There are six islands that make up Koh Phi Phi and travelling to one of many of them is a popular day trip from Phuket. To help you get the most out of your Phuket to Koh Phi Phi day trip, here is important information you should know to help you plan an amazing adventure.
Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest island and the only one that is populated. What was once a secluded island has now become a bustling hive of restaurants, supermarkets and even tattoo parlors.
The development has been restricted to a small area between the island’s most popular beaches, so you won’t need to spend a lot of time discovering the town.
Koh Phi Phi Leh is a smaller island in the south and has become popular thanks to the movie ‘The Beach’ which was filmed here.
It is uninhabited but still open to visitors. There is an entrance fee of 500 baht to explore the island.
Koh Mai Phai is a northern island whose name means Bamboo Island. There is a small beach here and some opportunity for snorkelling.
Koh Yung is just west of Koh Mai Phai and has a mixture of stony and sandy beaches. In the water can be found coral that has turned unhealthy due to the immense draw of snorkelers.
Bida Nok and Bida Nai are in the south and are composed of limestones. The islands feature almost completely vertical cliff walls that rise from the sea, making them amazing to see in person.
Like most of Thailand, the weather at Koh Phi Phi is divided into two seasons: the hot season, which runs from January to April, and the rainy season, which is from May to December. Year round temperatures average between 25C and 32C.
While many people visit Koh Phi Phi for its natural beauty, its cultural history is just as amazing. The area is thought to be one of the oldest communities in all of Thailand. Among the islands you can find people that are Buddhist and Muslim, but there is no religious tension. Arts and crafts are a huge part of the culture here and the practice of batik fabrics is very popular among locals.
Travel – Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
The best way to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is by boat. Ferries run every two to three hours and it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours travel time. Ticket prices can range between 700 and 1000 baht for a return trip, depending on who you ask or how good your negotiating skills are. Ferries run leave from Rassada Pier or Sea Angel Pier in Phuket and dock at Tonsai Pier north of Phi Phi Don.
Types of Trips
For your day trip from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi you can choose from creating your own adventure or booking with an all-inclusive tour.
All inclusive tours will include transportation, a meal, use of snorkel equipment and local guides that know the best places to visit. Those who sell trip packages have a habit of making a lot of promises, so be sure to contact the company directly to ensure you know what you’re paying for.
Phi Phi Don Attractions
186 meters above sea level, and a steep walk that takes between 10 to 30 minutes lies a spectacular view of the entire island. If you become parched there is a small stand that sells drinks and snacks. The small hike is definitely worth it to marvel at the beauty of the island in the middle of the ocean.
This beach is only accessible on foot or by canoe but is a great beach to find. It is heavily populated by monkeys and be careful as they can be aggressive.
If you are still on the island after dark, make sure you catch a fireshow. Performed by skilled and entertaining locals, the fire shows can be found at many of the islands bars and restaurants.
Tsunami Memorial Park
The tsunami in 2004 devastated the infrastructure on the island but the people of Koh Phi Phi showed their resilience by rebuilding quickly. The memorial garden is a beautiful place to reflect on those that fell victim to the natural disaster.
Phi Phi Attractions
Tham Phaya Nak – Viking Cave
If you love history and archeology, make sure you paddle over to this cave. The walls have prehistoric paintings on them that are amazing to behold.
The beach is beautiful and was the location for the movie The Beach. While there was an abundance of coral in the water, overuse of water activities has led to it dying off. The beach is very popular and come mid-morning becomes jam packed with tourists.
Situated on the west coast of the island, the bay has a small beach and a series of caves to explore. There is a large rock in the middle of the bay which is neat to see. During low tide the bay is exciting to explore, but be careful as the water can come in quickly and get you very wet.
Other Island Attractions
Koh Yung waters
Snorkelling off the coast of Koh Yung is a great experience to have. The water is home to an abundance of sea urchins. The water can have a current, so make sure you are a strong enough swimmer.
Koh Yung beach
The northern and eastern sides of this island have beautiful sandy beaches and the water is great for swimming and some snorkelling.
If you’re staying in Phuket for a while and are looking for a day trip to break up your stay, Koh Phi Phi is a great adventure to consider. Whether you plan your own trip or go on a group traveller, these small islands in the middle of the ocean are worth visiting.