How to get from CHIANG MAI to KOH PHI PHI?

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How you can travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi? You can travel by plane, train, bus, car + ferry or boat.

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 Flight + Bus + Ferry to Phi Phi
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    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Bangkok, Krabi) is about 1520 km by land. The best and fastest way how to reach Koh Phi Phi from Chiang Mai is to travel by plane+ferry via Krabi or Phuket. Travel by plane from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Krabi Airport) takes totally about 7-9 hours and it costs about $65-120/pp. The same way of transfer is via Phuket. There are direct flights from Chiang Mai to Krabi / Phuket and ferries or boats to Koh Phi Phi from these cities. Another option is to travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi by train/bus + ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani. Travel by train + bus + ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi takes totally about 30-40 hours and it costs about $40-200/pp (there are are 1st, 2nd and 3rd class trains).
    • The closest railway station to Krabi is in Surat Thani, Krabi town has no train station. So, you can travel by train from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani with stopover in Bangkok and from Surat Thani to Krabi you can take a bus or private taxi. You can also travel by private car from Chiang Mai to Krabi with stopover in Bangkok, it is the most expensive option of transfer. There are various ways how to reach Phi Phi, but this island is accessible only by boat or ferry because there is no airport. The best way is to travel by ferry from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi, so first step is to travel to Krabi. Book your train/bus/ferry tickets and flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi easily online.

From Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi you can get by plane, train, bus + ferry.

    • The Thai archipelago of Koh Phi Phi consists of the larger islands of Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh. You will find there amazing sandy beaches, forested rocks, emerald green sea, coral reefs and colorful underwater life on Phi Phi creates a magical scenery. Phi Phi Island is very small, surrounded by beaches on all sides, so you are always a maximum of five minutes from the sea. You will enjoy divine peace, rest on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and get to know a real Asian culture. Thais are warm, hospitable and happy to show you places that can only be seen here. Koh Phi Phi is also one of the most visited islands of Thailand.
    • The archipelago will satisfy both independent travelers and demanding clients requiring perfect hotel service. The island offers a lively night culture, where tourists can visit local Thai boxing or popular beach parties. If you are more interested in peace, relaxation and rest, then you must go for the world-famous Thai massage. If you are a gourmet, then you must try Thai cuisine that offers both extremely spicy and pleasantly exotic food with elements of Thai ingredients. Read the instructions how to reach Koh Phi Phi from Chiang Mai below.

How do I get from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?


1. TRAIN + BUS + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi


A) Train from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (via Bangkok)

    • from Chiang Mai you can travel by train to Surat Thani via Bankgok
    • Surat Thani is the closest railway station to Krabi town, about 240 km north-east of Krabi
    • modern seat or sleeper trains, you can buy drinks and snacks, toilet in the train
    • transfer by train to Surat Thani from Chiang Mai costs about $16-100/pp (1st, 2nd, 3rd class trains)
    • transfer by train to Surat Thani from Chiang Mai with stopover in Bangkok takes about 22-30 hours
    • read this article: How to reach Surat Thani from Chiang Mai?

B) Bus or Taxi from Surat Thani to Krabi

    • from Surat Thani to Krabi town you can travel by bus, minivan or taxi
    • transfer by bus/minivan from Surat Thani to Krabi costs about $8-20/pp
    • private car/taxi from Surat Thani to Krabi costs about $70-125/car
    • travel by bus/minivan or taxi from Surat Thani to Krabi takes about 4 hours
    • you can also book the whole minivan or private car for 9-12 pax.
    • read this article: How to reach Krabi from Surat Thani?

C) Ferry or Speedboat from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi

    • from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi you have to travel by ferry or speedboat
    • there are various modern speedboats or ferries
    • transfer by ferry/boat to Phi Phi from Krabi costs about $13-33/pp
    • travel by ferry/boat from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi takes about 1.5-3 hours
    • ferry by Andaman Wave Master, Chaokoh Travel Center, Songserm, Chaokoh Travel Center…
    • read this article: How to reach Koh Phi Phi from Krabi?
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi you can travel by train+bus+ferry via Surat Thani and Krabi (photo: Train in Thailand, 12go.asia).


2. FLIGHT + BUS + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi


A) Direct Flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi

    • from Chiang Mai to Krabi you can travel by plane – there are direct flights
    • flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi takes about 2 hours
    • airlines to Krabi Airport: Bangkok Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air…
    • travel by plane from Chiang Mai to Krabi costs about $30-80/pp
    • read this article: How to reach Krabi from Chiang Mai?
    • there are also various flights with stopover in Bangkok

B) Bus or Taxi from the Krabi Airport to Krabi or Ao Nang

    • from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang or Krabi town you can travel by taxi or shuttle bus
    • transfer from Krabi Airport to Krabi town or Ao Nang takes about 0.5-1 hour
    • travel by bus or minivan from Krabi Airport to Krabi costs about $8-12/pp
    • travel by private car from Krabi Airport to Krabi costs about $17-33/pp
    • read this article: How to travel from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang?

