How to Get from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi

One of the most important connections in southern Thailand is getting from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi.  Although Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi are only an hour apart via ferry, they differ very much in terms of their character.  Koh Phi Phi receives more annual tourists.  Consequently, its beaches are busier and Koh Phi Phi’s nightlife can be electric almost year round. Koh Lanta is much mellower than Phi Phi. With its natural beauty and undeveloped beaches, Koh Lanta is like Koh Phi Phi’s sleepy neighbour.

A practical itinerary in southern Thailand starts by landing at Krabi Airport and then immediately traveling to Koh Lanta.  Once you have spent some time on Lanta then consider taking the convenient ferry over to Koh Phi Phi. We recently visited Lanta and then Phi Phi, therefore the information below is up to date.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi:

1. Once you have made the decision to go to Koh Phi Phi from Lanta, proceed to your guesthouse, resort  or a reputable tour office to purchase a ferry ticket. Try to purchase your ticket the day before you intend to travel. During low season (April to November) expect there to be only 2 daily ferries from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi.  During high season (November to March) expect there to be frequent ferry trips between Lanta and Phi Phi.

Your hotel will issue you tickets but these will be converted to a boarding sticker

Your hotel will issue you tickets but these will be converted to a boarding sticker

2. When you purchase your ticket (400 Baht at the time of writing) make sure to confirm that a minibus or pick-up truck will pick you up from your hotel.  A truck picked us up one hour before the scheduled ferry trip.  The minibus or truck trip from your hotel to the Sala Dan pier should be included in the price of your ticket.

The view from the truck on the way from our hotel to the Sala Dan Pier

The view from the truck on the way from our hotel to the Sala Dan Pier

3. The minibus trip from the southern end of Koh Lanta (Kantiang Bay) to the ferry pier will take roughly 30 minutes.  The minibus/truck driver will check your receipt to confirm that you payed. Expect the minibus/truck to make some stops at different hotels and guesthouses on Lanta along the way to pick up other passengers.

4. When we arrived at the ferry pier, the minibus driver gave us each a sticker to confirm our ferry ticket purchase to Koh Phi Phi. It wasn’t immediately obvious what ferry we would get on to Koh Phi Phi. Therefore, I suggest that you confirm with one of the workers near the ferries before boarding one.

Proceed straight under the covered walkway to board the ferry to Koh Phi Phi

Proceed straight under the covered walkway to board the ferry to Koh Phi Phi

The ticket to board the ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi

The ticket to board the ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi

5. Once you get on the ferry they will ask you to place your heavier luggage on the top.  Be sure to make sure it is waterproof or covered, just in case it rains.

The ferry crew will ask you to place your larger bags on top of the ferry

The ferry crew will ask you to place your larger bags on top of the ferry

6. The ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi departed on time and it took almost exactly 1 hour. Expect it to take 1 hour and 20 minutes if the water is choppy.

Koh Phi Phi Don will be on your right as you approach from Lanta

Koh Phi Phi Don will be on your right as you approach from Lanta

7. Once you arrive at Koh Phi Phi you will depart the ferry and be asked to pay the 20 Baht environment fee.

Be prepared to pay the 20 Baht environmental fee when you get off the ferry at Phi Phi

Be prepared to pay the 20 Baht environmental fee when you get off the ferry at Phi Phi

After the environmental fee has been paid then proceed to your hotel on Koh Phi Phi.  Most places will allow you drop off your luggage even if it’s before check in.

Proceed past the touts to find your hotel on Phi-Phi

Proceed past the touts to find your hotel on Phi-Phi

Where did we stay during this trip?

We have been to Koh Phi Phi on multiple occasions.  For this particular trip we stayed at P.P. Casita. It’s important for us to note that we do not have a direct affiliation with this specific property or any property on Koh Phi Phi, therefore our opinion is an unbiased one. Overall, it turned out to be a nice mid-range resort to stay at.  It was quiet at night and our room was clean.  It is ideally located close to the beach but still far enough from the pulsating music that Phi Phi is notorious for. During high season, you might find that their room prices are a bit high due to increased demand. At the time of writing it had a score of 7.4/10 based on 3438 verified guest reviews.

How to find the best rooms on Koh Phi Phi?

Due to Phi Phi’s high tourist turnover and pulsating nightlife, it’s much harder than expected to find quality accommodation there.  Therefore, the golden rule when visiting Koh Phi Phi is to book your room in advance. We have provided unbiased suggestions on where to stay on Koh Phi Phi here.

Most of our readers prefer 3 different websites to book their hotels in Thailand: www.agoda.com, www.booking.com, and www.hotelscombined.comTypically we find www.agoda.com to be the best choice for Thailand based on our experience. Here is a list of top properties on Koh Phi Phi to save you some time:

Top Rated Properties on Koh Phi Phi 

Based on Verified Guest Reviews

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  • Properties rated based on ‘overall’ review scores from each respective website’s verified guests.
  • Minimum of 50 verified guest reviews required to be considered eligible for comparison.
  • All star ratings and verified guest review scores are tallied at the time of writing, and therefore, are subject to change.

Accommodation Map of Koh Phi Phi: Top Rated Properties

 

To compare prices. you can also use the Hotelscombined Search Box below:

Fee free to ask any questions in the comment section below if you want additional information on how to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi.

To view all of our other informative articles on Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and the rest of Thailand click here.

Enjoy safe and enjoyable travels!

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By | 2017-06-01T19:45:49+00:00 September 20th, 2015|1 Comment

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  1. John October 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Great info., thanks for this!

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