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Many guides offer boat rides in their "longtail" wooden boats, and many even use the same price deck, which quotes THB 1500 for a 3 hour boat ride around Ko Phi Phi Le. Note this is for a "private" ride which means just 1 or 2 people in the boat (not a speedboat).

With careful negotiation, how much could I expect to pay? Are there places on the island where I can get a much better deal for a 3 hour private boat ride?

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    How western do you look? And do you speak any Thai? – Gagravarr Apr 4 '14 at 14:12
  • European (see photo), and no Thai outside of sawasdee. – Kevin Burke Apr 4 '14 at 14:12
  • Lookout for scammers. I once had to pay 4000 THB for a speedboat in Floating Market. – Ayesh K Apr 4 '14 at 14:31
  • @KevinBurke That actually sounds pretty reasonable. You might be able to get it down to ~1000, but unless you're Thai good luck! – Stephen P. Apr 5 '14 at 2:40
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Wiki Voyage quotes it around 1200 TBH:

Phi Phi officially has no motorised transport, though there are a few motorcycles with sidecars, usually used for goods and construction material transport. Transport on land is by foot or bicycle, but in the populated areas of Ton Sai, nowhere is more than about a ten minutes walk from anywhere else. Longtail boats sail between all beaches. On Phi Phi Don, you can also walk to any beach. From Ton Sai to Long Beach, expect to pay 40 baht/person in the afternoon, at least 80 baht at night. To have a complete boat to yourself, expect to pay at least 100 baht.

Wheelbarrows are used to transport goods, including your luggage if you like. Expect free transport from the pier to your room, but not necessarily in the opposite direction.

The most common ways to get around on Ko Phi Phi are by foot and by longtail. As with most everything in an area like this, the price for longtail boats is a negotiation. Hint: Take some foam earplugs for the longtail boat rides. It's a fun ride but the engines are loud and after 45 minutes it can get to you. Negotiating for longtail boats is usually done according to where you want to go and how many hours you want the trip to last. As an example, 1,200 baht for a 6-hour outing to Ko Phi Phi Leh and Ton Sai Bay from the Holiday Inn Resort.

I used this website a few times to have an idea of the different prices while I was in Thailand and it was pretty accurate. While I was there I paid a bit more around 1300 TBH.

But as Gagravarr said the prices can differ if you look and/or speak Thai.

I hope it helped you and have a good trip!

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    That says 1200 for a 6 hour journey. I assume six hours would be more expensive than a 3 hour journey, which is why I thought it was unrealistic. – Kevin Burke Apr 13 '14 at 3:57
  • Yes indeed, but don't expect it to be half of the 6h price. – HappyDump Apr 14 '14 at 8:03

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