The ultimate guide to the best phi phi islands tours


Phi Phi Islands are some of the most well-known islands in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện Thái Lan, và rightfully so. A natural wonder of South-East Asia. The quality beauty of the archipelago is like no other. But why vày people visit Koh Phi Phi, it’s simple, aside from the relaxed atmosphere và laid baông chồng lifestyle, taking a Phi Phi Island Boat Tour is one of the most rewarding và fulfilling experiences in Đất Nước Thái Lan.

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Without a doubt, snorkelling with Koh Phi Phi’s marine life, cruising around và isl& hopping on a local Thai boat is one of Thailand’s greatest attractions.


So if you’re seeking a slice of tropical paradise to lớn swim, snorkel, relax và lap up the sunshine. Beautiful clear blue oceans, trắng sandy beaches và pristine limestone formations. Koh Phi Phi is the place for you!

There is no better way khổng lồ immerse yourself in nature than on a Koh Phi Phi Tour. There are day tours heading out & around the islands stopping at amazing locations lượt thích Maya Bay, Pilleh Lagoon, Loh Samah Bay, Viking Cave & the Monkey Beach.

But the greademo thing about an overnight stay on Phi Phi Islvà is not being pushed for time, not having a deadline lớn meet in order khổng lồ return. You’ll feel không tính tiền relaxed and able lớn take the Phi Phi tour at leisure.

If a visit khổng lồ these islands is not already on your danh sách, consider refreshing your Đất Nước Thái Lan itinerary, making sure to lớn leave sầu time for a few days spare; khổng lồ chill out in paradise.

In this post, I’ll cover the basics about booking Phi Phi Tours Online và Offline, tours from Patong, Phuket & Phi Phi Don isl& itself.



You’ll be hit with such a huge magnitude of results when researching the best boat tours in Koh Phi Phi, and with so many tour operators all offering somewhat similar tour packages. It can be a pretty daunting task to lớn begin sorting through all the potential possibilities.

Five Star xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện Tours can help out when it comes down lớn Phi Phi Isl& Tour bookings. Their small group sizes, and focus on unique Phi Phi tour packages really phối them apart from the rest.

The natural beauty of Koh Phi Phi and the close proximity to lớn Krabi và Phuket make the islands so desirable, & a natural magnet for tourism.

Unfortunately, many boat tour operators have shamefully taken advantage of the islands popularity. It’s a common sight, khổng lồ see boat tours leaving the shores packed with 20 – 35 (disappointed looking) tourists, on a single longtail boat.

When booking a Phi Phi Island Boat Tour, the best piece of advice I can give is lớn book with a reputable operator lượt thích Five sầu Star Travel. When looking for a Phi Phi Tour Company, you are ideally looking for someone that operates their own tours & limits passenger numbers.

In this day and age, most legitimate tour companies have sầu shifted to lớn the digital era, offering online reservations.

It’s usually best to reserve tours in advance, as the most popular packages tover to lớn fill up quickly! Especially during the peak season, which falls from November thru April.

Of course, it is still possible to take the old-school route và book a boat tour in person, after arriving on Phi Phi Islvà (or Phuket). There are literally hundreds of travel shops scattered over Koh Phi Phi. You won’t have any difficulties finding a Phi Phi Isl& Tour agent, itching to lớn sign you up.

But here’s what lớn watch out for. The agents selling tours from shops, và kiosks, generally speaking, don’t operate any tours themselves. So you’ll be sold a boat ticket, the ticket seller will earn a small commission và you’ll find yourself on the same boat tour, regardless of where you kết thúc up booking your Phi Phi tour!

With hundreds of touts, re-sellers và stalls all competing for your cash, all selling the exact same boat tours, & no way to differentiate themselves from other sellers. Competition is fierce.

So it’s not uncomtháng for the salesmen khổng lồ feed you a few trắng lies in order to cthảm bại a sale. They’ll often clayên ổn that if you book with them there will be a smaller group on the boat, their captain speaks better English, or the food on their’ tour will be of better quality. It’s only when it’s too late that you find out just how untrue this is. If it seems too good to lớn be true it probably is!

Koh Phi Phi is for most, a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It’s a special place, & it’s important that you have the best experience possible. That’s why booking a Phi Phi Islvà tour online, and spending a little bit of time lớn find a trustworthy company; who operate their own boat tour packages is extremely important.


There are a crazy amount of Phi Phi Islvà Boat Tours out there, so which one should you choose? And who should you book with?

For starters, I wouldn’t recommkết thúc booking any of the cheaper public Phi Phi tours. There are way too many people packed into these boats for it to lớn be enjoyable.

