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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: 1-Way Ferry Transfer To/From Koh Phi Phi

3. Krabi: 1-Way Ferry Transfer To/From Koh Phi Phi

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: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

4. 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.  Be 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. Receive bananas to feed to feed free-roaming elephants and learn about their individual stories. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while your guide tells you about their lifestyle, and behaviors.  Listen as your guide tells you about how these elephants are rescued from lives of logging or carrying people. After you have met all the elephants, join them in applying mud on the skin as a healthy sunscreen and mud treatment.  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.

Ao Nang: Spa & Wellness

5. Ao Nang: Spa & Wellness

Experience a conveniently-located quality spa in Ao Nang. This spa benefits from a sister relationship with the relaxing spa in Koge, Denmark, from which various exotic ingredients are imported. With imported ingredients and a trained staff, this spa offers high quality beauty treatments, a beautiful decorated facility, and a tranquil environment. The highly skilled and qualified therapists blend traditional oils and techniques to suit your mood. Whether you feel stressed, jet-lagged, tired or sore, or just feel like a spot of pampering, the spa will have the perfect treatment package for you. The front desk manager will be happy to provide you with a free consultation, to choose which of the 59 tried and tested treatments are best for your requirements. A traditional Thai massage is a unique form of bodywork that incorporates yoga, acupressure, reflexology, point pressure, muscle stretching and compression, all carried out in rhythmic movement of gentle rocking. Traditional Thai massage can be particularly helpful in relieving headaches, migraines, arthritis and back pain.

Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat Including Lunch Box

6. 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. After, visit Poda Island. Relax on a white-sand beach or swim and snorkel in the crystal water. Explore colorful corals and admire the variety of reef fish. After the long joyful day, journey back to the pier around 3:00 PM before driving backing to your hotel.  

Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

7. 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: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

8. 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: Guided Kayaking Tour at Ao Thalane

9. 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. 

From Phi Phi: Private Full-Day Speed Boat Charter

10. From Phi Phi: Private Full-Day Speed Boat Charter

Meet in front of Phi Phi Hospital and depart on your private speedboat tour. First, head to Shark Point and Runtee Bay, and snorkel in the azure waters with the marine life, including blacktip sharks. Next, make your way to the aptly-named Bamboo Island, where you'll find an array of wild bamboo. Relax, sunbathe, and savor lunch with seasonal fruits right on the powdery white sand beach. After lunch, head towards Mosquito Island, which, like Bamboo Island, is completely uninhabited. Enjoy another great snorkeling spot at Hin Klang before returning to Phi Phi Don Island to visit Nui Bay and the famous Monkey Beach. From there, move on to the Viking Cave and discover the mysterious painting on the wall that resembles a long Viking boat. The cave is also where bird's nests are collected for medicinal soup. Make your next stop at Pi Leh Lagoon, a breathtaking turquoise lagoon enclosed by imposing jagged limestone cliffs. Take a dip in the water that glistens so much against the sun, it looks like it's lit from beneath. Continue to Loh Samah Bay for another snorkeling adventure on a large coral reef teeming with tropical fish. Back on the speedboat, make your way to Maya Bay—made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, “The Beach”—and marvel at the stunning scenery from your boat. Finally, witness a spectacular sunset over the ocean as you return to your original starting point. Delight in a perfect photo opportunity and one of the most romantic moments in Ko Phi Phi to end your day.

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What people are saying about Ao Nang

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Highly Recommended! Wonderful handling of the animals, great living conditions for the pachyderms. After a detailed introduction to the life of the elephants, we slowly approached them so that they could get to know our voice and our smell. Slowly the whole thing escalated until we ended up bathing with the elephants after rubbing them with mud (which is vital for their skin). We can only recommend this tour and would do it again at any time! Including fruit, snacks & drinks.

Island hopping and scuba, travelling on a fast boat to each destination was exciting and fantastic fun. Sali our guide was always there to help and make you laugh and smile with her sunny personality throughout the day. If you need to see quickly some beautiful areas both above and below the sea with smiles in between then this is the trip you need.

Very nice tour, private and unique enjoyment. The BBQ was delicious, the service was great, and the attitude was great. Tour guide called Mild is highly recommended.

My boyfriend went for lesson and I came to watch, he had a really brilliant time, said he could not fault it or the instructor

Few people and very friendly staff. The food on the beach is a hoot