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October 23, 2018

How to Get to Phi Phi Island?

Phi Phi Island or Koh Phi Phi as it is known in Thai, is often on the trail of many a traveler. Made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘The Beach’, it has been luring tourists for it’s natural beauty and party atmosphere. Phi Phi by day and Phi Phi by night tend to be completely different. You can only really get the true experience if you decide to stay overnight. Lucky for you, if this is what you want, we have a bunch of options which you can check out here. Of course talking about Phi Phi always leads to the question… how do I get to Phi Phi Island?

There are actually two islands which make up Phi Phi Islands. Phi Phi Don is the bigger island, the island with the accommodation and the place where we will be talking about in this article. Phi Phi Leh is the smaller island. This is the island with Maya Bay which is currently closed (October 2018). There is no accommodation on this island but it is popular for day trips and tours. If you happen to be in the market for a tour around Phi Phi, we’d recommend Explore Phi Phi. Phi Phi Island is situated between Krabi and Phuket in the Andaman Sea. It is also close to Koh Lanta. The good news is, it is possible to get to Phi Phi Island from these locations easily and more importantly frequently.

Arriving from Phuket

Getting to Phi Phi Island from Phuket is super simple. There are two piers on the island which serve the journey regularly. These are Rassada Pier and Numchai Pier. The piers are located in the south of the island and the journey to them shouldn’t be more than an hour from popular spots such as Patong and Kamala. If you do book a ferry in advance, ensure you know which pier you are leaving from so you know where to go to! The journey time from Phuket to Phi Phi tends to be 2 hours. The ferries tend to leave quite punctually and there is a shop on board for snacks and drinks. Overall it is a comfortable experience and if it is not peak season, expect to see some empty seats. You can see the timetable for Phuket to Phi Phi Island over at Siam Ferry. Coupon code ROOMFILLA gets you a discount!

Arriving from Krabi

A lot of people going to Phi Phi Island like to fly directly into Krabi airport and take transport directly to the pier to get a ferry over to the island. This is of course an easy way to get to the island from Klong Jirad Pier. Klong Jirad Pier is the main pier in Krabi and has regular ferries to Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe and other destinations. If you are staying in Ao Nang, it is possible to get a ferry directly from Ao Nang to Phi Phi but also very easy to go from Klong Jirad Pier for the time flexibility. Similarly to Phuket, the ferries leave regularly throughout the day and have a shop on board for drinks and snacks. The journey is often touted at being just 90 minutes but every time I have personally done it, it has taken 2 hours. If you have a tight connection, keep that in mind! You can see the timetable for ferries from Krabi to Phi Phi over at Siam Ferry. Coupon code ROOMFILLA gets you a discount!

Arriving from Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta offers the shortest crossing options to get to Phi Phi Island. The journey is just 1 hour and takes you from Saladan Pier on Koh Lanta to Phi Phi Island. There does tend to be less connections for this journey than for Phuket and Krabi. Please ensure you know the time of the ferry you want to take as there is nothing worse than arriving at the pier to learn there is no more ferries on that day! A lot of the ferries serving Koh Lanta will go onto Krabi or be in a route that includes a trip to the mainland. Drinks and snacks are available and it is a comfortable fast crossing. You can see the timetable for ferries from Koh Lanta to Phi Phi over at Siam Ferry. Coupon code ROOMFILLA gets you a discount!

Final Note – There are Two Piers on Phi Phi!

Before we finish up this article. I just thought I’d share the fact that there are two piers on the island! Ensure you go to the right one. This isn’t so difficult and chances are you would do it without even thinking. Tonsai Pier is the main pier on the island. It is generally where a ferry will go first and the majority of the passengers will get off. This is where the majority of properties which we have on this website located in Phi Phi are located. The other pier is in the north of the island. Laemtong Pier serves a few resorts and hotels. Generally if you need to go here, you will be told. If you are not told specifically that you need to go to Laemtong Pier, assume you are going to be getting off at Tonsai Pier!

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