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Krabi Island Tour : A Great Experience

 
  • Bustling Krabi Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves, but mid-city you’re more likely to be awe-struck by the sheer volume of guesthouses, travel agencies and building work packed into this quirky, compact town. It's a key transport hub, around which a busy traveller scene continues to evolve. Western restaurants and free wi-fi are ubiquitous, as are gift shops selling the usual trinkets. And yet, if you hang around a while, you’ll see that there’s also a very real provincial scene going on between the cracks.

     When travellers talk dreamily about the amazing Andaman, they usually mean Krabi, with its trademark karst formations curving along the coast like a giant limestone fortress of adventure. Rock climbers will find their nirvana in Railay, while castaway wannabes should head to Ko Lanta, Ko Phi-Phi or any of the other 150-plus islands swimming off this 120km-long bleach-blonde shoreline.

    here is a Guide to Krabi Island tour:

  • 01Jum Island or Phu Island

    Based close to Krabi and Ko Lanta Yai, the less known Arabian island Ko Jum, also known as Ko Phu Island, strikes a perfect balance of long stretched sandy beaches, splendid sun, thinning crowds and laid back relaxing ambience. The silky coral sand and the transparent aquamarine water encircle the west coast of Jum islands. Though some areas are a little rocky but the best part is there are plenty of swimmable patches. The wide beeches beautified by casuarinas trees are an ideal location for all who love the peacefulness and the music of nature and seeks to find solace away from the party crowd.



    There are quite a few budgeted hotels and upscale resorts with all essential facilities that guarantee a good and relaxing holiday experience. During peak season, there are regular boats to Krabi town and all the popular locations and islands around.

    Location: 75km from Krabi
  • 02Kai Island or Chicken Island

    Based on the southern part of Poda and Tup islands, Kai Island is also been popularly known as Poda Nuk Island or Hua Khawan Island. The rooster shaped rock on the island is a symbol of the beautiful Krabi Sea. The pleasant climate and the harmonious ambience, fascinating coral reefs and white sandy beaches are key attractions of this island. It is a perfect blend of dense vegetation on one side and turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches on the other. For all the adventure seekers it is a great location to enjoy swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. With stunning beauty and mesmerizing views of the Krabi coastlines this is one of the pictorial locations and a must visit island for the tourist.



    Highlights
    : Sandbar that emerges from water during low tide connecting Koh Mor and Tup islands

    Location: 30 mins longtail boat ride from west coast of Krabi.
  • 03Mor Island

    Based close to Chicken Islands, Mor Island or Koh Mor is a small island in the Andaman Sea in Thailand. Powder coated sun kissed beaches and exceptional scenic beauty is the prime attraction in this small yet beautiful island. The cascading blue waters and lovely fishes floating near the beaches also incur equal amount of interest among the travelers. Though the island is not very crowded but the serene beauty is worth a visit. For the adventure seekers also this serves to be an excellent location to try out sports like snorkeling and swimming. The island remains easily accessible by boat rides and there are plenty of rides available through long tail boats from various prominent islands and Krabi town.



    Highlights
    : Sandbar that emerges from water during low tide connecting Chicken Island

    Location: 30 mins longtail boat ride from west coast of Krabi.
  • 04Mu Koh Hong

    Mu Koh Hong is not a single island but a cluster of limestone islands which includes popular islands like Lao Riam Pakka, Lao or Sa Ka Lao La Ding and not to forget the southern big island Lao Li Pe. The major attractions of these islands are its pictorial beauty consisting of white sandy beaches, amazing coral reefs, mesmerizing ambience, pleasant climate and crystal blue waters. For the adventure lovers the destination provides equal entertainment with options for adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Fishing is one of the popular activities here as some of the unique fishes are available in the sea here. Another attraction close to the island is the Bok Khorani National Park which can be easily reached through boat ride. The entrance fee of the park is 200bht. However for camping there are separate charges.



    Highlights
    : Sea Canoeing & Kayaking

    Location: 46km from Krabi town.
  • 05Pak Bia Island

    For stunning silence, exotic ambience, peaceful environment, shady atmosphere one of the best location is the beautiful Pak Bia Island based close to the Hong Islands. The white sands of the beaches and crystal clear waters of the sea provide an excellent contrast along with lush greenery spread across the island. For the romantic lovers this can be a excellent hide out away from the crowded beach activities. Swimming is one of the popular activities done here. For a relaxing laid back time this is an ideal place to visit



    Highlights
    : Beach activities

    Location
    : West of Ao Nang at a distance of 15 mins in speed boat ride.
  • 06Phai Island or Bamboo Island

    Phai Island or Kho Phai is the largest part of the Island Chain which includes Koh Man Wichai, Koh Luam Noi, Ko Luam and Koh Klung Badan. The beautiful serene island is being under continuous monitoring of Royal Thai Navy as a result tourists are only permitted to visit but not stay overnight at the place. Outstanding pristine beaches and elongated stretch of coral reefs and sun kissed white sands are the key attractions here. For the adventure lovers swimming and snorkeling would be the ideal sport activity. Hin Klang, the fascinating coral garden based close by is an amazing place to visit. The beach is far less crowded making it an ideal spot to spend some time in solitude and reenergize the body and mind.



