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Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

1. Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

Enjoy an island-hopping adventure to 7 beautiful islands near Krabi on a long tail boat tour. Visit a variety of picturesque islands and enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner as you watch the magical sunset on Koh Poda. Start the 7 island sunset tour with pickup from your hotel in Krabi, or at one of several meeting points in the area. Depart by traditional longtail boat from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang, with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pick up fellow travelers. Continue to Koh Yawasam and dive into a paradise of large shallow gardens of coral surrounded by flat sandy areas. Cruise around the chicken-shaped rock at Koh Kai. Enjoy an excellent photo opportunity at this oddly-shaped natural landmark. The next stop is at Koh Tub for some beach time or (at low tide) a walk across the spectacular sandbank that connects it to Chicken and Mor Islands nearby. Swim in the crystal-clear water at Koh Tan Ming, a small rock islet in front of Koh Poda. After plenty of exertion and activity, you will then enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner right on the beach of Koh Poda as the sun goes down. Complete the evening with a short swim amidst the bio-luminescent plankton in the surrounding ocean of Koe Raeng before returning to the pier in Ao Nang.

Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

2. Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

Get picked up by minivan from your hotel in Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Ao Nam Mao, Klong Muang and Tubkaek Beach, or by speed boat if you stay at Railay Beach. Meet the boat crew of Sea Eagle at Nopparat Thara Pier and start the trip with a cruise to the four superb islands of the Hong Island group. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Phang Nga Bay, with its countless rocky outcrops, the islands are rightly considered to be among the most beautiful in Krabi province. The first stop will be at the main island itself. The half-circle shaped Hong Island is uninhabited, except for the birds, white-faced gibbons and giant monitor lizards that can be often spotted on the main white sand beach. Enjoy a delicious lunch including seasonal fruits and refreshments at the magnificent twin bays of Koh Hong. You will have a plenty of time to take in the beauty of this superb island including the spectacular panoramic 360° viewpoint. Its interior is home to a large lagoon, where you can find yourself at one with nature. The entrance to the lagoon is through a dramatic cliff passage that should be photographed on your way out. The tour will also include at least two pretty decent snorkeling stops of 40 minutes each. The most impressive one is at Lao Lading Island, a small limestone island with high cliffs and sandy sheltered beaches. Continue to Pakbia Island for taking photos and have a swim at the impressive sandbars revealed at low tide. Cruise back to the pier in Ao Nang where the van driver will give you a safe ride to your hotel.

Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

3. Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

Discover some of the most picturesque islands near Krabi on a day trip by longtail boat, with stops for swimming and snorkeling in clear blue waters. Relax on tranquil beaches and snap fantastic photos of the stunning scenery. Start the tour directly from your hotel in Krabi with pickup by minivan. Meet the crew and board the wooden longtail boat at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang. Head over to the first of the four islands, with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pick up fellow explorers. Visit the world-renowned Phra Nang Cave Beach on Railay. Admire views of vertical limestone cliffs, lush green jungle, white beaches, and clear turquoise waters. Visit the Princess Cave at the end of the beach, where fishermen make offerings in the form of incense and flowers to ensure safe voyages. Continue to Poda Island, famous for its white beaches and turquoise water. Spot the huge rock in front of the island, featured on countless postcards, so don’t miss the opportunity to snap your own photo memory here. After some swimming and snorkeling, enjoy a Thai-style boxed picnic lunch on the beach. Next, cruise around the “head” of Chicken Island, notable for the oddly-shaped rocky outcrop that gave it its name. Here also makes for an excellent photo opportunity. The next stop is at Koh Tub where you can walk across the spectacular sandbar that connects it to the Chicken and Mor Islands nearby. After your stroll, head back on the return leg of your adventure to the pier in Ao Nang.

Krabi: Phi Phi Early Bird & 4 Islands Day Tour by Speedboat

4. Krabi: Phi Phi Early Bird & 4 Islands Day Tour by Speedboat

Start the day with an early pick-up from the hotels in Ao Nang, Klong Muang, and Tub Kaek between 05:50 - 06:30 a.m. Pick up time for Railay beach is approx. 07:00-07:10 a.m. Enjoy the morning at Koh Mor and Koh Tap, a group of islands with a white fine sand bar that links the three isles together. Explore "Maya Bay" which was the backdrop for the movie 'The Beach', proceed to the iconic a wonderful paradise with turquoise water. Relax and admire the remarkable scenery from 'The Beach' movie. Head next to Pi Leh Lagoon, swimming at Phileh Lagoon, the jewel of the Phi Phi archipelago also known as the emerald lagoon. The enclosed lagoon is enclosed by jagged, towering limestone cliffs making the water extremely calm and beautiful. Go to snorkeling spots to swim and snorkel, Explore the colorful tropical reef and marine life with tropical fish. If it is your lucky day, you will see Blacktip reef sharks. Continue to Viking Cave, where you can spot the birds' nests from aboard the boat, not allowed to go inside the cave. All the boat tours stop close enough for taking photos. Next, visit the crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat at Monkey Bay, they are visible from the boat. Discover the powdery white sand beach with crystal clear water at Bamboo Island, the great place to relax on the beach. Enjoy Thai buffet lunch with a variety of options. After lunch, head to Koh Kai for taking photos of this island’s incredible rock formation in the shape of a chicken. The last destination is Poda Island, a long sandy beach. Relax and swim in this crystal clear water before returning to the pier to be transferred back to your hotels.

Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat Including Lunch Box

5. Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat Including Lunch Box

Start your Krabi adventure with a convenient hotel pickup (between 7:40 AM and 9:00 AM depending on your hotel area) in Krabi Town, Klong Muang, or Ao Nang. Take a thrilling 10-minute speedboat ride to Railay Beach, where you'll pick up any remaining passengers by 9:30 AM. Next, embark on a journey to the captivating 4 Islands. Your first stop is Tup Island, a hidden gem nestled near Koh Dam Khwan. Witness the magic of low tide as a strip of white sand and limestone connects Tup Island to its neighbor, creating a breathtaking beach. Continue to Chicken Island, famed for its unique rock formation resembling a chicken. This spot boasts exceptional snorkeling opportunities, with a vibrant underwater world waiting to be explored. Unwind on the pristine white sand beach of Poda Island. Dive into the crystal-clear water for a refreshing swim or delve deeper with some snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the colorful coral reefs teeming with diverse fish. After soaking up the sun, savor a delicious pre-packed lunch. Embark on a cultural stop at Phranang Cave. This revered cave is believed to be the dwelling place of a princess spirit, respected and worshipped by the locals. As your day winds down, cruise back to the pier around 2:00 PM before returning comfortably to your hotel.

Krabi: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

6. Krabi: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

Learn how to rock climb the stunning limestone cliffs of Railay Beach with a 4-hour introductory class, available as a small group or private option with personal attention. Be guided by an expert instructor on various climbing routes, suitable for beginners and intermediate climbers of mixed skill levels. Choose from a morning or afternoon session and then learn various climbing techniques. Get instructions on safety measures and learn how to use the equipment at some of the most scenic rock climbing locations at Railay and Phra Nang Beach. 

Krabi: Phi Phi Early Bird & 4 Island by Speedboat with Lunch

7. Krabi: Phi Phi Early Bird & 4 Island by Speedboat with Lunch

🌤Start the day with an early pick-up from the hotels in Ao Nang, Klong Muang, and Tub Kaek between 05:50 - 06:30 a.m. Pick up time for Railay beach is approx. 07:00-07:10 a.m. 🌤Enjoy the morning at Koh Mor and Koh Tap, a group of islands with a white fine sand bar that links the three isles together. 🌤Visit Maya Bay which was the backdrop for the movie 'The Beach', proceed to the iconic a wonderful paradise with turquoise water. Relax and admire the remarkable scenery from 'The Beach' movie. 🌤Head next to the Pileh Lagoon, enjoy swimming at the jewel of Phi Phi archipelago also known as the emerald lagoon. The enclosed lagoon is enclosed by jagged, towering limestone cliffs making the water extremely calm and beautiful. 🌤Go to snorkeling spots to swim and snorkel. Explore the colorful tropical reef and marine life with tropical fish. If it is your lucky day, you will see Blacktip reef sharks. 🌤Continue to the Viking Cave, which is used for harvesting swallow bird nests. This cave is one of the attractions at Phi Phi Leh. Although it is not allowed to go inside the cave, all the boat tours stop close enough for taking photos. Next, visit crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat at Monkey Bay, they are visible from the boat. 🌤Discover the powdery white sand beach with crystal clear water at Bamboo Island, the great place to relax on the beach. Enjoy Thai buffet lunch with a variety of options. 🌤After lunch, head to Koh Kai for taking photos of this island’s incredible rock formation in the shape of a chicken. 🌤The last destination is Poda Island, a long sandy beach. Relax and swim in this crystal clear water before returning to the pier to be transferred back to your hotels.