C) Ferry/Speedboat to Koh Phi Phi from Krabi

    • Koh Phi Phi is accessible by boat or ferry from variosu piers in Krabi
    • transport by ferry or boat to Koh Phi Phi from Krabi costs about $13-33/pp
    • travel time by boat from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi is about 1.5-3 hours
    • there are various private boat companies to Koh Phi Phi
    • read this article: How to reach Koh Phi Phi from Krabi?
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Flight from Bangkok to Krabi is the most fastest way of transport.


3. FLIGHT + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Phuket)


A) Flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket

    • you can also travel by plane – direct flight to Phuket from Chiang Mai
    • direct flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket takes about 2 hours
    • airlines to Phuket: Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Air, Thai Smile, Nok Air…
    • travel by plane from Chiang Mai to Phuket costs about $50-90/pp

B) Ferry or Speedboat from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

    • from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi you can also travel by ferry or speedboat
    • travel by boat to Phi Phi from Phuket costs about $18-50/pp
    • travel by boat or ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi takes about 1.5-3 hours
    • ferries and boats by Andaman Wave Master, Phi Phi Cruiser, Chaokoh Travel Center, Phi Phi Cruiser…
    • read this article: How to reach Koh Phi Phi from Phuket?
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi you can also travel by plane+ferry via Phuket.


4. BUS + FERRY from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Krabi)


A) Tourist Bus from Chiang Mai to Krabi (via Bangkok)

    • from Chiang Mai to Krabi you can also travel by tourist bus via Bangkok
    • travel by bus to Krabi from Chiang Mai takes about 23-26 hours with stopover in Bangkok
    • various bus companies to Krabi: Jolly Travel, Songserm, Paradise Travel, Lignite, Transport Co…
    • travel by bus from Chiang Mai to Krabi costs about $48-65/pp
    • read this article: How to reach Krabi from Chiang Mai?

B) Travel by ferry or boat from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi

    • the only way how to reach Koh Phi Phi from Krabi is to travel by boat/ferry
    • ferry or boat tickets to Koh Phi Phi from Krabi cost about $13-33/pp
    • travel by boat or ferry from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi takes totally about 1.5-3 hours
    • there are various private ferry and boat companies between Krabi – Phi Phi
    • read this article: How do you get to Koh Phi Phi from Krabi?
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From Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi you can travel by tourist bus+ferry via Krabi (photo: Baolau).


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi:

How to book tickets or flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?

    • Book + buy tickets/flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can also change + book another route, e.g. Surat Thani > Krabi, Krabi > Koh Phi Phi…

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?

    • To get by train+bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Bangkok, Surat Thani, Krabi) takes about 30-40 hours.
    • To get by plane+bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Krabi Airport) takes about 7-9 hours.
    • To get by plane+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Phuket Airport) takes about 6-8 hours.
    • To get by bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Bangkok, Krabi) takes about 27-32 hours.

What is the travel distance from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?

How much does it cost to travel from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?

    • Travel by train+bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Surat Thani, Krabi) costs about $40-200/pp.
    • Travel by plane+bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Krabi Airport) costs about $65-120/pp.
    • Travel by plane+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Phuket Airport) costs about $70-140/pp.
    • Travel by bus+ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi (via Bangkok, Krabi) costs about $60-100/pp.

Is there a flight from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?

    • No, you can not travel by plane to Koh Phi Phi because there is no airport on this island. The closest airport is Krabi International Airport, about 20 km from Krabi town. There are direct flights from Chiang Mai to Krabi.

What is the best way of transfer from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi?

    • The best and also fastest option is to travel by plane to Phuket or Krabi (direct flights, travel time is about 2 hours), and from these cities you can travel by various ferries or speedboats to Koh Phi Phi.

What is the cheapest way of transfer to Koh Phi Phi from Chiang Mai?

    • The cheapest option of transfer to Koh Phi Phi from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand is to travel by train/bus + ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani or Krabi town. The most cheapest are seats in the train, but you should take a sleeper berth.

Is it possible to travel by direct train from Chiang Mai to Krabi?

    • No, there is no train to Krabi town because Krabi has no railway station. You can travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Surat Thani Railway Station, it is about 155 km from Krabi town.

Where you can travel by ferry or boat from Koh Phi Phi?

    • From Koh Phi Phi you can travel by ferry or speedboat to Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe, Koh Yao Yai or Phuket.
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Koh Phi Phi offers one of the most beautiful bays and beaches, but also a lot of tourists.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book your tickets or flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi + Schedule:

(You can change your departure or arrival place, eg. Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Bangkok to Krabi…)


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