This year, I was quite desperate for a beach holiday after completing almost a year of the rigorous process of getting called to the Singapore Bar. After much research, I decided to head off to Krabi Island for a 2-week island hopping itinerary.
Krabi has some really fascinating and unique islands. Hidden within many of these islands are lagoons filled with mangroves that give way to waterfalls and dramatic sea caves. Krabi is very laid back and perfect for honeymooners or for those who would like to find peace and tranquillity.
Below, you will find my recommendations for the top 5 islands off the Krabi coast, including some side activities within Krabi itself. I believe it can be a basic guide for anyone’s first trip to Krabi.
Suggested Main Itinerary – Island Hopping*:
- Hong Island (Koh Hong);
- Tub & Mor Island sandy causeway;
- Poda Island;
- Chicken Island; and
- Railay Beach.
Suggested side activities within Krabi island*:
- Weekend Night Market;
- Meditation at a local temple – Ban Khlong Muang (Bureau of Monks);
- Trekking at Khao Ngon Nak National Park; and
- Stroll down Tubkaek Beach.
Where we stayed*:
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa.
*Below are the details and my original pictures for your reference.
Hong Island (Koh Hong):
Hong Island is part of a group of stunning island in the Andaman sea. There are several spectacular beaches on Koh Hong itself as well as a hidden lagoon which, at low tide, reveals stunning coral and an array of tropical fish. The best way to see this island is with either long-tail or speed boat depending on the weather and go on a kayaking tour around the island. The sea around this area is perfectly clear and wonderful turquoise hue. This island is an ideal place to relax and escape on holiday.
Tub & Mor Island
An exotic tropical island, ideal for snorkeling and exploring on foot and, if the tide is low (usually in the morning), you are able to walk along the white, sandy causeways which connect the islands. Very touristy. I would suggest going as early as possible to beat the crowd.
Poda is a beautiful island with a fine beach. The Charm of this idyllic island lies in its crystal clear water and powdery sand, a place perfect to find a secluded spot for sunbathing, swimming and be with yourself.
A famous landmark, named after the shape of its unique limestone rock jutting out into the sea. Excellent snorkeling and open sea swimming opportunities in the warm, inviting waters all rich in coral life and with plenty of tropical fish.
Railay is one of Thailand famous and sought after beach areas. Just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a dramatic rocky headland and accessible only by boat, Railay presents an exciting beach. Further to the end of Railay beach, you can find a shrine where fishermen, before going out to the sea, made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva (Palau Khik in Thai). It is believed to be the home of a mythical princess and fishermen bring their offerings and pray for success, protection and fertility.
Side Trips within Krabi Island:
Weekend night market – only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Meditation at a local temple – Ban Khlong Muang (Bureau of Monks)
Trekking at Khao Ngon Nak National Park (3.6 Km)
Stroll down Tubkaek Beach
Where we stayed:
We checked into Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa shortly after we arrived. Sofitel Krabi has located approximately 45 minutes drive from the airport. We were amazed by the kind hospitality of the hotel and the concierge and receptionist were super helpful and friendly. Special thanks to Ashley, Picky and Noori for their warm hospitality.
- Sofitel Krabi has the largest swimming pool in Thailand.
- Approximately 20 mins drive to Ao Nang and 45 mins drive to Krabi Town.
- Tubkaek Beach and Khao Ngon Nak National Park is 30-45 mins bicycle ride away from the hotel.
- Sofitel Krabi offers hourly activities fit for any age within the hotel.