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 in 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 trave guide 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 mainland to Chicken Island is an unique experience. Because this island is like just out of a travel magazine: Turquoise blue sea, fine white sandy beach and imposing rock formations. Above all, however, the dreamlike sea colors make the islet a true paradise and one of the most beautiful islands of Krabi.
The white sandy beach of Chicken Island is also unique. For many, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi. Walking along the beach, you will find some small trees and quiet shady places, perfect if you want to relax for a few hours. Even food is provided here. Because on the island there is a restaurant that sells small snacks and cool drinks.
The trip with the typical longtail boat takes just under half an hour and so the island is a popular destination for excursions in Krabi. And, Chicken Island is also a fantastic place for snorkeling.
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.
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.
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.
Another highlight of the Krabis islands world 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 the Had Noppharatthara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. Therefore, you have to pay a fee for the national park when visiting the islands.
This currently costs 400 baht per person and must be paid directly at the ticket office.
How to get to Chicken Island & Tup Island
With the typical longtail boats, but also with speedboats, crossings are offered by most hotels, local travel agencies and even on the beach. It is worthwhile to compare prices, because the costs vary depending on the provider. From Krabi mainland to Chicken Island is about 9 kilometers and takes about 30 minutes.
A very popular way to get to Chicken Island and Tup Island is as part of a Krabi 4 Island Tour. Here, the dream island Koh Poda and the world famous Phra Nang Beach are also visited. These excursions start from the larger resorts on the Krabi mainland and can be booked directly on site, or online.
If you prefer to compare reviews, there is also the option to book a boat tour on GetyourGuide. The advantage is that here most excursions can be canceled up to 24 hours before free of charge and often also pickup from the hotel, as well as food are included.
For a special vacation experience, check out the 4 Islands Tour at sunset. On this excursion you also have the opportunity to discover luminous plankton while snorkeling. An unforgettable adventure!
Where to stay in Krabi
As part of a national park, there are still no accommodations or hotels on Chicken Island. Even on the tiny Tup Island, staying overnight is not possible until today. The nearest hotels and bungalows are located on the mainland of Krabi, in the famous vacation areas like Ao Nang Beach, Railay Beach, Tonsai Beach, Krabi Town or Klong Muang Beach.
- 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): The 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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