If you don't mind spending a morsel more for the sake of efficiency, the jet-setting way of reaching Koh Phi Phi is via seaplane. Destination Air Shuttle (www.destinationair.com) makes the 12-minute trip from Phuket's airport - as well as other popular Andaman coast destinations - to Phi Phi Don.
The Thailand country code: +66; area code for Koh Phi Phi: 075. Drop the '0' if dialling from overseas.
Do go / Don't Go
Save your Phi Phi pilgrimage for the hot period between December and April. The tropical monsoon climate brings a risk of battling winds and rains from May to November.
Southern Thailand is famous for its fiery curries and fish dishes. Gorge on prawn, lobster, crab and fish on Phi Phi - curried, steamed, boiled, barbecued or fried. So delicious is the tropical fruit on the Andaman Islands that some travellers choose to go on a fruit-only detox. The juicy treats available range from the familiar - oranges, pineapple, bananas, apples and papaya - to the exotic - rambutan, custard apples and mangosteen.
Phi Phi has dirt tracks, not tarmac, so there isn't any official form of motorised transport. However, long-tail taxi-boats ply between the various beaches and facilitate nifty island-hopping.
While tipping isn't necessary, it is appreciated.
Thai baht. £1 is approximately THB65.
Since you're in a tropical paradise, anything and everything goes. If you bring your best bikini or teeniest Speedos, keep a cover-up handy to avoid offending Muslim locals. Hiking outfits will come in handy for those who wish to trudge the islands' jungly interiors, and drinking water, insect repellent and sunscreen are essential for all.
For a picture-postcard-panoramic scope of the twin bays of Phi Phi - and a smashing sunset - trek your way up to the famous lookout point in Ton Sai. The trail takes you along the lush curves of Loh Dalum Bay, before climbing up the hill past Phi Phi View Point Resort.