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Phi Phi Island are a small archipelago in Thailand located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Krabi province, to which it belongs. Very touristy, it has two main islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley, the other being mostly rocks.
Situation of the islands from the province of Krabi.
Phi Phi Don (or Koh Phi Phi, Koh means “island” in Thai) is the largest island of the archipelago and the only one with tourist infrastructure. It was very hard hit by the earthquake of 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean. It is a mecca for scuba diving, also renowned for its breathtaking limestone cliffs. However, the second largest island, Koh Phi Phi Ley, is the most famous qu’inhabitée well. Its beautiful landscapes have made it known worldwide and the archipelago is considered one of the finest in the world.
On 26 December 2004, at 10:37 (local time), Phi Phi Don was very exposed to a tsunami 6.5 meters high, a result of the earthquake that hit Southeast Asia off Banda Aceh, Sumatra, three hours earlier. The number of victims and missing an estimated 5,300 people in the disaster and one year term reconstruction of tourism infrastructure, almost completely destroyed the tombolo, the strip of land separating the two bays of the island’s center.
The main island Phi Phi Don was quickly rebuilt. The tourists were back in the year following the tsunami and each inhabitant had resumed his normal life. A park in memory of the victims of the tsunami was erected in the heart of the village of Ton Sai. A tsunami warning system has been set up and the villagers now know how to respond to such a disaster: the boards in the village indicate the path to follow in case of alert: the highest point of island (View Point).
Her neighbor Ko Phi Phi Lee has in turn been part of the movie The Beach, turned to Maya Bay site in 2000 with Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet. Production (20th Century Fox) was accused of causing extensive damage to the island ecosystem. Damage that continue today given the steady stream of tourists and boats of all sizes attracted to the site every day, precisely because of this film.