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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

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: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

3. 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.

Railay: 4 Islands Sunset & Night Snorkel Boat Tour

4. Railay: 4 Islands Sunset & Night Snorkel Boat Tour

Discover the beautiful islands of Ao Nang, Krabi, and Railay, on this full-day semi-private long-tail boat trip. enjoy sailing through the islands with your guide and with lunch included. 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 wooden 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 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 with 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, go to Phranang beach and take a break 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, while having a club sandwich. On the way to Ao Nang, stop for some night snorkeling and take the opportunity to swim amongst the bioluminescent plankton which is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Your guide will be with you all day, teaching you about Thai culture, the history of the islands, peculiarities of this area, and safety rules on board. Your guide will also stay with you during the snorkel sessions so that you can learn details of the marine life that you will find. Experience the islands in privacy, visiting them outside of peak hours, in groups with a maximum of 15 people. Relax on the comfortable and spacious boats. Your guide will customize the itinerary, adapting to the sea conditions, tides, and the level of occupation of the beaches. You will return to the Ao Nang area at around 8:00 or 8:30 PM.

Krabi: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

5. 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: 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. 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.  

Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

7. 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

Krabi: Koh Phi Phi Day Tour with Snorkeling and Thai Lunch

8. Krabi: Koh Phi Phi Day Tour with Snorkeling and Thai Lunch

Discover the Phi Phi Islands & the best snorkel of this area of Krabi, outside the commercial circuit on a full-day Semi-Private Speedboat trip with lunch included, from 10 am to 5 pm, from Ao Nang, Krabi. This tour focuses on the archipelago of Koh Phi Phi. You will be picked up in the area of Ao Nang or Railay Beach (other areas please consult) and sail to the famous archipelago, consisting of 6 islands, being the large ones Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. One of the stops will be made in the Phi Leh Lagoon, an incredible natural lagoon with crystal clear waters, surrounded by limestone cliffs. Undoubtedly, one of the most magical places in Thailand... We will also sail to Maya Bay, an impressive natural Bay with the characteristics of the area seen in the film 'The Beach' with Leonardo DiCaprio. See the beach which has now reopened for registered guests after being closed for several years for preservation and regeneration work. We will also go to some of the best snorkelling spots in the area, these islands are located at the open sea so this is why the marine and coral life is very rich! We will discover very beautiful spots but every day we customise our itineraries, adapting them to the sea conditions, tides and the level of occupation of the beaches. We will also enjoy an exquisite Thai Buffet Lunch served on the beach with amazing views! And of course we can adapt the menu to any food restriction. Our Certified Guide will be with you during all day, explaining you some Thai culture, the history of the islands, peculiarities of this area of the South of Thailand and of course safety rules on board. The Guide will also stay with you during the snorkel sessions so that you do not lose details of the marine life that you will find. 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. Throughout this Semi-Private Boat Tour, you will be able to experience the islands in full privacy, visiting them outside of peak hours. We organise groups of maximum 17 people, and we use comfortable and spacious speedboats. At the conclusion of your Phi Phi experience, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Krabi: Hong Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter Tour

9. 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!      

Krabi: Rock Climbing Tour at Railay Beach

10. Krabi: Rock Climbing Tour at Railay Beach

Enjoy a full-day course that’s designed to introduce you to the foundations of rock climbing. The course also includes caving, some light trekking, and abseiling from the most beautiful viewpoint over Railay Beach. Railay Beach's limestone cliffs are a huge attraction for climbers and one of the top five destinations in the world for outdoor climbing. Learn top rope climbing, belay, and climbing techniques, how to use the equipment, and safety measures during the morning session at scenic limestone climbing crags. Practice top rope climbing and enjoy some light trekking in Phra Nang, and a 15-meter abseil from the famous viewpoint in Railay, 150 meters above the sea, in the afternoon.

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What people are saying about Railay Beach

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,680 reviews

It was an awesome day, we had enough time at each stop to really enjoy it, the lunch was beyond expectation and the tour guides were fantastic warm, friendly and so informative. I highly recommend this trip, it was so much more than I thought it was going to be, my only disappointment was that I sat at the back of the boat so didnt see as much as I would liked to as we hopped between stops.

When we set off it was raining hard and we’re not very optimistic about the trip. 1 hour in and all changed, had some great snorkelling and nice island visits. Then topped off with a fantastic barbecue at Poda island with amazing sunset…. to finish we were lucky to swim in the bioluminescent algi AJ the guide was brilliant!! Recommend this trip!!

Trip was great, my wife and me loved it. Excellent staff, nice and powerful speed boat, lunch may be better but was acceptable with western food options. Just as information, the optional long tail boat trip in Phi Phi Lagoon, is actually not a trip around the Island, is just a short ride inside the bay.

It was a great day! Our guide and the whole team were amazing. Worth every cent.

Just brilliant. Well organised, excellent locations.