Tup Island

Tup Island, Ao Nang: Address, Phone Number, Tup Island Reviews: 4/5

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An Island carved by the Heavens - Tup Islands
Dec 2021
As mentioned in my previous review about Railey Beach (https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g1597036-d627649-r833408096-Railay_Beach-Railay_Beach_Krabi_Town_Krabi_Province.html) another stunning and scenic island off the coast of Krabi is Tup Island or Ko Tap in the local language. It was our 2nd stop on a full day island hoping tour around Ao Nang Bay in Krabi. Another unique island landscape where triple islands just a few meters apart are connected by a sandbar on top of a coral reef. During low tide the sandbar appears and serves as a land bridge to connect the triplets islands and the much bigger Chicken Island or Ko Kai, which is shaped and carved by the heavens similar to a chicken with a very distinct Chicken head unearthed naturally. This wonder of nature is called Talay Waek in Thai which means divided sea. Going back to Tup, we sailed from Railey beach which us about 20 mins of impeccable views of numerous limestone rock islets, islands all over us. It was a cloudy day that day and sometimes there were slight drizzles but miraculously the seas were calm to moderately wavy only. I was hesitant to sail at first but luckily we still proceeded else we would have missed this stunning wonders. Our boat docked on the eastern island of the twin islands. From the where our boat is docked there is another island separated from the two where the sandbar remains visible and walkable even on high tides. From here there is a small store which offers snacks and drinks. There is a also a signage of Unseen Krabi made of wood and which also mentions these islands were part of the whole Kho Phi Phi Natural Parks. This is a great place to take your memorable shots with the natural limestone rocks around you. The white sandbar is one of the finest I've seen and walked through. Pure glowy white sands and very soft and fine sand textures. It was also not hot to walk thru so you could use your barefeet. On the western side of the islands we could see a couple of traditional and colorful traditional Thai Long-tail boats parked which were used by the other visitors. Originally serves the big and wide rivers of Thailand, it is a long canoe of 30 m and propelled by single engine. Painted and designed with colours and Thai paintings it is a statement of this country made to traverse their gigantic rivers and now used on their seas. This is the main vantage point to take your lovely photos and videos with you. I had several shots on all sides from the sandbar - amongst the Thai long-tail boats, the limestone rocks and the other 2 islands from the distance. It was Dec 2021 and since were still in the pandemic the tourists were mostly locals, I only saw a handy of foreign tourists including me and quite less compared to pre-pandemic levels. We also took photos from the speedboat bow which has a stunning view of another island which is part of Mu Koh Poda archipelago, southwest of Ao Nang Bay. Since it was high tide that day we don't have a chance to walk on the other 2 islands unless you swim over them but our time is limited to an hour only so I decided to just swim from the eastern side of the side bar not far from where our speedboat is docked. The waters were crystal clear, cool and shallow so its very nice, easy and relaxing to swim here especially if you have young kids with you. I didn't see that much fish maybe because of the high tide. After a relaxing swim since there are no shower facilities here i went straight to our speed boat wet yet super happy that I was able to experience and witness this beautiful and magical wonders of nature. And I was the last to board our speedboat haha. When we come back to Krabi, we would have taken a private island hopping trip so we could spend more time on Tup islands hopefully on a low tide so we could walk across these islands and try snorkeling.. From here on my next review we are off to our next destination - Chicken Island or Ko Kai and Snorkeling in Krabi - please watch for it!!!!

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Giannis L
Larissa, Greece58 contributions
Couples
We booked a 4 islands tour from ao nang and tup was one of the stops.
Great beach and when the tide gets lower you can walk through sea to the opposite tup island.
Overcrowded because 4 islands tour is one of the most famous but you can find your space to enjoy the beach.
Written February 14, 2020
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Ritu Goyal
Mumbai, India96 contributions
Couples
We were 2 couples.Very beautiful Island.Had a lovely time with friends.What an experience to walk in the sea and go the the restaurant!!! Soft drinks and light snacks are available.Beautiful view.Clicked lot of pics.
Written February 5, 2020
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KomalB31
Harlūr, India414 contributions
I had that the beaches of Krabi were splendid but this seeing this beach made thoie words look like an understatement. I loved the beach, the view and the amazing walk across the water in times of low tide. Simply amazing and must visit!!!
Written March 5, 2020
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Preston45 contributions
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Tup Island is connected to Chicken Island by a small sandy causeway which can be walked across at low tide. Low tide when we visited was at 06:30AM / 18:00 so unfortunately we missed it on this visit, although on a previous visit I did walk across.

