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Diving, snorkelling, kayaking and boat trips

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Boat tours from the Ao Nang area will shoot you to a number of surrounding islands and beaches to snorkel, dive, kayak and chill. While the beauty of these spots is undeniable, thick crowds can detract from the experience and it pays to be strategic.

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Stay safe The sea off Krabi province is notorious for boat accidents. As we typed this update in July 2018, a large tour boat capsized off nearby Phuket during a storm, killing 47 Chinese tourists. It was the worst boat accident in Thailand for years, but smaller (yet still fatal) accidents occur with alarming frequency. The danger is more immediate in the rainy months from June through October, when we advise against taking boat tours anywhere in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. We also suggest opting for longtail boats or larger craft rather than speedboats, which have been known to explode.

If the boat is overloaded, don’t get on. Photo taken in or around Diving, snorkelling, kayaking and boat trips, Ao Nang, Thailand by David Luekens.

If the boat is overloaded, don’t get on. Photo: David Luekens

Ko Poda and Railay by public longtail boat Look west and south from Ao Nang beach and you’ll see the limestone massifs and brilliant beaches of Ko Poda and Railay. If you want to spend a day lounging around either of these spots without doing an actual tour, head to the ticket booth where the beach road meets the main drag in Ao Nang and purchase a round trip by public longtail boat, which costs 200 baht per person to Railay and 300 baht to Ko Poda. The boats leave after collecting six passengers any time from 08:00 ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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