Going from Koh Phangan to Koh Phi Phi requires a traveller to book a combo bus-ferry service. With this option, either a minivan or a bus will take you to the pier (which takes 2.5 hrs), from which a ferry will take you to your destination. Both vehicles are air conditioned. Keep in mind that minivans may be cramped and luggage may cost extra to bring aboard.
Koh Phangan's claim to fame is its famous Full Moon parties, which are said to be among the best in Thailand. Dance the night away because the island presents you with the most idyllic beaches and perfect strips of sands to recover from your hangover.
Those seeking daytime adventures can try their hand at sea kayaking, jet skiing, and more at Haad Rin or sign up for a diving or snorkeling session at Sail Rock. Take a break from all the water activities to discover the island's hidden waterfalls. If exploring culinary secrets is more your style, then head to the Thong Sala Night Market - a street food haven.
Spend a few hours exploring the stunningly beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi, and you will understand why it was picked to be the backdrop of the critically acclaimed movie, The Beach. The island stuns with its spectacular natural beauty; take a ferry to Phi Phi Leh National Park to appreciate its craggy cliffs and sparkling waters.
Hop on a long-tailed boat making stops along the way at Monkey Bay, Mosquito Island, and Bamboo Island and discover its underwater wonders, or better still, to view a spectacular sunset. Hike to the Ao Lo Dalam viewpoint or try your hand at rock climbing - the island's limestone karsts provide plenty of opportunities! But to experience the serenity of this beautiful piece of land, kayak your way around this island, taking in nothing but the sounds of nature.
It takes around eight and a half hours to travel the 160 miles (or 260 km) from Koh Phangan to Koh Phi Phi. Travelers can choose from one of the bus/ferries that leave in the morning. The journey involves crossing the Malay Peninsula, which means that you will have to take a ferry, bus and another ferry combination to get to Koh Phi Phi.
Taking a bus/ferry
Taking a bus and ferry combo ticket is the best way to get to Koh Phi Phi from Koh Phangan. The journey takes around eight and a half hours and involves a ferry-bus-ferry transfer. The first leg of the journey involves taking a ferry from Koh Phangan to the port at Surat Thani. A two and a half hour bus or minivan journey takes you to Krabi, from where travelers board another ferry to Koh Phi Phi.
There are around four-morning departures every day, with all of them leaving Koh Phangan around 07:00 to 08:00 am. The ferries have indoor and outdoor seating while the buses and minivans have air conditioning. Most ferries have a concession or snack stand on board from where passengers can purchase food and drinks - a good thing to have given the day-long journey.
While an eight and half to nine hour journey might seem tiring and even boring, the scenery that you will get to witness while traveling from Koh Phangan to Koh Phi Phi makes it all worth it. The ferry rides take you across the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea giving you plenty of opportunities to feel the salty sea air and relax to gorgeous views of the ocean. So, sit back and enjoy the ride.