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From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

1. From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

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. 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. 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 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.

Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

2. 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: Guided Kayaking Tour at Ao Thalane

3. 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. 

Krabi: Ferry Transfer To/From Koh Phi Phi with Van Transfer

4. Krabi: Ferry Transfer To/From Koh Phi Phi with Van Transfer

Discover more of Thailand by booking a ferry transfer from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi or vice versa, steering clear of crowded lines at the ferry piers. Benefit from hotel pickup in a shuttle bus from your accommodation in Krabi Town, Ao Nang, or Ao Nam Mao, taking you right to the pier. Depart from Krabi Passenger Port (Klong Jilad Pier) near Krabi Town and cruise along the water to Koh Phi Phi without any stopovers en route. Get dropped off directly at Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi Don or vice versa, from where you can easily walk to your hotel. Get picked up from your hotel on Krabi, which takes you directly to the ferry pier. During your trip, sit back and relax in the comfortable air-conditioned ferry, enjoying the tranquil view of the sea along your route.

Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

5. 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 pickup 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 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: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

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

Interact with majestic elephants on this day tour from Krabi to the Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned vehicle and enjoy a snack, seasonal fruit, and a drink. Learn about these incredible creatures and join them in the water.  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.

Krabi: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

7. 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: Horseback Riding on the Beach

8. Krabi: Horseback Riding on the Beach

Get picked up from your hotel and transfer to the Ao Nam Mao village stables. Listen to a briefing from an experienced and professional guide and rider. Mount your horse and ride along the beautiful Ban Ao Nam Mao beach, taking in amazing views of the island along the way. Discover the special fossil beach, created from the accumulation of millions of shellfish fossils over 25 million years. Around Ban Laem Pho beach, you can witness the result of this natural phenomenon in a large concrete platform that is one of the world's three shellfish tombs. Then, head through the countryside, past small villages and plantations.   Choose between three tour options: a one- or two-hour horseback riding tour along the beach, or a five-hour, sunset tour with a BBQ dinner. In the latter option, after your ride, relax with a beautiful sunset while you enjoy a traditional dinner.

Krabi: Private Luxury Long Tail Boat to the 4 Islands

9. 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.

Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter

10. Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter

Enjoy a private trip to the Phi Phi Islands with a speedboat charter service. Tailor your own timetable for each island for a unique experience. Service includes hotel pick-up from 8:00 AM, with check-in at Nopparattara Beach before the journey out.  From 9:00 AM, start the exploration at Maya Bay, the first recommended destination where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. Capture the island scenery. From here, you can walk through the island to see Loh Sama Bay, a beautiful setting including a small green island planted in the Andaman Sea. From 10:00 AM, continue your journey for snorkeling at Loh Samah Bay and emerge yourself in the underwater world known for its tropical fish shining their vibrant yellow and blue coloring. Head toward the stunning view of Pileh Lagoon and make a short stop at Viking Cave to see where the Phi Phi birds nests are located. Next stop is Monkey Beach, a stunning 150-meter (492 feet) long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water.  Spend a relaxing afternoon swimming and snorkeling at Bamboo Island. The island is covered by lush vegetation and surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters (5,382 feet) from the shore. The uninhabited paradise location 3 miles (5 kilometers) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don, provides its masked and finned visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Depart the Ao Nang at 2:40 PM to journey back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Ao Nang

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,323 reviews

It was great. Hotel pick up was early and our guides Nim and Nun were excellent. There was just a bit of a 'huh? wtf?' moment when we're about to be transferred back to our respective hotels. There was one driver who refused to let other passengers in his huge van and took only 1 passenger, leaving the rest of us, including our guides, totally dumbfounded as to why he did that. In the middle of drizzling rain and darkness settling in we waited for more than 30 minutes for the new van to pick us up. I hope this feedback reaches that driver.

Fantastic day. The guides are extremely friendly and helpful, making sure we all got some great photos. We couldn't get to a couple of the islands due to it being off season and some high winds but we had a wonderful time. The sunset at the final beach was like nothing I've ever seen. Great bbq too. Highly reccomend!

Everything was great!! From the hotel pick up, shuttle to the boat, tour on the boat and explanations from the crew, fruit, water and lunch were great and definitely recommendable

The tour guide was great! Was very informative and went above and beyond. Definitely exceeded my expectations!

Pleasant day with a friendly and very attentive guide! One of my best experiences in Thailand!