Krabi: Phi Phi Island Sunset Maya Bay and Four Islands Tour

8. Krabi: Phi Phi Island Sunset Maya Bay and Four Islands Tour

It's time to return to Maya Bay to experience the iconic beach at first hand - but this time with a late departure to avoid the crowds and enjoy a spectacular sunset at Bamboo Island. Get picked up directly from your hotel lobby in Krabi by the driver of Krabi Sunset Tour and meet the boat crew at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang. The experienced English speaking guide will explain the detailed itinerary of the trip which can be slightly adapted due to sea and weather conditions. Board the fiberglass speed boat with 28 limited seats and head over to Phi Phi Leh passing by the 4 Island group with a quick stopover at Railay Beach to pickup other guests. The first snorkel stop will be at a stunning 150 m long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald waters at Monkey Beach. Then head further to the jetty on Phi Phi Don around 700 m away where you will enjoy a Thai-style buffet lunch in Arida Restaurant. After lunch stroll along the promenade of Ton Sai and catch a first impression of this lovely shore. Continue to Phi Phi Lee, an uninhabited island that lies 1.5 km off the southernmost tip of Phi Phi Don. Fly by at Viking Cave where locals harvest swiftlet birds’ nests which are believed to promote good health, specifically for the skin. Viking Cave owes its name to the paintings found on the eastern and southern walls of the cave. The second snorkel stop will be in Pileh Lagoon where you can jump into the cool and swim in turquoise water with colorful fish. Finally arrive at the floating jetty at Loh Samah Bay where the boat is docked and the park rangers will check your entrance ticket. The island is part of the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and visitors must pay an entrance fee on the spot. Climb over the rocks to an elevated wooden trail which leads to the beach at Maya Bay. Here you can touch the white sand and dangle your feet into the turquoise water. You will have approximately one hour to enjoy on one of the most stunning locations in Thailand, and if you lucky you can witness black tip reef sharks swimming in the shallows. Notable rules at Maya Bay include no swimming, no single-use plastics, using reef-safe sunscreen and no use of drones without permission. On the way back you will make a short stop at Bamboo Island which is surrounded by a strip of white sand. Its central part is covered with lush vegetation, including casuarina and bamboo trees. The trip will also include a stop at the 4 Island group where you can watch a spectacular sunset over the Andaman Sea before returning safely to the hotel.

Krabi: Private Luxury Longtail Boat Island Hopping Tour

9. Krabi: Private Luxury Longtail Boat Island Hopping Tour

Explore the Krabi Islands by the private iconic luxury long-tail boat with Half day or Full day program Routes: - Wonderful 4 Islands Trip (Thale Waek, Chicken Island, Poda Island, Ma Tang Ming Island, Railay Beach) - Wonderful Hong Island Trip (Hong Lagoon, Hong Island, Lao Lading Island, Pakbia Island) - Wonderful Hong Island with 4 Islands Trip (Hong Lagoon, Hong Island, Lao Lading Island, Thale Waek, Chicken Island, Poda Island) Time and Rounds Half Day: Morning 08:00-12:00, Afternoon 14:00-18:30 Full Day: 10:00-18:30 Free Pick up with Aonang area

Krabi: Phi Phi & 4 Islands Sunset Boat Tour

10. Krabi: Phi Phi & 4 Islands Sunset Boat Tour

Start the trip with a pickup from your Krabi hotel. Depart by speedboat from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang with a short stopover at Railay beach to pick up other travelers. Stop at Monkey Bay, which is surrounded by trees containing large numbers of monkeys. Take in the scenery and go snorkeling in the bay's crystal clear waters. Next, enjoy a delicious Thai buffet lunch at Arida Restaurant on Ko Phi Phi Don. Have some free time for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, or sightseeing. Continue to Ko Phi Phi Lee with a short stop at Viking Cave. Take a photo in front of Limestone cave with wall paintings and check out a site used for harvesting bird eggs. Enjoy some more snorkeling in Pileh Lagoon as you admire the crystal clear turquoise waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. Arrive at the floating pier at Loh Samah Bay and walk across to Maya Bay. Witness a lagoon surrounded by mountains, the sea, and white powder sand beaches. This was a filming location for the movie "The Beach." Next, visit Bamboo Island and have some free time for snorkeling and swimming. Watch a romantic sunset at Tup Island or Poda Island (depending on the sea conditions) before heading back to Nopparat Thara Pier for a transfer back to your hotel.

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The Hong Islands were beautiful! We first went through the lagoon because the tide was going out very quickly. There were still a lot of longtail boats with us, but it was still very beautiful. The main island was quite crowded but the viewpoint (definitely do it!!!) and the beach were also very beautiful. We didn't dare go into the water because of the jellyfish, but there were a few people swimming/snorkeling. The waves were pretty strong on the way to the next beach, but it also made it quite fun (if you are very sensitive I recommend taking a travel tablet). The beach was also very beautiful and good for relaxing. I can definitely recommend the tour and it is not as touristy as the Four Island Tour.

The activity was good & well organized. The sceneries are exceptional & recommend to go for it at least once. Finally, our guide 'Bi' was informative, have good humor sense & exceptional people management skill. Overall, am very satisfied with the activity.

The trip was perfectly well organized. We managed to see all spots. One of the highlight of this trip was definitely snorkeling- we even saw a baby shark! Our guide was professional, funny and super friendly- Ariel! 100% recommended

The tour was amazing. Our guide is a jolly guy and was able to make us enjoy the session as we are all beginners. We made all made it to climb up the rocks and enjoyed the amazing view of Railey! Highly recommended!

Eye was so attentive. This was the best tour we took on our Thailand holiday. Absolutely loved it.