BY Destination Bear

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi: The Easiest Travel Route

Are you ready for an adventure in paradise? Imagine crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and breathtaking sunsets as you travel from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi 📍 The journey is not only comfortable but also one of the most beautiful ways to experience the natural beauty of Thailand. Whether you take a ferry or speedboat, you'll be able to enjoy the stunning scenery and witness the contrast between Phuket's bustling city and Koh Phi Phi's serene island life 📍

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So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey as we explore the easiest travel route between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi 📍


What Phuket Has to Offer?

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Phuket is a large island in Southern Thailand known for its beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and vibrant nightlife. It is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations and attracts millions of visitors each year 📍 The island is home to many beautiful beaches, including Patong, Karon, and Kata. Each beach offers a unique experience, from the bustling nightlife of Patong to the more secluded and peaceful Kata Beach. Water sports such as jet-skiing, parasailing, and scuba diving are popular on these beaches 📍

Phuket Town is the largest city on the island and is a mix of old and new, with a historic old town and modern shopping centers. The island also has many temples, museums, and cultural shows you can visit. Phuket is also known for its delicious seafood, and many local street food vendors and restaurants serve authentic Thai dishes 📍 The nightlife scene is lively, with many bars, clubs, and live music venues to choose from, especially in the Bangla Road area to Patong 📍


Where are the Phi Phi Islands located?

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The Phi Phi Islands are located in the Andaman Sea on the western side of Southern Thailand 📍 The main point of access is Phuket to Koh Phi Phi and Krabi to Koh Phi Phi, which are similar distances from the Phi Phi Islands. You can fly in on regular daily flights from Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) to Koh Phi Phi and other destinations in Southeast Asia into both these places. However, from Phuket or Krabi, there are no flights, so the only way to arrive is by boat 📍


What Koh Phi Phi Has to Offer?

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Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful island in Thailand with limestone hills, turquoise lagoons, and the world famous beach at Maya Bay. It has two main islands, Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don, and both have spectacular scenery 📍 Leh island is uninhabited, while Don island has hotels, restaurants, and more. Primarily it has a vibrant nightlife; the most popular nightlife spot is the Tonsai Village area.

It’s easy to visit the Phi Phi islands on a day trip from Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak, or Koh Lanta, and that gives you enough time to see Maya Bay and the other main attractions, or you can stay a few days on Phi Phi Don and do even more exploring 📍


What do You Need to Know Before Visiting Koh Phi Phi? 

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  • Location:
    Koh Phi Phi is a group of six small islands in the Andaman Sea, South of Thailand.

  • Climate:
    The best time to visit Koh Phi Phi is from November to April when the weather is dry and sunny.

  • Accommodation:
    Koh Phi Phi offers a range of accommodation options, including budget-friendly hostels, mid-range guesthouses, and luxury resorts.

  • Transportation:
    The only way to get around Koh Phi Phi is by water, as the island has no roads for cars. Long-tail boats and ferries are the main modes of transport.

  • Activities:
    Popular activities on Koh Phi Phi include island-hopping, snorkeling, diving, rock climbing, and visiting the famous Maya Bay.

  • Food and Drink:
    Koh Phi Phi offers a range of food options, including Thai cuisine, seafood, and international cuisine. Be mindful of food hygiene when eating street food.

  • Culture:
    Koh Phi Phi is a popular tourist destination, so be respectful of local culture and customs.

  • Safety:
    Koh Phi Phi is generally considered safe, but be aware of your belongings and avoid walking alone at night.

  • What To Be Aware Of:
    Coral reefs surround the island, so be mindful of your environmental impact and follow responsible tourism practices.


How to Get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi? 

Whether you are visiting Phi Phi Island for a day or plan on soaking up the vibes over a more extended period, one of the first things you’re probably trying to figure out is how to get there 📍 While it can be a mission to get to some of Krabi’s dreamy islands, getting from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is surprisingly easy. 


