Ko Siboya

Ko Siboya (เกาะศรีบอยา) is a small island 20 km south of Krabi Town in Krabi Province, Southern Thailand.

Understand

Ko Siboya (see-boy-ya) is off the regular tourist trail. Other than the island's three resorts, you will find only a few local stalls selling household supplies, snacks, and petrol as you explore the local culture. Ko Siboya is home to about a 1,000 or so residents whose work is mainly in the rubber plantations or fishing. Dirt roads and footpaths connect the 4 or 5 small communities on this 3 x 10 km island. The lack of easy access to the island has limited transportation to either motorcycles or walking. A new community clinic is able to handle minor medical problems, but the medical staff is there only during daytime hours.

Ko Siboya escaped the destruction of the crushing tsunami of December 2004, as it is leeward of Ko Jum, but it did have to deal with the high water surge which devastated the island's fishing fleet.

Get in

From Krabi Town there are three possibilities:

Get around

Since there is only a pedestrian/motorcycle ferry to the island, you will find only a very few working pick-up trucks. Most transport is by motorbike or on foot.

You can also rent a scooter in Krabi, then drive to either ferry pier, take the ferry across, and drive to your resort. This is a great way to save on money, as the scooter tariff rate is very low and they don't consume much gas.

See

Rural life goes on, little affected by tourism. About a third of the island is planted with rubber trees. Dirt roads connect the 5 small enclaves of population and 2 primary schools.

Do

It's great to sit at one of the 2 or 3 coffee shops (someones front porch) at about 07:30 and watch the island come to life. Workers finishing in the rubber plantations, children getting dropped off for school or just people catching up on gossip. We also advise catching the sunset with a cold beer or coconut from one of the local hammocks along the coastline.

Thai-West Resort has kayaks for rent, a great way to explore the coastline or even paddle out to Ko Kah, a small island just offshore. It has snorkeling superior to that found along the shores of Ko Siboya.

Sleep

Connect

Internet: check your e-mail before leaving the mainland.

Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Friday, March 11, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.