Koh Poda is one the most popular islands in the Krabi archipelago. Situated about 6 kilometres from the mainland beach of Ao Nang, Koh Poda is only accessible by boat. Koh Poda — a beautiful island that’s almost completely undeveloped, with only clear seas and soft white sand to keep you busy. Most popular way to see the island is as part of an island tour. Island tours usually take in Poda island, Koh Gai — which is shaped like a chicken, hence its name, as “gai” means chicken in Thai — Railay beach and four or five other islands depending on the tour itself.
A paradise with white sand and turquoise colored water. A dream to all travelers! Koh Poda is covered with palm and pine trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach, it is every inch the stunning tropical getaway. A coral reef lies about 20 metres from the beach with a variety of sea life. The irresistible combination of excellent snorkeling, scenery and soft sand make the island a popular choice with snorkelers and sea kayakers, but surprisingly, it’s not crowded in the evening.
At around a kilometre in diameter, it’s not hard to traverse the entire island and pick your favourite spot. Arguably the most beautiful view from the island can be enjoyed from the northern shores. From the beach, there’s a fantastic view of a limestone karst standing stretching up out of the sea, the image of which is almost always the one used to sell Poda island to tourists. As well as having soft, sandy beaches, the center of the island is a mixture of pine trees and palm trees, providing some much-needed shelter from the blazing sun as well as adding those finishing touches of greenery that help to make the island just that little more irresistible.
Apart from the beaches in the east and the north, in the middle of the cape backed by limestone mountains in the west is also a small and very peaceful bay. In the middle of Koh Poda, there is a pathway to the back beach which will also pass the one and only resort of the island, Poda Island Resort. The northern beach of Koh Poda extends further from the eastern beach. In the middle of the sea there is a small limestone-based island which is a unique feature of Koh Poda. The eastern beach of Koh Poda is the longest one; it is nice for swimming and sunbathing, as well as taking a stroll as far as the small bay on the western side of the island.
It’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular island. Surrounded on all sides by soft, white sand and with glistening, extremely-clear water, it certainly checks all the boxes. The water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, with a coral reef not far from the island where a multitude of colourful fish and corals can be spotted. The calm, clear waters of Poda island also make it a great place to enjoy a spot of kayaking, which are often included in tours but can also be rented from vendors on the island itself.
Tips to the Travelers :
1) Koh Poda is part of all 4 island trips or 7 island trips or sunset trips. Best time to visit is before 10 am or after 4 pm and watch the sunset from here.
2) For a private trip you have to pay 400 bhat to the National Park Ranger’s as entrance fee.
3) If you’re heading there alone you’ll have to bring your own snorkeling equipment. Those can be picked up relatively cheaply from the stores around Ao Nang beach prior to departing on the boat, and having your own set is bound to serve you well throughout your trip to Krabi.
4) Please carry your drinking water and energy bar along with sunglasses and sunscreen.
5) Best visit in the rainy season – it’s quieter, cheaper and you may even feel like you’re on a deserted tropical island.
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