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Monday, June 25, 2018

Longtail boat ferry to Railay Beach East.

Longtail boat ferry to Railay Beach East.
Simple and Classic.

Longtail boat ferry to Railay East
Longtail boat ferry to Railay East

Longtail transfer bus pick up.

All five of us were staying at the SeaBass hotel in Krabi town which is just out side the center and 150 meters back from the Krabi River. We booked the longtail transfer from Krabi to Railay Beach with Krabi Tourist services and were picked up by a minivan at reception.

Picturesque Krabi River
Picturesque Krabi River

We drove down to the old pier and jumped out and boarded the large Longtail from a clean concrete line of steps. This is handy as the longtails on some islands are a pig to get into if there are no steps.

Getting on to the Longtail ferry boat
Getting on to the Longtail ferry boat

Leaving Krabi Pier

The Longtail boat driver rotated the propeller to face almost forward so we could reverse out. This isn't a very gainly move but the drive knew his work and we pulled away from the peer and were off out into the middle of the river heading for the estuary. 

Krabi is an old trading post on an old trading route that used to bring spices from the east coast of Thailand to the traders in the Indian Ocean. The old pier isn't much to look at but the deep water allowed the bigger ships in, even in low season, when the winds and seas are strong and high respectively.

 Krabi River
12 meter mangroves of the Krabi River
The Krabi River winds it self down to the sea through an extensive and thick mangrove forest, a great place for bird watchers and nature lovers.
First glimpses of PhraNang mountains and cliffs

Still to this day, the southern side of the river is dominated by mangrove forests and this made for a magical ride out towards the sea. Only after 1-2 km you could start to see the myriad of limestone cliffs of PhrangNa.

As we turned out of the estuary, Railey beach could be seen as a thin slice of bright golden sand. As we headed towards #Railey the cliffs became taller and more impressive. Even though it was the dry season, some early rains had turned the mountainside a bright strong green, beautiful.

Views of Phranang from the Longtail Boat
Views of Phranang from the Longtail Boat

Arriving at Railay West

Arriving at Railay East
Arriving at Railay East

We arrived at the main Railay East pier which was a very long floating pier. It was easy to get out of the longtail and walk straight onto the beach and then into the village. We hung out at Railay West for a bit but it was quite noisy there from all the boats coming in from Ao Nang. In the afternoon we went to Phranang beach 
(the place all the pictures are taken from) which was stunning and later in the day I climbed up to the Railay view point which was absolutely stunning.

Arriving at Railay East

PhraNang Cave Beach

Phranang Beach

Railay Viewpoint

Railay View Point
Railay View Point

Sticker system

See below the sticker you get when you give your ticket to the bus man at the hotel. When you arrive at the pier, the sticker easily locates you so that the right Longtail to pick you up.

 Further pictures.

Railay Links and activities

Tour of Krabi by Speedboat
Seven Things To Do on a Seven Day Trip to Krabi
Krabi river tours
Railay Beach Sea Kayaking

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tigerline speedboat, Koh Phi Phi to Phuket. + Stickers explained.

Speedboat, Koh Phi Phi to Phuket.

The Tigerline speedboat drew into the #kohphiphi main pier and off loaded half a dozen tourist and their bags. We didn't get a chance to ask them how far they had come as it was our chance to board. The boat was pretty full as the speedboat left and it was quite noisy with the 3 x 250 hp's on the back, so we all settled into our traveller's 'zone out' mode. I glanced back as we left Tonsa Bay and saw the great plume of spray from the engines frame the mountains around Nui Bay cliffs.

Tigerline speedboat ferry arriving on kohphiphi
Tigerline speedboat ferry arriving on Koh Phi Phi 

Transfer Sticker system on Phi Phi and Phuket. How it works.

Sticker used for transit

These transfer stickers get given to you when you hand in your ticket to agent at the Phi Phi pier. This sticker told the people at the Rasada Pier, Phuket, whether I had a private taxi or joined a group bus to Phuket Airport or to one of the many Phuket Beaches. So this was the onward transfer info. It made for quite a slick process when there were 20 different languages amongst us. This is the same system they use for the tours as well. 

The Phi Phi Pier 4 pm depart time was nearer 4.40 pm which was a bit confusing but when I understood the itinerary it was no wonder that the Tigerline speedboat gets delayed. The massive 3 x 250 horse power engines drives 45 people up from Li Pe island from 100 km further south from Koh PhiPhi. The #speedboat stopped in Trang, Koh Lanta, & suffers from weather, tide and issues of delays from the general public.
Settling in to our seats on the speedboat

Our esteemed Captain...a serious man.

The View of Tonsai & Nui Cliffs in the rear, framed: Koh Phi Phi

Nearing Rasada Pier Phuket

Reversing stern on, in Rasada Port, Phuket

I slept for the crossing from Phi Phi Don and in just under the hour we slowed to approach Rasada Pier the main ferry port in Phuket.

