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Chicken Island is also known as Koh Kai, Koh Gai is in Thailand.

Chicken Island is also known as Koh Kai, Koh Gai or Koh Hua Khwan which is in Thailand.

Overview of Chicken Island

• This is a small and unusual looking island in the shape of a chicken and hence the name.
• It is located just south of Poda and Tup Islands.
• It is about 30 minutes by longtail boat from the west coast of Krabi.
• It’s more commonly known name as Chicken Island because of a large rock formation.
• It resembles the head and neck of a chicken.
• Koh Kai is a local landmark.
• One side of it there is sheer cliffs that are covered in vegetation.
• On the other side there is a beautiful beach.
• Krabi is witnessed on low tide when a sandbar emerges from the water.
• This makes this island different from other islands.
• This sandbar connects Chicken Island to the two smaller islands of Koh Mor and Tup.
• It appears as if the three islands become one.
• This picturesque and unique occurrence is commonly referred to as Talay Waek.
• When the tide is low you are able to walk across the sandbar.
• This is a Y shaped sandbar from Koh Kai to the other islands of Koh Mor which is on the left and Tup on the right.
• The whole area is simply stunning.
• It has panoramic views of the Krabi coastline in the background.
• Snorkeling around the waters is fantastic.
• It has spectacular coral reefs.
• There are an abundance of tropical fish which literally eat out of your hand.
• This is just one of the islands to visit if you do the Four Island Tour from Krabi.

The other islands that are visited during the tour include:
• The beautiful Phra Nang Cave Beach which is located on the Railay peninsula
• Tup islands
• Poda islands

Koh Kai is also one of Krabi’s main tourist attractions.
There is a range of facilities on the beach including:
• A small restaurant
• Beach bar
• Toilets which are located just back from the beach.

One can also take up activities like:
• Snorkeling
• Swimming
• Exploring Krabi’s beautiful offshore islands

Other Destinations

• Ko Chang — once a quiet island, now undergoing major tourism development
• Ko Lipe — small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park, amazingly unspoilt with great reefs and beaches
• Ko Pha Ngan — site of the famous Full Moon Party with miles of quiet coastline
• Ko Samet — the nearest island beach escapes from Bangkok
• Ko Samui — comfortable, nature, and entertainment hippie mecca gone upmarket
• Khao Sok National Park — one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Thailand
• Khao Yai National Park — take a night time jeep safari spotting deer or visit the spectacular waterfalls
• Krabi Province — beach and watersports mecca in the south, includes Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta
• Phuket — the original Thai paradise island, now very developed but still with some beautiful beaches

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

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How to get there?

• From Ao Nang you can get a return longtail boat to Koh Kai for 300 baht per person.
• The longtail boats usually won’t leave until there is a minimum of 8 people in the boat.
• If you don’t want to wait for other passengers you can hire a longtail boat with a driver for the day to take you to all four islands for 2,200 baht.
• This is a great way to see the islands.
You can catch a longtail boat from:
– Klong Muang
– Nopparat Thara
– The Railay Beaches
– At the Chao Fah pier in Krabi Town

How to get to Thailand?

1. By plane
• The main international airports in Thailand are at Bangkok and Phuket.
• Both are well-served by intercontinental flights.
• Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok.
• International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.
• Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make excellent places to catch flights into these smaller Thai cities.
• The national carrier is the well-regarded THAI Airways with Bangkok Airways filling in some gaps in the nearby region.
• Bangkok Airways offers free internet access while you wait for boarding to start at your gate.
• Chartered flights from and to Thailand from international destinations are operated by Hi Flying group.
• They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Udon Thani.

2. By Road
• Cambodia – six international border crossings
The highway from Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor via Poipet to Aranyaprathet.
• Laos – the busiest border crossing is at the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong between Nong Khai and the Lao capital Vientiane.
• It’s also possible to cross the Mekong at Chiang Khong / Huay Xai, Nakhon Phanom /Tha Khaek, Mukdahan / Savannakhet, and elsewhere.
• Vientiane / Udon Thani
• A bus service runs from the Morning Market bus station in Vientiane to the bus station in Udon Thani.
• The cost is 80 Baht or 22,000 Kip and the journey takes two hours.
• The Udon Thani airport is 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk from the bus station and is served by Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia.
• Malaysia and Singapore – driving up is entirely possible. Main crossings between Thailand and Malaysia are Padang Besar (Padang Besar) and Sadao (Bukit Kayu Hitam) in Songkhla province, Betong in Yala province, and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province.
• There are regular buses from Singapore to the southern hub of Hat Yai.

3. By Train
Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (near Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore.

4. By Ferry
• It is possible now to travel by ferries in high season (Nov-May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia.
• This can now be done without ever touching the mainland, Phuket (Thailand) to Padang (Indonesia). Islands en route:
– Ko Phi Phi
– Ko Lanta
– Ko Ngai
– Ko Mook
– Ko Bulon
– Ko Lipe
– Langkawi
• Penang

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tourismthailand.org
Hotels at gothailand.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand

blogs at wikimapia.org
blogs at phuket-travel-secrets.com
blogs at molon.de
blogs and reviews at asiaexplorers.com

Images and photos of Thailand

images at google.com
images at phuket-travel-secrets.com
images at 360cities.net
images at molon.de

Videos of Thailand

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