Located in Thailands deep south, Krabi
is considerably more tame than its coastal resort
counterparts. Much of the emphasis in this region is on
the stunning natural beauty and there are many opportunities
to venture out into forests or coral reefs. The entertainment
scene is fit for the whole family, and there are plenty
of planned activities to keep you engaged during your stay.
Guide to Krabi
Krabi is known the world over for its excellent rock climbing.
The abundance of unique rocks formations and limestone cliffs
make for thrilling climbs and the best marked and bolted
climbs can be found at Ton Sai Beach. Independent climbers
usually head here first, although local outfitters can arrange
trips to other more remote locations and offer lessons to
help beginners get started.
Daytrip to Wat
One of the most striking cultural phenomena of Krabi is
the Tiger Cave Temple, or Wat Tham Seua. Its located
in the jungles of the Ao Luk Thanu Mountains and is the
largest temple in the province. Buddhist monks live within
the caves, worshipping in their labyrinth. A long climb
up more than 1,200 stairs brings you to a summit on the
limestone cliffs where you can view the chedis and Buddha
statues as well as take in spectacular panoramic views of
Than Bok Khoranie
A daytrip to Than Bok Khorani National Park
is a good way to enjoy the natural geology and plant life
of Krabi. The park takes its name from a pond here that
is hemmed in by wild gardenia, asoka and other botanical
treasures. Camping is allowed in the park, though you have
to bring your own supplies; there are no hotels or guesthouses
on the premises.
Shell Fossil Cemetery
The Shell Fossil Cemetery is one of Krabis most popular
attractions, consisting of an enormous slab of rock that
has been forming for the past 35 million years. Over the
millennia, the composite of fossilised shells has grown
to a thickness of nearly 16 inches. This archaeological
find is located at Ban Laem Pho Cape, only 10 miles from
the Krabi Town.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
is a must while youre staying in Krabi. All of the
Andaman Islands sport wonderful coral reefs and the clear
water makes for fantastic snorkelling or diving. Diving
certification courses can be completed in four days and
expeditions lasting up to several days can be chartered
through one of the many diving companies. Diving guide to
Koh Lanta Marine
A trip to Koh Lanta Marine National Park will
bring you face to face with the unique culture of the Chai
Leh, or sea gypsies. These people speak a distinct language
and have their own animistic religion. The island also hosts
some pristine rainforests, spectacular beaches, coral reefs
and laid-back guesthouses.
Exploring the archipelago
A great way to see the archipelago of islands
is with a paddle in hand. Sea kayaks can be rented for offshore
exploration and from Ao Nang, you can paddle to several
nearby islands for great views of the many karst pillars,
caves and remote beaches. Organised daytrips are easy to
arrange and are well worth the expense, as theyll
take you to secluded beaches youd never have found
on your own.
Any holiday in Krabi warrants a visit to Railay
Beach, one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline
that the Andaman has to offer. Two crescent beaches are
removed from the mainland by enormous limestone cliffs making
the beach only reachable by boat. The most popular attraction
here, other than the beaches themselves, is the enshrined
cave at Phra Nang. Resort accommodation is available if
youd like to stay overnight. Railay beach guide
The nightlife in Krabi isnt as high-powered as in
some of southern Thailands other hotspots. Most of
the establishments that cater to tourists are confined to
the Ao Nang Beach Resort. There are a few places aimed at
visitors in Krabi Town itself, though it is mostly a local
scene here. Ao Nang hosts a string of restaurants and bars.
There arent any discos, and for the most part, an
evening in Krabi will be comfortable and low-key.
Biking is another good way to see the island,
particularly the area immediately around Ao Nang. Cycling
inland will open up vistas holding the signature landscape
of limestone outcroppings, coconut groves and quaint villages.
You can hire a bike in the resort area and the inland loop
can be stretched to as much as a 15 or 20-mile ride.