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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: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 6-Hour Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling and Meal

5. 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: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

6. 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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Krabi: Hong Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter Tour

7. Krabi: Hong Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter Tour

Enjoy a private trip to the Hong Islands with speedboat charter service. Your trip is tailored to your own timetable to give you an ideal experience on each island. Service includes hotel pick-up from 8 AM with check-in at Nopparattara Beach. Start your adventure from Daeng Island, a small island made of a giant red rock. Enjoy snorkeling in crystal water and marvel at colorful tropical fish. Continue to Lading Island, also known as Paradise Island, a beautiful cove, where you can relax and continue your swimming and snorkeling experience. Next, stop at Pakbia and Rai Islands for sightseeing and a walk along the sandbar. Continue to Hong Lagoon with its narrow and secretive entrance and admire its beautiful surrounding cliffs. Enjoy lunch on Hong Island and relax, swim and sunbathe on the sandy beach under the trees. You can also take advantage of the option to kayak here! Finally, journey back to the pier and transfer back to your hotel after this spectacular day of adventure!      

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Semi Private - Koh Phi Phi Day Tour

8. Semi Private - Koh Phi Phi Day Tour

This tour focuses especially on the archipelago of Koh Phi Phi. You will be picked up in the area of ​​Ao Nang or Railay Beach and sail to the famous archipelago, consisting mainly of two large islands Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. One of the stops will be made in the Phi Phi Leh Lagoon, an incredible natural lagoon with crystal clear waters, surrounded by limestone cliffs. Undoubtedly, one of the most magical places in Thailand. You will also sail to Bahia de Maya, an impressive natural setting with the characteristics of the area seen in the film 'The Beach' starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Please note that Maya Bay (the setting for 'The Beach') is closed indefinitely. If the sea conditions permit, you will stop for a few minutes in front of the bay for sightseeing. You will also go to some of the best snorkeling spots in the area. This tour tries to choose places that are not on the routes of the other tour operators in the area. Some of these places include Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Palong.

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Krabi: 4 Islands Private Trip by Speedboat

9. Krabi: 4 Islands Private Trip by Speedboat

Relax on 4 beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea on a private day trip by speedboat from Krabi. Tailor your own timetable for each island to enjoy a unique experience. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then climb aboard the boat at Nopparat Thara Pier. Set sail for Tup Island, where you can go for a swim or take a leisurely walk along the sandbar of Talay Waek. Continue to Chicken Island to snorkel with the magnificent marine life and marvel at the tropical fish up close. Sail to Poda Island to enjoy a picnic lunch and relax on a beautiful white sand beach. End your adventure at Railay Beach, where a guide will take you on a tour of the famous cave shrine to a princess spirit at Phra Nang Beach. Get some time to swim and top up your tan before cruising back to the pier before getting dropped off at your hotel.

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Ao Nang: One-Way Railay Beach Longtail Boat Transfer

10. Ao Nang: One-Way Railay Beach Longtail Boat Transfer

Enjoy a hassle-free transportation service between Ao Nang the gentle waves at Railay beach. Travel like a local on an authentic and well-maintained longtail boat. Meet your local longtail skipper at Ao Nam Mao pier or Railway beach and put on a life jacket. Speed through the water and relax as you watch palm trees, rock formations, and sandy beaches go by. Make traveling between these stunning destinations a breeze. Feel secure with a driver that knows the area well. Avoid the stress of having to negotiate a price with a water taxi on-the-spot. Skip any unnecessary stops with a private and direct transfer.

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What people are saying about Railay Beach

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,621 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!

It was pretty easy to get places or though doesn’t say that you have to pay an entry fee upon arrival which would have been more ideal. Also, make sure you have cash with you as it charges an extra person with card; though this was kind of expected with the card fees here. Otherwise was super fun and accessing pictures is really easy so you don’t have to worry too much about taking some yourself. :).

A very nice excursion which allows you to discover all the richness of the islands around Krabi, and an excellent lunch!

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!