To really appreciate this place and its worth noting this down, go as early in the morning as you can. It is very popular and very beautiful, even more so where your there with just a few people or so. When several hundred people are there, less so.

The water is bath water warm and clean. Snorkelling is a must, you cannot appreciate how many different types of fish are invisible from the boats. There are green and blue ones but also a lot of mini goldfish, which if you have an underwater camera, would be a great background for your home PC or Mac.

Well worth a visit, best advice, take a longtail boat as you can do the 4 island tour, Chicken Island, Pado Island, Tup Island and Railey Beach.

Downside: You are expected to pay an additional 200 THB per person because you are in National Park. This is not included in your boat arrangement, once paid, tell them to give the ticket to the boat captain otherwise, they will try to charge you 200 THB per island or until you wise up to it.
Written August 21, 2014
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lisaannem
Vancouver, Canada180 contributions
Couples
We visited Tup Island on the Green Planet's Four Islands day trip on a longtail boat with 22 others while staying in Ao Nang. We’d requested a tour company with a small number of small boats (apparently some tour operators have boats that take up to a hundred people at a time, a situation which did not seem all that appealing). At the harbour, we, along with all the other people from all the other tours, clambered into our respective boats and headed for open waters.

Our first island was Tup, one of the limestone spears rising out of the green sea, visible from Ao Nang Beach. As we pulled up to the strip of soft white sand we could see people – lots of people – and boats, lots of boats, both speedboats and longtails. Tup, and Chicken Island, its neighbour, are joined by an isthmus which can be walked across through the water at low tide, a walk which we proceeded to do. The water was a beautiful turquoise-emerald and very warm, home to small green and yellow striped fish who clustered near the rocks at the edge of the beach. Many of the tourists simply sunbathed on the beach, others took advantage of the cantines set up in the shade of the trees to down beers, while others strode through the hip-deep water to reach Chicken Island. After an hour of trucking around the beach, we were back in the boat and motored to a spot just off Chicken Island for snorkelling, along with ten or so other boats. We swam around for a bit but it became evident that all the coral here is grey and dead; although there are some fish, they likely only come here because the tour operators feed them.

We enjoyed our day at sea, but were a little surprised at the sheer number of boats and people at every place we stopped – these are not exactly deserted tropical islands. But, for 450 baht, or about $10 each for the day, the tour was good value. If it's ever possible to get to this island when there are few people around, it would be rated a 5/5; as it is, with too many visitors and boats, I can only give it a 3.

See pictures here: http://lmaclean.ca/2011/11/four-islands-tour-krabi-thailand/
Written June 23, 2012
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Gerard R
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Friends
Tup Island was the very first stop made on our 5 Islands tour which was organized by Pranang Travel & Tour which cost 400 Bath and unbelievable!
Clear water, White sand and a long sand bed connecting 2 islands….. It is so beautiful!
Paradise indeed!.
The other stops on the tours, were at Chicken Island, Snorkeling at Koh Si, Lunch stop at Poda Island and Phranang Beach.
A must visit! PS: do not forget your sun block lotion : )
Written April 8, 2013
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baketown89
Houston, Texas, USA307 contributions
Solo
the tour operator will charge you extra 200 baht to this island. This is such a small island. I estimate about 30 meter across in diameter. It was full of tourist with a small piece of sand bar and there is nothing to see or any WOW factor (1 to 10 i will give it a one). go to some other island unless it is part of the so-called 7 island tour. many of the passengers in the same boat that accomodate 50 passenger did not pay the 200 baht (about USD$5.70) did not pay and no one check or needed a ticket. It is extremely overrated as a national park. This is a rip off by the tour operator. You will be disappointed if you trip only go to this small island (like 2 football field court size) alone.
Written May 18, 2016
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Wanderlust Family
Tolmie, Australia929 contributions
Sweet & picturesque island with clear turquoise water and depending what time you get there a sand bar through the middle. This was our first stop on a 4 island boat trip, when we reached here it was very crowded with people and boats, it would have been wonderful if it was less busy but still stunningly beautiful and worth stopping for. Water is warm and you can see many fish especially if you swim out more and away for the crowds.
Written July 8, 2019
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Serenjdipity
Mississauga, Canada157 contributions
Solo
You can see the fish without going deep into the water.
The water and views were amazing!
This is one of the 4 islands you tour during the 4 island tour.
This is where we had the buffet during the lunch portion of the tour.
Written April 8, 2015
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Semi L
Seoul, South Korea95 contributions
Couples
I made a group tour to this island. The beach itself is so beautiful but the thing is there are too many tourists.
Written April 7, 2015
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