Talay Waek is a unique beach destination located between the offshore islands of Koh Kai, Koh Tup, and Koh Mor which are located in the Krabi province of southern Thailand. Talay Waek, which in English means 'the sea divided' is a natural feature which occurs when the Andaman Sea flows in two directions; being parted by a long sand bar which links the islands of Koh Kai (or Chicken Island, which is also the largest), Koh Tup and Koh Mor. This phenomenon happens each day as the tide recedes.
The sand bar which appears to rise miraculously from the Andaman Sea creates (for a period each day) a white sandy beach which allows tourists to relax or walk around and explore the islands on foot. This has become a popular destination for tourists who take boat tours to the four popular offshore islands of Krabi which also includes Koh Poda and Koh Lanta.
Most people who visit these offshore islands do so to soak up the sun on the pristine white beaches or to engage in other popular activities such as diving and snorkeling in the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea where there is an abundance of colorful fish and corals. These popular islands are located within the Mu Koh Poda archipelago which forms part of the Krabi province.
If you happen to be crossing the sand bar when the waters are just receding it is better to where thongs or shoes as shells and coral can often be felt under foot as you walk along.
However, despite being a popular tourist destination, these islands are also said to be of archaeological significance as items of material culture such as stone tools, potsherds, and unbaked clay votive tablets are said to have been found here. Hence, many tourists choose to explore parts of the islands on foot and take advantage of the panoramic views on offer and take some photographs of the surrounding landscape.
Koh Kai or Chicken Island (which gets its name from a rock formation which is shaped like a chicken neck and head) is the largest of these islands. It is a rocky island with steep cliffs but it does have some lovely white sandy beaches and is surrounded by some beautiful coral reefs making it a popular choice for snorkelers (see image below). Each of these islands are uninhabited today so you can only visit them as part of a day tour usually from Krabi.
best way to travel to Krabi is by plane or bus. A number of airlines
including Bangkok Air, Thai Airways, and Air Asia have daily flights
between Bangkok and Krabi International Airport with flight time being
about 1.2 hours.
Daily bus services to Krabi depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal on a regular basis and the journey takes approximately 13 hours.
Boat tours to the offshore islands including Talay Waek are available from the Chao Fah Pier in Krabi Town or from Ao Nang. Prices vary from about 300 Thai baht to 2,300 Thai baht per person depending upon the type of tour you wish to take.