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Summer in Ko Phi Phi

The Phi Phi Islands are a day trip from Krabi or Phuket or make a secluded hideaway for a week or so. May to December is low season, which for the in-the-know traveler translates to thinner crowds (the islands have become hugely popular as the site of the Leonardo di Caprio film "The Beach"), lower prices, and, yes, afternoon tropical showers. We think that's a fair trade. Ko Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island in the archipelago, while Ko Phi Phi Leh is a stunning nature reserve. Scuba dive the limestone cliffs at Bida Nai and other tiny outposts. Following the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, the Phi Phi archipelago has made a huge comeback. Limestone cliffs, clear waters and miles of postcard-perfect beaches are calling.