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Snorkelling, diving and watersports

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Reaching into a busy stretch of the Andaman Sea, the Railay peninsula puts you within daytripping distance of the same list of small islands and snorkelling/diving sties that are advertised in nearby Ao Nang. Various types of boats are available for group tours or private excursions, and you’ll also find kayaks and SUP boards for rent on Railay.

Stay safe The Krabi and Phuket area is notorious for boat accidents causing tourist deaths and serious injuries every year, especially during the rainy months when the sea is often rough. Only snorkel in safe areas and don’t expect boat drivers to cancel or delay trips due to weather when they probably should. Just because you’ve paid in advance for a tour does not mean you have to risk your life.

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Taxi! Photo: David Luekens

Snorkelling and other boat trips Head to Railay West and you’ll see the white-sand shores and towering cliffs of Ko Poda and Ko Gai, a pair of small islands located some four kilometres away. A low-tide sandbar connects Ko Gai’s chicken-shaped massif to a pair of neighbouring islets in a marvellous scene, at least when it’s not too crowded. We think Ko Poda’s beach is as impressive as any found on Railay, though the snorkelling around these islands is nothing special.

A half-day private trip to Poda and Gai by longtail boat costs around 1,800 baht and can be arranged directly with the boat drivers at Railay West or Haad Phra Nang. For around 3,000 baht you could opt for a full day, allowing for more beach lounging and a couple of stops for snorkelling. These prices are for the whole boat, not per person, but you’ll likely have to shell out an additional 400 baht per person for the national park ticket upon arrival at Ko Poda. Hold on to that ticket if you’ll also be visiting Ko Phi Phi Leh or other parts of Mu Ko Phi Phi – Hat Noppharat Thara ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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