by travelers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful
tropical islands of the world, Phi Phi Islands have become one of the
most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. In addition, the islands
are famous as the location where the movie "The Beach" featuring
Leonardo Di Caprio was shot. The islands, together with the nearby
Thara Beach, a total area of 390 square kilometers, were recently
established as a national park.
Phi Phi Islands are located just 40 kilometers
away from both Krabi and Phuket. Thus, despite the fact that both
Noppharat Thara Beach and Phi Phi administratively are a part of Krabi
Province, most tourists think that Ko Phi Phi is part of Phuket
The islands and the coastal hills are composed
mainly of limestone and are an extension of the limestone mountain range
in Phang-Nga Province. The main characteristics of these mountains and
islands are their steep cliffs, large caves and dwarf trees growing out
of the rock crevices, like those in Phang-Nga Bay.
Interesting Attractions of Mu Ko Phi Phi:
The island group is composed of two rocky,
tree-covered islets Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le.
Ko Phi Phi Don - covers an area of 28 square
kilometres. Outstanding attractions are the twin bays with curving white
sandy beaches of Ao Ton Sai and Ao Lo Da Lam. Ko Phi Phi Pier,
accommodation, and restaurants are situated at Ao Ton Sai. Visitors can
walk from this bay uphill to the scenic spot where the visibility of the
twin bays is generally excellent. Beside Ao Ton Sai, there are also
other attractive beaches and bays around the island. A number of
accommodation is available at Hat Laem Hin, Hat Yao, and Ao Lo Bakao. At
the northern end of the island is Laem Tong, renowned for its underwater
natural beauty with lodging available. A huddle of fisherman’s huts (15
– 20 families) is located here. Most of them have previously migrated
from Ko Li Pe of Tarutao National Park, Satun province. A day trip by
boat or snorkelling spectacular coral shallows around. Ko Phi Phi Don
and Ko Phi Phi Le is recommended.
Ko Phi Phi Le- Covering
an area of only 6.6 square kilometres, this islet is surrounded by
limestone mountains and sheer cliffs plunging hundreds of metres to the
sea. The sea is 20 metres deep and the deepest point in the south of the
island is around 34 metres. Ko Phi Phi Le offers superb scenic bays such
as Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, and Ao Lo Sa Ma. In the northeast of the island is
a large cave called Tham Viking. The cave was renamed Tham Phaya Nak or
Naga Serpent Cave by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej because of a
stone resembling the mythical creature, which His Majesty saw when he
paid a visit here in 1972. The cave is considered sacred to locals who
come here to collect swallow nests. Inside the eastern and southern
parts of the cave are ancient rock paintings of elephants and various
types of boats, including a European sailboat, an Arabian sailboat, a
sampan, a Chinese junk, a waterwheel sailing boat, and a steamboat. It
is believed the paintings were the works of sea merchants or pirates
because the study of west-to-east ship routes indicates that this area
may have been a stopover for boats seeking shelter from storms,
transferring cargo or making repairs.
Ao Maya and Ao Lo Sama
- Phi Phi Islands scenic coves are favorite snorkeling places while the
sea around the islands, especially the southern part, which are deep and
full of coral formations are popular diving spots. With its emerald
crystal sea, secluded beaches, mountain cliffs, colorful coral reefs and
undersea life, Phi Phi is a paradise in the Andaman Sea. The best time
to visit Phi Phi Islands is from November to April, when the sea is
Ko Yung- An island to
the north of Ko Phi Phi Don, has a stone beach on the east and small
sandy beaches amid valleys. In addition, the island is teeming with
diverse colorful coral reefs. Ko Phai, another island to the north of Ko
Phi Phi Don and not far from Ko Yung, has spectacular beaches in the
north and east of the island. The bank of coral reefs comprised mainly
of antler corals stretches from the north to the south of the island.
Ko Mai Phai - Ko Mai
Phai is north of Ko Phi Phi Don and not far from Ko Yung. Marvellous
beaches are in the north and east of the island. The bank of coral
reefs with staghorn corals, in particular, stretches from north to south
of the island.
