I love being outdoors and if it is in the mountains or by the sea all the more better. So, when I went island hopping in Krabi, Thailand it was a lot of fun for me! I got such a lot of sunburn on this trip! Krabi is in south of Thailand by the Andaman Sea, which is truly beautiful.
There are many island hopping options from Krabi. Hong Island is offered as one trip, then there is a ‘four island trip’ and another to Phi Phi Island. I did the Hong Island and the four island trips.
It was a lovely evening with gorgeous blue skies when I went to the Hong Island from Krabi. I had a private speed boat all to myself for this trip courtesy Sofitel Krabi. The water was nice and warm, just the right temperature. I did a bit of snorkeling and kayaking too. There was sparkling wine for me on this trip, so I had one good pampering session.
Tup Island, Part of the Island Hopping in Krabi
The next day I went on the four island tour. All the islands carry Tsunami warnings, as they were affected in the past. Tup Island was our first stop. It is popular with tourists as well as locals. We could walk all the way to the island in the middle. I was told that one could actually walk to another island (not in this picture) if the tide was low. But when I was there it was high tide.
We went snorkeling a little ahead from Tup Island. It was the first time I went to snorkel in the deep sea. In all my previous experiences I did snorkeling off the shore. After a while I forgot that I was in the deep sea and had great time. I had a life jacket too, hence it was easier to concentrate on fish.
Poda was the third island we visited on the trip, and to me the most beautiful of the lot. We also had packed lunch here. They had a vegetarian packet, which was mighty nice of them. And if you are wondering that I gobbled up the second island on this trip, you are right. It was called the ‘Chicken Island’ because one of the mountains looked like a leg piece of a chicken dish! It was because of the high tide we could not get down at the Chicken Island.
Boats at the Poda Island, Krabi
I walked a bit and reached this serene spot on the Poda Island. The water once again was delicious. At one point, a school of fish went by me, visible to the eye. It was such fun.
Railay Beach, Krabi
Railay was the last island we visited. It is quite popular with rock climbers. It is a pity that I did not any decent pictures of the climbers. You can walk a lot inside as well from where the boat drops you. This was the only island which has five star property on it. I guess there are no other hotels on the Railay Beach. There is a Buddhist Shrine in a cave on the island right on the main beach.
The other islands are part of national parks and no one stay overnight. Maybe that is why they are so pristine. However, island hopping in Krabi is very popular and the islands are crowded for sure. I still enjoyed it a lot!
PS. My trip to Thailand was sponsored by TAT New Delhi
It is not every day that I have a luxury speed boat all to myself, well almost to myself! For accompanying me were 3 people, the driver of the speed boat, Salim and Nana, my beautiful host for the evening. Our destination was the Hong Island, Krabi. Sofitel Krabi had arranged this wonderful trip for me as a private excursion on their hotel speed boat.
Hong Island is a popular hop over from Krabi, Thailand. The island is a 10 minute ride from the Sofitel Hotel. The beach is right across the road. Long tail boats and shared speed boats are also available from various tour operators in Krabi.
We started in the late afternoon and by now due to my earlier speed boat transfers I knew this was going to be a lot of fun. I always sat on the deck on all my speed boat rides and this was no exception. As a result, I don’t have a tan, I actually have a sun burnt face now!
We were on the beautiful Hong Beach 10 minutes later. As it was late afternoon, the tourists were mostly going back. Nana told me that in high season the beach gets much more crowded. We tried to visit the lagoon but it was low tide so the speed boat could not enter it. But I did get a glimpse and it was beautiful.
On the beach Nana revealed that they had sparkling wine for me as well! Now that was luxury! But before that I went snorkeling. The bay was peaceful and I could spot some colorful fish and coral as well.
I sat down next to Nana after snorkeling and we indulged in some girl talk! Before coming to Sofitel, she was working in Bali! Then she asked if I wold like to go kayaking with Salim, her colleague.
I was quite willing to do so. Salim told me to just do the photography and leave the paddling to him! I reluctantly agreed, after all he understood the conditions better. We did a short round and I was back to the beach.
It was now time for some sparkling wine with canapes. It was the perfect end to a wonderful evening.
Many thanks to TAT New Delhi and Sofitel Krabi for offering me this incredible luxury! I was told that the cost of the private trip to Hong Island from Sofitel is 16,000 Baht.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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