Monday, 20 November 2017

Ko Phi Phi Popular Questions

Ko Phi Phi (or Phi Phi Island) is one of the most popular destinations in the whole of South East Asia - due to it's bright turquoise waters, the beautiful Maya Bay (made famous by the film The Beach), the island's reputation for a good time and - of course - the notorious Monkey Beach. Ko Phi Phi is an extremely popular destination when it comes to backpacking, travelling or, simply, Thailand Holidays. Here are some of the most popular questions about the island answered: 

Where is Ko Phi Phi? 

Ko Phi Phi Don, part of the Phi Phi Islands (made up of six islands, the most popular being Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh), is nestled in the middle of Phang Nga Bay - equally distanced between the Krabi and Phuket mainland. Ko Phi Phi is part of the Krabi province and is the largest island.

How do I get there?

There are two options to take when travelling to Ko Phi Phi - either a ferry or a speedboat from one of the mainlands (either Krabi or Phuket). The ferry takes around two hours from Phuket or roughly 90 minutes from Krabi. The ferry is the most popular option among tourists and travellers usually because of the price - and although it takes longer than a speedboat, getting the ferry can be quite enjoyable. There are refreshments sold on the boat (grab a pot of noodles for a cheap tasty snack), they usually play films on the televisions and there is also an open deck for those who want to tan. The ferries travel everyday and tickets can be bought online, in guesthouses or from travel agents. I would recommend buying them from a guesthouse or travel agent.

Do I have to pay to enter? 

Ko Phi Phi has an entry fee of 20 baht (about 50p) each which goes towards cleaning the island and helping to maintain it. Make sure you have this on you for your arrival to speed up the entry process.

Can I catch a tuk tuk or taxi on the island? 

There are no taxis, busses or tuk tuks on Ko Phi Phi so you will be walking and cycling around the island. The island isn't too big so it shouldn't be a problem walking around - and this of course gives you the freedom to explore wherever you want. I definitely recommend walking up to the viewpoints to look over the entire island from above.

Is there wifi and bank ATMs? 

Most restaurants and hotels offer free wifi. If your hotel does not offer free wifi, its really easy to go and find a place where you can grab a drink and use some free wifi. The electricity is on 24 hours a day. There are ATMs scattered over the island so withdrawing money is easy. Just remember that there are bank charges, so try to get out enough money so that you do not have to keep making small transactions and racking up charges.

What is the best thing to do there?

In my opinion, one of the best experiences is to do one of the boat trips around the island. This may not be everyone's cup of tea (getting on a boat and visiting various stops around the island), but it is one of the best ways to see the entire island. I would recommend booking a half-day boat tour which takes you to Monkey Beach, the Viking Caves, the Pileh Wall (to do some snorkelling), Pileh Lagoon and finally Maya Bay. It is much cheaper than a full day tour and includes pretty much all of the same destinations - just without the excessive drinking and after party. You still get to chill with wild monkeys which is the best! For more info on these read my What To Expect: Ko Phi Phi Half Day Boat Trip post.

Is the island expensive? 

How much you spend on the island obviously depends on what you do. Overall I would say that eating and drinking on Ko Phi Phi is much more expensive than in other parts of Thailand, but there are ways to make your stay on Ko Phi Phi cheaper. Opt for street food over expensive restaurants, buy your drinks from 7/11 (the supermarket) and drink them on the beach rather than paying more to drink in bars, and consider visiting during low season when prices will be lower. I would highly recommend visiting the restaurant Cosmo for cheap pizzas.

A trip to Ko Phi Phi is one that you will not forget and I would definitely recommend visiting.

Have you ever been to Ko Phi Phi? 


  1. Wow, this place looks absolutely incredible! South East Asia has been on my bucket list for the longest time now, and I'd definitely love to visit Ko Phi Phi if I'm ever in that part of the world! Thank you for your useful advice, especially about the boat trip - Monkey Beach and snorkelling sound incredible!

    Abbey 🎅🏻

  2. Wow, that looks stunning. The boat tour sounds so interesting, I bet it's gorgeous floating through the caves.

    Katie xoxo

  3. This place just looks completely, out of this world, stunning. I bet the photos don't even do it justice.

  4. That place looks incredible I've never heard of ko phi phi but it sounds a great place to visit and add to the bucket list.

  5. Oh it looks beautiful there! I'd love to visit one day.

  6. I've never been but would love to one day, it looks so beautiful

  7. Oh my! This is an amazing place! I hope i can see this place with my family.

  8. What a stunning, stunning place! I am becoming more and more enamoured with South East Asia!


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