Located along the seaboard of the Andaman Sea, the Province of Krabi has over the years become one of the top travel destinations in Thailand. Among the attractions of this province are its pristine beaches, picturesque rock formations and beautiful landscapes. With more than eighty islands in Krabi, travellers have a lot of places to visit and to explore upon taking this trip.
For those who’d like to try out island hopping in Krabi, below are some tourist places and travel sites to check out.
There are about three major groups of islands that are accessible through boats and vessels from the mainland of Krabi. These are the Phi Phi Islands; the Hong Islands and the 4 Islands.
- The Phi Phi Islands
Famous for being the set of the movie ‘The Beach’, the islands of Phi Phi are among the most popular travel destinations for island hopping in Thailand. Phi Phi consists of six islands: Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Bamboo Island, Bida Nok, Bida Nai and Koh Yung. The largest of which is Koh Phi Phi Don, the only island in the archipelago that have permanent residents. A 45-minute speedboat ride from mainland Krabi, this archipelago features some of the most wonderful beaches and turquoise waters that are perfect for those who are looking for a tropical paradise.
- The Hong Islands
The Hong archipelago consists of about a dozen of islands. Some of which are so small that it does not have its own beach. Travellers can get there through a 20 minute speedboat ride or through riding a longtail that takes about 45 minutes from Ao Nang, the central coastal point of Krabi. Its main island of Koh Hong is among visitors’ top travel destination due to its majestic lagoon and spectacular rock formations. Other islands such as Koh Pakbia and Koh Rai also feature some impressive sandbars that are revealed at low tide.
- The 4 Islands
The most popular day time itinerary for tourists is the trip to 4 islands. It is the closest archipelago from the coast of Krabi. It takes about fifteen to twenty minutes through speedboat to arrive there. The four islands namely: Koh Poda, Koh Gai or ‘Chicken Island’, Koh Tub and Koh Mar, is visible in the horizon of mainland Krabi. These islands are highly regarded for its perfect beaches, three-pronged sand bar and oddly amazing rock formations.
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