Many of the world’s most paradisiacal beaches line the islands off Southern Thailand, and Krabi province is no exception. Here are some of the best beaches on and around this easy-going, friendly, and eclectic expanse of coastline.
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Welcome to Krabi
Small, provincial capital turned international travel hub, Krabi serves up a slice of everything Southern Thailand is famous for: emerald seas, palm-fringed beaches, soaring karst cliffs, excellent food, and a laid-back culture. With an international airport, quick access from Bangkok or Phuket, and so many island getaways close at hand, you probably won't spent much time in Krabi Town itself. But if you're arriving direct from an international flight, you might want to pull up a beach chair and stay awhile. Ao Nang, Krabi's main resort beach, can remedy any jet lag with a healthy dose of sun-and-sea. Once you're ready for action, explore the nearby Ao Luk sea caves and mangrove lagoons by kayak, or learn how to rock climb at legendary Railay Beach. Visit Tiger Cave Temple for a dash of traditional culture; or head inland to Waree Raksa Hot Spring and Spa, set in a peaceful rainforest. For all its creature comforts, Krabi mainly serves as a gateway to the Andaman Islands, particularly the popular Phi Phi Islands and the divers' paradise of Koh Lanta. Heading toward Phuket from Krabi, cruise beneath the dramatic limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay, taking in Koh Tapu (aka James Bond Island), Hong Island, and Koh Phanak. You could get to most of these by ferry, but a private speedboat tour ensures you receive top-notch service and makes the most of your vacation time. As a bonus, your guide will know the best—and least-crowded—snorkeling spots along the way.
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Tup Island (Koh Tup) is one of the most popular offshore islands around Krabi, and is a staple part of the itinerary for most day trips from the mainland. Situated southwest of Ao Nang and between Poda Island and Chicken Island, Tup is smaller than the other islands in the archipelago it belongs to, but its white sands and excellent snorkeling certainly don’t disappoint....
Luxury beach resorts with pampering garden pools and high-end add-ons attract a jet-set crowd to Ao Nang Beach on the Andaman Sea. Ao Nang is an ideal base for island-hopping trips, sea-kayaking adventures and day tours to local attractions like snake farms, pineapple plantations and hot springs. Diving excursions head off from Ao Nang to nearby Raillay or further afield to Koh Phi Phi. The seafront promenade at Ao Nang is lined with souvenir shops, tailors and restaurants....
Part of a small peninsula located between Krabi Town and Ao Nang, Phra Nang Beach is one of the most scenic and picturesque beaches in the country. This short but broad strip of sand boasts that classic jawdropping beach scenery only found in Thailand, with pure white sand framed by limestone cliffs and lapped by calm waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. This whole area is particularly popular with rock climbers, and even if you don’t join in, it’s fascinating to watch those who do climb up right from the beach. At the southern end of the beach is a giant limestone cliff that contains the famous PrincessCave, said to be the home of a mythical sea princess. Other activities to keep you amused while you admire the scenery include having a massage, enjoying a barbecue, hiking, sunbathing and, of course, going for a swim....
Railay sits on a peninsula between the busy tourist centers of Krabi and Ao Nang, but because of its fairytale limestone cliffs, it’s only accessible by boat. The four interconnected beaches that make up Railay Beach (West Railay, East Railay, Phra Nang and Tonsai) have a distinctly bohemian, easy-going vibe. West Railay, where many of the boats from Ao Nang dock, has the talcum powder-soft sand and cerulean waters of any beach bum’s dreams. The craggy limestone formations of East Railay make it one of Thailand’s top rock-climbing destinations, with safety bolts and marked routes covering much of the cliffy area. While advanced climbers will find plenty of challenges at Railay Beach, new climbers can register for “top rope” climbing classes to learn the sport with added safety measures. Both East and West Railay have small promenades lined with shops and restaurants....
Koh Poda, part of a tiny archipelago in Krabi province off the west coast of Thailand, ranks among the most picturesque of the many uninhabited and semi-inhabited islands that line the coast. Longtail boats drop visitors off along a stretch of sugar soft, white sand beach, famous for its clear waters and stunning views off offshore limestone formations. Thanks to its west-facing beach, the area is particularly lovely around sunset. Tropical fish are visible in the waters just off the beach, but just a little further out a coral reef rings much of the island, providing excellent snorkeling opportunities for those who can pull themselves from the beach. While the island does have a single guesthouse, most visitors come on a day trip from nearby Ao Nang....
The southern Thailand province of Krabi is surrounded by surreal rocky islands that poke out of the surrounding turquoise Andaman Sea, including the beautiful group known as the Hong Islands. A popular day-trip destination from Ao Nang, the Hong Islands are fringed with rainforest and white-sand beaches, with rocky viewpoints and hidden lagoons. Offshore dives reveals a spectacular underwater world of coral reefs, and if you’re sea-kayaking you can access lovely sea caves....
The limestone island of Koh Panyi is home to a floating Muslim fishing village, built on stilts over the water. The village has a mosque and a school, and is home to around 100 families who make their living from fishing. Seafood restaurants are a big hit here, and market stalls sell souvenirs, T-shirts and postcards. An overnight stay in a traditional home with a local family, in a room hovering over the water, is a unique Thailand experience....
Originating from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji, the Emerald Pool (or Sa Morakot) is a hot spring located within the Khao PraBang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary in Krabi. The dazzling Emerald Pool is 115 long, 214 meters wide, and deep enough to swim in (although, due to the high levels of calcium carbonate, visitors should avoid swallowing any water while doing so). The color of the water varies according to the reflection of the sunlight at different times of the day. To experience the most intense emerald hue, visit at dawn or as early in the morning as possible. There are three nature trails that lead to the Emerald Pool. The first is a direct 800 meter path from the main entrance. The second is via ‘Thung TieoSa Morakot’, which is around 1400 meters long and and more challenging, but is ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The third method is the longest at just under three kilometers, and is a scenic nature trail through the forest....
The Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) is a spiritual center in Krabi and also offers one of the best views in town. The temple is famous for its 1,237 steps, which lead up to the historic Buddhist monument. While the climb is not for the faint of heart, the spectacular views from the top make the effort worthwhile....
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- Phi Phi Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi
- 4-Island Tour by Traditional Big Longtail Boat from Krabi
- Krabi Sunset Cruises
- Early Bird Phi Phi Island & 4 Islands Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi
- 2-Day Khao Sok Jungle Safari from Krabi
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