How to Get to Ko Phi Phi
It is accessible from both Krabi and Phuket. From
Krabi, take the Song Thaeo service (12 baht) from the provincial town of
Krabi to Pak Khlong Chilat Pier. From there, ferries depart for Ko Phi
Phi twice daily at 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. On return, the ferries leave
Ko Phi Phi at 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. The 2-hour trip costs 350 baht per
person. For further details, contact Phi Phi family Co., Ltd., Tel. 0
7561 2463. Chao Ko Co., Ltd., Tel. 0 7563 1823. Andaman Wave Master Co.,
Ltd., offers a ferry service from Pak Khlong Chilat Pier twice daily at
10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. (200 baht). For further details, contact A D V
Co., Ltd., on Khao San Road, Tel. 0 2281 1463 - 5 or Andaman Wave Master
Co., Ltd., Tel. 0 7563 0471.
Alternatively, a one-day trip on a speedboat is available at Ao Nang.
Departure time is 9.00 a.m. On return, it reaches Ao Nang at 5.00 p.m.
Contact Ao Nang Travel and Tour Co., Ltd. for more information, Tel. 0
7563 7152 - 3. The trip costs 1,200 baht per person with lunch included.
Boat fares are subject to change without notice.
Admission to Phi Phi Islands and other attractions in the Hat Noppharat
Thara - Mu ko Phi Phi National Park : Adult 400 baht, Child 200 baht
Visitors travelling from Phuket can contact tour
operators in Phuket’s provincial city for a one-day trip to Ko Phi Phi
(boat fares are subject to change without notice, please contact tour
operators directly for more details.)
On arrival to Ao Ton Sai in Ko Phi Phi Don, trips
to the surrounding islands can be made in a long-tail boat.
How to get to Krabi
1. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No.4, passing
Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong and Phang-nga Provinces for a
total distance of 946 kilometers.
2. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No. 4, on reaching
Chumphon Provinces take Highway No. 41 passing Amphoe Lang Suan in Surat Thani
Province to Amphoe Wiang Sa, and then take Highway No. 4035 to Amphoe Ao Luek
and continue on Highway No. 4 to Krabi. This route is 814 kilometers from
3. From Phuket, proceed on Highway No. 402 and No.4. The
distance from Phuket is 185 kilometers or 4 hours.
From Bangkok: There are air-conditioned bus services to
Krabi leaving the Southern Bus Terminal at Borommaratcha Chonnani Road daily
from 6.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. The buses provided include ordinary bus buses, 2nd
class bus air-conditioned buses, 1st class air-conditioned buses and 24-seat VIP
buses. The journey takes about 12 hours. For more details, contact tel. 0 2434
5557-8 (non air-conditioned buses) or tel. 0 2435 1199 or 0 2435 1200
(air-conditioned buses) or visit
From Bangkok: There is no direct train service to Krabi.
But it is possible to take a train from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station to Trang
or Nakhon Si Thammarat and take a bus or taxi to Krabi. For more information on
trains, contact the State Railways of Thailand at tel. 1690, 223 7010, 223 7020
or visit www.railway.co.th.
For Trang, an express train leaves Bangkok daily at 5.05 p.m. and reaches
Trang at 9.40 a.m. and a rapid train leaves daily at 6.20 p.m. and arrives at
For Nakhon Si Thammarat, a rapid train leaves Bangkok
daily at 5.35 p.m. and arrives at 10.45 a.m. and an express train leaves daily
at 7.15 p.m. and arrives at 12.00 p.m. For more details, call 1690 or 0 2223
7010 or 0 2621 8701.
Thai Airways International operates daily flights from
Bangkok to Krabi. The trip takes 1.20 hours. For more information call 02
6282000. Website :
Phuket Air offers a daily flight to and from Krabi. The
flight time is 1.20 hours. Call 02 6798999 to make reservation or visit
to check the flight schedule.
One–Two-Go Airlines: Bangkok Tel. 1126 Others Provinces
Tel.1141 ext. 1126
Silk Air flies to Singapore 4 times a week. Tickets can
be brought from any travel agencies in town.
From Phuket Bus Terminal, there are non air-conditioned and air-conditioned bus
services to Krabi many times daily. The trip takes 3-4 hours. For details,
contact 0 7621 1480.
Take Route 402 and 4 which passes Takua Thung and Thap Pud Districts in
Phang-nga and enter Krabi at Au Luek District. Total distance is 185 kilometers.
