Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

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Phuket to Koh Phi Phi Schedule

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
See Sea Blue Marine Private Speedboat 10pax Any time฿ 17,600
Best Sea Andaman Van 8pax 06:00 - 10:00฿ 1,500
PP Sabai Marine Speedboat 09:15 - 12:00฿ 750
PP Sabai Marine Speedboat 11:15 - 14:00฿ 750
PP Sabai Marine Speedboat 12:15 - 15:00฿ 890
Seatran Phuket Speedboat 14:00 - 15:00฿ 850

How to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is arguably the most renowned dream destination among all the Thai islands. Since Alex Garland’s novel was filmed and struck the world in 2000, millions of adventure-seekers headed to the hidden gem of the Andaman to find their personal paradise on a tropic island of unparalleled beauty.

Since then Koh Phi Phi has changed a lot – mostly in the sense of numbers of tourists visiting the island every year and mushrooming modern resorts. Looming limestone cliffs, transparent turquois waters and postcard-perfect white sand beaches are still there, but the excessive development over the past decade remains a subject of heated arguments. Those who support the idea of preserving the natural character of the island and those who see only a great prospective for financial profit have not yet come to a compromise. In the meantime you can contribute to Koh Phi Phi’s preservation with your conscious behaviour and support of the operators who follow a sustainable model in providing services to tourists.

Getting to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket

Phi Phi islands are located in the bay of Phang Nga, approximately halfway between Phuket and Krabi. There is a number of daily departures from Phuket heading to Koh Phi Phi, with some of them connecting onward to other southern islands, including Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe, the Trang islands, to the mainland (Krabi) and even to Langkawi island in Malaysia.

In Phuket boats for Koh Phi Phi leave from Tha Rassada pier, which is located southeast from Phuket Town. On Phi Phi, the main boat activity is on the bigger Phi Phi Don at Ao Ton Sai, but some boats from Phuket also moor at a more isolated Laem Thong pier in the northern part of the island.

From Phuket to Koh Phi Phi by ferry

The fastest service to Koh Phi Phi is offered by Chao Koh Group. They have air-conditioned cabins and are fully equipped with life vests for all the passengers. The trip from Rassada pier to Ton Sai pier takes about 1¾ hrs and costs THB 600. There are two departures a day at 11am and 3pm, with the 3pm boat being the latest boat leaving from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi during the day.

Tip: The Andaman sea is a part of the Indian Ocean, and the choppy waters are not rarely seen. If you are prone to seasickness, do not wait until it is too late and take all the necessary medicines in advance.

Andaman Wave Master offers equal service from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, but calls to both piers, the journey taking about two hours to Ton Sai and three hours to Laem Thong. The leg between Ton Sai and Laem Thong piers is served by a shuttle boat, so note that you will have to hop from the main boat to a smaller one. There are two boats a day all year round – at 8.30am and 1.30pm – but for the high season the company sometimes adds the third departure at 11.30: check in advance if it is available for your dates. Tickets cost THB 700 to Ton Sai and THB 800 to Laem Thong. If you are staying in one of those chic and expensive 5-star resorts of Laem Thong, definitely opt for the Andaman Wave Master boats.

Note: All the passengers arriving to Ton Sai pier should pay a THB20 ‘pier’ fee which is supposed to be used on cleaning the island.

Your onward connections from Phi Phi

Thanks to Koh Phi Phi’s strategic location in the heart of the Phang Nga bay, the islands are connected to many of the southern destinations, including Krabi, Ao Nang, Railey beach, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe, the Trang islands and Langkawi (Malaysia).

From Koh Phi Phi to Krabi

There are four boats a day from Koh Phi Phi to Khlong Jilard Pier in Krabi. Two of them are operated by Chao Koh Group (9am and 1.30pm, THB 600, 1 ½hrs) and two more – by Andaman Wave Master (10.30am and 3.30pm, THB 450, 2hrs).

From Koh Phi Phi to Ao Nang and Railey beach

Any of the Ao Nang-bound ferries are ok for getting to Railey, as well. Normally you will need to change to a smaller shuttle boat, though. The boat for Ao Nang depart from Koh Phi Phi at 3.30pm and costs THB 450 (from 1½ hrs to two hours).

From Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe

Ferries to Koh Lanta from Koh Phi Phi take from one to 1½ hrs to arrive to the island. Daily there are two boats at 11.30am, one at 3pm and one more at 3.30pm. Tickets cost THB 450 (Andaman Wave Master) and THB 600 (Chao Koh Group).

Getting around on Koh Phi Phi

The Phi Phi islands are 28 sq.km of forests fringed with white sand beaches in the middle of Phang Nga bay. Be ready to do a lot of walking as there are literally no paved roads (well, some are appearing at the moment, but still). You can also charter a longtail boat for short trips around Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh: there are plenty of them in and around Ao Ton Sai. In general the majority of accommodation and services – including Phi Phi Island Hospital – are found in Ton Sai Village which lies on the southern side of a narrow isthmus connecting Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh.