The length of time you’ll get in water will be limited & it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll have sầu a miserable experience of Koh Phi Phi.

I can speak from experience here when I say that Five Star Xứ sở nụ cười Thái Lan Tours are a great example of a chất lượng tour company, one that really stood out to me.

Their Semi-Private Phi Phi Island Tour, which they run, has a cap on passenger numbers (a maximum of 8 people), to lớn avoid overcrowding. Or chartering your own private long-tail can offer even more exclusivity và flexibility to lớn your day.

They are a local tour operator & hands-on, on the isl&. Some tour companies are online-only, some are resellers, but with these guys, while they are accepting reservations online they still maintain travel shops that you can visit in Thái Lan and meet a real person. They also have sầu incredible và responsive sầu support when booking.

You’ll be sure to have sầu an incredible experience with them! If you’ve sầu travelled thousands of miles around the world lớn get the islands, it’s more than likely you’ll only vày this once. So it’s 100% worth paying a little extra to lớn have sầu a smaller group and a better experience or even having a boat to yourself.



Taking a Phi Phi Islvà Tour at Sunrise is the best time to lớn get out on the water. It can be tough lớn phối an alarm for 5’oclock in the morning, especially on your holidays.

But why would you want to lớn wake up so early, on a hard-earned vacation! Well, it’s all about beating the crowds, Koh Phi Phi is a tourist magnet, and the later you leave sầu it, the busier the islands get.

Besides, it’s peaceful, quiet và deserted. Sunrise is always the most beautiful time of day, the crimson sun on the horizon makes the islands feel so restful.

And for a brief moment, it is as if there are no other people around as if you are baông chồng in the 1980s và Koh Phi Phi is still an untold secret. Most people can only dream of experiencing Koh Phi Phi lượt thích this.

There are very few others around at six am & even fewer boat tours. Usually no more than a handful of private charters cruising around this early on.

The svà remains flat from the night before, the water is perfect. Clear, blue and warm. And with the sunlight just appearing, the lighting makes the beach seem even more peaceful than usual.


Koh Phi Phi really does feel lượt thích a totally different place, compared khổng lồ later on in the morning. Almost lượt thích something out of… a movie… starring Leonarbởi DiCaprio.

A Sunrise tour can’t be compared to lớn any other Phi Phi tour package. It’s truly magical at sunrise, so have sầu a slice of this paradise isl& to lớn yourself, while you still can.


There are a crazy amount of tours available in Koh Phi Phi so I’ll stick with the most popular packages. The price will be higher if you’re staying in Phuket, while those staying on Koh Phi Phi can take advantage of the lower tour prices.

For tours leaving Phuket, you should be paying in the region of 4,000 Baht for a decent chất lượng tour. Or in Koh Phi Phi, that price should be lower at around 1,500 Baht.

You can even find tour packages leaving from Koh Phi Phi for as low as 500 Baht! But bear in mind, you get what you pay for.

Here are a few examples of tours for a rough idea of what a boat tour will cost you.

Charter a private longtail boat. The price of a private longtail boat depends on where you leave from. If you are staying in Phuket the cost is 4,950 THB per person. With khách sạn collection, and speedboat transfers included. If you stay in Ko Phi Phi the cost can be even lower than that!


A day trip from Phuket lớn Koh Phi Phi is doable, but contrary to popular belief, the islvà isn’t as cđại bại as most people would like to lớn believe sầu.

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Koh Phi Phi takes over two hours lớn reach by ferry, or one hour when travelling by speedboat.

So while day trips from Phuket & Patong are totally possible, it is much better to lớn stay overnight on the isl& if your schedule allows for it.

The great thing about an overnight stay on Koh Phi Phi is more time to lớn explore the main islvà of Phi Phi Don, there are some awesome places to lớn kiểm tra out on the islvà such as hiking lớn the viewpoint or watching a fire performance on the beach.

If you’re travelling on a tight schedule và your time in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện Thái Lan doesn’t allow for an overnight stay on Koh Phi Phi, there are plenty of speedboat tour packages from Phuket which will show you around the islands hotspots.

There are a couple of other choices when it comes to lớn picking a Phi Phi Tour from Phuket. The most popular choice is a Private Longtail Trip, these tours will typically include return transfers from Phuket in the ticket price. A group speedboat tour is another option, but the prices can be dear, và there tends lớn be quite a lot of people on these boats.

Or lastly, ferry companies operate tours lớn Koh Phi Phi from Phuket, where they will arrange for a speedboat to meet the ferry on arrival. So essentially you still get a great speedboat tour of Koh Phi Phi, but by travelling to lớn & from the islvà by ferry, you get tickets at a fraction of the price!

