Chicken Island & Tup Island in Krabi
Chicken Island, often called Koh Kai, and Tup Island are two true paradise islands in Krabi, in the south of Thailand. They are the highlights of the famous 4-Islands Tours, a boat trip where the most beautiful islands of Krabi are visited for swimming and snorkelling. Really famous is the fascinating rock formation of Chicken Island, the mighty chicken head, which it seems, is the namesake of the island. Also, the wide white sandbank that connects Chicken Island with the islet of Tup Island at low tide is really worth a visit. These islands are truly amazing and a real paradise for those who want to take a trip to Krabi’s island world.
In this blog post we give you all the important information about a boat trip to Chicken Island & Tup Island. Additionally, you will find useful tips about getting there, accommodation and excursions from Krabi.
Already the journey from Krabi’s mainland to Chicken Island is an unforgettable experience. The trip with the traditional longtail-boat takes just under half an hour and so the island is a popular destination for excursions from Krabi. This island is truly beautiful, just like out of a travel magazine: turquoise blue sea, fine white sandy beach and imposing rock formations. Especially the dreamlike sea colours make the islet in Krabi so special. This place is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and for many the white sandy beach of Chicken Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi. If you walk along the beach, you will find some small trees and quiet shade spots, perfect for relaxing for a few hours. Also, food is provided, and so there is a restaurant on the small island, which sells small snacks and cool drinks.
The landmark of the island is the chicken head, a striking rock formation, which can be admired as you circle around the islands. This imposing rock is a popular photo motif and therefore it is often found on Krabis postcards.
Tip: Viewing the chicken head rock is part of a 4 Island tour program.
Especially at low tide the ambience gets really spectacular, because at this time a long white sandbank forms and connects Chicken Island with Tup Island. As soon as the water is low enough, you can easily walk from one island to the other one. What a unique experience!
Tip: Because of safety reasons, at high tide it is not possible to cross the sandbank.
Ýou will have a fantastic view of the sandbank and Tup Island from the famous Chicken Island Viewpoint. From up here you also have a picturesque view over to the rocks of Koh Poda, the dreamlike neighboring island and to the mainland of Krabi. This viewpoint is not very high and really easy to climb up, but the view of Krabi’s island world is fantastically beautiful.
Tip: Chicken Island Viewpoint is close to the restaurant. The ascent is signed, and you can’t miss it.
Another highlight of the Krabis islands is the tiny Tup Island. This island is really small, but no less beautiful and a stopover is really recommended. There are great opportunities for snorkeling at Tup Island, because here in the sea you will discover a colorful and diverse underwater world. At high tide, a big part of Tup Island’s beach is underwater and the sandbank to Chicken Island also disappears. But at low tide you can almost circle the island.
National Park Fee
The two islands are part of Had Noppharatthara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. Therefore, when visiting the islands, you must pay a fee for the national park entrance. This currently costs 400 baht per person and must be paid directly at the cashier’s house. However, you should keep the ticket, because it is also valid for the neighbouring island, such as Koh Poda.
Arrival & Excursions
A popular way to get to Chicken Island and Tup Island is by a boat trip from Krabi. The boat tours are usually offered on a Krabi 4 Islands Tour, where in addition to the 2 islands also the absolute dream island Koh Poda and the world famous Phra Nang Beach are on the program. These excursions start from Klong Muang, AoNang, Railay or Krabi Town and can be booked directly on site, or, as we often do, online. Usually the pick-up from the hotel and sometimes a lunch is included.
The 4 Islands Tour at sunset provides a really special holiday experience. On this snorkeling trip you have the opportunity to experience a beautiful sunset in the evening. Another highlight is night snorkeling with the chance to see glowing plankton. An unforgettable adventure. Click here for the tour.
Accommodation at Chicken Island or Tup Island
As part of a national park, there are until today no accommodations or hotels on Chicken Island. Also on the tiny Tup Island it is not possible to stay overnight. The nearest hotels and bungalows are on the mainland of Krabi, in the famous holiday regions such as Ao Nang, Railay, Tonsai, Krabi Town or Klong Muang. Here are our favorite accommodation near Chicken and Tup Island:
- Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa (Railay): The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is just a beautiful hotel. It is located very romantic right on the sea from Railay Beach and the modern pool is a real eye-catcher.
- Krabilife Resort (Klong Muang): The Krabilife Resort is a small family run hotel with only a few rooms. Recommendable accommodation with moderate room rates.
- Holiday Inn (Ao Nang): Holiday Inn Krabi Resort Ao Nang Beach – This chic hotel is located directly on the white sandy beach of Ao Nang.
Conclusion: A trip to Chicken Island and Tup Island is an absolute must do at any stay in the Krabi region. The two islands are incredibly beautiful. Also the beautiful sandbank, that connects the two islands, is absolutely worth seeing.
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