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Chicken Island

Chicken Island, also known as Koh Gai or Koh Gai Leh, is a small but iconic island located in the Andaman Sea near Ao Nang in the Krabi Province of Thailand. The island gets its peculiar name from a rock formation that looks like the head and neck of a chicken. This distinctive limestone formation is a popular spot for visitors to take amusing photographs, creating a unique and memorable experience.

The island is part of the famous Four Islands group, which also includes Tup Island, Poda Island, and Phra Nang Cave Beach. These islands are known for their stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life. Chicken Island is particularly renowned for its powdery white sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs, making it a favorite destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Chicken Island, along with other islands in the Krabi region, is during the dry season, which typically spans from November to April. This period offers the most favorable weather conditions, making it ideal for exploring the islands and engaging in various outdoor activities.

How to get there

To get to Chicken Island, you would typically need to take a boat from the mainland or nearby islands in the Krabi region of Thailand.

Ao po grand Marina

  • Sailling catamaran 2 –  3 hours

Royal Phuket Marina

  • Speedboat 40 – 50 minutes

Boat lagoon

  • Speedboat 40 – 50 minutes

Activities Guideline

Snorkeling

  • Explore the vibrant underwater world surrounding Chicken Island. Snorkeling is a popular activity, allowing you to discover colorful coral reefs and encounter a diverse array of marine life.

Diving

  • For those with diving certifications, the waters around Chicken Island offer opportunities for more in-depth exploration. Dive operators in the region can organize diving trips to nearby dive sites.

Beach Relaxation

  • Enjoy the pristine white sandy beaches of Chicken Island. Relax, sunbathe, or take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline.

Photography

  • Capture the unique rock formation that gives Chicken Island its name. The chicken-shaped limestone structure is a popular photo spot, and visitors often enjoy creative photography on the island.

Island Hopping

  • Include Chicken Island as part of an island-hopping tour, exploring nearby attractions such as Tup Island and Poda Island. These tours often provide opportunities for sightseeing, swimming, and snorkeling.

Picnicking

  • Pack a picnic and enjoy a meal on the beach. Many visitors bring snacks or lunch as part of their island-hopping experience.

Kayaking

  • Rent a kayak and paddle around the island to explore its coastline. Kayaking allows for a more intimate experience with the natural beauty of Chicken Island.

TRIP PROGRAM

Full day program is taking time around 8 hours. In general, multiple islands are often combined in the same trip

Full Day Program

09:00 – 09:30

Depart from Pier to 4 Island by big longtail boat or Speedboat

09:30 – 10:30

Walk along the sandbar at Tup Island

10:30 – 11:30

Snorkel & photography at Chicken Island 

11:30 – 13:30

Lunch & relaxing on Poda Island 

13:30 – 14:30

Visit Phranang Cave Beach at Railay Beach 

14:30 – 15:00

Head back to Pier

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