Chicken Island café on Ko Mor; and why is it called Chicken Island? Because. . .
. . . the other side of the island looks like this. Ko Dam Khwan (Chicken Island).
Swimming – West Rai Leh is apparently popular not only with daytime tourists but also midnight skinny-dippers as late night bio-luminescence is triggered by water disturbance and clothes swimmers in fairy lights. Now that’s illuminating.
Climbing – The cliffs around Railay are a great favourite of climbers who generally stay in Ton Sai village around the corner where there is budget accommodation available and plenty of advice on the hundreds of bolted routes, equipment and most importantly how to spot theoccasional failed steel bolt due to sea corrosion.
Both Rail Leh and Ton Sai village have guides, training courses and equipment available, though Ton Sai is more professional.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling – these activities are not recommended in the Krabi area as coral and colourful fish are limited. It’s much better not very far away near the Phi Phi islands or further away around the Similan Islands.
Sea Kayaking – a pleasant and peaceful way to see the magnificent scenery at your own pace without the throbbing drive of an unsilenced truck engine in your longtailed ear. Both Rai Leh and Phra Nang are grand locations and sea caves can be found that add a frisson to any kayak trip. Some bungalows in West Railay rent out basic two-seater sea kayaks for reasonable fees.
Hiking – desperate hikers can struggle up to a trail running off the paved path from East Rai Leh to Phra Nang. It’s not an easy route with lots of ups, downs and slippery bits but views are incredible from time to time.