and the resort of Islanda Hideaway.
Imagine being just 30 minutes away from the bustle and hustle of Ao Nang on an island without cars, enjoying the local lifestyle of the community of this island paused in time. People earn their livelihood from farming and fishing. It is not your typical tropical paradise island in the sea. Koh Klang translates as middle island and it is a 26km2 island where Krabi river meet the sea. It is surrounded by mangroves, and it is mainly a Muslim island. So, travel to Ao Nang but fall in love with an island in Krabi.
So no alcohol here except for the Islanda Resort. The island itself is worth a half day tour. You can learn how the grow organic “golden” rice in brackish water, enjoy batik making and hear the background about long tail boats, so popular in Southern Thailand, at a boat makers house.
If you take the local “ferry” from Krabi town to the island, you can hire a tuk – tuk for around 300 baht to do this trip around the island. In the end you can finish off and eat at a fish farm restaurant with some of the best seafood in Southern Thailand. The restaurant is called Kanabnam View Seafood.
Location on Google maps here.
I would highly recommend staying over one night at the Boutique Islanda Hideaway Resort. We were there just before New Year 2020. I would love to brag that we were the only guests, but instead I feel sad. This place deserves better and the impact of Covid -19 could really be felt here. Travelling during the pandemic in a “safe” country like Thailand make you realize after a while that the whole social part of tourism is missing.
Deserted resorts, unemployed or partly unemployed people it is not enjoyable to see. But having said that. The experience and the welcome of the staffs of Islanda were above expectations. They have an incredible, infinitive pool with epic 180 degree views of famous islands in the Andaman, such as Chicken island.
The sunset was really something. And the dinner offered in the package was well worth the money.
A walk by the sea in the morning was very rewarding and different from any of the usual beach walks. This is not really a resort for swimming in the sea. Muddy and a very large difference in the tide during the day. But as I said, very nice views.
If you book directly with the resort, they will arrange a transfer from Krabi marina directly by boat.
Otherwise, you go from Krabi town to the Koh Klang pier.
Hope that the island of Koh Klang can benefit from tourism again soon!