Phi Phi Island Travel Guide, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi islands are a group of six islands in Krabi Province, Southern Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is at an equal distance from Krabi and Phuket. It is situated towards the east of the Phuket while south to the Krabi. Often called as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Koh Phi Phi is accessible by boat from Krabi, Phuket, and Koh Lanta island as well.

Being a small island and tourists pouring in the peak season make it little costlier than most of the islands of Thailand. That’s why Ko Phi Phi is often called as one of the costliest islands of Thailand.

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How to Reach Ko Phi Phi island

Ko Phi Phi is accessible from Krabi, Phuket & Koh Lanta. Here is a full detail about How to Reach Ko Phi Phi islands:

How to Reach Ko Phi Phi from Phuket

The cheapest and most reliable way to get from Phuket or Krabi to Phi Phi is by ferry. If you are staying in hotels, you can book the tickets to Ko Phi Phi from Phuket from the hotel itself. The minivan will pick you up and drop at the pier from where you catch the Ferry to Koh Phi Phi.

You can also directly book the ferry from the airport itself. There will be counters at the airport where you can enquire about the Ferry price and timings. During peak season, it might be difficult to find a ferry so, please make sure you plan in advance. There are fixed timings for the ferries leaving from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi.

Ferry timings from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi:

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Phuket Departure Time Phi Phi Arrival Time
8.30 10.30
11.00 13.00
13.30 15.30
14.00 16.00
15.00 17.00

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Journey Time: Two Hours
Boarding Pier: Rassada Pier, Phuket
Deboarding Pier: Tonsai Pier, Phi Phi
Phuket-Phi Phi Ferry Price: 500 Baht

How to Reach Ko Phi Phi from Krabi:

Even from the airport, bus station or from your hotel, you can book a ferry ticket to Phi Phi from Krabi. They will pick you up and drop at the Pier from where the Ferry leaves. The normal passenger ferry does not leave from the center of town anymore, but from a new passenger port (Klong Jilard Pier) about 3 km outside Krabi Town.

Free taxi transfer to the pier should be included in the price of your ticket. Many times they’ll take you to a travel agent near the Chao Fah Pier and sell you additional accommodations or services. Only ever buy the ticket you need. They add additional ferries during peak season.

Krabi to Phi Phi Ferry Timings:

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Krabi Departure Time Phi Phi Arrival Time
9.00 10.30
10.30 12.00
13.00 14.30
13.30 15.00
15.00 16.30
15.30 17.00
16.00 17.30

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Journey Time: Two Hours
Boarding Pier: Klong Jilard Pier, Krabi
Deboarding Pier: Tonsai Pier, Phi Phi
Krabi-Phi Phi Ferry Price: 350-400 Baht

There is a 20 baht per person fee required on the pier for “keeping Ko Phi Phi clean”.

Note: The number of ferries to/from Phi Phi island are increased and decreased depending upon the season and the number of tourists. So make sure you always book the ferry in advance.

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Staying on the Phi Phi islands:

Once you arrive at the Ao Tonsai Pier, there will be a lot of people selling hotels at discounted rate. However, if you want to explore the small island on your own, better to take a right from the Ao Tonsai Pier. Refer the image below for cheap as well as nice accommodation.

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I would personally recommend going towards the long beach, there is not so much of crowd and stays are also good. However, if you love nightlife and partying a lot, you can go towards the center of the town. But if you love serene life and peaceful evening go towards the long beach.

Public convenience at the Phi Phi island:

Even though not a big island, because of commercialization, Phi Phi island has a lot of supermarkets, restaurants, tattoo parlors and ATMs.

Ko Phi Phi Tsunami:

Indian Ocean Tsunami had badly hit Ko Phi Phi island in 2004. The water level had risen to several feet and most of the infrastructure at the island like cottages, hotels, pier, roads, trees were destroyed. Redevelopment has, however, been swift, and services are back with building regulations in place to limit the height of new buildings to preserve the island’s stunning views.

Phi Phi island Travel – Things to do on Phi Phi island

  • Phi Phi island has a lot of travel options like half-day boat tour, full day boat tour, private boat tour, snorkeling tour, scuba diving options etc. Most of the shops in Phi Phi sell these itineraries. Alternatively, you can also approach a long-tail boat guy and personally negotiate about the tour price if you are in a large group.
  • Near the city center, there is also a reggae bar where you can watch Thai boxing. There are also bars and pub there offering drinks on offer prices.
  • Forget not to go to the Phi Phi view point from where you get a stunning view of the entire island and beaches.
  • You can also take a walk to the long beach from Tonsai pier. The walk takes around 30-40 minutes but worths it.
  • Take a boat tour to different beaches like monkey beach, long beach etc.
  • There is always a party point in the night on the island. You can go there in the night.
  • There are no transportations available on the island. So to go to another island from an island, you will have to take a boat or walk inland from one to another point. One can walk the entire island in around 75 minutes from one tip another.
  • Phi Phi island streets are full of cats. If you love cats, you have so much to play there.
  • Phi Phi island is also famous for the tattoo. There are two types of tattoos available at the Phi Phi island. One is machine tattoo and another is the bamboo tattoo. Bamboo tattoo pains less and is cheaper as well. Also, with the bamboo tattoo, you can go into the sea the next day itself. However, be careful with the prices. I would advise you to enquire at a few shops before making any decision.
  • Some of the good resorts help their customers carry their luggage in the trolley to/ from the resorts if already booked.
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