Getting to Nearby Provinces
From Krabi Bus Terminal there are services, both
air-conditioned and non air-conditioned to nearby provinces, i.e. Phuket,
Phang-nga, Trang, Hat Yai and Surat Thani (Samui). In addition, many local
travel agencies in town provide air-conditioned buses or vans to these
The bus terminal, which is located 4 kilometers north of
town at Talat Kao, provides bus services between Krabi and the following
Hat Yai (96 baht/ordinary bus bus, 130
baht /2nd class bus bus, 173 baht /1st class bus), Nakhon Si Thammarat
(67 baht / ordinary bus), Phuket (65 baht /ordinary bus, 91
baht /2nd class bus, 117 baht /1st class bus), Phang-nga (46
baht /ordinary bus, 64 baht /2nd class bus, 82 baht /1st class bus),
Ranong (106 bahts /ordinary bus), Su-nagi Kolok (335
bahts /1st class bus), Surat Thani (61 baht /ordinary bus, 126
baht /2nd class bus), Trang (50 baht /ordinary bus, 70 baht
/2nd class bus, 90 baht /1st class bus).
For schedule and more information, contact Krabi Bus
Terminal, tel. 0 7561 1804
By bus/boat combination
To Ko Samui:
Travel agencies in town offer bus/boat tickets to Ko Samui (300-370 baht, four
times a day), and also to Ko Pha-Ngan (450 baht, four times a day).
Getting around the city and
From Krabi Bus Terminal, located in Talat Kao, there are
both local red buses and government buses depart regularly from 6.00 a.m. to
5.00 p.m. to other counties including major tourist spots. It costs 10 baht to
get to a destination in town. To travel further, i.e. to Ao Nang and hat
Noppharat Thara, take the local white bus from Maharat Road for a fare of 20
Songthaew and tuk tuk to the government bus terminal
costs 8 bahts while a motorcycle taxi costs 30 bahts. Tuk tuks can be chartered
for trips around the town for flat rates i.e. to the bus station (50 baht), What
Tham Seua (100 baht) and the airport (200 baht).
Most of Songthaews leave in front of the 7-11 on Maharat
Road. Destinations include Ao Leuk (20 baht), Ao Nam Mao (40 baht), Ao Nang (20
baht), Hat Noppharat Thara (20 baht) and Su San Hoi (40 baht).
There is also a service to Ban Hua Hin (Ferry pier to Ko
Lanta). The bay is situated at the intersection of Phattana and Preuksa Uthit
Roads. Costing around 40 baht/person, the service runs frequently and takes 40
Alternatively, it is possible to rent a car to travel
around town and to nearby provinces. Several agencies and guesthouses provide
motorcycle rental for 150 baht/day while Jeep rental fees may range from 800 to
For more convenience, it is possible to hire a taxi, rent
a motorcycle or a van at travel agencies and hotels. The local minibuses depart
from Vogue Department Store on Maharat Road to the following destinations:
Best time to visit Krabi
The climate of Krabi Province is tropical and therefore warm throughout the
year. On the other hand, Krabi is also affected by the monsoon winds that bring
about seasonal changes.
There are two very hot periods of weather on Krabi, the
first is between April and May when the average temperatures ranges from 27 to
36 degrees Celsius with occasional tropical thunderstorm bringing relief from
It is also very hot between September and October, but
the frequent rainfall has a wonderful cooling effect.
In May, at the peak of the southwest monsoon, it rains on
an average of 25 days during the month, making it to one of the most humid
months of the year. Rainy days are interspersed with sunny days during this
period and the rain generally comes in tropical downpours of an hour or so
throughout the day mixed with periods of sunshine.
November to March is the most popular time for tourists
to visit Krabi. It is when the northeast monsoon brings beautiful blue skies and
predominantly sunny weather with an average temperature of 24 to 32 degrees
Celsius. Visitors are advised to make early reservations (maybe a year in
advance) for accommodations during this period of time because of the popularity
of the Krabi and its attractions.
Ban Hua To
Ban Nong Thalay
Ban Khao Thong
Noppharat Tear Beach
Ban Khlong Mueang
Ban Nai Sa
Khao Phanom County
Nua Khlong County
Khlong Thom County
Ban Bo Mueang
Ban Hua Hin
Ban Khlong Phon
Lam Thap County
Au Luek County
Plai Phraya County
Fares are subject to change without notice.
Long-tailed boats depart from Saphan Jao Fah Pier to East Rai Le for 70
baht/person while the ferry to Ko Lanta (and also Ko Jam), which operates only
from October to April costs 200 baht/person with two trips daily at 10.30 a.m.
and 1.30 p.m. The ferry to Phi Phi Island operates all year round at 200
baht/person with two trips daily, at 10.00a.m. and 2.30p.m.