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Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Speedboat Trip from Krabi

1. Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Speedboat Trip from Krabi

Enjoy a full-day of relaxation on this speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands, lapped by turquoise waters and shaded by towering limestone rocks. Scene of the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a paradise destination just 30 miles from mainland Thailand. Composed of 2 islets, Phi Phi Don is the larger, known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Above average tourist facilities are available along the 2 beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Lodalam. During the day you can visit Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed, swim in some of the world's clearest water, snorkel at beautiful Hin Klang, and explore Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest. Discover the hidden coves of Phi Phi Lee, such as Phi Lee Bay, where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens of Ao Maya and Ao Lo Sama. Completely uninhabited and surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark. You will also visit Monkey Beach, which is located on the southwestern side of Ton Sai Bay. It is a simply stunning 150 meter long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water. During low tide you can see a colony of monkeys having their breakfast down on the beach. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in the restaurant of Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort. Then it is time to explore the island path of Ton Sai which offers average tourist facilities along the beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay. In the afternoon you will have to chance to swim and snorkel at Bamboo Island, a tiny and flat island covered by lush vegetation and entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters from the shore. The uninhabited paradise located 3 miles (5 km) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don provides visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Itinerary: 08:00 - 08:45: Hotel pickup in Krabi 08:45 - 09:00: Meet the boat crew at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang 09:15 - 09:30: Cruise by speed boat to Railay Beach to pick up other guests 09:30 - 10:15: Head further to Bamboo Island 10:15 - 11:00: Swim and relax at the white-sand beach of Koh Pai (Bamboo Island) 11:00 - 11:15: Cruise slowly past Viking Cave and Maya Bay 11:15 - 11:45: Swim in Pileh Lagoon 11:45 - 12:15: Spot monkeys at Monkey Beach 12:15 - 13:00: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the Phi Phi Islands 13.00 - 13:30: Explore the island path of Ton Sai on the Phi Phi Islands 13.30 - 14.20 : Snorkel around the Phi Phi Islands 14.20 - 15:20: Head back to the mainland with a short stopover at Railay Beach 15:45 - 16:00: Arrive at Nopparat Thara Pier

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Krabi: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

2. Krabi: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

On the day of your visit, get picked up from your accommodation and drive to Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary. There, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, their behavior, what they eat, and their individual stories. After being allocated bananas to feed to the elephants, you will be able to feed free-roaming elephants and learn about their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their stories, lifestyle, and behaviors. Most of the elephants are rescued logging or riding elephants, but they are now safe and well cared for at this no-riding sanctuary. After you have met all the elephants, watch them enjoy their mud spa and join them. The elephants apply mud on their skin as a healthy sunscreen and mud treatment. Next, walk with the elephants, bathe them, and join them in the water for a refreshing cool-off. Brush the elephants while they frolic and play in the water and watch them enjoy being pampered. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways and change into some dry clothes. Finally, enjoy some seasonal fresh fruits and coconut water before your transfer back to the hotel.

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Krabi: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

3. 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. 

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Railay: 4 Islands Sunset & Night Snorkel

4. Railay: 4 Islands Sunset & Night Snorkel

Head to Railay Beach, one of the most popular beaches in all of Thailand surrounded by lush jungle and huge limestone formations. Take a traditional Thai boat to Poda Island, home to white sand beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs. During the voyage, glimpse the beautiful Tup Island formed by white sand that connects to Chicken Island when the tide goes down. Marvel at the stunning sandbars and crystal clear waters. Stop on Poda Island for some delicious traditional Thai food. Sail to Koh Sii Island which is considered one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the Ao Nang area. Dive into the waters to enjoy great visibility and see hard and soft coral. Enjoy the rich underwater life including tropical fish such as Nemo fish, butterfly fish, barracudas, puffer fish, and more. Next, sail to Phranang beach and stop for a small snack. Explore the famous Phranang Cave, famous for a large number of phallic carvings made in honor of the fertility goddess. Sit and watch one of the best sunsets in Thailand. On the way to Ao Nang, stop for some night snorkeling and the opportunity to swim amongst the bioluminescent plankton which is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Return to the Ao Nang area at around 8 or 8.30 PM. 

