Bus times from Khao Lak to Koh Phi Phi

By joint bus and speedboat service it takes 6 hours 30 minutes to travel from Khao Lak to Koh Phi Phi. This includes time transferring passengers between a bus service and a speed boat.

Bus Timetable from Khao Lak to Koh Phi Phi

Khao Lak - Koh Phi Phi ฿ 1,200–1,650 4h – 5h
  •   Speedboat 08:00
  •   Ferry 08:00

Khao Lak Bus Stop

Bus services to Koh Phi Phi depart from near the McDonald’s Restaurant in Khao Lak.

Google Map of McDonalds in Khao Lak

Arrival in Koh Phi Phi

Joint bus and speedboat services from Khao Lak terminate at Ao Tonsai Pier on Koh Phi Phi Don.

Google Map of Koh Phi Phi Pier

Maya Beach near to Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi consists of six islands.

Koh Phi Phi Don

The largest of these 6 islands is Koh Phi Phi Don and this is the only permanently inhabited of the 6 islands.

Koh Phi Phi Le

The second largest island is Koh Phi Phi Le which is approximately 6.6 square kilometres in area with two shallow bays: Maya Bay and Loh Samah.

Beach in Koh Phi Phi
Beach in Koh Phi Phi
The Beach

Many of the scenes in the 2000 film ‘The Beach’ were filmed at Maya Bay and as a consequence it went from being a beautiful pristine destination getting an estimated 10 visitors a day on average before the film was made to an estimated 5,000 visitors a day by 2018, which has had fairly severe consequences for the local ecosystem.

Maya Bay

Maya Bay was closed entirely to visitors from March 2018. This closure, initially for a four month period, carried on until early January 2022. The situation in Maya Bay has gained nationwide importance in Thailand and the question of its future has become a symbolic issue as well as an issue relating to environmental controls in Koh Phi Phi.

Ongoing Restrictions

Thailand has a problem with commercial activity, particularly the creation of litter, destroying its environment and in many people believe that the authorities in Thailand have failed to address that problem in any kind of effective way. The Thai Government needs to be seen getting things right at Maya Beach and this means that unrestricted tourism at Maya Bay will not be allowed to return.

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