Top 10 Most Amazing Islands in Krabi

The islands in Krabi are a true paradise and therefore among the most stunning natural highlights to visit in Thailand. Shaped by breathtaking limestone formations and beautiful beaches, these island pearls are a popular destination for island hopping tours. Hardly anywhere else in Thailand you will find such a high density of absolute dream islands. There are about 80 islands and islets in the region near Krabi, which are just waiting to be discovered by you. With this huge selection of dream islands, it is easy to lose track of your travel plans. Many ask themselves, which are the most beautiful islands in Krabi, where can I find the still quiet and lonely islands, and what are the best travel tips for the region?

In this travel guide, we have summarized the top 10 best islands in Krabi. We show spectacular pictures and give useful recommendations and tips about accommodation and resorts, best travel time and transfer!

Good to know!

For getting from Bangkok to Krabi you can buy cheap transfer tickets on To the resorts in Krabi you can continue by taxi, minibus, ferry, or speedboat.

Some of the smaller islands in the Krabi region, such as Koh Hong, Koh Poda, Chicken Island, can only be reached by an excursion. Amazing trips can be found online on GetyourGuide.

The best time to travel to Krabi’s islands is from November to May. During this time, you can expect a lot of sun and only a little rain. From June to October is the rainy season.

If you don’t know yet what are the best places to stay in Krabi and if you are searching for hotel tips, then you should check out our guide about “Where to stay in Krabi”.


Hong Island

One of the best islands to visit from Krabi is the beautiful Hong Island. It is known for insanely impressive limestone formations and has a dream beach like just out from a travel magazine. The Hong Lagoon, which can only be reached by boat through a narrow opening, is also really worth seeing. Since Koh Hong belongs to the Thanbok Kharanee National Park, this natural jewel is undeveloped, and so there are no accommodations or hotels on the island. Nevertheless, you can explore this idyllic islet via a day or half-day trip from Krabi mainland. An absolutely impressive island in Krabi, which you should not miss on any vacation!

Tip: Unforgettable excursions to Koh Hong Island near Krabi can also be booked on GetYourGuide. Many tours even include pickup from the hotel.

Railay Beach

Granted, Railay Beach is not an island, but already when getting there by boat a real island feeling comes up. It is cut off from the mainland by a deep jungle and high limestone cliff, so one can only reach this peninsula over the sea. Although Railay is no longer an insider tip anymore, the landscape of this holiday destination is simply stunning and absolutely worth visiting. Here you can bathe on one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi, such as the Phra Nang Beach, you can do snorkeling and kayaking along the scenic coast. Also climbers appreciate this peninsula. Steep cliffs, amazing views and the unique panorama have made Railay to a famous climbing spot in Thailand.

Tip: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is a fantastic accommodation tip. The hotel is located very romantic right on the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute highlight.

Chicken Island

The famous Chicken Island, with the chicken head as its landmark, is probably one of the most extraordinary spots in the region and definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Krabi. It is well-known for its distinctive and unique chicken head rock formation, which is also the namesake of this island pearl. Chicken Island is a stop on the Krabi 4 Islands Tour and should not be missed on any Krabi vacation. Unique is also the huge white sandbank, which at low tide, Chicken Island with the small island Tup Island connects. At this time, you can then walk quite comfortably from one dream island to the next.

Tip: There are no hotels or other accommodations here, but this day trip from Krabi is always worth it. Fantastic boat tours to this island can also be found here.

Koh Poda

The island of Koh Poda is one of the best islands in Krabi and so a popular destination for the 4 Islands Tour. It is close to the major resorts on Krabi mainland such as Ao Nang Beach, Railay Beach and Klong Muang Beach, and therefore it can be reached easily by traditional longtail boats. Especially fascinating is here the magnificent scenery with the huge stone cliffs in the sea, the incredibly clear water and the reefs for snorkeling. The white sand is powder-sugar fine and truly invites for sunbathing. As part of the Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, the island is uninhabited and a true paradise for nature lovers.

