Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
The Phi Phi Islands are probably some of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. Conveniently situated close to major cities Phuket and Krabi, this group of islands (Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Phi Phi Lee, Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Ko Mai Phai) is a must-see for young adults wanting some warm white sand by day and cool bars by night.
Famous worldwide for being the main location to the Leonardo Di Caprio’ s movie The Beach, these jewels of the Andaman Sea are a great scuba-diving and sun-bathing spot. Farniente or adventure? Who needs to choose …
How to go there?
Ferries leave from Phuket and Krabi daily (from Krabi two ferries a day at 09:00 and 14:30 and from Phuket at 09:00, 11:00, and 14:30 several times a day (11:00 during high-season only). Tickets can be purchased on-line or on the dock, from tourist offices, most local guest houses and hotels. There is a 20 baht per person fee required on the pier for “keeping Ko Phi Phi clean”. Unfortunately, there is still plenty of rubbish on the beaches.
Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city limits, 15 km from the city centre, 40 km from Ao Nang and 23 km from Had Yao. Thai Airways operates daily direct flights to/from Bangkok, likewise Air Asia from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Bangkok Airways flies direct to/from Krabi and Ko Samui nearly every day of the week and to/from. Nok Air operates daily flights to Krabi from Bangkok (Don Muang).
Buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (tel. +66 2 4351199) to Krabi take about 12 hours.
Shuttle buses run between Krabi airport and Phuket airport several times a day. There are also regular buses that make the 2 hour run. There are buses to Krabi from every provincial town in the south.
From Bangkok: Proceed along Hwy 4, passing Phetchaburi–Prachuap Khiri Khan–Chumphon–Ranong–Phang Nga, to Krabi. The total distance is 946 km.
Travel along Hwy 4 onto Hwy 41 at Chumphon via Amphoe Lang Suan and Amphoe Chaiya, Surat Thani. Proceed towards Amphoe Wiang Sa, change to Hwy 4035 for Amphoe Ao Luek, and switch back to Hwy 4 again to Krabi. This route is 814 km.
From Phuket: Proceed along Hwy 402 and Hwy 4. The total distance is 176 km.
The nearest train station to Krabi is in Trang province which is just south of Krabi.