Krabi Province is rich in natural beauty, featuring a myriad of stunning limestone cliffs and mountains that can be seen from the golden shores and from the azure waters off the coast. Today, there is a growing number of new stunning and striking resorts popping up along serene bays. When it comes to this seaside province, let’s go to visit the province’s famed islands and beaches as most travelers do not linger too long in Krabi town.
Ao Nang and Ao Railay are a popular venue for swimming and sunbathing and for rock climbers who scale the sheer limestone mountain for exhilarating views of the immediate environs and offshore islands and a number of new hotels resorts have continually sprung up along the seaside. Ao Nang is located approximately 6 kilometers from Hat Noppharat Thara and 20 kilometers from the town of Krabi.
There are many relaxing places to unwind at Hat Noppharat Thara-Moo Koh Phi Phi National Park, go to visit Susan Hoi or Fossil Shells, featuring a huge number of embedded various types of mollusks which can be dated to about 75 million years ago. Test your adrenaline with the cliff climbing at the limestone cliffs at Hat Rai Le and then take a boat to see the stunning limestone cliffs, nearby islands and beaches, including Tha Le Weak (the separate sea), one of the country’s unseen natural wonders. One day trip is provided by travel agents available on Ao Nang beach.
Koh Lanta consists of two adjacent islands: Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi. Koh Lanta Yai, is home to “Chao Le” or sea gypsies who continue to maintain their traditional lifestyle and beliefs, such as setting a boat a drift to drive out evil and bring good luck, which is practiced during the full moon in June and November. In addition, the island provides tourist facilities while Ko Lanta Noi is the location of the district office. Most of the beaches on Ko Lanta Yai such as Kho Kwang, Khlong Dao, Phra Ae, Khlong Khong, Khlong Nin and Ba Kan Tiang lies in the west, can be reached by road and offer a wide range of accommodation.
Koh Lanta is one of the most popular destinations when you arrive in Krabi, there are many hotels resorts finished with striking design, boutique resorts, and a handful of trust-worthy bungalows to choose from with good value for money accommodation and shuttle speed boat and transport services. Most importantly, the island is full of unspoiled beautiful pristine beaches. The Koh Lanta is the place to be at peace and relax on the serene beach surrounding the island and then enjoy snorkeling and diving to see corals reef living in the shallow sea at Koh Rok, Koh Ha, and Koh Ngai, a great diving choice from Koh Lanta.
When visiting Than Bok Khorani National Park, be stunned with the historic mural painting in the Phee Hua To cave and Chao Le cave. See the eye-catching stalactite and stalagmite at the Lod cave, and enjoy paddling or canoeing, fishing, diving or snorkeling to see various kinds of marine life and corals reefs at Koh Hong. Klong Tom Hat Waterfall, rising from the soil in the wild jungle the water is 40-50 C creating small pools to either soak or splash.
Thapom Klong Song Nam, the canal where two lines of water flowing become one at Klong Song Nam. The water is crystal clear, suitable for swimming or canoeing to see the verdant nature along the canal. At Sa Morakot you can swim safely in the bright clear water with emerald tones set the unspoiled lush tropical forest
Diving and kayaking is still possible and a good option at Koh Poda and Koh Gai, which can be reached within half an hour by long-tail boat from Ao Phra Nang Bay. Koh Poda is fringed by clear waters and has a small restaurant and some bungalow accommodation. Meanwhile, Koh Gai, twenty minutes to the west, has excellent waters for snorkeling and diving but nowhere to stay or dine on its shore.
Phi Phi Island has consecutively been regarded by travelers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. Located just 40 kilometers away from both Krabi and Phuket, the main attraction of these mountainous islands are the steep cliffs with dwarf trees growing out of the rock, and canoeing through the large caves.
Written by Rangsan Srirat