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How to Get Around the Thai Islands on the Andaman Coast

How to Get Around the Thai Islands on the Andaman Coast

Each of the idyllic Thai Islands has its own unique personality and range of activities, so most visitors to the region will want to visit more than one. Luckily, there are many convenient options for moving between islands depending on where you’re going, where you’re coming from and how quickly you want to get there. Here are your options.

High Speed Catamaran Tours

One of the fastest ways to get between islands, catamaran trips often include pick up and drop off by coach, and start in either Krabi or Koh Phi Phi with service to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, or Koh Samui.

High-Speed Ferry Rides

No matter the destination island, chances are a high-speed ferry can get you there. These speedy boats ply the waters from Krabi to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, or Koh Tao; from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta, Phuket, or Koh Phi Phi; between Koh Phi Phi and Railay Beach or Phuket; between Railay Beach and Koh Lanta or Phuket; and between Koh Lanta and Koh Samui.

Ferry and Catamaran Combo Tours

If the high-speed ferry or catamaran alone can’t get you where you need to go, combining the two—with a convenient single ticket—probably can. This combination is available between Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui, Koh Tao, or Koh Phangan, including transfers between piers by coach.

Speedboat Tours

For shorter journeys between islands, a speedboat is the way to go. These smaller boats travel between Ao Nang and Koh Yao Noi in less than an hour.

Shared Minivan Tours

If traveling from Krabi to nearby Koh Lanta, do so by shared minivan. These generally depart on an hourly basis, and visitors can choose to get picked up at a Krabi Town hotel, the Krabi bus terminal, or the Krabi airport.

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Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat

Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat

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Your Phang Nga Bay day trip from Phuket takes you through the emerald waters of this epic bay, past hundreds of limestone islands, aboard a speedboat. Make stops at James Bond Island and the secluded lagoons of Talu Island on a scenic canoe ride and trek through quiet caves for an up close look at these limestone wonders. This memorable full-day tour includes local lunch and plenty of time to soak up the sunshine on the shores of Naka Island.
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  • 9 hours
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Phi Phi Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi

Phi Phi Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi

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Board a speedboat for the Phi Phi Islands on a full-day tour from Krabi, and island-hop through a stunning Andaman Sea archipelago. Cruise slowly past Viking Cave—known for its vivid murals and circling swallows— and Maya Bay, made famous from Leonardo Dicaprio's 'The Beach.' Pause for a buffet lunch at Koh Phi Phi Don, then cast off again to explore the islands’ thriving reefs and pocked, limestone cliffs.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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4-Island Tour by Traditional Big Longtail Boat from Krabi

4-Island Tour by Traditional Big Longtail Boat from Krabi

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Set out across the Andaman Sea for a day-long tour of Krabi’s "4 Islands," and watch the tide uncover the slender spits that join the jungle isles. Explore the coastline by traditional longtail boat, and leave the day’s first footprints on fine, powdery beaches. Snorkel in a sheltered lagoon, linger in the swaying shade of coconut palms, and enjoy a picnic lunch on a pristine beach. Stroll between Tup Islets and Chicken Island, then cast off again toward fantastical rock formations that soar above the tropical sea.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Phi Phi Deluxe Island-Hopping Tour by Speedboat from Phuket

Phi Phi Deluxe Island-Hopping Tour by Speedboat from Phuket

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Hop from island to island on this full-day speedboat cruise from Phuket. It's a jam-packed itinerary with the chance to visit Koh Khai, Koh Yao Yai, Mosquito and Bamboo islands, and the Phi Phi Islands. Enjoy plenty of time to snorkel in tropical lagoons, swim in the crystal clear waters, and soak up the warm sun, then re-fuel with a delicious beachside barbecue in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
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Half-Day Phi Phi Island Deluxe Tour from Phuket

Half-Day Phi Phi Island Deluxe Tour from Phuket

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Experience tropical paradise on this 6-hour speedboat tour of the Phi Phi Islands, including Koh Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Your excursion includes stops at six different destinations in the Andaman Sea. Take in the stunning beauty of bays and beaches, including Monkey Beach, Viking Cave, Pileh Cove, and Loh Sama Bay.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Phuket to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat

Phuket to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat

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On this Phi Phi Island tour, ride a speedboat from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi and have more time to spend at the beach. Enjoy a full-day guided tour of what is widely considered the most beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea. Discover the tropical landscape of Pi Leh Bay, enjoy a beachside lunch, and spend your free time snorkeling and swimming at a secluded spot. Just don’t forget your camera!
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  • 8 hours
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Railay Beach to Phuket by Ao Nang Princess Ferry