Phi Phi Island

The island Koh Phi Phi is one of the most famous islands in the area around Krabi because parts of the legendary movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio were taken here. Koh Phi Phi actually consists of 2 islands, Koh Phi Phi Leh and Koh Phi Phi Don. Only the second one is inhabited and thus the tourist center. Here you will swim in the turquoise-blue sea, you can snorkel wonderfully and enjoy fine white sand beaches. Although the island is known for its lively nightlife, cool beach parties and the famous Maya Bay, there are still quiet places to relax. Such as the beautiful Long Beach on the east part of the island. Here you can even snorkel with small sharks on the offshore reef.

Tip: The HIP Seaview Resort on Long Beach is truly recommended, where you will be treated to one of the most beautiful views of Koh Phi Phi Leh.

Koh Jum

The lonely island Koh Jum in the Krabi region is a real insider tip for all Thailand travellers who want to find a getaway from the mainstream. Here it is still really cozy, and somehow everything is as you imagine a Thailand 20 years ago. A mix of nature, warm-hearted people and beautiful beaches will certainly captivate you and not let go that quickly. Maybe that’s why many travelers stay here a bit longer. So, if you are looking for secluded beaches, authentic island flair and lots of relaxation, then Koh Jum Island is the place for you.

Tip: For a vacation on the island of Koh Jum, we can recommend the Koh Jum Beach Villas with chic design in a prime location on the dream beach.

Koh Ngai

The islet Koh Ngai is located at the southern end of the Krabi region and is one of the most beautiful islands in this area. Here everything is really heavenly, the sea is turquoise blue and crystal clear, the beach is wonderfully bright and soft. An offshore reef is great for snorkeling and exploring the colorful underwater world. In addition, you have the opportunity to do excursions by long-tail boat to the small neighboring islands Koh Kradan and Koh Mook with its famous Emerald Cave. Because there are no roads and no exciting nightlife, the flair of the island is wonderfully quiet. Only a few beautiful hotels and resorts line the dream beach of Koh Ngai, and offer the best conditions for an island vacation.

Tip: The Thanya Beach Resort on Koh Ngai is really spectacular. It has lovey bungalows, a pool and an excellent location on the most beautiful beach section of the island.

Pakbia Island

The wonderful Pakbia Island is a small jewel of the Krabi region. Here you can swim and snorkel beautifully, and enjoy an exceptionally picturesque landscape. The sea shines in gorgeous emerald colors, and in the water cavort many colorful fish. The islet is located in the Koh Hong archipelago and is easily reached by long-tail boat via a trip from Krabi. Due to the proximity to Koh Hong, it is a popular spot for island hopping tours from the Krabi mainland, where mostly the islets Hong Island, Pakbia and Lading Island are approached via a day trip.

Koh Lanta

The island Koh Lanta is one of the quiet islands of the Krabi region. Especially popular for backpackers, but also with peace seekers and individual travelers, it is still a good travel tip for Krabi. Here you will find on a length of 30 kilometers countless quiet and amazing beaches, all famous for their picturesque sunsets and the many hippie bars. This island is a great place to relax and unwind, but also a fabulous holiday island for touring by scooter and excursions. In addition to the wonderful beaches in Koh Lanta there are caves, waterfalls, a national park and many wonderful islands to explore.

Tip: We especially loved our stay at the new Lanta Casa Blanca, which delighted its guests with beautiful bungalows right on the beach and an incredible pool.

Lading Island

Lading Island is one of the most beautiful small islands to visit near Krabi. During a tour, you can expect a hidden, small dream island like from a picture book. Already the arrival by longtail boat is beautiful and an experience in itself. This paradisiacal bay is surrounded by high limestone cliffs, deep green jungle and soft fine sandy beach. The sea is incredibly clear and invites you to swim. Moreover, there are wonderful opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. This island is also part of a national park and can only be visited via an excursion. There are no accommodations.

The Most Amazing Islands near Krabi

If you are planning island hopping in Thailand, then there are other dream islands near the Krabi region that you can add to your travel itinerary. Especially recommended is the route to Koh Lipe, where many small dream islands like Koh Mook, Koh Kradan, Koh Libong and Koh Bulone are situated.

The island world of Krabi is simply incredible. Hardly anywhere in Thailand such a high density of absolute dream islands can be found. If you plan Thailand island hopping, then you are in the right place in this region.

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