That quintessential, deserted tropical island is not as illusive as you might think! Whether you merely want to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day life, enjoy some incredible diving and snorkelling, or simply tan yourself on some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, you’re sure to find your very own treasure island among the 150 or so that Krabi has to choose from.
Koh Gai (Aka Chicken Island)
This curious island is also known as Chicken Island due to its prominent rock formation which closely resembles the head of a chicken. The island features a pristine, white sandy beach at one end and sheer cliffs at the other, which become separated at high tide. This diminutive island makes a pleasant day trip – just don’t forget your snorkel because the warm waters here are filled with delicate corals that deserve to be explored!
If you are looking for somewhere to play your desert island discs, then you have come to the right place! This stunning Krabi island is rarely busy and presents a genuine opportunity to get away from it all. The unspoilt beach, framed by limestone cliffs, leads to incredibly shallow waters that are literally teeming with colourful fish and coral reefs. The amazing visibility affords some fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling, whilst a leisurely walk to the island’s centre reveals an intriguing collection of caves and a hidden lagoon. Here you can watch in awe as daring locals climb up precarious bamboo poles to collect rare and extremely valuable swallows nests, a key ingredient in birds nest soup.
This sleepy and secluded group of islands (52 islands in total including Lanta Yai, Lanta Noi and Ko Ngai), lies around 43 miles south of Krabi. Koh Lanta showcases a rich and exceptionally diverse landscape of unblemished beaches, rugged mountains, dense rain forests and emerald green waters and incorporates the gorgeous Koh Lanta Marine National Park. And, although there has been some low-key development in recent years, Ko Lanta still boasts a friendly and authentic Thai community. Indeed, Lanta Yai is home to an ancient tribe of sea gypsies who, even today, observe their unique culture and customs.
There is a good choice of quality accommodation that is sympathetic to the natural environment making the possibility of spending an entire holiday on this delightful archipelago an enticing reality.
Just under 5 miles from the tourist resort of Ao Nang lies the tiny jewel known as Koh Poda. Popular with waters sports enthusiasts who come to fish, snorkel and scuba dive, its white sandy beaches are also perfect for making the most of that incredible Krabi sun! If you fancy a relaxing and scenic stroll, wait until the tide is out and you can wander across to the nearby islands.
Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi
If you want to get back to nature and enjoy a true taste of local Thai culture, then these two islands, slap-bang in the centre of breathtaking Phang Nga Bay are a great place to spend your Krabi holiday. There are some small, family run resorts and bungalow complexes here, that offer a comfortable and memorable stay.
Phi Phi Islands
Whilst our list of Krabi islands does not pretend to be exhaustive, it wouldn’t be compete without including the famous group of three picturesque islands known collectively as Phi Phi!
Ko Paid – this completely uninhabited island, known locally as Bamboo Island, is a haven of peace and tranquillity and a complete contrast to bustling Ao Nang or Krabi Town. You won’t have to fight for personal space on these deserted and picture perfect beaches!
Phi Phi Don – there is a comprehensive selection of accommodation and excellent tourist amenities on this spectacular Krabi island. With around 17 square miles of panoramic beaches and dramatic mountain ranges, this popular holiday island will guarantee you a visit to treasure for a lifetime.
Phi Phi Leh – ever since a moment of Hollywood fame in the celebrated American film ‘The Beach’, Phi Phi Leh has attracted a growing number of curious visitors who want to witness the almost dreamlike setting for themselves. In addition to its stunning beach, the island also provides unparalleled diving in its coral filled waters and some challenging climbs on its craggy cliffs. A heaven on earth for sun worshippers and adventure sports enthusiasts alike!