Ranked 3 of 36 sightseeing in Krabi

A circular island with white sand beaches and covered with palm trees, Koh Poda or Poda Island is one of the highlights of the Railay Peninsula in Thailand’s Krabi region. With a coral reef and warm, pristine waters, this island is a delightful place to spend some idle moments.


Krabi and its surrounding islands are known to be the oldest continuously inhabited region in Thailand with prehistoric human sites that date back more than 20,000 years. This modern district has its origins as an elephant breeding and grooming centre for the Siam kingdom in the 18th Century. With Thailand’s tourism boom in the 1960s, the unique topography of Krabi received a global spotlight and this place is now a hub for backpackers and rock climbers.

Reason to Visit

Koh Poda is a prime destination for snorkelling. One can marvel at the explosion of colours that are its coral reefs and witness the abundant marine life of the region up close. On the island, visitors can follow a trail and reach the Northern beach of Koh Poda, which has fewer crowds. Swimming and kayaking are two fun activities visitors can indulge in here. Cliff jumping off the island’s rocky walls into the blue waters is an activity that is gaining popularity.

Part of a designated national park, this island is a precious habitat for endemic flora and fauna. Koh Poda’s long east beach is a great place for a leisurely stroll, and one can explore the surrounding places for a Crusoe-like experience.

The island of Koh Poda is a visual treat. One of the iconic images of Koh Poda is a limestone formation that juts out of the middle of the sea just off one of the beaches like a gravity-defying rock. Koh Poda sunsets are known to be some of the most beautiful, with ever-changing colours due to the cloud formations and the reflections off the sea.

Entry Guidelines

This island is accessible from Ao Nang Beach and is a half-hour long boat ride away. The ticket rates per person are around 300 Baht and subject to change. One can also charter a boat to visit this island and explore the surrounding sights.

Koh Poda is part of a larger preservation area, and certain parts of the island are restricted. Visiting the island requires a fee of around 400 Baht. Many tours circle around the island, and one can snorkel and swim around the island and enjoy the sights of the rock formations and sunset without paying the fees. There are many quality tour providers in the region who will help give visitors the experience they want.

Where to Eat

There is only one resort on the island with a restaurant that serves its guests. Those visiting from the mainland will find long boats serving snacks and juices on the beach. Packing a picnic is a great idea as guests can enjoy their food while absorbing the seaside delights of the beach.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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3 reviews

4 island trip in Krabi city

We had a 4 island trip in speed boat, a beautiful place if covers 4 island chicken island, poda island etc. Very scenic snorkelling was done in chicken island, very beautiful experience so many fishes around, many of the movie shooting is done here. Very pure crystal clear water with both colours green water and blue water. All the islands are very clean and beautiful.

Akanksha jain

Akanksha jain4.3/5

42 reviews

Amazing and beautiful to be there

It is the island you have seen in most of the movies like Kaho Na Pyar Hai, James Bond, very beautiful to stay and relax. The large stone is good to take photographs and you can also enjoy and play on the shore. The waves are amazing and you can have fun.

Aparna Dudeja

Aparna Dudeja5.0/5

13 reviews

The Turtle Island

A beautiful tiny island, for a distance looks like a tortoise hence Poda. In local language Koh means Island and poda means turtle/tortoise. It's a private island hence they charge a minimal fee, but it's totally worth the 20 THB that you pay. Beautiful and white, however there are many monkeys around. They take away your belongings and just might not return them. They took away our water and beers. spoilt one of the cameras by throwing it in water. One can even stay on this island :) but I guess the price would be whopping :)

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