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For those looking for a relaxing southern Thailand escape, Krabi is the perfect holiday destination. With over 150 islands off its lengthy coastline, magnificent white sand beaches, lush tropical hinterland, iconic limestone cliffs, caves, waterfalls and abundant native flora and fauna, Krabi’s natural beauty will leave you hungry to explore its idyllic offerings.
Krabi is full of attractions and best known for being an area of outstanding natural beauty, beautiful beaches, rock climbing, caves and Tiger Cave Temple and mountaintop Buddha statue and nearby islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.
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EMERALD POOL KRABI
Not far from the hot springs and situated in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve are the exquisite natural water-coloured pools and Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. It is especially famous for the two vividly coloured ponds known as the Emerald and the Blue Pool which reflect brilliantly in the sun. You can dip in their fresh cool waters and capture breathtaking photos of their iridescent coloured waters.
Tiger Cave Temple
About 5 km northeast from Krabi Town is the prized Tiger Cave Temple Krabi or Wat Tham Sua. It gets its name from tiger paw prints found to be embedded in the stone inside one of the caves. To get to this historic site you need to hike 1,237 steps up the limestone tower.
PHRA NANG BEACH
Phra Nang Beach is located on the southern strip of sand in Railay Bay, only a 20-minute boat trip from Ao Nang.
Like the other Railay peninsula beaches, this 450-metre strip is surrounded by a mesmerizing backdrop of rugged limestone cliffs facing the azure blue sea. You can find the Princess Cave at the bottom of one of the cliffs which is dedicated to the fertility Goddess.
Tubkaak Beach (also spelt Tup Kaek)
Tubkaak Beach (also spelt Tup Kaek) a very quiet beach town with a long strip of sand that hosts a handful of the higher-end resorts and not much else which makes this an ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries and perfect for a romantic couples getaway.
WAT KAEW KORAWARAM
To break up a beach day and to add to your things to do in Krabi list, you can visit the beautiful white Wat Kaew Korawaram Buddhist temple in the heart of Krabi Town. It is perched on a hill and you must walk up the grand staircase lined by nāga sculptures who are often placed at the entrance of temples as mythological protectors. Inside you will find the walls are decorated with colourful frescoes depicting Buddha’s life.
Ao Nam Mao Outdoor Aquarium
Want to see fish without snorkelling? Then add Ao Nam Mao Outdoor Aquarium to your things to do in Krabi list. The aquarium is free to enter and kids can learn about marine conservation. Wandering around you will see lots of different species of marine animals
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Things to do in Krabi province range from lazing on beaches to island hopping to trekking and rock climbing.
About 5 km northeast from Krabi Town is the prized Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua. You will find monks still living here conducting daily life among this complex of natural caverns embedded in the jungle. It gets its name from tiger paw prints found to be embedded in the stone inside one of the caves. To get to this historic site you need to hike 1,237 steps up the limestone tower. Once you’ve reached the summit, you are greeted by exceptional panoramic vistas of the Andaman Sea, dramatic limestone karsts, and green rainforests.
Located about 70 kilometres from Krabi town, you will discover the Krabi Hot Springs in a small jungle nearby the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. These therapeutic natural ‘hot tubs’ channel water from deep volcanic thermal springs. The waters are as hot as 40 degrees Celsius and are brimming with natural mineral salts which are believed to be beneficial for skin and health issues. Situated in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve are the Emerald Pool and Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. The Emerald Pool and the Blue Pool are two ponds vividly coloured by the reflection of the sun. It’s a good idea to bundle all of these wonderful eco-spots together in one nature-filled day tour.
Only one hour away from the mainland, Koh Lanta is developed and yet still uncrowded enough to enjoy romantic sandy white beaches, ancient caves, dense jungle, and a myriad of waterfalls. After sundown, luminescent plankton can be found in the warm surrounding waters. This island is the perfect romantic getaway for quiet moments in nature or if you feel like dancing under the moonlight, there’s a full moon party held on Long Beach every month.
Krabi province is definitely worth visiting and easy to get to by flying into Krabi airport. How to get to Krabi is straightforward. From Bangkok to Krabi, it’s only 1 hour and 20 min flight. Or alternatively, from Phuket to Krabi, it’s about a 3-hour drive overland.
Krabi weather is best from November to March, during the dry season when the days are sunny and warm with pleasant evenings. However, this is also the busiest time of the year when tourism peaks. June to October is the wet season and the region experiences heavy rainfall so is not the best time to visit.
