| PP Island
The name is derived from Malay and the original was Pulao Pi ah Pi, where in pulao is the Malay word for island, and pi, pronounced with only a half p sound, was very close in pronunciation to the English word be; the ah was eventually dropped, so the name was said something like Bi Bi. Later the P was pronounced with a stronger aspiration and the name became the Pi Pi we know today (the h with which it is usually spelled is confusing and superfluous). The name refers to the mangrove wood found there. Six islands are in the group; Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Biddah Nok, Biddah Nai, Yung, and Pai; total area is about 35 square kilometers. They were incorporated into the national park in 1983. Some of the interesting places to visit include. Two islands with beautiful powder sand beaches, limestone cliffs, coral reefs and even caves with ancient paintings and swallows nest. Phi Phi is located at an equal distance from both Krabi and Phuket, about 40 kilometres and can be reached by a pleasant 1 hour and 15 minute to 3 hour boat ride, depending on the size of vessel, from the provincial capital's estuarine pier. The best time for a visit is between November and April. Plenty of accommodation is available at the site. You can have beach side bungalows or smaller resorts as you please and a number of accommodations are available at Ao Ton Sai , and Ao Lo Da Lum. Moreover, diving can be done as well at Laem Hua Raket, Hat Yao and Hin Phae.
Merely some six square kilometres in area, the rugged Phi Phi Lea is characterised by steep, lightly vegetated cliffs rising from the seabed, hidden bays concealing petite, pristine beaches and calm clear waters, and a spacious, airy cave known as Viking Cave by virtue of purportedly ancient cave murals depicting Viking-like sailing vessels. The cave houses sea swallows whose gelatinous nests are prized by Chinese gourmets.
Ko Phi Phi Le
Ko Phi Phi Le is a lovely island that covers an area of only 6.6 square kilometres. The main attraction is the rocks and caves. Rugged cliff surfaces with sparse vegetation rising staraight from the sea bed to several metres to the sky provide real challenge to the rock climbing enthusiats. There are several caves where birds roost in their multitudes. The sea swallows make their gelatinous nests in these caves. And these nests are some delicacy in the Chinese cuisine.
The Viking cave
The Viking cave is famous for the murals inside. These paintings depict Viking-like sailing vessels and sailors there by giving the name for the cave. In the northeast of the island is a large cave called Tham Viking. The cave was renamed "Tham Phaya Nak" or Serpent Cave by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej because of a stone resembling the mythical creature, which His Majesty saw when he paid a visit here in 1072. The cave is considered sacred to locals who come here to collect swallow nests. Inside the eastern and southern parts of the cave are ancient colour paintings of elephants and various types of boats, including an Arabian sailboat, a European sailboat, a sampan, a Chinese junk, and a steamboat. It is believed the paintings were the works of sea merchants or pirates because the study of west-to-east ship routes indicates that this area may have been a stopover for boats seeking shelter from storms, transferring cargo or making repairs.
The Lanta Island Group
About 53 islands are included in this group, which form the southern most district of Krabi Province.
Koh Lanta Yai Area: 152 sqkm
It was formerly known log ago as Pulao Satak, its name in the Malay language, which means Long Beach Island. Later, so many Thais, both Buddhist and Muslim, came to live on the island that there seemed to be a million eyes, which is what some people think Lanta means in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted from Javanese "lan-tas", and means a fish grill (which is built of wood with a square grill on top where the fish are set in a circle). Several islands are in the National Park:
The island is a favourite spot for those seeking peace and solitude, and is the home of the District and National Park offices. Mountainous and rugged in some spots, especially near the southern tip; with a combination of gravely and fine white sandy beaches, the island is also home to a clan of Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies - an ethnic group who preserve many of their ancient customs and ceremonies. In recent years accommodation has increased in Lanta with a range from basic bungalows to upmarket resorts now available. You can get to Lanta on the regular ferry from Jao Fah Pier in Krabi Town.
A fine sandy beach and coral reef run down the east side of this island. It is perfect for diving. Regular ferries and charter craft are available from Pak Meng Beach in Trang Province.
Rok Nai Island
is composed largely of formidable cliffs. On the east side are a fine sandy beach and coral gardens growing around sea rocks. On the northern side are San Jao Bay and Tohng Bay.
Rok Nok Island
The southeast and southern ends of this island have fine sand beaches and shallow water corals. Also not to be missed are Man Sai Bay and Talu beach. Transport to the island is via charter from either Pak Meng Beach in Trang Province or from Lanta Yai Island. There are tents for rent, contact Lanta National Park Tel.: +66 (075) 629018-9.
Ko Pai ( Bamboo Island )
This is another of the Phi Phi Islands but uninhabited. This has some of the most beautiful beaches in the area. And the beaches are unspoiled as the area is uninhabited.
The center of this island has a 45 meter high hill, perforated by a 30 meter hole, thus its name; Talu means to pass through. The island is noted for the presence of swifts in large numbers that make the precious swallow bird's nests used in the Chinese delicacy, Bird's Nest Soup.
Here is a fine sandy beach 25 meters long, and a passage through the cliff 70 meters wide and 20 meters high.
comprises a number of large and small limestone islands. Ko Hong also called Lao Billeh Island is the largest. These rugged islands are shaped like half circles, forming bays in which there is both shallow and deep water coral. Perfect for diving and fishing. Hong Island stands out as one of the most beautiful island of the Andamon coast. Koh Hong's name comes from the Thai word "Hong" which translates as "room". In the middle of beautiful island there lies a hidden logoon spot local fishermen and is also one place where bird nests are collected. The coral reefs here are amazing and siphons can also be found. Naturally, there is an abundance of brightly. Colored fish also to be found here. The best known islands besides Hong Island are : Lakkah or Sakkah; Lao Riem; Pakka; and Lao Lahding Island. Boats leave for the Hong Islands from Ao Nang Beach; the trip takes about one hour.
|Jam Islan or Poo Island
A large Muslim-populated island forming its own sub-district in Krabi. The population engages mostly in fishing, rubber cultivation and the local craft of cloth weaving. This last has become so well-known that Krabi province is famous for its cloth, called Pah Tor Koh Poo weven cloth. During the fair-weather months of dry season. passage to the island can be made by taking a boat from the Jao Fa pier in Krabi Town; when the weather is rainy, take a boat from Laem Kruad pier in Nua Klong District. Beach bungalows are available for overnight visitors.
Sri Bor Yah Island
This island lies not far from Jam Island and is likewise populated by Muslims engaged in fishing and rubber planting. The atmosphere is quiet and pleasant, perfect for unhurried holiday relaxation. Beach bungalows are available. During fair - weather months take the boat from Jao Fa Pier in Krabi Town ; in rainy season, leave form Laem Kruad pier in Nua Klong District.
Ko Phai or Bamboo Island
Ko Phai or Bamboo Island is north of Ko Phi Phi Don and not far from Ko Yung. Marvellous beaches are in the north and east of the island. The bank of coral reefs with antler corals, in particular, stretches from north to south of the island. The best time to visit Phi Phi Island is during the monsoon-free season, which is from November to April.