Ko phi phi Weather April Averages, Thailand
What's the Weather like in Phi Phi in April
The ideal time to visit Koh Phi Phi for most people is in April since it is the last month of dry season and the hottest month out of the calendar year. This month marks the end of high season so towards the end of the month you should start to see prices go down and less tourists around. The downside of this is that it is also the end of the dry season and April marks increased rainfall which coincides with the start of the wet season in May.
The average temperature around this time of year is 29 C (84 F) making it the hottest month of the year. During this time it gets very dry with breezes starting to pick up at the end of the month. This is the peak of hot weather in Koh Phi Phi just before it goes back down to mid-range, so remember to take the proper precautions in keeping yourself safe from the sun.
The highs and lows at the start of April come in at around 33.6 C (92.4 F) and 24.4 C (76 F) with a chance of rainfall at 45%. As the month progresses you will continue to see the lows increase to 25 C (77 F) and the highs start to decrease as they are around 33 C (91.4 F) during mid-month which is the hottest point. Towards the end of the month the highs continue decreasing to 32.7 C (90 F) and the lows continue increasing towards 25.2 C (77.3 F) making this part of the month the lowest in temperature. Rainfall continues its steep rise from March getting to 60% chance of rainfall at the begging of May to end April and bring in the start of the wet season.
April is the best month to swim in the ocean around the island as it has the highest sea temperature of the calendar year at 30 C (86 F). The bad news is that the rain starts to gradually build up in April as the wet season is right around the corner in May. Rainfall averages for this time are 129mm unevenly divided into 10 days out of the month. It is more towards the end of the month that the rain starts to appear, but to be safe, expect short sporadic storms of tropical nature at random throughout the first half as well.
On a bright note April has 8 hour days of sunshine which is mid-range for Koh Phi Phi and a one hour drop from the three months preceding it. Though this may seem like a negative it is quite pleasant as the rise in temperature compliments the earlier sunset.
Phi Phi Hotels in April
The great thing about Koh Phi Phi is that it has a large range of places to stay including dorms and five-star luxury hotels. A great place that is near to the main village and shops is Gypsy Village which has newly renovated rooms with a modern touch or bungalows that focus on simplicity. The great thing about these rooms is that they are close enough to Tonsai Village for a night out on the town, but far enough for a quiet night of sleep.
People who want something a bit more luxurious can look at the PP Erawan Palms Resort. It is located on the north side of the islands, so it is far from the main village and shops, but has the benefit of quiet nights and its own beach. You have the choice of standard or deluxe beach bungalows or standard rooms with access to 3 restaurants and a bar.
The Phi Phi Bayview Resort sits about 10 minutes away from the town village center making it a great choice for those who want everything in walking distance. It has a selection of beach bungalows or standard rooms with an amazing view over Tonsai Bay. If you get hungry go down to the Kinnaree Restaurant to experience its marvelous beachfront view and delicious seafood recipes.
Phi Phi Beach for April
April is a great time to hit the beach since the sea temperature is at its warmest. There are many beaches around Koh Phi Phi that are popular, but one of the most popular is Lo Da Lum Beach. This beach is usually more crowded than others, but it is every bit as beautiful as the others with white sands, umbrella shades, and beautiful rock formations around a jungle backdrop. This beach is close to the resorts, so do not be surprised if you see anchored down boats and parties at night.
If you are looking for a beach where you can relax and get lost in, you may want to look at Ao Ton Sai. This beach is along a path that seems to be going nowhere, but if followed long enough will take you to its secluded location. To find this beach at the perfect time you will want to arrive after 2 p.m. when most of the tours and charters have left. If you walk far enough you will find that there is bungalows for rent, but bring food and water because there are no shops in this area.
Bars and Restaurants
During high season there are restaurants with all kinds of cuisine available. Koh Phi Phi is known to have not only Thai food, but American, European, and Asian cuisine as well. People who want some great Thai or European food will want to head to Anna's Restaurant. This restaurant has some of the best food on the island mixed with a comfortable atmosphere at a reasonable price. You can expect all types of Thai dishes with other notables such as spaghetti and Cheeseburgers.
For noodles lovers Pad Thai Restaurant is a must visit while on Koh Phi Phi. This restaurant is thought to have the best Thai-pad noodles on the island. They also serve delicious authentic dishes such as fried cashews with chicken or shrimp and fried green curry with chicken or shrimp.
If you are craving pizza and looking for a great place that can rival pizzerias back home, look no further than Cosmic Restaurant. This place serves a variety of toppings with a thin crispy crust that can satisfy your cravings for the time being.
Things to do in Phi Phi in April
If the laws of scarcity have any validation it is during April in Koh Phi Phi where dry season is coming to an end and people want to visit before it ends. You can expect Koh Phi Phi to be in full swing and all of the places to be open during this time of year.
People who want something a little more relaxed can take the Plankton Sunset Tour. This tour takes you to popular spots around the island and ends in Maya Bay right at sunset to get a great view. After it gets dark, you can hop in the water and swim with the glowing plankton experiencing first hand their beautiful choreography which lights up the ocean. Other things include a fresh shower and bathroom on board and iPod outlets to play your favorite music.