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Most tourist come to this place to see and to get a beautiful picture of an amazing separated ocean. Koh Tap is located in Mu Koh archipelago in the south west of Ao Nang between Koh Poda and Chicken Island. Tup Island is the smaller island rather than the other island in this archipelago. However it is surrounding by a great beach and waters. It provides a nice place to do snorkeling with the abundance of tropical sea animals, such as fish and also the beautiful coral reefs. Other island that can be visited during four tours of the island is Koh Kai, also known as Chicken Island. Moreover, there is a beautiful Phra Nang Cave Beach which is located in Ko Poda and Railay Peninsula. Become one of the main attractions in Krabi, Tup Island is very busy especially during high season when day trips and tour groups arrived.
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When there is low tide the sand bank does not have too many rocks and it is pleasant. In addition, the water is really clear and very beautiful. The sandbar is connecting the bigger Chicken Island with the two small islands, Koh Mor and Tup. This beautiful and unique event is also called as Talay Weak, which means the divided sea. At low tide you can walk across the dunes of the Chicken Island to Koh Mor on the left or the right Tup. The whole area with a panoramic view of the coastline of Krabi in the background can be seen.
When walking past the mound, it is wise to take a pair of reef shoes or at least flip-flops when corals and shells penetrating emerging from the water, making them uncomfortable under the feet. The shallow waters at the Tup makes a safe place if you are visiting this island with young kids, the water is deep enough on both sides of the sand dune to relax and cool off. Tup Island is included in the Four Island Tour Krabi which is one of the best trips off the coast of Krabi.
For you who cannot visit the underwater (scuba diving), you can do snorkeling. Snorkeling is one of the favorite activities in this island. The tropical fish and the coral reefs will take all of your attention there. The combination of blue and green color of the sea will make you want to jump and feel the water. The water will make you fresh after doing many things before you come to this island. The snorkeling tools are provided by the tour company, if you are using it. Also, it is rented in the island area.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase the tickets at a ticket booth near the Ao Nang beach.
How To Get Around?
Getting around in Tup Island is easy. You can use the long-tail boat or private boat if you want. If you want see the surrounding area by yourself, you can hire a private boat that is provided all day. Also, if you hire a private boat, you can choose which island that you like to visit.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear t-shirt to make comfortable when you are having a trip. Make sure you always wear comfortable walking shoes or maybe sandals since you are going to be walking in the beach area. Cap may be needed when you are there, to make your hair still on its place. Make sure you bring cool, casual clothes if you visit Tup Island in summer. Or you can use a beach dress to make your look more fashionable during the holiday. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen! The Thai sun can be very strong and lead to unpleasant sunburns.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Tup Island is in late January to March since the best weather conditions are on those two months. You can see the clear blue skies, calm waves and friendly temperatures. It is perfect for having a beach holiday. During this period, you can also avoid peak season charges (December to January) at your hotels due to Christmas and New Year. If you prefer to visit this island during the rainy season, you can do it. Despite the risks of showers, it is cooler, cheaper and less crowded. In Krabi, it is a common to get a whole week of sunny (or rainy) days during the rainy season.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find anything on this site.
How To Get There?
The best way to get to this island is to join the tour that is provided by a company in that area by speedboat (or any similar transportation). If you just want to go there to spend the day without doing other activity such as snorkeling, you could pack a lunch, and simply take a long-tail boat from Ao Nang, Railay, Klong Muang or Nopparat Thara. It will cost you around 300 baht per person to get there from Ao Nang. However, if you do not use private boat, you have to wait for the boat to have at least eight persons before leaving. Alternatively you can also hire a private long-tail boat with a driver to take you island hopping to all four islands for 2,200 baht.