The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand between the large island of Phuket and the Straits of Malacca coast of Thailand. The islands are administratively part of Krabi Province. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest and most populated island of the group, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Le are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Nai, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The islands are reachable by speedboats or long-tail boats most often from Krabi town or from piers in Phuket Province.
There are six islands in the group known as Phi Phi. They lie 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Phuket and are part of Hat Nopparat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park. which is home to an abundance of corals and marine life. There are limestone mountains with cliffs, caves, and long white sandy beaches.
Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le are the largest and best-known islands.
The islands feature beaches and clear water, and the natural environment is protected by national park status. Tourism on the islands exploded since the release of the movie The Beach.
Phi Phi Le’s Maya Bay was closed to tourists from June 2018 until the ecosystem recovers
There are two administrative villages on Ko Phi Phi under the administration of the Ao Nang sub-district, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi Province. There are nine settlements under these two villages.
The villages are:
- Laem Thong (บ้านแหลมตง, Mu 8, between 300-500 people)
- Ban Ko Mai Phai (about 20 fishermen live on this island)
- Ban Laem Tong
- Ao Loh Bakhao
- Ao Lana
- Ko Phi Phi (บ้านเกาะพีพี, Mu 7, between 1,500 – 2,000 people)
- Ao Maya (about 10 people, mostly in the ranger station)
- Ton Sai, the capital and largest settlement
- Hat Yao
- Ao Lodalum
- Laem Pho
Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park is influenced by tropical monsoon winds. There are two seasons: the rainy season from May till December and the hot season from January till April. Average temperature ranges between 17–37 °C (63–99 °F). Average rainfall per year is about 2,231 millimetres (87.8 inches), with wettest month being July and the driest February.
Transportation and communication
All roads on phiphi are for pedestrian use only with push carts used to transport goods and bags. The only permitted motor vehicles are reserved for emergency services.
The nearest airports are at Krabi, Trang, and Phuket. All three have direct road and boat connections.
There are frequent ferry boats to Ko Phi Phi from Phuket, Ko Lanta, and Krabi town starting at 08:30. Last boats from Krabi and Phuket depart at 14:30. In the “green season” (Jun-Oct), travel to and from Ko Lanta is via Krabi town only.
There is a large modern deep water government pier on Tonsai Bay, Phi Phi Don Village, completed in late-2009. It takes in the main ferry boats from Phuket, Krabi, and Ko Lanta. Visitors to Phi Phi Island must pay 20 baht on arrival at the pier.
How to Get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
The ferry service from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is the most suitable way to travel between the two places. Please note that ferry service might be cancelled due to weather condition and then reopen when the weather improves.
Service Operator for Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
Andaman Wave Master, Sea Angel, and Phi Phi Cruiser are the few ferry operators who provide the ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi. Ferry service to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket is available as early as 08:30am. The following schedules are 12:19pm, 01:30pm, and 2:30pm.
Andaman Wave Master is the reliable and reputable ferry operators to Koh Phi Phi. Their ferry fleet is equipped with air conditioning, spacious seats, couple of clean toilets. Andaman Wave Master operation team also takes good care of passengers’ luggage by storing at the back of the ferry with canvas covering on it to prevent water splashing.
Sea Angel, and Phi Phi Cruiser provide Phuket hotel (in selected area) pick up service to Rassada Pier. The Phuket hotel pick up service covers the area of Phuket town, Kata, Katon and Patong beach.
How Long is the Journey to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi?
The duration from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is about 2 hours.
How much is the Ferry Service from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi?
The fare for ferry service from Phuket to Koh Koh Phi Phi is reasonably priced in the range of THB600 to THB1200 depending on ferry operator and class of ferry service. Special note to all passengers: All visitors are required to contribute THB 20 for the conservation of Koh Phi Phi.
Where is the Boarding Point in Phuket?
The boarding point for ferry service to Koh Phi Phi is at Rassada Pier.
Where is the Arrival Point in Koh Phi Phi?
The arrival point in Koh Phi Phi is at Tonsai Pier.