    Highlights
    : Camping with permission from authorities and scuba diving

    Location: About 6km north of Phi Phi Island, 21km west of Pataya.
  • 07Poda Island

    Image Credit : Vyacheslav Argenberg
    Koh Poda is a small island with breathtaking scenic beauty based on the western corners of Ao Nang. A picture perfect tropical island showcasing nature extravaganza, this is undoubtedly a huge miss if not visited. Stretching for not a bit than 1 kilometer in diameter, the beautiful island remains fringed by turquoise blue waters and has a vast treasury of glistening white sands and amazing coral reefs that are simply mesmerizing.

    Image Credits : Exo Des



    Things to do: The island can easily be visited on a day tour from Ao Nang or the Railay Beaches. One can have a wide range of beach activities here but popular sports here are swimming and snorkeling. A visitor fee needs to be paid while visiting the island as the same comes under the part of Mu KohPhi Phi National Park

    Getting There:  The island is located at a distance of about 30 minutes and once can reach there through a long tail boat from Ao Nang
  • 08Si Bo Ya Island

    Being an ideal getaway from the hustle of city life, Si Bo Ya Island is one of the famous islands near Krabi. Being essentially an abode of the island fisherman, many tourists come here to learn more about the culture, facility, living conditions of these fishermen. The island is close to both Jum Island and Pu Island. White beech, blue waters, some rocky terrains and an excellent relaxing ambience make this island so popular near Krabi. The long stretched beaches are ideal for sand walk with friends and loved ones. Swimming is not an advisable sport here since the water is quite cloudy but however one can obviously enjoy with activities like Sea Canoeing & Kayaking, Cycling & Mountain Biking. The sunset from the beach is the most awe striking beauty of the island.



    Location
    : Southern coast of Krabi province
  • 09Yao Noi Island

    Based in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, Ka Yao Noi Islands is often referred as “small long Island”. Being situated almost halfway between Krabi and Phuket this island has a tranquility and serene beauty which remains unmatched with other islands here. The photogenic landscape and the stretches of mangrove forest, blue cascading waters and fabulous golden beaches all form an irresistible visual experience here. There is availability of both luxurious accommodations along with budget friendly hotels for good stay in the island. Some of the best activities to be done here include Diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and rock climbing. One can enjoy homely matches at the boxing training camp of Muay Thai boxing camp.



    Highlights
    : Yoga retreat in the island, Exclusive Thai Massage

    Location: 30 minute speed boat ride from Phuket
  • 10Yao Yai Island

    Forming an essential part of Yao Island district, Yao Yai Island is the largest island with amazing and captivating beaches such as Lo Pa Raed Beach, Sai Bay, Klong Son Bay, Thi Kud Bay, Hin Kong Bay, Laan bay and Laem Nok Og. One of the most scenic islands, the water here is clear with fishes swimming around showing a great display for the onlookers. Yao Yai village based here is a small village with traditional values and cultures which excites the visitors a lot. The main source of earning for the people here are from agriculture and fishing. There are small budget accommodations present here with all necessary facilities for night stay. Some of the best activities to be done here include Swimming, Sea Canoeing and Kayaking, and Mountain Biking.



    Highlights
    : Beach Walking

    Location: 25 min speedboat ride from Phuket eastern coast
  • 11Yung Island or Mosquito Island

    One of the remotest parts of Phi Phi islands, Mosquito Island is one of the isolated islands which consist of a limestone cliff rock which is around 700 meters in height. The island is divided into two small beaches and both the beaches remains filled with mosquitoes during sunset and hence the name. Beautiful white sandy beaches and soft corals enhance the beauty of the island.



    Swimming is not suggested here as black tip sharks are common in the northern cove. Snorkeling is done on the south eastern shores whereas diving is done best on the north eastern tip

    Highlights: Mosquito Pinnacle about a km north west of Mosquito Island
  • 12Bida Nok

    Bida Nok Island is one of the most preferred dive sites in Phi Phi islands. This is one such place where diving can be done at all levels and it providers great entertainment to all who does it. A fascinating topography is visible underneath with abundant fish life that simply mesmerizes the divers. Giant moray eels, turtles, schools of snapper, lionfish, hunting jackfish, barracuda, nudibranchs, sweetlips, and sea snakes are some of the fascinating under water creatures visible here.



    Soft corals especially in the north eastern side are a sight to enjoy. The dive boats regularly visit Phi Phi every day of the week. The dive boats provide a 3 dive combo and it is only after considering the weather conditions, sea currents and safety they agree on the trip.
  • 13Bida Nai

    Based at a distance of about 1 km south of Phi Phi Islands, Bida Nai is the limestone brother island of Bida Nok and is also considered as a splendid dive sites especially for the uncountable collection of unique and charming aqua life. Though the reef remains covered by both soft and hard corals, a keen eyed diver will spot the splendid fishes any way. A minimum of 4 divers needs to be present while diving and all happens under the guidance of the diving leader of the dive boat.



    Underneath there are caves and colorful lagoons but it is advisable to avoid the caves if there is no prior experience in under water diving as this are narrow passages and not safe for amateurs. This is one of the most exciting destination and the only happening activity in this island.