Koh Phi Phi looks like it’s straight out of a movie. And if you’ve made it all the way to Phuket, Thailand, this day trip is not to be missed! Keep reading to find out how to get there and what to see.
HOW TO GET THERE
If you’re looking for the speed and convenience of getting to Koh Phi Phi quickly, charter a speedboat. The more people that are in your group, the less expensive it will be to split the cost among you. Note that this option is not available from September to November because the water is too rough. If you would rather have someone else run the show for a day, you can book a guided tour that includes speedboat transportation and stops at all the popular spots in the area.
My friend and I took the ferry from the Rassada Pier in Phuket. We booked the tickets online the night before for about $10 each. Book the first ferry that leaves Phuket at 8:30 am. We didn’t purchase return tickets online because we wanted the flexibility for heading back when we were ready. However, the woman taking our tickets at the pier informed us that the last ferry leaves Koh Phi Phi at 3:00 pm and strongly advised us to buy our return tickets then so that we didn’t get stuck on the island overnight! The ride takes about two hours each way, so you’ll board the ferry in Phuket at 8:00 am, explore Koh Phi Phi from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, and arrive back in Phuket by 5:00 pm.
On the way there, we sat outside to see all the giant limestone cliffs as we passed by. On the way back though, we were so exhausted that the airconditioned cabin with lots of open seats was a welcome option. There are restrooms and a snack bar on board as well.
HOW TO GET AROUND
The town itself is very walkable and easy to explore. But if you’re interested in seeing the popular sights like Maya Beach, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Monkey Beach, and Viking Cave, you’ll need to hit the water again. Directly off the pier is a dock full of longboats. You can negotiate a price with the driver based on where you want to go and how long that will take. I can’t remember our exact price, but it was very reasonable for the two of us to split. We also gave him a nice tip at the end because he was so great – even stepping in as a photographer at one point!
WHAT TO DO
LONGBOAT TO KOH PHI PHI LEH
Because we were only staying for the day and still wanted time to see things around town, our longboat driver recommended going to Koh Phi Phi Leh and back. We passed by Viking Cave on the way there and had time to relax and swim before heading back. The boat ride was a bit nerve-wracking but so worth it!
MUST HAVE PHOTO ALERT: When you’re parked in the cove, sit on the front deck of the boat and snap a photo with the cliffs in the background. Catherine was a trooper playing around with different angles until we found the right one. It’s still one of my favorite photos ever!
LOOKOUT POINT HIKE
When I read other blog articles on this hike, they would say things like, “There are a few sets of stairs, but they’re easy enough to do in flip flops.” I took this to mean that the hike is not that steep and pretty relaxing. I was definitely wrong. The stairs and most of the path is paved, so you don’t need special shoes, but it’s SO steep! I thought the stairs would never end. We met a few people coming down, and they would give us words of encouragement like, “You’re almost there!” or, “It’s so worth it!” It probably didn’t help that we were pressed for time to make it back to the ferry.
There are actually two levels to this viewpoint. The first level has a beautiful view, a garden, and a snack bar. We each bought a much-needed bottle of water before heading to the second viewpoint which is not to be missed! We only had time to snap a few photos before we needed to get back to the port to board our ferry, but this would be the perfect spot to eat a picnic lunch and hang out for a bit.
Have you been to Koh Phi Phi? Leave a comment and let me know what I should visit next time!