Krabi is known to have around 200 islands surrounding its coastline. Some of these islands are small rocky islets with no access. A vast number of them though, are inhabited and make for wonderful retreats off Krabi.

With powdered white sand beaches, lush green hills, turquoise blue waters with colorful corals and rich marine life, hidden caves and friendly locals, these islands deserve a visit in their own right.

Since there are so many of them to choose from, we have compiled a list of the 10 best islands around Krabi for your island hopping jaunt.

Long Trips

1. Koh Phi Phi Popular

The darling of young backpackers across the world, Koh Phi Phi is a stunningly beautiful island. Life in Phi Phi pretty much revolves around diving and partying.

There are hundreds of bars scattered around the island and of all of them are packed by sundown. Alcohol flows in buckets, the music is loud, energy levels are insane and nights last till daybreak.

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Why you should go: With its emerald green lagoons and vibrant corals, it’s one of the best places to scuba dive in Phi Phi. The icing on the cake is, it’s also one of the cheapest.
Where’s the catch: If you are not a party loving person, nights on the island can seem really loud, unless you are staying away from the main area

Koh Phi Phi

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Ideal Duration: 2 days
Budget: Midrange to Luxury
How to reach: It can be reached by ferry from Krabi.It takes around 2 – 3 hours

2. Koh Lanta Recommended

Koh Lanta is one of those big islands around Krabi which is deliciously unspoilt. It is bordered by milky white sand beaches and has jungle clad interiors.

It has a mellow, take-it-slow kind of vibe with travelers just lounging on beaches and marveling at fiery red sunsets over the sea.

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Why you should go: Its crystal clear waters and corals which are a splash of colors, are abundant in marine life, making it one of the best places to dive in the world.
Where’s the catch: Being one of the lesser developed islands, there aren’t too many options for activities like nightlife,dining and shopping

Koh Lanta

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Ideal Duration: 3 days
Budget: Midrange to Luxury
How to reach: Koh Lanta can be reached by a combination of taxi and ferry from Krabi. It would take about 3 hours

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3. Koh Yao Yai Offbeat

Koh Yao Yai is a sleepy island which has escaped the eyes of mainstream tourism. With an authentic Thai feel to it and dripping in natural beauty, it is one of those exotic islands that you have always wanted to explore.

The best thing to do here is roaming around the island on a bike and kayaking through the mangroves

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Why you should go: If you want to experience an authentic Thai island sans the crowd
Where’s the catch: There aren’t too many sightseeing options here. So if you want an action packed trip, then Koh Yao Yai might disappoint you.

Koh Yao Yai

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Ideal Duration: 2 days
Budget: Budget to Luxury
How to reach: It can be reached from Krabi by speedboat in 20 mins or in an hour by a slower longtail boat

4. Koh Yao Noi Offbeat

Koh Yao Noi is a charming island with a diverse landscape. Its west coast is lined by mangroves while its east coast has beach stretches with uninterrupted views of towering limestone cliffs.

Koh Yao Noi is perfect for those who want a luxury honeymoon experience in an offbeat location. Even families looking to step aside the crowds would find it to their liking.

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Why you should go:Soak in the beauty of an offbeat island without the crowds
Where’s the catch: There is little to do here beyond diving and kayaking. So unless you are a water baby, you are better off elsewhere

Koh Yao Noi

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Ideal Duration: 2 days
Budget: Budget to Luxury
How to reach: It can be reached from Krabi by speedboat in 20 mins or in an hour by a slower longtail boat

5. Koh Jum Offbeat

Koh Jum is a little-known island with colourful hamlets, hills draped in coconut tree plantations and beaches with silky coral sand. Koh Jum is a favourite among beach bums who want to step aside from the crowds of Phuket and Krabi.

You can have an amazing diving experience here. If you love hiking, there is the summit of Koh Pu.

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Why you should go: If you want to have a laid-back beach experience all to yourself
Where’s the catch: Most accommodations are aimed at budget travellers. There are only a handful of upscale resorts here.

Koh Jum

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Ideal Duration: 2 days
Budget: Budget mainly
How to reach: It can be reached from Krabi by speedboat in an hour

6. Koh Ngai Offbeat

If you are looking for a romantic paradise away from the crowds and don’t mind loosening your purse strings, Koh Ngai is perfect.

It has a host of resorts catering to mid range travelers, though you will mostly find couples walking hand in hand on the white sands of its idyllic shores. From the beach, you can spot massive limestone karsts jutting out from the sea.

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Why you should go: It’s a great place for snorkeling, attracting schools of tropical fishes. Koh Muk’s awe-inspiring Emerald cave is also just a short boat ride away.
Where’s the catch: True of any offbeat island, there is little do here apart from lounging on miraculously beautiful beaches

Koh Ngai

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Ideal Duration: 2 days
Budget: Luxury
How to reach: Take a minivan from Krabi to reach Hat Yao Pier. This would take around 2.5 hours. From the pier, a a 45 minute ferry would drop you to Koh Ngai

7. Koh Muk Offbeat

Another speck on the tourist radar, Koh Muk is an offbeat island ideal for solo backpackers looking for a laid back trip. It’s quiet, has fascinating beaches and is ideal for hopping to surrounding islands.

Although far removed from tourism, it has a wide range of accommodation catering to all kinds of travellers. If you dig around a bit, you can even find small fun bars

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Why you should go:The island is widely popular for its extraordinary emerald cave. If you time it right, you can swim through the cave, as the sun reflects the colours of the emerald green waters on the walls. And on the other side, lies a beach wrapped around by jungles.
Where’s the catch: Its one of the most remote islands. So reaching it can be tedious.

Koh Muk

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Ideal Duration: 2 days
Budget: Budget to Luxury
How to reach: Take a minivan from Krabi to reach Hat Yao Pier. This would take around 2.5 hours. From the pier, a 15-minute ferry would drop you to Koh Muk

Day Trips

8. Koh Poda Offbeat

Koh Poda is a small pretty island dotted with palm and pine trees. The island is just a km long in diameter, so it can be easily covered in a day.

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Why you should go: Snorkeling hands down!
Where’s the catch: The accommodation options here are limited. There is just a national park ranger’s camp and a small hotel.

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There are coral reefs 20 meters from the beach, so you can snorkel right off the shore.

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How to reach: Most island tours from Krabi make a stop here. Alternatively, it can also be reached by boat in 25 minutes from Krabi.

9. Koh Tup – Koh Mor – Koh Kai Popular

Koh Tup, Koh Mor and Koh Kai are a group of small attractive islands that belong to the Mu Koh Poda group of islands.

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Why you should go: With crystal clear turquoise waters, snorkeling around these islands is a beautiful experience
Where’s the catch: The 4 island tour which includes these islands is a big hit. So you might be one among the flock of tourists.

Koh Tub - Koh Kai - Koh Mor

Koh Kai got its name from a rock formation which resembles the head of a chicken. At low tides, you can even walk on narrow sandbars between the islands, which is a unique experience.

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How to reach: You can hit all 3 islands on the Krabi 4 island tour. You can find many operators in Krabi offering this day trip.

10. Koh Hong Popular

Koh Hong is a group of several tiny islands with breathtaking scenery, emerald green waters and beautiful corals.

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Why you should go: The rock formations which surround these lagoons are spectacular. You can get up close by swimming around them
Where’s the catch: The Hong island tour is one of the most popular ones in Krabi. So if you want a place minus the crowd, step away from Koh Hong

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Needless to say, snorkeling and swimming in its lagoons is an unforgettable experience.

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How to reach: It can be reached from Krabi by speedboat in 20 mins or 45 mins by a slower longtail boat.

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