One of the must do thing in Krabi is to book one of the many island tours available. There is the 4-Island Tour (most suitable for families with kids), the Phi Phi Island Tour (for those who enjoy snorkeling) and there is the Hong Island Tour (for those who wants to try kayaking around the islands).
Why do I say the 4-Island Tour is the best for kids? Well, simply because my girls are still only 5 & 8, so snorkeling and kayaking are both out, which only left with this tour. In fact, on the 4-Island Tour, we have a segment where we did snorkeling just outside Koh Gai (Chicken Island), the girls had to stay on the boat and feed the fishes while we enjoyed the fun.
All the island hopping tours are available either in speedboats or long-tail boats. Difference is the price and the time spend on traveling between each island. For the 4-Island Tour, we chose the long-tail boat ride which was 450 Baht per adult and 300 Baht per child, which is a total of 1500 Baht (approx. S$60). If we chose the speedboat, the price will be doubled at 3000 Baht. Also if you take the speedboat, hearsay the ride will be more bumpy cos of the speed it is traveling in. But we thought the most authentic way is still the long-tail boat, it was a nice more “Thai” way of traveling. Just a word of caution, speedboat ride is not advisable for infants under 18 months, pregnant women or anyone with back problems.
The 4-Island Tour is typically from 9am to 2pm, with lunch included on one of the beaches, a simple Thai lunch. You can bring your own snacks if you think you may not like the food or not having enough, but do bring your own water. The 4 islands are Koh Poda, Koh Gai, Koh Tub and Koh Mor.
The view from our Longtail Boat.
Be safe and put on your life jackets. Pack a huge tube of sunblock too, you will definitely need it.
Reached the first island and we were already blown away by the clear sky and waters. What took us so long to visit Krabi, I do not know.
During low-tide, it is possible to walk over to the joining islands through the sandbar that appears.
Don’t bring anything too valuable, so that you can just leave your bag on the boat when you get down to walk around the beach. Buy a dry-fit cover for your phone (there are a lot of such covers in Krabi Town) so that you can freely take photos without the fear of dropping your phone into the waters.
These are the Longtail Boats we travelled in. It can safely ferry about 20 pax in one trip. And if you are keen to suntan along the beach, bring along a towel cos it is not provided.
Simple snorkeling gears are provided for some shallow water snorkeling.
We reached Koh Poda for lunch and some time for the girls to look for seashells.
Before the tour ends, we travelled to the famous Pra Nang Cave, located at the headland near Railay Beach.
Look at the number of people crowding near the cave.
Found the paradise.
Found a cliff and tried to show off some rock climbing skills, but didn’t really work out. Haha..
Around the same area is a good place for kayaking too. Imagine kayaking into the cave hole, sounds like what Indiana Jones would do.
We were truly glad to have taken the longtail boat ride, the experience was great and real.
Loved the island tour! To be honest, I don’t mind going back for the same tour, maybe with some friends, the experience will be different for sure.
All my photos are taken with Canon 5D Mark III, courtesy of Canon Singapore to loan me the set for this trip.