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Transport Koh Phi Phi

Option in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Getting to Koh Phi Phi is relatively straightforward. Visitors must first travel to Phuket or Krabi and then get aboard one of several ferries that service the island. Both Phuket and Krabi have international airports serviced by both domestic and international air carriers. Phuket and Krabi are both major bus destinations as well, so it’s not difficult to get to either Phuket or Krabi (Krabi Town or Ao Nang Beach) via bus and it’s simple to get to Koh Phi Phi by ferry once there.

Once on Koh Phi Phi getting around is very easy as there are so few options. Koh Phi Phi has no roads or cars so there are really only two options: walking or hiring a boat. Tonsai village and the adjacent beaches of Loh Dalam and Long Beach are accessible by foot, as is the Phi Phi viewpoint. Otherwise, visitors must hire long-tail boats or speed boats to get to other beaches and nearby islands.

By Air

The only direct air service to Koh Phi Phi is via seaplane from Phuket Airport. The sea planes land off the coast of Laem Thong near the northern tip of the island and transportation to Tonsai, if required, is about 30 minutes by long-tail boat. Otherwise, the nearest airports to Koh Phi Phi are in Phuket and Krabi, both of which have international airports serviced by multiple air carriers, domestic and international. From either airport it is not difficult to arrange ground transportation to the respective ports, where visitors can easily get ferry service to Koh Phi Phi unless arriving in the evening after boats have stopped for the day.

Getting Around Koh Phi Phi

As there are no roads on Koh Phi Phi the only ways to get around the island are walking or hiring a boat, either a long-tail boat or speedboat. Most visitors staying in Tonsai, Loh Dalam, and Long Beach can walk around and between the beaches, the former two connected via proper walkways, while those staying in Loh Lana and Loh Ba Kao can walk between the two beaches via jungle path. Otherwise, the only way to get around is by hiring a long-tail boat for a one way/round-trip journey or a half/full day beach and/or island hopping excursion. Long-tail boat drivers typically hang out in the shade near the top of the beach not far from their boats. Simply walk up to them and say you need a ride.