It’s easy to see why this beach has been chosen as the backdrop of dozens of films and added to the bucket lists of countless beach-lovers. Looking out at the turquoise bay from the pillow-like sands, you’re protected overhead by lush and looming mountains in a cove that feels a million miles away from it all. To get here, you’ll have to hire a boat, but it’s well worth the adventure for the chance to experience a true paradise.
Reaching Phi Phi and Maya Bay involves flying into Phuket International Airport and taking a roughly 2-hour-long ferry ride from there. The most popular departure and arrival port is Rassada Pier in Phuket Town, but travelers can also take a 90-minute ferry ride if they are departing from Krabi or Koh Lanta. You’ll need to hire a longtail, ferry, or speedboat to reach Maya Bay from Phi Phi Don. Travelers from North America can easily get a flight to Phuket from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and other popular destinations.