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Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat Including Lunch Box

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

Be picked up from your hotel in Krabi Town, Klong Muang or Ao Nang between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM. Enjoy a 20-minute speedboat ride to Railay Beach, where the boat will stop to pick-up some remaining passengers at 9:30 AM. Then, head to Phranang Cave which will be the first stop. Visit Phranang Cave, a very famous cave known as the house of a princess spirit who is respected and worshiped by the local people. Continue to Chicken Island where there is a distinctive rock formation that looks like a chicken. This is an excellent snorkeling spot with marine life that will amaze you. After relaxing here, enjoy your included lunch box. Journey to Tup Island one of Thailand’s unseen highlights, situated along Koh Dam Khwan. As the tide recedes the white sand and limestone beach will begin to appear and connect the two islands at low tide. Afterwards, visit the last stop, Poda Island. A lovely white and sandy beach which is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy great underwater adventures, exploring colorful corals and reef fish. After the long joyful day, journey back to the pier around 3:00 PM before driving backing to your hotel.  

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Krabi: Guided Kayaking Tour at Ao Thalane

6. Krabi: Guided Kayaking Tour at Ao Thalane

Explore the Krabi Province's beautiful landscapes, without damaging the environment. Learn how to use your kayak at the start of your day, with an introductory training session. Slowly cruise through the different coastal zones, and pass through mangrove forests, canyons, caves and lagoons. Choose between a morning tour or an evening tour. Observe wildlife in its natural habitat, and keep an eye out for native birds and monkeys. Travel to the Bok Korani National Park and Ao Nang, one of the most beautiful bays in Thailand. Discover the diverse ecosystem that has developed in this environment, without the crowds of tourists. 

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Krabi: Private Luxury Long Tail Boat to the 4 Islands

7. Krabi: Private Luxury Long Tail Boat to the 4 Islands

Choose from either the Early Bird Tour which departs at 5:30 AM, or the Afternoon Sunset Tour which departs at 12:30 PM.  For the Early Bird option, escape the crowds of tourists and discover the beautiful 4 Islands with no one around. Catch sight of the spectacular sunrise while you set sail to the first destination, Phra Nang Beach. Phra Nang Beach is next to Railay Beach and commands an enviable location on the tip of the bay looking out on the emerald expanse of the Andaman Sea. Discover Phra Nang Cave, which has a spirit house dedicated to the goddess of the Andaman Sea. The wooden spirit house is worshiped by the local fisherman community and offerings of wooden phallic symbols or lingams are placed throughout the cave. At your next stop, enjoy the opportunity to snorkel in crystal clear water and maybe also witness the amazing 'Talae Waek', or 'parting sea'. At low tide, a long sandbar will emerge connecting Ko Tup to Chicken Island and Ko Mor, which allows you to walk from one island to another. In front of Chicken Island, see an island with a unique rock formation that looks like a chicken's head. Explore the area with the snorkeling equipment provided and find many tropical fish. Next, hop back on your luxury long tail boat and head towards Ko Poda, a paradise island with powder white sand and crystal clear turquoise water where you will see many sergeant and piper fish. In front of the island, you will also see the iconic limestone formation which stands tall in the middle of the ocean and offers a great photo opportunity. After this great escape to paradise, head back to Ao Nang where you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Krabi 6-Hour Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling and Meal

8. Krabi 6-Hour Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling and Meal

This 6-hour Krabi Sunset Cruise is available 7 days a week and all year round. The program begins at approximately 02:00 PM with meeting points in both Ao Nang and Railay. Head out to the islands off the coast of Railay. At Poda, Chicken, Si and Ta Ming islands you’ll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. You can also try the 2-person kayak and 1 of the 4 stand-up paddle boards available. Do as much or as little as you like on the cruise. The teak deck is perfect for relaxing and taking in the majestic views. End the day sailing back to the Railay Peninsula while watching the sun set over the Andaman. You’ll also have a chance to swim in the waters next to Pranang Beach after dark if you’d like to experience the bio-luminescence.