Some of the Koh Phi Phi beaches

Even if Ton Sai bay is the busiest part of the islands, it still remains a stunning place to enjoy the sea. A narrow path crammed with tour operator shops, restaurants and guesthouses to the east brings you to a pleasant Hat Hin Khom beach.

If you go northwards from Ton Sai bay to the other side of the isthmus, you will get to Ao Lo Dalam, which is a party animal’s paradise.

The best corals off Koh Phi Phi’s coast are found near Hat Yao (or Long Beach), which faces south and is the most swimmer-friendly among all the islands’ beaches.

Two long and picturesque eastern bays, Ao Laem Thong and Ao Lo Bakao, are the realm of high-end resorts.

Smaller bays, including Hat Phak Nam, Hat Rantee or Hat To Koh, cater for more budget travellers and offer low-key bungalows. These three beaches are much more tranquil than the overcrowded Ton Sai and Lo Dalam bays. The best way to explore them is to hire a longtail boat and organise some bay-hopping for yourself.

Tip: It is not possible to camp on Maya Beach on Phi Phi Leh (which was featured in The Beach movie) any more and you can enjoy it only during the daytime. If you want more privacy, hire a longtail boat and arrive early in the morning.

Where to stay

Rule #1: Book in advance – especially during the busy periods.
Rule #2: If you hate those pre-booked affairs, do not keep away from the touts who meet all the arriving boats. Yes, they are annoying, but they are helpful: finding an accommodation on Koh Phi Phi these days is not an easy task!
Rule #3: Budget accordingly. THB 1000 on Koh Phi Phi means a very simple, no-frills dig, in most cases in the form of a Thai bungalow with a fan and no hot water.

Activities

For an island of such a modest size Koh Phi Phi has a lot of things to offer – and they are not at all limited to bucket drinking parties and lazy sun-bathing. If snorkelling, diving, kayaking, rock-climbing, hiking and numerous viewpoints which let you take in all that stunning beauty are not enough, enrol to a yoga-on-the-beach course or go on an evening cruise to watch bioluminescent plankton off the shores of the islands. We are sure, you will enjoy your Koh Phi Phi trip: why would you not?

Transportation from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi Destination Reviews

AI
Horrible experience. We were picked up 2 hours late after being told to be outside and ready 30 minutes before pick up time. The driver then dropped us off at the wrong pier and refused to come back and take us to the correct pier. We had to pay to go to the correct spot. Then the ferry boat didn’t have our names so we had to pay again for the ferry. 12go is fine but they only refunded me $4. A bit ridiculous after everything we went though. DO NOT recommend Call Me Taxi. It was bad…
Ferry Standard, Call Me Taxi (คอลมีแท๊กซี่), Dec 1, 2022
KD
quick and easy transport. pretty straight forward, to bad we couldn't sit all the way up top. and we made a little visit to one of the islands close by, and had to wait to get some of the passengers on to a different boat (30 - 45min longer trip than it was advertised). but the weather and trip itself was nice, so no complaining here
Ferry Standard Class, Andaman Wave Master (อันดามัน เวฟ มาสเตอร์), Nov 28, 2022
TS
Could not fault, timely and professional
Ferry Speedboat, Andaman Wave Master (อันดามัน เวฟ มาสเตอร์), Nov 27, 2022
RZ
Friendly staff. Everyone received a lifejacket that had to be worn.
Ferry Speedboat, Bundhaya Speed Boat (Bundhaya Speed Boat), Nov 25, 2022
UM
very good organization
Ferry Speedboat, Bundhaya Speed Boat (Bundhaya Speed Boat), Nov 20, 2022
TJ
Departure, right on time ! One thing to improve is communication : list of,spots (Kho Phi Phi, different hotels...) And no toilet on board...
Ferry Speedboat, Andaman Wave Master (อันดามัน เวฟ มาสเตอร์), Nov 17, 2022
VG
The driver arrived an 1,5 hour late. We missed the boat and had to travel much longer on the ferry.
Ferry Speedboat, PP Sabai Marine, Nov 14, 2022
TG
The driver was very nice and the Ferry Transport was wonderful. The Captain Showed us the Island so we could take Many photos.
Ferry Ferry, Phi Phi Cruiser (Phi Phi Cruiser ), Nov 10, 2022
AR
Everything good and almost in time (10 min delay only). They didn't give us the sandwich as promised.
Ferry Speedboat, Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club (บริษัท สตูล ปากบารา สปีดโบ๊ท คลับ), Nov 9, 2022
ME
Driver was way too late .... We made it intime, was stress for us
Ferry Ferry, Phi Phi Cruiser (Phi Phi Cruiser ), Nov 5, 2022
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