3 x 250hps !! speed.. but comes with noise.
Unloading the bags at the municipal Rasada Pier
Rasada Port with other ferries arriving.

At Rasada Pier I met my joint taxi minibus ride to Chalong at the end of a very comfortable speedboat trip.

Further articles on Koh Phi Phi Speedboats can be found here:Speedboat Ferry Phuket To Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Pier

Boarding the speedboat ferry

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Speedboat tour of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

We strolled down Tonsai beach on an idyllic day to Arida, the beach front center for the Arisa speedboat tours of #Kohphiphi. Under the white cliffs of the Tonsai Towers (a famous climbing wall) we saw out 12 seater speedboat, stern to the golden sands and being lapped by the most inconsequential wavelets.

Getting on at Tonsai Bay #KohPhiPhi
Full Day Speedboat Tour of Phi Phi Island
Getting on at Tonsai Bay #KohPhiPhi

The #speedboat lightly bobbed on the crystal electric blue waters as we waited for all of us to board. Our captain Bang Sead, got his apprentices to pull in and stow the anchors and we set off south towards #phiphiley.

Leaving the beach on Tonsai Bay.

We sped out of the bay aiming for Viking Cave and then Pi ley Lagoon. We moored up on the sand beach in a corner of the lagoon and tried to scramble up to the rarely visited view point. Unfortunately it was very overgrown with vines crawling with red ants that delighted in biting us so we turned back just 20 meters from our goal. The smart guys who stayed wallowing in tropical waters had the best result, just lying back enjoying glorious paradise.

Pi Ley Bay, #PhiPhiLey
Full Day Speedboat Tour of Phi Phi Island
Pi Ley Bay, #PhiPhiLey

From Pi Ley Bay we headed south past Loh Samah to snorkel on the diving walls of the Koh Bida islands. Celine saw a leopard shark and a black reef shark immediately. After all 8 of us were in the water the bigger fish had been scared off. Still we saw shoals of big trevally waving around the submerged rock falls from the cliffs. This was are best snorkeling for shoals of small fish .

Full Day Speedboat Tour of Phi Phi IslandLeaving Koh Bida
From #KohBida we headed back north to Palong Bay which is just north of the World renown #MayaBayA local dive profession told us that the black tip shark had been spotted there and sure enough 6 of out 8 had see shark by the end of the visit.

Full Day Speedboat Tour of Phi Phi Island
Palong Bay
Full Day Speedboat Tour of Phi Phi Island
Leaving Palong

The penultimate snorkel stop was a a massive submerged rock just off the bottom of #phiphidon. The water was clearer here and there was a brilliant shoal of mini blue tuna which was a wonderful sight.

The last stop took us to Wang Long, a perfect cut in the cliffs that has access out onto the setting sun. As they sun set we snorkelled under the cliffs and caves eaten away by the low season storms. This was a real magical setting and sealed the end to a perfect day.

Sun Set at Wang Long Bay 3

On the way Back to Koh Phi Phi Don

Key ideas: 
phiphispeedboattour, speedboatphiphi, ppspeedboat, #phiphispeedboattour, #speedboatphiphi,#ppspeedboat

Further Links

The Beach movie location

Pi Ley

Loh Samah Bay

Best Beaches on Phi Phi Island

Best sunsets in Phi Phi

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How to avoid making simple mistakes on the Koh Phi Phi Ferry.

Avoid making rookie errors on the Koh Phi Phi Ferry.
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You can see here a few videos taken on the Phuket to Koh Phi Phi ferry with a description of what to expect on the ferries and what to avoid.

The Phi Phi Ferries are numerous as both Phuket and Krabi have multiple departures (Phuket 08.30, 11.00, 13.30, 15.00/ Krabi 09.00, 10.30,13.30, 15.00/ Koh Lanta 08.00,1300) and multiple ferries in the morning. The morning ferries double as one day sightseeing tour and cruises and are often busy with large groups from all over the world. The later ferries tend to be smaller but filled with people who are definitely overnight on Koh Phi Phi.


The Phuket 08.30, Krabi 09.00, Koh Lanta 08.00 are the first to leave ferries are large. The Largest Sea Angel can take 600 people. Most of the people on these ferries are moved around in large groups and offered a cruise, drinks and food in a day of sight seeing, snorkeling and eating. If you are on these ferries, and these are often promoted as the best ferries, it's good to get on the boat early so you can get a good place to sit. You also want to get your travel bag in an area where you can get it easily or you can be waiting 20 minutes after the ferry arrives to retrieve it.

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Avoid simple mistakes Getting Off your ferry at Koh Phi Phi Pier, the article with videos that take you through how to get off the ferry and how to pay the 20 THB Koh Phi Phi entry fee with minimum fuss.
Koh Phi Phi FerriesAvoid making Koh Phi Phi Ferry mistakes video channel.
Top 35 Koh Phi Phi Transport Articles 

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