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How to get from Bangkok to Phi Phi Island

How to get from Bangkok to Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island, also known as Koh Phi Phi, is made up of six islands in Thailand situated between Phuket and the Straits of Malacca. Boasting beautiful golden sand beaches, stunning natural landscapes and glistening crystal clear waters, this is a tropical paradise you are going to fall in love with. With a lot to do on the islands as well as around them you are never going to want to miss a moment spent here. If you are ready to start planning your trip from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, then you will want to check out this blog as well as head over to 12G to book your ticket online.

Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi

HOW TO GET FROM BANGKOK TO KOH PHI PHI

Within this article, I am going to delve into the details that you will want to know ahead of booking your ticket online and travelling from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, helping you to understand more about the routes that you can take which is going to make organising your trip a lot easier. There are currently 3 ways for you to make the commute from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi which include the use of buses, ferries, vans and flights. Detailed further down in this article I will explain more about these routes so that you can decide which is the best commute to book that will fit in well with your travel plans.

Following on from the forms of transport which you can take from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, I will then go through when is the best time to visit these magnificent islands, how long you are going to want to spend there and some top activities you will definitely want to get involved in once you are there.

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Ferry from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi

BEST WAY TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE FROM BANGKOK TO KOH PHI PHI

This blog may be too much for you to read at this current moment, however, you are feeling ready to book your journey from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi. First of all I would suggest saving this article to go through when you have more time, secondly you will want to head straight over to 12Go where you will be able to find the options available for you to make the commute.

Although, if you are wanting to learn more details about travelling from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi for each form of transport without having to do all the research yourself, such as departure and arrival times, where you will go from and to, how long the length of each journey is and prices per ticket, then I suggest you keep reading.

Bus Bangkok - Koh Phi Phi $ 36.01–50.87 15h 20m – 17h 30m
  •   Bus + Ferry 18:40
  •   Bus + Speedboat 18:40
  •   Bus + Van + Ferry 19:00
  •   Express 19:00
  •   VIP Bus 19:00
Bus from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi

3 OPTIONS TO GET FROM BANGKOK TO KOH PHI PHI

This is how you can make the trip from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi and book your ticket online…

Option 1 – Bus and ferry
This is a very affordable option for you to choose to make the commute from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi costing either $56 or $74 per person depending on which type of ticket you book, with the express ticket being the cheapest and the VIP option the most expensive. When making the journey with a bus and then ferry you will be travelling for 17 hours and 30 minutes from Khao San Montanatip in Bangkok to Ton Sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi. You will depart from Bangkok at 7pm and arrive at Koh Phi Phi the next day at 12.30pm lunchtime.

At this moment in time there is only one option available for this trip, however the timing of it means that you will travel through the night making it a great time to go from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, plus you get a snack whilst onboard. If you would like to book this option online, head over to 12Go.

Option 2 – Bus, van and ferry
During this route from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi you will have to make two transfers which you are guaranteed not to miss when booking your ticket online through 12Go. Departing from Khao San Nara Travel or Sapthaweephol Khao San Office in Bangkok and arriving at Ton Sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi, this commute will take either 17 hours or 17 hours and 30 minutes with tickets costing from $56 to $61 per person. The two options currently available for this choice of travel are;

  • Departing from Bangkok at 7pm and arriving at Koh Phi Phi for 12pm the next day
  • Departing from Bangkok at 7pm and arriving at Koh Phi Phi for 12.30pm the next day

To find more out about travelling from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi with a bus, van and ferry as well as book your ticket online, check out 12Go.

Option 3 – Flight and ferry
These are two great ways that you can take a flight then ferry from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, please note that flights and ferries will need to be booked separately and not as a combination ticket.

Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi via Phuket
For the first part of this journey you will need to take a flight from Bangkok to Phuket, departing from either DMK Don Muaeng Airport or BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and arriving into HKT Airport or Phuket. The earliest flight you can take is at 5.35am with the latest being at 7.40pm, taking between 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 35 minutes in commute time when you book a direct flight. These can cost from $178 up to $310 per person through a handful of travel operators.