Andaman Wavemaster is one of the companies who run ferries to lớn the island from Phuket, and bundle in a speedboat tour on arrival. While I’ve sầu heard positive things about them, I can’t speak from experience. If you kết thúc up booking such a tour, leave a phản hồi at the bottom và let me know about your experience!

There are plenty of other activities lớn partake in Phuket! Here are some more awesome things to see và bởi vì in Phuket, Vương Quốc của nụ cười.

Tip: if you want to lớn see the Phi Phi Sunrise or Sunmix, you’ll have sầu khổng lồ stay overnight! Boats cannot travel to lớn the island before the Phi Phi Sunrise or later on after sundown!



One of the greakiểm tra things about taking a Phi Phi Islvà Boat Tour is having the chance khổng lồ ride on an authentic Tnhị Longtail boat.

If you’re taking a tour from Phi Phi Don Islvà, you have sầu so many more options. But, keeping it real and opting for a traditional long-tail boat will add so much authentithành phố to lớn your Phi Phi Island Tour. Speedboats can be ridden (almost) anywhere in the world. Whereas you’ll only find Longtail Boats in the south of Vương Quốc Nụ Cười.

These Tnhị Long Boats were originally used as fishing vessels, and are now more commonly used lớn take tourists out on snorkelling excursions.

The Thai Longtail Boat has a certain, unexplainable charm – much as riding a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok is many people’s first experience of the Kingdom. Riding a Longtail Boat will get you the most memorable Phi Phi Isl& Tour.

But here’s the catch, Longtail Boats will only be found leaving the shores on Koh Phi Phi Don. There are no Longtail Boat tours from Phuket, as it would be unsafe & reckless. And above all, a terrifying ride!

When leaving form Phuket, the alternative lớn the Tnhì Longtail Boat is a speedboat, while faster, more modern và arguably more comfortable. There just isn’t the same charm of which you’d fell on a Long Boat.

But it’s not all bad news for visitors staying in Phuket. Five Star Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười Tours, combine the best of both on one of their private tour packages when booking a private longtail boat leaving from the shores of Koh Phi Phi Don they have sầu an option lớn bundle in return Speedboat transfers, to lớn & from the island. So you don’t have khổng lồ miss out on this awesome experience!



Koh Phi Phi Leh National Park is a short distance away from the main islvà (Koh Phi Phi Don), it takes around ten minutes to ride across the Andaman lớn this Island và it is where the best spots to lớn visit are.

The isl& is home page khổng lồ Monkey Beach, Viking Cave sầu, Phi Phi Lagoon, Loh Samah Bay và Maya Bay Beach.



Monkey Beach is incredible, the Marquee Monkeys which live sầu here will come on down khổng lồ the beach to lớn greet your boat (và grab your sandwiches, given a chance)!

These playful creatures roam wild và miễn phí on the Trắng beaches and up in the towering limestone cliffs.

The beach is only accessible by boat from Phi Phi Don. With no option of walking, kayaking, driving or swimming! The best bet is lớn book onto lớn a Phi Phi Boat Tour lớn get out and meet the Monkeys.

The cất cánh is quite small & it can get pretty busy after mid-morning. So it’s best khổng lồ head out as early as possible before all the other tours begin to arrive sầu.

You are not allowed to feed the Monkeys, however, sadly, most people vày. Feeding the Monkeys essentially domesticates them and causes them to show signs of aggression.



Viking cave sầu is a historic spot at Koh Phi Phi Leh & a must-vì on a Phi Phi Boat Trip. Swiftlet Birds live sầu inside the cave & historically the nests of these birds were harvested by sailors, which according khổng lồ local legends would boost virility.

Nowadays a Phi Phi birds nest soup is a well sought after delicacy, bringing in a decent buchồng for the few who live in the cave!

The nests are exported khổng lồ China, where they can fetch up lớn 10,000USD at market. The idea of a birds nest soup, and especially at the eye-watering prices, surprisingly doesn’t appeal lớn me. I’ll be sticking with Tnhị Fried Rice for the time being!

There is a makeshift bamboo structure outside, however, you can only see the cave sầu from afar, as the cave sầu itself is closed off khổng lồ the public. You can only reach the Viking Cave by boat, so you’ll be able to grab some photographs as you cruise past.

It’s also a fantastic place for snorkelling, with plenty of marine life in the area and beautiful clear blue waters.

Don’t worry about bringing along your own snorkelling equipment. Any reputable boat tour company will provide chất lượng gear for you khổng lồ use!



