If you visit Krabi in Thailand, there are a number of beautiful islands to visit by longtail boat. A 30 minute boat ride away from Ao Nang is Chicken Island which is a small island famous for a cliff that is shaped as a chicken’s head. If you have a bit of imagination that is.
The beach is quite small but well worth a visit. The island has a small kiosk where you can buy snacks, drinks and a bit of lunch. The main attraction is probably the thin piece of the beach that makes it possible to walk all the way to a second small island next to it. This part of the beach is under water during high tide and is only visible during low tide.
You should pay attention to the monkeys on the island that won’t hesitate to search through your backpack while you are snorkeling.
View from our hotel room at Phra Nang Inn in Ao Nang, Krabi. The hotel is quite close to the beach and only a minute or two from the place where you can take speed boats out to Chicken Island and other places of interest.
After a week on Koh Lanta we took the ferry from Saladan town to Krabi. It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to Ao Nang. We stayed at Phra Nang Inn hotel which is a very nice hotel about a block from the beach.
If you are visiting Koh Lanta in Thailand you should definitely consider a trip to Koh Rok. It’s a tiny island with absolutely beautiful beaches and chrystal clear blue water. You can buy a ticket with a speed boat to this island which includes lunch and extra stops for snorkeling.
When the rest of our party drove off to dive nearby we decided to stay on the beach for a little longer. We had three small children with us and the beach looked so inviting we preferred to stay here. On the way back to Lanta, our boat stopped on the other side of the island for some off shore snorkeling, so we got some of that too.
Especially during lunch you should keep an eye out for giant lizards that live on the island. They are not scary but I wouldn’t go too close.
This was the fourth time we went to Thailand and although there had always been some kind of hiccup, this trip had the worst start of them all. Apparently our flight was delayed by ten hours and we didn’t get any notification about it, so we went out to the airport too early. There wasn’t really any other alternative than to stay and wait, but since we had three kids we were able to get a hotel room at the airport where we could rest for a few hours.
When we landed in Krabi Airport our chauffeur was nowhere to be found even though I hade emailed the hotel to notify them or our late arrival. He showed up two hours later and now it was so late that we almost missed the last ferry to Koh Lanta, but we made it eventually.
I won’t bore you with the details about how the restaurant forgot two out of five meals, we simply decided that the first day was miserable but from tomorrow morning all would be excellent.
Good Days Lanta
We stayed a week at Good Days Lanta hotel, on Long Beach, Koh Lanta, in one of the bungalows closest to the beach. As you can see in the image below, there is a small canal with water from the sea right next to the hotel area. It didn’t bother us much, altough I would have preferred if it hadn’t been there. Our bungalow was a bit worn down and after a few days the roof started leaking during a heavy rain. So we got to move to one of the slightly smaller but newer houses a bit further up from the beach. All in all, the hotel was fine, nothing fancy but it had all that we needed and the beach is in a very calm end of Long Beach.