Tips and Tricks for making the most of your time in the Ko Phi Phi Island
Remember how I said that every view in Thailand was picturesque? Well, I meant it when it came to Ko Phi Phi. Unfortunately, getting to the Phi Phi islands isn’t that simple, which is why most will just spend a day there. However, I would highly suggest forgoing the day excursion and spend 2-3 days on the island. Ko Phi Phi is definitely not a place you should overlook on your trip planned to Thailand.
Need To Know: Getting To Ko Phi Phi Island
I chose to fly into the Phuket airport and took a cab down to Rassada Pier. From the airport to the pier it’s about an hour’s drive. Most cabs at the airport are about 700 baht (they have a set price). Once you get to the pier it’s fairly small, and there’s a ton of different ferry companies there. Being a little overwhelmed, I went over to the information desk. The friendliest man greeted me with a smile. He made sure that I was able to get from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi. In addition, he was also able to help me know how to get from Ko Phi Phi to my next destination Krabi.
Another way to get to Ko Phi Phi is flying into Krabi and taking the ferry over from Klong Jirad Pier. From each direction, the ferry rides are approximately 2 hours long.
Need To Know: Entrance to Ko Phi Phi
The ferry from Rassada Pier is about a two-hour ride. It drops you off at the main (and only pier) in the Phi Phi islands, Tonsai Pier. Beware when you step off the ferry, there is an entrance fee into the town of Phi Phi (2 baht). Once you pay the fee, there are a million long-tail boats line up for all the resorts. The main part of the islands is a small little town with no cars on the island. It takes about 20 mins to walk from one end to the other.
Need To Know: Ko Phi Phi Hotels
There are a bunch of hotels within the main town of Phi Phi Island. Of course, I would suggest trying to stay at one of the resorts away from the pier. Most of the hotels in town will be more expensive. Additionally, the secluded boutique hotels along the coast of the island.
The ride to where we were staying at Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort was about a 30 minutes longtail boat ride from the main pier. Each room at the resort was a private bungalow that ranges from on the beachfront to on the mountain top. While the resort is secluded everything you need is right there. There’s a restaurant, a beach bar, a massage hut, and of course beachfront area. The staff is very friendly and wants to help make the experience your best. The only thing I will say I did miss was our room did not have AC, while we did have a fan it was hard sleeping when it was 95 degrees.
Need To Know: Ko Phi Phi Excursion
The most popular excursion in the Phi Phi islands is a boat cruise around the multiple islands. The key thing to know is that every company goes to the same areas the only difference is the price and the name of the company you’re going through. You have the option of doing either a full day vs half a day. In conclusion, we opted for the half-day boat trip to the islands because we were still able to see and do everything. Within our trip, the following points were included: Shark Point, Monkey Beach, Loh Samah Bay, Maya Beach, Pileh Lagoon, and Viking Cave. The sites we stopped at we spent anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Check out my post for exact detail on the Phi Phi Boat Trip.
Ko Phi Phi was definitely a view of a lifetime and a place you should not miss out on. If it didn’t take forever to go to, I would go there every year. Its definitely on my list to go back and enjoy it.