Phi Phi Islands
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How To Reach Phi Phi Islands

Planning A Trip To Phi Phi Islands? Here are some guidelines on how to reach Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Island is one of the major attractions of Thailand and is full of towering cliffs and jungles. It is group of six islands, out of which only one of them is inhabited by people. These islands are considered heavenly owing to their enticing scenery and beaches and make for a popular choice for movie destinations too. Tourists often come here with the sole purpose to relax and stay away from the city hustle bustle. Phi Phi Islands are easily accessible from India, as the location of six islands is about 46 km away from Phuket and is nearly of same distance from Krabi too. The fastest way to reach Phi Phi is by the means of waterways. Phi Phi Islands are easy to reach from Krabi and Phuket too. There are some flights from India to Phi Phi islands directly.

By Air

By Air:  How To Reach Phi Phi Islands
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Phi Phi Islands have an airport with limited number of flights flying in and out of the area. Tourists coming from India can avail a connecting flight from Mumbai to Phi Phi islands, which takes a total of 4 hours. The most convenient way to reach Phi Phi islands is by ferry from Krabi or Phuket. The closest alternate airports to Phi Phi islands are of Krabi and Phuket and there are regular flights available to these cities from major cities of India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, etc. From the airport, tourists can avail buses or taxis to reach the port of Phuket or Krabi and board the ferry.

By Waterways

By Waterways:  How To Reach Phi Phi Islands
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The ferry is undoubtedly the most popular and convenient way of reaching the islands. The ferries mostly run from common places like Phuket, Rai Leh, Koh Lanta and Krabi. Tourists coming from Phuket or Krabi airport can avail their ferries or speedboats from Rassada Pier, port of Phuket; while tourists coming from Krabi can reach Klong Jirad Pier, which is the common ferry terminal of Krabi. Tourists coming from Phuket would take around 2 hours and from Krabi or Koh Lanta it might take about 90 minutes.


Tourists can also opt for private speedboats for a quicker journey. Speedboats are usually private charter, so they offer better services as the departure and drop off points are more flexible than ferries. Speedboats are apparently costlier than ferries but are an exciting option. Speedboats should be avoided during low seasons as they might not be reliable. Other than that, there are also private vessels available for tourists coming to Phi Phi. 

Getting Around

Getting Around:  How To Reach Phi Phi Islands
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Since Phi Phi is an archipelago, it does not have any roadways connecting with the world. The group of six islands is connected by ferries and not roads, thus people visiting the islands are suggested to be prepared for walking around the islands. However, there is local transport available in Phi Phi to wander around. Motorcycles can be hired and seen rushing around the island. However, the best way to wander around the islands is on foot or by bicycles as all areas are within reach and would not take more than 10 minutes to reach.


Tourists can also hire bicycles to roam around the islands. Phi Phi promotes eco-friendly atmosphere and thus doesn’t promote any sort of personal diesel-running vehicles.

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