Bamboo Island is not far from Phi Phi Don, in southern Thailand. It was the only place of the Phi Phi archipelago that left pleasant memories after visiting. Upon arrival to the island you can instantly assess its best merits: white powdery sand and crystal clear emerald water.

Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island. Photo by Andrew

Bamboo Island is considered to be one of the best places for snorkeling. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, with a number of sea urchins, clown fish, squids, rays, reef fishes and striped sea snakes which can be poisonous if you touch them. Snorkeling there is gorgeous and a must. The bamboo island is a part of the Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, so a visit costs 400 baht for an adult and 200 baht for a kid.

How to get to Bamboo Island

Bamboo Island can be reached from all nearby resorts. You can rent a longtail boat for a few hours, like we did during our stay at Phi Phi Don. A speed boat is more comfortable and fast but expensive.

Ships and boats are waiting for Bamboo Island visitors
Ships and boats are waiting for Bamboo Island visitors. Photo by Andrew

If you stay at the nearby resorts Phuket, Ao Nang, Krabi and Koh Lanta, you can take a Phi Phi Islands tour. Such a trip will be even more fun.

Bamboo Island features

Picturesque pines and exotic deciduous trees usual for southern Thailand surround Bamboo Island: no bamboo on the coastline. But actually you can see the gently swaying in the wind trees on the rock tops.

Bamboo Island fishes
Bamboo Island fishes. Photo by Andrew

Maybe, it is one of the best corners of paradise to enjoy swimming among a number of bright tropical fishes and other marine creatures. At low tide you can see the bare rocks in shallow waters and the Hin Klang coral reef located between the Bamboo Island and Laem Tong Cape. At the opposite side of the island there is a beautiful Mosquito Island view.

Mosquito Island View
Mosquito Island View. Photo by Andrew

And if you want to feel yourself like Robinson Crusoe, stay overnight in the island local camp. The camp is very primitive, the prices are very reasonable.

Bamboo Island view

Bamboo Island view. Photo by Andrew

Bamboo Island view. Photo by Andrew

Tourists start coming to Bamboo Island at 9 a.m., and after 4 p.m. they are leaving. Therefore, the central part of the island may be overcrowded in daytime, but if you go farther a bit, you will find beautiful lonely and spacious beaches where anyone can find something to his/her liking. It is the area of inexpressible tranquility and privacy. The sand here is stunningly white and velvet soft, the water is aquamarine, like at our beloved heavenly Seychelles.

Underwater creatures
Underwater creatures. Photo by Andrew

Recommendations for Bamboo Island holiday

Some things to take with:

  • Sunscreen lotions
  • Hats
  • Coral protection shoes
  • Masks and tubes for snorkeling
  • Drinking water