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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Krabi; Thailand- 4 Islands Hopping

We kick-started the 2nd day in Krabi with  four islands tour signed up with Krabi Smile which offered cheaper rate. All the island hopping tours are available either in speedboats or long-tail boats, but speedboats' tour rate was at higher side.

Sadly, there was no pork burger during the morning.
In Tut Tut

The full day Krabi four islands tour include visiting Koh Poda, Kokhai (Chicken Island), Koh Tap & Railay bay. Our first stop of this trip was Phra Nang beach which was also named as Railay bay;a peninsular at the bottom of Krabi mainland. The beach here offered some stunning views with limestone majestically out of the center of the bay. Phra Nang beach had some fun activities such as cliff jumping and rock-climbing. My friends and I had been captivated by the nice beach view and obsessed with the photography session. We were given an hour to explore the beach where there were beautiful limestone cliffs surrounding us, however it seem to short period for us to enjoy ourselves here.

long tail boat
Another stretch of beach with lots of long tail boats
The Phra Nang Cave

Gaww... look at the crystal blue water!

The breathtaking view of the sandy beach with crystal blue sea water and blue sky had really made me on cloud nine!

The natural rock formation

Yes! That's me :)

2nd stop: Chicken Island

We had a quick pray at the Phra Nang Cave before rushing to our long tail boat. Chicken Island was the next stop. Here we had snorkeling activity. I wasn't that lucky like in Redang & Perhentian Island where there wasn't any nice guy whom willing to be my snorkeling guide. Lol.  Anyway, the waves were too scary for me and I could just hold tightly to the long tail boat's string to snorkel. I only managed to view some little fish.

Chicken Island

Tup Island was the 3rd island we touched down with growling stomachs. After struggling and fighting with the strong waves, I could feel the emptiness of my stomach. Seriously,I hoped that I could learn swimming and get rid of the aquaphobia.

The simple dish provided by the tour agent.

While waiting for food, let's continue to have photography session.

During low-tide, it was possible to walk over to the joining islands through the sandbar that appeared. This amazing Tup Island had connected three different islands.The sand bank as a separated sea as well known by Krabi local people as “Talayweak” it’s one of “unseen in Thailand”. We had a quick walk to the next stretch of beach to have some photos before going abroad the long-tail boat.

Okay, ignore the fats and focus on my smile!

Poda Island was our final stop for the day and we were exhausted. We had a long waiting time for the rest of 4 missing members before we came to this Island. It was rather annoying and most people had made some noises when they finally appeared. It was almost 45 minutes waiting time and some of the passengers even had the eagerness to stop at Tup Island for longer time since the 4 missing members weren't appear yet.

Poda Island appeared to be more tranquil than the rest of the islands, perhaps it had the wider beach which could accommodate large crowds.

Downside of this tour

Just as with most other tours, there were some negative aspects which I would like to state here.There wasn't a clear introduction given from tour guide from tour guide. I thought the tour guide would briefly introduce the beaches such as the existence of Phra Nang Cave at Phra Nang beach and there was a sand bank at Tup Island which linked another two islands. Apart from that, a clear, loud instruction shall be given to ensure each passenger comes back to the long-tail boat on time. A mere 5-10 minutes to wait for the rest of passengers to abroad the long-tail boat was acceptable but 45 minutes really got me angry. 

If I got to choose over the choice of transportation, I would choose to have private long-tail boat or long-tail boat which accommodates lesser people. The more passengers it accommodates, the more time it takes everybody abroad or come down from the boat.

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