Phi Phi Island, Krabi

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island, Krabi
Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s island superstar. It’s been in the movies. It’s the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it’s the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn’t disappoint. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, and then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight.

The second part of the why-we-love-this-place story is attitude: few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands located near Phuket and Krabi, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry.

Most of this limestone island is a protected marine reserve which means you’ll enjoy unspoiled beaches, as well as fantastic diving and snorkeling. Several local dive shops get great reviews from our travelers. When you’re back on dry land, chill out even more with a session of yoga on the beach.

Talay Waek Islands, Krabi

Chicken Island

Chicken Island

Talay Waek Islands, Krabi
Talay Waek is one of Thailand’s unseen highlights, is situated along Koh Dam Khwan. The sea is gradually separated by white sand and limestone beach that will appear to amazingly connect the two islands at low tide. The best time to visit Thale Waek is five days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May.

Talay Waek is a unique beach destination located between the offshore islands of Koh Kai, Koh Tup, and Koh Mor which are located in the Krabi province of southern Thailand.  Talay Waek, which in English means ‘the sea divided’ is a natural feature which occurs when the Andaman Sea flows in two directions; being parted by a long sand bar which links the islands of Koh Kai (or Chicken Island, which is also the largest), Koh Tup  and Koh Mor.  This phenomenon happens each day as the tide recedes.

Background
The sand bar which appears to rise miraculously from the Andaman Sea creates (for a period each day) a white sandy beach which allows tourists to relax or walk around and explore the islands on foot.  This has become a popular destination for tourists who take boat tours to the four popular offshore islands of Krabi which also includes Koh Poda and Koh Lanta.

Most people who visit these offshore islands do so to soak up the sun on the pristine white beaches or to engage in other popular activities such as diving and snorkeling in the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea where there is an abundance of colorful fish and corals.  These popular islands are located within the Mu Koh Poda archipelago which forms part of the Krabi province. If you happen to be crossing the sand bar when the waters are just receding it is better to where thongs or shoes as shells and coral can often be felt under foot as you walk along.

History
However, despite being a popular tourist destination, these islands are also said to be of archaeological significance as items of material culture such as stone tools, potsherds, and unbaked clay votive tablets are said to have been found here.  Hence, many tourists choose to explore parts of the islands on foot and take advantage of the panoramic views on offer and take some photographs of the surrounding landscape.

Chicken Island
Koh Kai or Chicken Island (which gets its name from a rock formation which is shaped like a chicken neck and head) is the largest of these islands.  It is a rocky island with steep cliffs but it does have some lovely white sandy beaches and is surrounded by some beautiful coral reefs making it a popular choice for snorkelers (see image below).  Each of these islands is uninhabited today so you can only visit them as part of a day tour usually from Krabi.

Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang Beach is surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs and is located on the southernmost tip of the Railay Peninsula, just south of West Railay. Out of the four beaches within this peninsula this beach would have to rate as the best with calm clean waters. The limestone cliffs that tower above the beachfront provide shade from the hot sun.

From the beach there are beautiful views across to the very popular Poda, Chicken and Tub Islands that lie in the distance. At the southern end of the beach is a tall limestone cliff that contains the famous Princess Cave also known as Tham Phra Nang Nok or outer cave that is said to be the home of a mythical sea princess? For those who are up for a hike, inside the cliff is a hidden lagoon called Sa Phra Nang or Holy Princess Pool which can be reached by following a trail into the side of the mountain. The climb is a bit challenging, but that’s what makes it so much fun.

Phra Nang is also known and shown on some maps as Princess Cave Beach or Phranang Cave Beach; all these different names can be somewhat confusing!!! Many people visit Phra Nang as part of a day trip from one of the other beaches as it is the first stop on the Krabi 4 island tour. While other visitors just come to spend the day lazing on the beach or to explore and admire the stunning scenery in this beautiful part of of Krabi Province. Other adventurous activities at Phra Nang include rock climbing, hiking snorkeling and sea kayaking.

How to get there
From Krabi, drive along Highway 4034, then 46. Turn left and continue on Highway No.4202 heading to Ao Nang. Long-tail boats and speed boats run daily from Ao Nang Bay to the sand dune.

Raya & Coral Island, Phuket

Raya Island

Raya Island

Raya & Coral Island, Phuket
Raya Island, Swimming or Relaxing on white sandy beach at “Patok Beach”.
Depart from “Patok Beach” to “Kon Kae Bay” and “Siam Bay” enjoys snorkeling time with plentiful coral reef and colorful fishes. Cruise sightseeing at “Ter Bay” and back to “Patok Beach”.

Raya Island is one of Phukets most beautiful tropical Islands; it is situated 25kms south of Phuket Island lying in the Andaman Sea only 30 minutes from Phuket by speedboat. This spectacular Island offers warm crystal clear waters pristine white sandy beaches and is fantastic for snorkeling with an abundance of sea life with many tropical fishes this is truly a tropical paradise.

Coral Island has beautiful beach pristine white sandy beaches, excellent snorkeling and a wide variety of water sports. A superb Tour which visits two of the most beautiful Islands in the Andaman Sea a great day to enjoy some of Phukets finest beaches and snorkel sites. From Chalong Pier and arrive Coral Island (Koh Hey) Enjoy the white sandy beach & turquoise water as you partake in various sea activities

Khai Nok Islands, Phuket

Koh Khai Island

Koh Khai Island

Khai Nok Islands, Phuket
For those of you who want a more personalized touch a private speed boat charter is available. This is ideal for groups of friends and family who want a more intimate Khai Island tour.

Koh Khai Nok is a small island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay. It’s only 30 minutes or so away from the east coast of Phuket but ask anyone on the island if they’ve been there and you will probably draw a blank stare.

Still, a hidden gem is sometimes all the more precious for being so and when we discovered a half day tour was going there we leapt at the opportunity to try it out.

Off we pile onto Koh Khai Nok, a small triangular island about the size of a large football pitch comprising a rocky headland and a snow-white beach. One special characteristic of Koh Khai Nok is that it has at least twelve types of exotic tropical fish and they aren’t afraid of humans. As a result a lot of people are swimming through them with people taking photos of them.

Loaves of bread are handed out to feed the shoals and there’s a colorful feeding frenzy every time a piece of bread is thrown in. Many more swim out to a retaining floating rope where the serious coral starts and some even swim further up the island’s south coast, marveling at the sub-aquatic life.

Still, there are three types of people in this world: Those who don mask, snorkel and fins and get in with the fish and coral; those who head for the free sandwiches and soft drinks, rest a bit then get in with the fishiest, and finally those who wrap a sarong around their head, clamber into a deck chair under the shade of a parasol and take in the colorful surroundings. Because of the photo opportunities there are more cameras on Koh Khai Nok than on Oscar night. There are people taking photos of people taking photos. It’s a classic poise that takes in you, the beautiful turquoise water stretching out behind, with tropical fish swimming through your legs.