Taking a trip to Koh Phi Phi is one of the most popular tours available from Phuket. The tiny collection of islands in the Andaman Sea, with their sheer limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches and beautifully clear tropical waters, are anyone's idea of the perfect tropical island escape. However, there are several options when it comes to getting there. Here are some tips to help you pick the best for you.
Day trips, Overnight packages or Ferry tickets? Choose your right choice to Phi Phi Island from Phuket!
Find out which is your best option to get to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket for your holiday?
Phi Phi Day Trips: Ferry, Speedboat or Catamaran?
Ferry for Families: A cheap and smooth ride
Choose a big boat or ferry if you are visiting with small children or elderly travellers, as well as if you are working with a tight budget. The ferry is the cheapest available option and offers the smoothest voyage, even if the weather isn't at its best. It is also the slowest option, taking about two hours to reach the destination, with only one stop for snorkelling.
Speedboat for Island-Hoppers: More time to explore
Choose a speedboat trip if you want to enjoy a lot more snorkelling. The much quicker craft will make the trip from Phuket to Phi Phi in just 45 minutes, but it can be quite a bumpy ride, which is why it is not available for pregnant woman or children under 4 years old. It is also not recommended for older people, particularly those with back problems. However, if you can handle a few bumps, the speed of the voyage gives you more time to enjoy Phi Phi's beautiful underwater world, with many more snorkelling stops.
Catamaran for Luxury: Smooth and speedy
Choose a catamaran trip if you are with your family or elderly travellers, but with a more flexible budget. The large catamaran is as fast as the speedboat, making the crossing in just 45 minutes, but it is as smooth as the ferry, making it a very relaxing and enjoyable trip. This convenience does come at a cost which, while not too prohibitive, is significantly higher than the ferry.
Phi Phi Overnight Packages
If you have time, why not spend a night on Phi Phi Island? Not only does this remove the need for the fastest possible boat trip, but there are also many things to see on the islands - many more than you can comfortably enjoy in a single day. Instead of rushing around, take it easy in a nice hotel on the beach, enjoy the nightlife, local restaurants, shops and the lively market in Tonsai Bay or climb up to the beautiful of Phi Phi Don Island from Viewpoint. You will find the charm of this paradise to be an unforgettable experience.
Phi Phi Ferry Tickets
You can book a ferry ticket to and from Phi Phi . Alternatively, you could consider a day trip by big boat and book an open return ticket, allowing you to return to Phuket on another day instead. The price for a Phi Phi day trip by ferry is THB 950 at the cheapest, but you will get a snorkelling programme in the morning and a lunch.
You can even travel on to a new destination from Phi Phi, like Ao Nang, Railay, Krabi or Koh Lanta by booking the one-day trip and paying a small extra charge to get the return ticket changed to your next destination instead of back to Phuket.