Krabi is full of attractions and best known for being an area of outstanding natural beauty with its breathtaking karst landscapes and beautiful sandy beaches, rock climbing, caves and Tiger Cave Temple and mountaintop Buddha statue and nearby islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.Located between the major hubs of Ao Nang and Krabi Town is the stunning peninsula of Railay Beach Krabi. Only accessible by longtail boat as it’s surrounded by limestone cliffs and lush rainforest, it makes for a popular day trip to snorkel its pristine waters. But if you want to stay overnight, there’s a handful of accommodation options ranging from basic bungalows to luxurious resorts. Railay Beach is also regarded as one of the top places for rock climbing in Thailand, with a variety of routes for beginners through to advanced climbers.
Krabi has a reputation for friendly locals and being safer with fewer annoyances than other tourist hubs like Phuket or Bangkok.
How long you stay depends on what you what to do in Krabi. Few days can suffice for some but a few weeks is also possible without being bored. Being so close to an archipelago of islands, it’s easy to venture back and forth using Krabi as a base for your exploration. Krabi tours are varied and you will find action-packed one-day itineraries to longer tours that allow you to see many things at a relaxed pace.
Krabi has managed to remain cheaper than nearby tourist hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui. You can experience what the region has to offer without breaking your bank balance.
Krabi nightlife mainly happens in Ao Nang. You’ll find a great choice of places to party until late with restaurants and bars.
Krabi to the Phi Phi islands is approximately 40 km. Ferries from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi leave from a pier located 4 km away from Krabi Town. The ferry is convenient and affordable and the trip takes about 90 minutes.
Where to stay in Krabi? There are several Krabi beaches but these are some of the best options:Ao Nang is a very appealing small beach resort town and the lively tourist hub in Krabi. It has a good array of local favourites and Western cuisine, shops and bars where you can grab a drink and celebrate until late. There are also plenty of hotels, from budget to luxurious, that can provide you with comfortable accommodation according to your taste and wallet. Ao Nang’s location gives easy access to a wide range of gorgeous islands off the Krabi coastline.Railay and Tonsai Beach are only accessible only by boat and offer perfect remote adventures such as trekking, rock climbing, snorkelling and diving. The high limestone caverns are spectacular and there’s a handful of accommodation options ranging from basic bungalows to luxurious resorts if you wish to stay a night or two.Nopparat Thara is a quiet beach that lies within a National Park and features a 3 km sandy strip which is a good spot for a quiet family holiday with kids or just a peaceful stay with a few sunset walk.Klong Muang is a charming tranquil area with three stunning beaches and one cape with a modest range of dining and shopping venues. It is much less touristy than other beaches in Krabi and is not yet overdeveloped which is part of its appeal.Tubkaak Beach (also spelt Tup Kaek) a very quiet beach town with a long strip of sand that hosts a handful of the higher-end resorts and not much else which makes this an ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries and perfect for a romantic couples getaway.
On the southwest coast of Krabi, Only 45 mins by speed boat from Phuket, this national park range made up of six islands, is most famous for its turquoise waters, abundant marine life, with the most well-known isle being Koh Phi Phi Leh with its Maya Bay which featured in the film named “The Beach”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Snorkelling the crystal-clear seas around Koh Phi Phi Le you will see a rich underwater world amid a backdrop of protruding limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches. You cant stay overnight here as the area is protected. The only inhabited island is Koh Phi Phi Don.
Krabi is a fantastic family destination with many activities in nature to enjoy for adults and kids.
Krabi is great for kids and their families to go sailing on a traditional long-tail boat with a guide to several of the nearby islands and spend the day snorkelling or kayaking these stunning waters.Kids will enjoy visiting an elephant sanctuary or wandering around Ao Nam Mao Outdoor Aquarium. Krabi Fun Park offers zip-lining through the rainforest canopy from tree to tree. Krabi also has a go-kart speedway with double-seated karts is perfect for young children to have fun alongside one of their parents.
Krabi has a reputation for friendly locals and being safer with fewer annoyances than other tourist hubs like Phuket or Bangkok. It is a safe destination for couples and honeymooners, and also families.
Ao Nang is the lively tourist hub of Krabi.bThe main section of the beach is clean with lovely fine sand and is great for swimming. Just back from the beach is a busy strip of shops, restaurants and bars that open until late for after-dark fun.Railay and Tonsai Beach are only accessible only by boat and perfect remote adventures such as trekking, rock climbing, snorkelling and diving. The high limestone caverns are spectacular as a backdrop of sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters.For an island getaway just 6 km from Ao Nang beach, head to Koh Poda by long-tail boat. Situated within the group of four Poda Islands, Koh Poda is largest but its area is no more than a kilometre in diameter. Covered with palm and pine trees encircled by a silky white sand beach, it is a wonderous tropical paradise. An excellent spot for snorkelling with a coral reef 20 metres from the beach with a variety of sea life.
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