No, no direct boats (aside from perhaps private charters) -- you need to go via Phuket or Krabi.
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,706
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Yep, and Phuket would be much easier - the Jian Warnet (Gan Wanet) pier near Phuket town is about 500m “upriver” from the popular Rassada pier used by most Phi Phi ferries. There are 2 ferries per day. Heimat Garden’s transport page http://www.heimatgardens.com/ferry_times.php shows a car ferry leaving at 1000, but my morning boat was a smaller passenger+goods job which could also take motorcycles via a plank to the upper deck - at 1030. The vehicle ferry was moored alongside, running in the afternoon that day.
From Krabi a big longtail ferry leaves Ao Thalen about 1 hour north of Krabi town in the afternoon. Songthaews to Ao Thalen leave from outside the Vogue department store in Krabi town - they go via the bus station and the lady who runs the small travel agency there will tell you when and where it will arrive. There is also a speedboat leaves from Ao Nang near Krabi town/Railay. Note both these land on the north Yao Yai piers - all but one of the resorts are in the south and they don't call this Long (Yai) island for nothing.
Thanks for the info and it seems we have to go to phuket
#5 jwgacy has been a member since 8/1/2008. Posts: 11
I will be taking a ferry today from Koh Yao Noi direct to Phi Phi. I'm told service started 3 days ago. Ferry leaves at 1:00 and takes 2.5 hours. Don't have all the details yet as my hotel made the arrangements. They even had to make a number of phone calls to verify service is operational. If I have the opportunity to post information later I will. Meanwhile, for those interested I thought I'd let people know such a service has begun.
#6 cncbill has been a member since 1/1/2010. Posts: 2
Took the trip yesterday. It does exist! The cost is 400 Baht and departure time is 1:00 from Manoh pier. I'm a little confused by who operates the service as the names on the receipt and the ferry differ. Receipt is from "Krabi Phi Phi Don Tour" and their phone is 075-819394. Ferry boat was named "Phi Phi Chuket" and the phone number on the crew's shirts was 089-9085571.
Ferry is big with capacity of perhaps 100 people but only 6 paying customers were on-board though. Unless service catches on who knows how long it will last.
#9 cncbill has been a member since 1/1/2010. Posts: 2
Has anyone else done this trip recently? I need to know it is possible lol.
We are going to Ko Yao Yai on the East side in December, coming from Lipe via Lanta. Thinking it is easier to get there from Phi Phi than Ao Nang. Anyone have a website or something I can check boat times?
#11 snakefisch has been a member since 30/6/2012. Posts: 5
hmm, do you know if there is a boat that runs? We are heading there just after Xmas so need to know whether to stay at Lanta or Phi Phi for the night coming from Lipe. I'd prefer to go via Phi Phi but only if it is possible! haha
#13 snakefisch has been a member since 30/6/2012. Posts: 5
I just had a look at Yao Yai's Heimat Garden's website - the lady runs the joint is pretty conscientious in her transfer info - but there is nothing about getting directly to/from Phi Phi.
Maybe an email to her or one of the other resorts would be the go. Last I heard, Yao Yai Island Resort had its own speedboat for transfers - no doubt they could pick you up on PP but it may cost a bomb.
Please update us when you finish your trip.
Cool! Yes that's where we're staying. I had a look at that stuff too and contacted her but not had a response yet.
I will let you know
#15 snakefisch has been a member since 30/6/2012. Posts: 5
OK so I don't think there is a direct way so we are going to go from Lanta to Phuket via Phi Phi, and from Phuket get speedboat across to Yao Yai, which is at the right side we want rather than coming from Ao Nang. We were gonna stop off at Phi Phi but I don't think we will now as I heard it is not great any more.
p.s. does anyone have advice: we could stay 1 night on Lanta and 3 on Yao Yai or 2:2, which would be best? I heard both these islands are nice but Yao Yai seems like it's more untouched.. any thoughts?
#16 snakefisch has been a member since 30/6/2012. Posts: 5
We are branch there just afterwards Xmas so charge to apperceive whether to break at Lanta or Phi Phi for the night advancing from Lipe. I'd adopt to go via Phi Phi but alone if it is possible! haha
#18 mariajames has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 57
Thanks for your thoughts Tezza! I am thinking the same now, especially since I've found this lovely new resort (coco lanta) got a bungalow reserved right on the beach front on Klong Khong. Is that beach good?
Just don't want to get to Yao Yai and think wow wish we spent more time here. But I guess there's always future trips..!
Maria, I think coming from Lipe getting to Phi Phi in one day is a big trip, getting to Lanta is 3 hrs and Phi Phi is I think 45 mins quickest from there. I have heard Lanta is much nicer than Phi Phi so I will let you kno We won't be stopping at Phi Phi tho so won't be able to compare it.
#19 snakefisch has been a member since 30/6/2012. Posts: 5