Phi Phi Don is home to many Sea Gypsies. As were their ancestors, the local people of Phi Phi Don are in their element by the sea and have temporary homes made of driftwood according to the season.
The families who live on Phi Phi Don Island came from Koh Yai to the north of Phi Phi Island in the Phang Nga Bay, and from Koh Lanta and Krabi province. During high season, they form communities on the west coast in Loh Dalum Bay. During low season, they move to the east, seeking shelter from the occasional westerly winds.
Local People and Their Culture Phi Phi Island is the home of Sea Gypsies. Like their ancestors, the local people of Phi Phi Island make their living by fishing and from tourists who flock to Phi Phi Island to experience the magnificence of their environment and their culture.
People of Phi Phi Phi Phi Island residents have only been living on the tropical island for about 60 years. It is amazing to think that such a beautiful island has such a recent settlement history. Even so, Phi Phi Island culture is rich with tradition and heritage unmatched by other societies.