Ko Klang

Rural life and rare birds

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What we say: 3.5 stars

If you're not keen on the boat tours, a cheaper option is to take one of the 20 baht longtail ferries that depart from either Chao Fah or Thara pier for Ko Klang, the 26 square km island located across the Krabi River from town.

The island is home to a small Muslim fishing village and is a fine place to get a feel for rural southern Thai life. A narrow paved road that's great for bicycles skirts the perimeter of the island and leads along the mangroves, making this a good alternative to the boat trip. Ko Klang is perhaps best known as a place for bird-watchers -- grey herons, sea eagles and the endangered Chinese egret are among the species you might spot. Two bird-watching towers are located to the southwest of the island and these also afford views of Ko Si Boya and Ko Jum.

Visitors can pay a motorbike taxi to tour them around the island or bring a motorbike or bicycle aboard the ferry that departs from Thara pier. In that case, you'll need to navigate the bike over a narrow wooden plank -- not recommended for those without much experience on a motorbike.

Few foreigners come to Ko Klang and it can be a welcome break from the tourist scene. A handful of simple restaurants are found in the village.

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