Railay Beach to Phuket by Ao Nang Princess Ferry

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With its abundance of natural features, from sandy beaches to stunning cliffs offering great rock climbing opportunities, Railay Beach has long been a traveler favorite. With this ferry trip from Phuket, you'll get dropped straight there, via a beautiful cruise the Andaman Sea, with the option of spending your journey in the comfort of an air-conditioned interior cabin.
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  • 2 hours
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Koh Phi Phi to Phuket by Phi Phi Cruiser

Koh Phi Phi to Phuket by Phi Phi Cruiser

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Koh Phi Phi and Phuket count among Thailand’s must-see sites of interest, but the ferries running between them often have a number of stop-offs along the way. With this hassle-free ferry transfer, cruise directly from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket—with onward transfer to your Phuket hotel included. Choose a morning or afternoon cruise time, and enjoy a swift cruise across the Andaman Sea straight to Phuket.
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Ao Nang to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat via Koh Yao Islands

Ao Nang to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat via Koh Yao Islands

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Krabi and Phuket sit side-by-side on the Andaman Coast. Even though Phuket is an island, you can drive there from Ao Nang - it’s around a half-day’s driving. This one-way speedboat transfer from Ao Nang to Phuket offers a thrilling way to cut that travel time down. Use the extra time to see some last sights in Krabi or to grab a meal in Phuket before heading on your next adventure.
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  • 1 hour 18 minutes
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Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Coach and Seatran Discovery Ferry

Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Coach and Seatran Discovery Ferry

Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s most popular islands, famous for its beautiful beaches and full moon parties. This one-way transfer from Koh Phi Phi takes all the hassle out of the long journey from Phang Nga Bay to the Gulf of Thailand. Set sail from Ton Sai pier on Koh Phi Phi to Krabi, then travel by coach to Don Sak Pier in Surat Thani, before boarding another ferry to Koh Phangan.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trip to James Bond Island by Premium Speedboat from Phuket

Day Trip to James Bond Island by Premium Speedboat from Phuket

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James Bond Island is one of the most visited islands of Phang Nga Bay, famous for its starring role in Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. This full-day speedboat cruise from Phuket also includes sea canoeing at Hong Island, a trek to the Ice Cream and Diamond Caves, and free time on Naka Noi Island.
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  • 8 hours
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Koh Lanta to Koh Samui by Minivan, Coach and Seatran Discovery Ferry

Koh Lanta to Koh Samui by Minivan, Coach and Seatran Discovery Ferry

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Travel from Koh Lanta to Koh Samui by van, VIP coach, and high-speed ferry, and enjoy the simplicity of a single ticket. Meet a van at your Koh Lanta hotel, and arrive later at Bang Rak Pier on Koh Samui; the centrally-located pier is a hub for hotel vans and taxi services.
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  • 8 hours
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Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Lomprayah Coach and High Speed Catamaran

Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Lomprayah Coach and High Speed Catamaran

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Hop from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by ferry, air-conditioned coach and high-speed catamaran, and enjoy the simplicity of a single ticket. Depart from Koh Phi Phi Don’s Ton Sai Pier; 8.5 hours later, step onto Koh Phangan, whose white sand beaches are home to Thailand’s legendary full moon beach parties.
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  • 9 hours
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Krabi to Koh Lanta by Shared Minivan with Hourly Departures

Krabi to Koh Lanta by Shared Minivan with Hourly Departures

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There’s nothing worse than wasting your precious vacation time waiting for an available transfer. Enjoy guaranteed transportation from Krabi to Koh Lanta when you book in advance. You get a stress free transfer with both ground and water transportation included. With hourly departures, you can leave at a time that works best for you. There’s no need to drag your luggage across the islands with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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Koh Yao Yai to Ao Nang by Green Planet Speed Boat

Koh Yao Yai to Ao Nang by Green Planet Speed Boat

Enjoy a hassle-free journey between Koh Yao Yai island and Ao Nang with this one-way transfer. Make your way to Chong Lad Pier on Koh Yao Yai, then cruise back to the mainland on a speedboat, where a driver will be waiting to take you to your Ao Nang or Krabi Town hotel.
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  • 42 minutes
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Full-Day Tour to Phang Nga Bay Including James Bond Island and Hong Island by Speedboat from Krabi

Full-Day Tour to Phang Nga Bay Including James Bond Island and Hong Island by Speedboat from Krabi

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Explore Phang Nga Bay on a full-day speedboat tour from Krabi. Visit the beach on James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan), then zip over to Lot Noi Cave at Thalu Island. Have the option to upgrade for a kayak tour of the sea caves before taking a lunch break at a Muslim fishing village on Panyee Island. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or relaxing on the beach at Hong Island, then return to Krabi after a day in paradise.
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  • 8 hours
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