Also known as Pilleh Lagoon or the Blue Lagoon amongst many other names. It’s one of the top spots for snorkelling on the islvà with stunning underwater corals and marine life.

This amazing mind-blowing location is an incredible cove on Phi Phi Leh Islvà. And by far one of the most stunning destinations to visit. Due to the lagoons cthảm bại proximity khổng lồ Maya Bay, both these places can often be seen on one Phi Phi Tour.

It’s a surreal experience, taking a long-tail boat from the shore of Koh Phi Phi Don over khổng lồ Phi Phi Leh, lớn snorkel in the clear transparent waters. It takes around twenty minutes to lớn reach Phi Phi Lagoon.

As your boat pulls into the mouth of the cove sầu, you’ll be immersed by limestone cliffs towering all around and the peaceful sounds of waves lapping inkhổng lồ the cliffs. You can’t walk to the bay or kayak there, so the only option is to book onkhổng lồ a Phi Phi Excursion which will take you there.

Even for backpackers on a budget, Pileh Lagoon is a must-do in Koh Phi Phi.

Snorkelling in the blue lagoon will blow your mind, it is hands down one of the best things you can vị in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện. It’s easy to lớn see why this place is such a hot spot with tourists, so if Pilleh Lagoon isn’t on your Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười bucket danh mục, now is the time lớn add it!



Loh Samah is a bay to the rear of Ao Maya bay, it’s a top snorkelling destination, & relatively unheard of. But that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked!

It’s one of my favourite places lớn visit and there is a perfect trắng s& beach which is exposed at low tide.

The emerald waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The best advice is lớn get here as early in the morning as you can. Before all the other tour boats start tricking in.



Maya Bay Beach in Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười is arguably the most stunning destination to visit. The beautiful cất cánh was brought to fame by the movie ‘The Beach’. Shot in the late 90’s starring Leonarbởi vì DiCaprio, this film brought the beauty of Koh Phi Phi lớn the public eye for the first time.

Sadly in recent years, the Department of National Parks (DNP) has been forced khổng lồ cthảm bại off Maya Bay for restoration. While it’s sad that visitors often show such little respect for the palace. It is great that the authorities have sầu taken action.

The cất cánh will be closed for three years and is mix khổng lồ reopen again in November 2021. Plans have sầu been drawn up for a new pier, which will stop boats from mooring on the beach và tourist numbers will be capped per day.

Visitors khổng lồ Maya Bay will also need lớn book a tour in advance online, through a licenced tour operator. There will be much more control & no last-minute bookings once the beach re-opens.


The beauty of taking a private boat tour is that you have the freedom khổng lồ visit anywhere you’d lượt thích to! So while the aforementioned places are the most beautiful, they also attract the biggest crowds. You’ll find much quieter, secluded beaches on Phi Phi Don.

So if you’ve sầu made it all the way to the end, here are a few more secretive sầu spots that you should definitely be checking out!

Loh Lana Bay is amazing for snorkelling, it’s rare lớn see other boats around here.Loh Bakao Bay, you have sầu an entry point khổng lồ the secluded Phi Phi Village (not lớn be confused with the town) there are a couple of remote bars here.Laemtong Beach – There will be a few others around here, but not too many people in comparison lớn Koh Phi Phi Leh! The sand here is just as white as Maya Bay, và the sea just as blue.Hin Klang – For snorkelling its got to lớn be the #1 spot on the isl&, relatively unheard of, you have a better chance of seeing sharks here than you would at the ‘Shark Point’Runtee Beach – If you really want a beach without any other people, this is the one. The svà is not as Trắng as other beaches. But that’s a small sacrifice lớn have the place to yourself.Nui Bay – On the northernmost tip of Phi Phi Don, the remote bay is in my opinion even more beautiful than Maya Bay. Its started to see more và more visitors in recent years, but it’s still worth a visit. You can even walk to lớn this beach from the town! But it’s not an easy hike!

In conclusion, if you are going lớn be in Phuket, Koh Phi Phi or Krabi. One of the best things you can bởi is a Private Phi Phi Island Boat Tour.

There is no better way khổng lồ visit the gorgeous Maya Bay và so many other fantastic snorkelling destinations.

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Prices for a Phi Phi Islvà Boat Tour won’t break the ngân hàng, và even on a backpackers budget, a private boat charter can be totally affordable. If you’ve sầu travelled around the world khổng lồ reach the islands. Don’t cheap out on a miserable tour, booking a semi-private or private tour is the way lớn go!

In my opinion, this is one of the best activities you can partake in during a stay in the Kingdom, the phokhổng lồ opportunities are incredible and the Phi Phi Boat Tour is something khổng lồ hold in your memories forever.

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