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Monday, December 14, 2015

Unseen Ko Klang เกาะกลาง:
The unspoilt Hideaway near Krabi

See the locations on Ko Klang Island เกาะกลาง Google Map

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Sunset over Koh Kai, seen from Koh Klang

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Approaching Koh Klang

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Koh Klang beach -pristine Thailand

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Longtail boat on Koh Klang beach during low tide

Unspoilt Krabi - something impossible? Not at all. But don't say it anybody! Only a five minutes boat ride from Krabi town you arrive in a different world, far away from the tourist masses in Thailand. "Koh Klang is one of the few areas in Krabi where floral Batik sarongs still remain more prevalent than candy-coloured bikinis and Speedos", writes Bangkok Post. Indeed, the only resort on the island is asking the guests not to walk around in Bikinis and hotpants, to be respectful towards the muslim community inhabiting the island. There are nearly no cars – we saw only one -, just motorbikes, Tuk Tuks and bicycles. In the four villages live about 5000 people, mostly Muslims who rely on fishing and rice farming. The island with the Andaman sea to the South is the birthplace of the Ruea Hua Ton Boat, the longtail boat, that is constructed here, and also well known for Sangyod Rice which is grown only in Koh Klang and Pattalung. This rice has a distinctive salty flavour because of the salinity of Koh Klang’s soi. Koh Klang is a combination of mangroves and rice fields, with goats and water buffalo grazing in the fields. A sand beach you find nearly on the whole southern coast, but not suitable for swimming.

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Koh Klang wetlands - a paradise for birds and birdwatchers

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Where you stay on Ko Klang

Islanda Eco Village Resort: Do not await a limousine taking you to this resort, await a longtail boat, to cross Krabi River from Thara pier in Krabi. Then you change into a motorbike-sidecar. During a twenty-minutes sometimes bumpy ride a cross a narrow street nearly to the southeast end of the island you pass villages and many peoples smiles, ricefields, mangroves, buffalos and geese. And then you arrive at this very well maintained oasis with a palmgarden as well as a garden with vegetables and spices, around 30 rooms in bungalow-villas on stilts, an infinity pool and an excellent kitchen. And from the verandas of the beachfront villas you enjoy the tranquility and the panorama of the Amdaman sea with limestone islands like Koh Kai (Chicken Island), for which Krabi is famous. And you know you will see a magical sunset.

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Seaview villa

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Bathtub on the balcony of seaview villa

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Beautiful nature in the garden

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Pool under palms

อัตราค่าที่พัก Home Stay:


Khlong Lu Homestay: Basic bungalows on stilts with direct sea views.


Where you eat on Ko Klang

Kanabnam View Seefood and Tours See Kanabnamview on Facebook

Baan Ma-Ying: กิจกรรม Home stay & Long stay

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Along the main lane women sit under thatch-roof huts to sell sun-dried fish along with a range of other snacks. "We stumbled on some delicious khanom jak, a mix of rice flour and coconut placed in long coconut husks and grilled to a crispy brown. You also might come across sarim (mung bean “noodles” in icy coconut milk) and khao tom mut (rice flour and banana or other fillings steamed in banana leaf)", notes travelfish.org.


What you can discover on Ko Klang

Hua Tong’ Long Tailed Fishing Boat Group:
Since the early 2000s the group has been making models of the longtail boats as a souvenir representing the province of Krabi.

Patae Textiles Group


Birdwatching: The island is a prime birdwatching destination, with graceful herons and sea eagles continually swooping over the fields, writes travelfish.org. "If you’re lucky, you might also spot a rare Chinese egret. Far less effort is required to glimpse one of the red-headed bulbuls that, as in much of Southern Thailand, are prized for their melodic songs".

Mangrove forest: You can arrange longtailboats, that take you alongside the roots and bushy lime-green leaves. Or you rent a Kayak.


How you arrive at Ko Klang

From Chao Fah pier in Krabi you walk south along the riverside promenade for a few hundred metres. Past the marina in Thara Park you find a floating pier, from where boats run to the island. From here or Chao Fah pier you can also book private crossings.

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Inner Pier of Koh Klang


Read more:
A walk on the wild side by The Nation
Koh Klang in Krabi, Thailand | A Photo Essay of An Island Life by ishitaunblogged.com
Koh Klang Village Life by http://coffeecakesandrunning.me
Reviews of Ko Klang on tripadvisor.com


Friday, December 4, 2015

Authorities downplay IS Terror Warning for Phuket and Thailand, but beef up Security

It has emerged that the Russian Intelligence Service FSB has warned Thailand, that terrorists could have arrived in Phuket and travelled on to other places in Thailand. According to FSB 10 Syrians connected to Islamic State (IS) entered the Kingdom in October with a possible plan to attack Russian interests, reports The Nation. Thaiöands security authorities boosted safety measures in the capital and many provinces. PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said that Russia had exchanged information with Thailand and wanted the Thai side to check the accuracy of the information on whether the Syrians had entered Thailand. "Thai authorities looked into the information and as of yesterday, we found no clues on Russia's concerns," he said.

The Governor of Phuket, Jamleran Tipayapongtada, said that all military, police and other authorities were aware of the reports and had intensified security precautions, as phuletwan.com reports. "Everybody who lives on Phuket or is visiting Phuket can help," he said. '"Please let police know if you see something that is not quite right."
Also in Malaysia police have beefed up security, particularly around places associated with Russian and Western interests, which the reports indicated the militants were likely to target, writes Thai PBS.