Krabi is home to more than 100 unique tropical islands and Koh Rok is one certainly worth visiting. Many people take a day trip there and it’s good to know that there’s an option to stay overnight too. Famous for snorkeling, scuba diving as well as fun camping, Koh Rok is under the supervision of Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park so an admission fee applies. Koh Rok is actually made up of twin islands by the name Koh Rok Nai and Koh Rok Nok with the distance of about a couple hundred metres in between them.
Highlights of Koh Rok
Koh Rok Nok offers some beautiful beaches, especially Ao Man Sai Beach, Pha Samed Daeng viewpoint (on a clear day, you can see Koh Lanta from here) and Thong Cape viewpoint (best for sunsets). There is also a National Park Ranger Unit station on the island together with public tourist facilities such as camping area and toilets as well as a shady dining area but there is no restaurant. They do have a small general shop selling items but it is very limited in terms of goods.
Koh Rok Nai features an outstanding diving area and Koh Rok Waterfall, active only in the rainy season. On top of this, there is an area considered very special for local fishermen called Sarn Chao Bay where a spirit-house was built a long time ago. They believe that the shrine protects them from harm when out at sea.
Good to know:
There are tents and bungalows available for rent at Koh Rok Nok. Contact Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park for more detail at Tel +66(0) 75 629018 – 9.
Although Rok Island is close to Krabi it’s actually part of Trang Province. Many tourists first visit Koh Lanta in Krabi and from there take a day trip to Koh Rok.
There are many tour companies selling day trips to Koh Rok at Baan Sala Dan Pier on Koh Lanta. They usually take off at about 08:00 in the morning and come back after 14:00. Lunch is also included.
It’s not recommended to take a long-tail boat as they are slower and more dangerous in rough seas.
- Opening Hours: October to May
Best time to go: Feb to April
- Location: about 30km south of Lanta Island
- Tel: TAT Krabi Tel: +66(0) 75-622163 or +66(0) 75-612811-2
- Price Range: Admission Fee: 400 baht per adult and 200 baht per child
- How to get there: If you are going from Koh Lanta in Krabi, take one of the fast boats that operate on a daily basis from Bann Sala Dan Pier. It’ll take you about 90 minutes to get to Koh Rok. If you are coming from Trang Province, catch a boat at Pak Meng Pier.