If you are looking for a relaxing area in southern Thailand, Krabi is the perfect place for you. Krabi, the capital of southern Thailand’s Krabi Province, is a resort town near the Andaman coast. With miles and miles of spectacular coastline, lush, verdant interiors and lots of water sports and rock climbing it’s no wonder that the area is in the flush of growth.
Located between Phang Nga and Trang, Krabi features stunning scenery both inland and at sea. Still, one of the main attractions of Krabi is that it still is relatively untouched and still manages to retain its charm.
With over 150 islands off its 150km-long coast line (many of them featuring fantastic white-sand beaches and turquoise waters), a jungle-covered interior, towering limestone cliffs, caves, waterfalls and exotic wildlife, Krabi a great selection of natural assets that offer its visitors a wide array of leisure activities for the whole family. Island-hopping, snorkelling, rock climbing, sea kayaking, jungle trekking and scuba diving, are among the most popular occupations that can be enjoyed while on holiday in Krabi.
From simple beach bungalows to opulent five-star mega-resorts, accommodation choices are wide and flexible and the area’s comparative compactness works for it in a positive way.
There are many ways to enjoy Krabi. Here are a few suggestions.
Railay Beaches & Caves
Railay beach is potentially the most attractive beach in Thailand, accessible only by boat due to the large cliffs on each side cutting it off from the mainland. Here you will find stunning white sand, breath taking views and fantastic limestone cliffs. When you arrive at Railay you will not find any roads or cars because of its cut off location, just a few long tail boats and a couple of bars to spend your evenings in. If you want to really feel away from the world this might just be as good as it gets.
Phi Phi Islands
After being used as the film location for the movie ‘The Beach’ The Phi Phi islands shot to fame and the tourists have never stopped coming, you can get there by speedboat which takes about forty five minutes from Krabi mainland. There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Don is inhabited and is the one where all the tourists flock. Known for its turquoise water and stunning beaches the island really is a tropical paradise. If you are planning on taking a trip leave early in the morning to beat the crowds as it gets very busy.
The Emerald Pool
Home to many spectacular plants and animals The Natural Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty, one part that is particularly inspiring is the Crystal Lagoon. Also known as the Emerald Pool, the water is naturally warm and completely clear, you can go for a swim and escape to another world whilst admiring the waterfall. Keep your eye out for the Pita Gurney bird, once thought to be extinct but some have been spotted within the park.
Khao Khanab Nam – The Landmarks Of Krabi
he Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are the most famous landmarks in Krabi, they sit either side of the river and are a real natural wonder. The two mountains sit on top of a large series of caves that have many stalagmites and Stalactites, there are also a large number of human skeletons that could have been from people stranded during a flood. One of the mountains is climbable and offers some excellent photograph opportunities from the top.
Geological Wonder At Susan Hoi
Dating back to sometime between 25 and 40 million years and sitting on a 200 meters long stretch is a fossilized shell fish cemetery, Limestone deposits in the surrounding water covered the shell fish and fossilized them, it is one of only three cemetery’s like this discovered in the world today. If you like geology then this has to be visited whilst you are in Krabi. There is also a Chinese temple which you can visit as well as mangrove forests in the area.
Visit Wat Kaew Temple
Wat Kaew is a temple sitting in the middle of Krabi Town, It is not the biggest of temples but has beautiful decorations on the inside walls, they are painted blue and have various Buddhist drawings on them, at one end of the temple is a large golden Buddha which is the focal point of the temple. Outside are various food stalls and vendors looking to sell amulets.
Koh Tup & Koh Mor
The popularity of Koh Tup and Koh Mor is due to their specific shape, as they are linked by a sandbar which also leads to Koh Kai, at low tide. Apart from this unique walk between the three islands, and from the excellent snorkelling opportunities, there’s not much to do at Koh Tup and Koh Mor apart from a short hike to Koh Tup’s summit which offers a cool viewpoint to the other islands around.
Klong Thom Hot Springs
Klong Thom Hot Springs are located in the jungle near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. Ancient volcanic chambers are the origin of these thermal springs which are believed to ease a number of ailments such as rheumatism, sciatica and other skin problems, although these medical claims have no scientific ground.