PHI PHI ISLAND FAQ`S
There is not an airport located on the Phi Phi Islands, the closest airports that service the island are Krabi International Airport and Phuket International airport which are both located about 28.5 miles away from the islands. The only way to get to Phi Phi is by boat.
From Krabi International Airport take a taxi or shared minivan transfer to the ferry terminal at Klong Jirad Pier, south of Krabi town, which is about a 30-minute journey then take the ferry to Tonsai Pier (90-minute journey). Ferries depart at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The price is around THB400 per adult and THB350 for children.
From Phuket International Airport take a taxi (around THB500) to the Rassada Pier in Phuket town which is about a 45-minute journey, and then take the ferry (2 hours) to the islands. Ferries depart at 8:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. The price is around THB400 for adults and THB350 for children.How do I get around the city using public transportation?
There is no form of public transportation on the Phi Phi Islands. The most common mode of getting around the islands is by boat, bicycle or on foot. There are no cars, taxis or other motorized vehicles on the islands. Transport to and from islands is commonly onboard a long tail boat which is a scenic way to see these spectacular islands, these boats run from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. The cost is around THB100 in the day and THB150 at night.Is Phi Phi a walking city?
Walking around the island is one of your only options for getting around on land and in the popular towns such as Tonsai it is about a 10-minute walk to the beaches, shopping, etc. Walking around these uninhabited scenic islands is the best way to see the beaches and spectacular surroundings with no traffic, the perfect destination for that secluded stroll along the sands. Hiking is also popular on the island especially at the Viewpoint where there are marked trails to follow that get you to the top.Can I ride a bicycle in Phi Phi?
Getting around the islands on a bicycle is one of the only ways to get around on two wheels, there are no cars, taxis and very few if any motorcycles allowed on the islands so taking a bike ride to explore the beautiful beaches and surrounding areas is a great way to explore.What are some popular areas for shopping?
The islands are not exactly known for shopping. Visitors will find a few boutiques on Koh Phi Phi Don, souvenir shops and shops selling locally made crafts.
Check out the Phi Phi Market held in the center of Tonsai Village every day where you will find fresh produce, freshly caught seafood and street food snacks. The Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway is situated in the main part of town with dozens of stalls selling souvenirs and such.Where can I go diving in Phi Phi?
Diving in the spectacular Phi Phi Islands is a very popular activity with many companies offering dive trips and PADI courses. Some of the popular local dive spots include Maya Bay, Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck, Hin Dot, Bida Noi and Wang Long. Scuba diving season runs throughout the year in Phi Phi with the best conditions from February to May when the waters are calm and clear and the water temperature is around 86F.Where can I go rock climbing in Phi Phi?
Rock climbing is another popular activity on the islands which boast spectacular limestone cliffs and the Krabi area is one of the best destinations to climb in southern Thailand. Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh feature plenty of rock climbing walls and tours with professional companies. Tonsai Tower is said to be a rock climber`s paradise and features a 656-foot limestone cliff with over 20 different climbing routes, the beautiful Maya Bay offers two climbing walls one at the northern end of the beach and the second is situated inland.What are the best beaches to visit in Phi Phi?
The beautiful spectacular beaches on the Phi Phi Islands are some of the biggest draws for visitors that come to these deserted islands. This gorgeous group of islands offers some of the best beach destinations in the world boasting silky soft white sands and tranquil turquoise waters lined with coconut trees and surrounded by jungles. The Phi Phi Islands provide the perfect getaway for a relaxing day sunbathing on the beach, walking hand in hand at sunset, swimming in the tranquil seas and plenty of water based activities that can be enjoyed on these islands all year long.
The most popular way to get around to the different beaches on the islands is by boat, commonly a long tail wooden boat will transport you to some of these secluded areas where you can explore on foot. Maya Bay is a spectacular sight and was the beach used for the film `The Beach`, a shallow bay that is surrounded by limestone rocks that jut out of the water, a very popular place for snorkeling and for sightseeing meaning it can be very crowded at times.
Laem Tong Beach is a secluded beach situated at the northern end of Phi Phi Don. Also located close by are Mosquito Island and Bamboo Island which is a small flat island with beautiful sandy beaches and a small bar. Other popular beaches include Viking Beach, Long Beach, Monkey Beach, Loh Dalum Bay and Phak Nam Bay.What is the currency? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?
The units of currency in the Phi Phi Islands are the Thai Baht (THB). US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for baht upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and at many banks in Tonsai Village. For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in Thailand by clicking here ThailandWhat is the food like?
The most popular dish on the island is local seafood where restaurants feature the `catch of the day` along with other tasty local dishes. A lot of ingredients used at the restaurants on the islands are transported in by boat from the mainland. One of the popular dishes is wing shell which is served with a spicy dip. Other variations of food include Malay dishes, Indonesian an Indian food such as Indian style curry, chicken and yellow rice and rice and noodles served in a fish curry sauce. Street food is also a big attraction in Thailand and can be found at the Phi Phi Market and Tonsai Village is a popular destination for good food and good restaurants.What is the nightlife like?
The islands have a wide variety of vibrant nightlife options to offer including beautiful beachside bars and beach parties with live music, pubs, bars, and nightclubs are found in Tonsai Village, Tonsai East, and Loh Dalum Bay. Thai Boxing and fire shows are a popular nighttime activity and are usually held at the local beach bars.Is Phi Phi a dangerous city, is there anything I should be aware of?
The Phi Phi Islands are a safe place to visit and one of the safest places in Thailand. The biggest dangers on the island can be climbing or hiking on sharp surfaces or cliff jumping where some of the drops can be over 50ft high! Be careful and if possible go cliff diving with an organized group. Watch out for the monkeys on Monkey Beach they can be aggressive! Do not feed these monkeys! Stay away from the popular bucket drinks in Koh Phi Phi Don, this is an extremely toxic drink with several types of alcohol which have been noted as being spiked and linked with fire jumping which is incredibly dangerous while intoxicated.I don’t speak Thai will there be many people who speak English?
The language spoken in the Phi Phi Islands is Thai although basic English is spoken in the tourist areas. We suggest you get a good English-Thai guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to the hospital?
The main hospital on the Phi Phi Islands is situated between Phi Phi Cabana Hotel and the Ton Sai Towers around 5 minutes from the main pier. It is a small hospital that will transport patients with serious conditions to Phuket or Krabi hospitals.
In case of an emergency dial 191 for the police and 1699 for tourist police.