need to know that the busy season for Phi Phi Island are New Year, Chinese New Year, Thai New Year - Songkran, Loy Kratong and Christmas. More specifically the peak season of December through to January has the most numbers arriving on the Phi Phi.
When planning a trip to Phi Phi Island during busy season air fares and hotels need to be booked as soon as possible. During the busy season Phi Phi hotels and flights to the Island book well in advance. A large number of Thais travel during festival times so boats, flights and the ferries are full and become fully booked. So if you are traveling to Phi Phi Island you may want to make sure your plans plan around the Festivals and holidays.
Typically calendar New Year but things on Phi Phi Island start to quite down after January sixth. New Year may be part of the busy season but worth the energetic time one could have there this time of year.
Chinese New Year
The greatest busy season I believe is the Chinese New Year which starts on the first day of the new moon of the New Year and last until the Lantern Festival fourteen days later. What a great time to experience Phi Phi Islands Full Moon Party!
Thai New Year, Songkran Festival
The water festival where Thais return home. This is one holiday that unless you book extremely early you will find is next to impossible. Songkran Festival is a major holiday for Thailand. Wikipedia states, The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed.
If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off will be taken on the days immediately following (But Sri Lanka still uses an astrological calculation to set the dates and times based on the sun's positional change and those dates and times are used to start the festival events).
Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand; thereafter 1 April was used until 1940. 1 January is now the beginning of the year. The traditional Thai New Year has been a national holiday since then.
November Loy Kratong
This festival is around November twelfth. It is truly a beautiful event with lighted candles on folded banana leaf cups place on a river. This festival will also have massive elaborate rafts and fireworks. All of this beauty for the taking away of bad luck. So you can't go wrong traveling to Phi Phi Island this time of the year as long as you are lucky in booking your flights and hotel stays in advance.
One time of year you may not be so lucky is Christmas, flights will be full and buses will be packed.
The bottom line is plan ahead for the busy season and book those fights and hotels early!
Last Updated: 26 Feb 2010