Krabi Islands – Koh Poda
It is one of the first ones off the coast of Ao Nang, 8 kilometers from Ao Nang. In the list of Krabi Islands, Ko Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand, in Krabi Province. It is part of the Mu Ko Poda, or Poda Group Islands. Five stars to beach quality and value for money but facilities are very less.
You either should book one of the organized island tours that include Poda Island (4-island tour), buy a ticket in the ticket booth (300 baht) or just arrange a private longtail (more expensive). In any case, the Natural Park daily fee is not included (400 baht).
Since it’s near going on your own and take a full day of relaxing on the beach. It is also near Chicken Island.
Chicken Island and Tub Island, also known as “Koh Gai/Koh Kai” or “Koh Tub” in Thai, are two islands off the coast of Ao Nang. You can easily get tickets for the longtail boats near the Ao Nang beach. Ticket booths are at each end of the road. The price of a ticket to Chicken Island is about 300 baht.
Chicken Island is – like Koh Poda – a part of the Had Noppharatthara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. Therefore, you have to pay a national park fee when you purchase the tickets.
You cannot walk around the whole island since there will be only water and rocks at some point. The rock that looks like a chicken, however, cannot be seen from the island itself.
Chicken Island and Tub Islands are connected with a sand bank. You could only walk between those islands in the morning. Tub Island itself consists of two small islands with a stretch of sand between them. The Thai sun can be very strong and lead to unpleasant sunburns.
Hong literally translated to the Thai word for `Room’, it means Room Island. There is a very good reason for this as right at its center is a lagoon surrounded by cliffs. The entrance to the lagoon is quite narrow making the whole experience quite spectacular.
Part of National Marine Park, the four superb islands of the Koh Hong group. The group consists of Hong Island Lagoon, Hong Island Bay, Lading Island, Pakbia Island, Daeng Island.
It takes twenty minutes from Ao Nang by speedboat or 45 min. by long tail boat. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Phang Nga Bay, with its countless rocky outcrops, the islands are among the most beautiful in Krabi province.
The main island, Koh Hong is uninhabited, except for the birds, white-faced Gibbons and giant monitor lizards that can be spotted on the main white sand beach.
Koh Phi Phi
I have covered Koh Phi Phi Islands in the `Special Section’ here.
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Koh Jum and Koh Siboya
Jum Island, also known as Pu (Crab) Island is located approximately 25 kilometers south of Krabi (Thailand) on the Andaman Sea. The mountainous northern part (known as Koh Pu) is rugged, rocky, filled with small rubber plantations and what looks to me like triple-canopy jungle on the upper slopes of Mt. Pu (395 m. high) while the southern part (Koh Jum) is relatively flat and covered by the natural vegetation of the Andaman Coast, casuarinas trees, and screw palms.
You can walk the entire west coast at lower tide levels – some sections between the beaches become difficult above half-tide. At such times, you can detour inland to the main coast road and the road behind Magic and Ting Rai beaches that now goes as far as North/Lubou beach.
These islands, south of Krabi, are places to escape the crowd. The beaches are not as divine as other Andaman Sea spots but they are quiet.
Koh Siboya is a speck of an island with a population of about 1000 people. You do not come to Siboya for beaches, snorkeling, diving, climbing etc. You come to relax. Main activities are cash cropping and fishing.
Songthaews leave for the pier at Leam Hin at 1100 and 1500. It takes an hour and cost 50-100baht.
The twin Lanta Islands are located in Krabi Province and eth best of Krabi Islands, off the southwest coast of Thailand. At 80sqkm, Ko Lanta Yai is the bigger of the two and is Krabi’s largest inhabited island. Blessed with a dozen sandy beaches along its west coast, there is more than enough place for everyone to relax. It takes less than an hour to reach from Krabi.
Koh Lanta has several little islands, the most-visited of which is Koh Lanta Yai. It is a quite Island in comparison to Ao Nang. You can even say that Koh Lanta is trendier than Phi Phi IIslands Nightlife is there for those who want it, but the wild parties of Phi Phi and bustling street life of Ao Nang are not for Ko Lanta people. Small, friendly beach bars rule here – day and night.
You can take a taxi from Krabi Airport to the pier in Krabi Town for 350 baht, journey time approximately 15 minutes, or to the pier in Ao Nang for 600 baht, journey time 30 minutes. Boats to Lanta also leave from Ko Jum, Phuket and Phi Phi. One-way journey costs from 400 baht for adult and 300 for a child.
Note Passenger ferries operate from November to April only. During ‘low season’ (May – late October), all passenger ferries stop operating and the only way to get to Lanta Island is via taxi or minibus service from Ao Nang, Krabi Town or Trang.