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How to get from Penang to Koh Phi Phi in one day without flying?

Posted by sparklesinthesky on 21/1/2011 at 15:10

Hi, we have been a bit silly, and planned a trip where we go straight from Penang (where we have booked) to Koh Phi Phi to meet up with friends (they have booked). But we have only one day to do this trip... without at the time knowing that ferries are not as usual an occurance as we had imagine. The last ferry leaves Phuket at 14:30, and the last ferry leaves Krabi at 16:00.. we are hoping to somehow make the 16:00 ferry - by catching buses.
We understand that its a ten hour bus ride, with border control. Is is possible to catch a bus at 5am to Koh Phi Phi? that will get us there in time?

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciate!

#1 sparklesinthesky has been a member since 21/1/2011. Posts: 3

Posted by Captain_Bob on 26/1/2011 at 23:42

Very little hope of doing this in one day. It's around 500km by road (allow maybe 7-8 hours plus delays at the border) then you'll have missed any ferries to Phi Phi and stay a night in Krabi town at best. You might also have to change buses at Hat Yai. Book buses from the travel agents on Chulia street in Georgetown which is where most travelers stay on Penang.

Just in case you want a more scenic option, get any boat to Langkawi and next day catch the Tigerline boat at 9:30am and arrive at Phi Phi at 4pm after a day of open water island hopping. Nice trip, great scenery but the ticket costs 3000 baht (USD$100).

#2 Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,944

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