The second part of the journey will take you from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi and is best to be made by ferry. Ferries depart from Rassada Pier in Phuket and arrive at either Ton Sai Pier or Laem Tong Beach in Koh Phi Phi. You can depart from Phuket as early as 8.30am with ferries running until 3.30pm, and tickets costing from $16 to $74 per person which can be booked online through 12Go.

Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi via Krabi
With this choice of route for taking a flight and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, you will start your trip with a flight from Bangkok to Krabi. You can catch a flight in Bangkok from either DMK Don Muaeng Airport or BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport which will arrive in Krabi at KBV Airport. These start to depart from Bangkok at 7.05am with the latest being at 7.15pm, taking between 1 hour and 20 minutes up to 1 hour and 35 minutes when you book a direct flight. The cost of these flights start at $126 with the most expensive being $276 and can be booked with 12Go.

Once you have arrived at Krabi you will then need to transfer onto a ferry which will take you from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi. Costing as little as $19 per person, this is the most affordable way you can make the second part of the journey. Ferries depart from a few stations in Krabi starting as early as 9am and arrive in Koh Phi Phi at either Ton Sai Pier or Laem Tong Beach, after a 30 minute to 2 hour commute time depending on which type you decide to book. You can discover all of the options available on 12Go.

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Bus from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi

KEY POINTS

Here are some great bits of information to know before booking your ticket online from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi and making the commute…

Most affordable way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi
The cheapest way to make the commute from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi with the least amount of transfers, making it a lot more convenient, is with bus then ferry costing as little as $56 per person. You can book this option online through 12Go.

Quickest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi
The fastest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi is via a flight and ferry as this choice in route can take less than 2 hours in travel time. However, please remember that this time does not include the waiting time between the two types of transportation. Book your tickets now for;

  • Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi via Phuket
  • Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi via Krabi

Arrival and check in times at departure stations in Bangkok
These are the times you will need to arrive at your departure station in Bangkok ahead of check in for your trip to Koh Phi Phi;

Bus and ferry or bus, van and ferry
The latest check in time for these types of trips is 1 hour before the stated departure on your ticket. However, saying this I suggest you arrive 30 minutes before the latest you are allowed to check in to ensure that you have everything ready to travel and avoid any queues.

Flight
You need to have checked in for your flight at the latest 2 hours before the stated time of departure on your ticket. Arriving at the airport 30 minutes to 1 hour before this would be a great idea as it allows you to make sure everything is in order before you have to check in.

Ferry

When travelling by ferry you need to be checked in and ready to board 30 minutes before you are due to depart. Giving yourself some extra time before check in is always good to make sure you have everything ready to travel, so arriving at the departure station 15 to 30 minutes ahead of the latest check in time would allow you to do this.

Luggage allowance for each form of transport

Bus and ferry or bus, van and ferry
Depending on which travel operator you book with you are either allowed 1 piece and hand luggage alongside 1 big piece of luggage weighing up to 20kg or just 1 piece of big luggage weighing up to 20kg with the option of filling it to 30kg at an extra cost.

Flight 
Similar to the above luggage allowance, when travelling via flight depending on which travel operator you book through there may be some variations, however most flights allow you to book on or purchase 2 pieces of hand luggage and 2 pieces of check in luggage. Please check the finer details ahead of booking your flights online.

Ferry
Some of the ferries do not have the luggage allowance stated as they say there is enough room for everyone to take what they need with them, although others keep it to a minimum of 20kg. To be considerate of other passengers onboard I would suggest not over packing and sticking to the weight allowance that some ferries state.

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Flight from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE FROM BANGKOK TO KOH PHI PHI

The most reliable way to book your ticket online from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi is through the booking platform 12Go. This allows you to compare transport types, departure and arrival times as well as stations, commute lengths and ticket prices. They also obtain the important information that you will need to know and understand before booking your ticket as well as travelling. An additional benefit is that you will have a great point of communication to contact should you have to change anything about your travel plans or ticket, with them also being able to contact you if there are any changes made to your booked trip.