Getting from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

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If you’re already in Thailand or South East Asian countries, you can travel to Krabi or Phuket by train, ferry, or flight before getting to Phi Phi Islands. Both places are very convenient to get to Phuket 📍 Once you are in Phuket or Krabi, do not worry about how to get to Phi Phi Island. There is always a way to transfer you from the mainland to Phi Phi island or between islands. You can pick up tickets for slow ferries and speedboats to get to Phi Phi Island. Both options, the speedboat as well as the slow ferry, are not expensive 📍

You can take a 1-hour speed boat from Chalong Pier when coming from Phuket. A regular boat will take longer, about 2 hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krabi or Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi. The distance from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is only about 46km, and dozens of speedboats and ferry operators offer smooth transport between the two islands 📍

Taking a Speedboat from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

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The fastest and easiest way to get to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket is by speedboat. It takes just under 1 hour, and the ride is comfortable. 📍The most popular port to sail from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is Rassada Pier on the southeast coast of Phuket Island. The harbor is roughly a 15-minute drive from Phuket Old Town and less than 45 minutes from other popular areas like Kata, Karon, and Patong. 

Several speed boat operators sail between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi daily, with Andaman Wave Master and Bundhaya being popular options. 📍Prices are fixed, so it doesn’t matter which speedboat company you use. The first speed boat to Koh Phi Phi departs at 8:30 am, and you’ll need to be at the port at least 30 minutes in advance. 📍


Booking the Speedboat

You need to book a fast boat that includes a hotel pick-up and drop-off in Phuket unless you want the added stress of getting to the pier yourself. It will save you a lot of hassle as all the logistics will be sorted for you. Generally, a one-way ticket to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket costs 750 Baht, and a return ticket costs 1,500 Thai Baht 📍


Booking the Long-tail Boat  Phuket to Koh Phi Phi  The Easiest Travel Route 7

It is always fun to take a speedboat or a longtail boat tour when getting to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket or Krabi 📍 Both options offer a convenient way to get to Phi Phi Island. Taking a speedboat will save you a lot of time, and you can get to the island earlier.

From Phuket, you can have a hotel pick-up to the pier and join a group of people getting to Koh Phi Phi. You will enjoy the speedboat tour when cruising through clear, blue emerald waters, and suddenly these limestone cliffs arise out of the middle of the ocean. The view is stunning, and you will genuinely enjoy the speedboat journey 📍


Bang Rong Pier 

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If you’re staying north of Phuket, you can take a boat from Bang Rong Pier. But, the journey takes considerably longer, about 3 hours, and the only boat leaves daily at 9:30 am.


Booking the Ferry

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If you would love to save a few bucks and take a slightly longer trip, the best way to go from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is by ferry. The ferry leaves every day from Rassada Pier and takes 2 hours to Tonsai Pier and 3 hours to Laem Tong Beach Pier 📍 As well as the speedboats; there are various companies for ferries named Andaman Wave Master and Phi Phi Cruiser. They have varying time schedules, so the easiest way to travel is through online booking. If you can't book online, you can also buy tickets directly through any tour company in Phuket  📍


Best Things To Do in Koh Phi Phi

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You can have a terrific Phi Phi islands hopping tour during your trip to Phuket. As part of the tour, you should visit some of the sublime beautiful sites around Koh Phi Phi 📍 You can enjoy the speedboat tour, swim, relax in the sun, snorkel, enjoy some time ashore, and take photos of the fantastic scenery.

Here is the list of things to do on Phi Phi Island:

  • Speedboat or Longtail Boat Tour
  • View on the Famous Maya Bay
  • Boat Trip to Viking Cave
  • Snorkeling at Phi Phi Leh
  • Swimming in the lagoon
  • Enjoy the beach
  • Sea Cave Kayaking
  • Speedboat or Longtail Boat Tour


Phuket to Koh Phi Phi The Easiest Travel Route

So there you have it, the best ways to get to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket! Each option has its perks, but after reading this guide, we hope you’ve found the right transport option for your next trip! 📍📍

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Destination Bear


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