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Krabi: Authentic Thai Cooking Class at Ya's Cookery School

9. Krabi: Authentic Thai Cooking Class at Ya's Cookery School

You will be picked up from your hotel lobby with a local truck to dive to our cooking school, located on a small stream. Then, you will start your morning or afternoon class by choosing fresh ingredients for your meals. They are measured out in plates and trays for the dishes, so all you need to do is cut, slice, chop, dice them up. Discover the secrets behind cooking the perfect Thai meal as you combine rich colors, unique flavors and fragrant spices with delicious fresh produce. You will get a feel for authentic Thai culture through your preparation of Southern Thai cuisine. You can choose 4 traditional Thai dishes from a wide selection of delicacies including Massaman Curry, Spicy Prawn Soup (Tom Yam Goong), Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Lab Kai (Chicken Mint Salad), Pad Thai (Fried Noodle Thai Style) and Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango. Your class ends by enjoying the Thai specialties that you have spent your time preparing. Return home with your new culinary skills in stir-frying, making curries, Thai soups and salads.

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Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

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

Be picked up from your hotel in Krabi between 08:00 and 09:00 and depart for Hong Island by speedboat. Enter the lagoon through a narrow passageway, and take in the crystal clear waters, tropical islands and cliffs.  Visit the small islands starting with Koh Pakbia and Koh Rai which contain impressive sandbars revealed at low tide. Afterwards  Koh Lahding, also known as Paradise Island which has a beautiful sandy cove. Lastly, experience Daeng Island where you can spot a giant red rock and snorkel in the clear water and see the tropical fish. Enjoy your provided boxed lunch on the beach while enjoying the marvelous view. Choose to experience the area by kayak depending on the option chosen. After the fulfilling day, arrive back at the pier at around 15:00 and be transferred back to your hotel. Itinerary: • 08:00 - 09:00: Hotel pick-up  • 09:00 - 09:30: Depart from Nopparat Thara Pier • 09:30 - 10:20: Snorkel at Daeng Island • 10:20 - 10:40: Continue to Lading Island for swimming & snorkeling • 10:40 - 11:20: Stop at Pakbia & Rai Island for taking photos of the sandbar • 11:20 - 12:00: Cruise into the “secret” Hong Lagoon • 12:00 - 12:30: Enjoy lunch at the beach of Hong Island • 12:30 - 14:00: Free time for swimming, sunbathing & kayaking (if kayak option has been booked) • 14:00 - 15:00: Head back to Nopparat Thara Pier and transfer back to your hotel

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What people are saying about Ao Nang

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,196 reviews

It was great to be able to enjoy the Phi Phi Islands! However, whether the stay on Bamboo Island was 30 minutes or 1 hour, the guide's explanation was a joke and it was disbanded without knowing it well (I thought it was 30 minutes). Other participants were also 30. Those who returned in minutes, those who returned in one hour, were disjointed. Lunch is the main thing on Phi Phi Dawn Island, and the island is big, so you can't go sightseeing slowly. But overall I was happy!

Absolutely a great experience. Feeding these elephants by hand, mud bathing them, washing them was hard to describe. You will know when you are eye to eye with them. Please go and see the care and love these people have for these huge animals. I learned so much about them. Your entry fee helps feed the elephants during this very slow time.

Smooth experience! The ride was sanitized and well maintained. The driver was very professional. I’d be happy to use the service again, thank you!

Had a lovely time with Tum he was very fun and experienced guide. Highly recommend

Lovely day out with a great crew. Thanks K. Sa Li and the team!