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HOW TO GET TO YOUR DEPARTURE STATION IN BANGKOK

You will have no problem getting to your departure station ahead of your journey from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi as this city is the capital of Thailand so offers a vast range of public and private transport. Before deciding how you will make the trip to your departure station, make sure to be aware of the time you need to arrive ahead of check-in as this could have an impact on which form of transport is possible for you to take.

The cheapest and quickest way to commute around Bangkok is by Skytrain, as it avoids all traffic and goes at a fast speed. However, if you can’t take the Skytrain station then the next best option is via bus, this is also a very affordable form of transport to use. For an authentic way to commute around Bangkok, travelling with a tuk-tuk is a must-do, other forms of transport include boat, motorbike or taxi.

Bus Bangkok - Koh Phi Phi $ 36.01–50.87 15h 20m – 17h 30m
  •   Bus + Ferry 18:40
  •   Bus + Speedboat 18:40
  •   Bus + Van + Ferry 19:00
  •   Express 19:00
  •   VIP Bus 19:00

HOW TO GET TO YOUR FINAL DESTINATION IN KOH PHI PHI

When you arrive from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi you will then need to make the last part of your journey which is the commute from your arrival station to your final destination. As Phi Phi is created from tropical paradise islands in Thailand there isn’t actually any wheeled transport apart from bicycles or scooters which you will find available to rent to get around.

The most popular way to transport around is either by foot or tailboat – their version of a taxi. Some accommodations on the islands also do include a service where they will pick up your luggage, which is very helpful and then makes it easier for you to get there yourself.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT KOH PHI PHI

To ensure that you have an incredible trip when you visit the gorgeous islands of Phi Phi you will want to book your trip there for within the months of November through to and including April as this is when the weather is at its finest with the least amount of rainfall. During this time period you will get to soak up all of the lush scenery, beautiful bays and also attend some festivals that are held through these months.

HOW LONG TO SPEND IN KOH PHI PHI

You can never overstay your time in this breathtaking paradise as there is so much to see, do and explore. Depending on what you are planning to do in Phi Phi, will be the deciding factor of how long to stay for. It is recommended that 4 days is a good amount of time as you will be able to do some snorkelling, hiking, boat trips and relaxing, however, if you are looking to discover hidden gems, enjoy chilled out days and do as many water activities as possible them you will want to extend your trip to at least a week.

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MUST-DO ACTIVITIES IN KOH PHI PHI

These are some fantastic things to do and check out on your visit to Phi Phi Island…

Catch a sunset
What better way to end a fun filled day than lying across a golden sand beach whilst watching the sun go down over the horizon. The sky will come alive with vibrant colours and you will be able to witness a magnificent sunset in a dreamy location.

Dive into the underwater world
Phi Phi has so much to see within its turquoise crystal clear waters. There is an incredible array of marine life to discover alongside the stunning coral and reefs. Great diving spots to check out are King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef and Shark Point. You also have the opportunity to learn the basics of scuba diving through one of the courses on offer with certain dive centres.

Adventure along the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
If you are looking to see the most breathtaking views overlooking Phi Phi Island then this is a hike you will definitely want to complete. You will be wowed by awe-inspiring moments whilst you are wandering through the most beautiful landscapes and scenery. There is a small entry fee when you reach each viewpoint but don’t let this put you off.

Take a boat tour
This is always a must when visiting this gorgeous place. There are many places to check out on a boat tour such as Viking Cave, Monkey Beach, Maya Bay and more. For a relaxed day you will want to book a sunset tour which gives you a more laid back experience, or if you want to see as much as possible in a shorter amount of time then a speedboat is great for you to book.

Dance at an island party
Another great way to end a day of exploring is by having a boogie on the beach. Very well known and some of the best island parties are Ibiza Pool Party or Princess Pool Party. These can go on all through the night until morning and sometimes continue during the day, with live DJs and most of the time free entry.

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