The province of Krabi in the south of Thailand is attractive, first of all, for outdoor enthusiasts. Everything here is conducive to moving around the surroundings. National forest and marine parks, islands with beautiful beaches, cliffs and caves, waterfalls and forest lakes, hot springs and mangroves. Thanks to the unique landscape in this region, rock climbing and kayaking are more developed than in other resorts in Thailand.
Among the favorite entertainments of climbers is Deep Water Solo. Tourists are taken out to sea, right from the boat they climb the rocks and jump into the water from a height. Sea excursions on wooden Thai boats, snorkeling and diving in the area of the islands, as well as trips to Buddhist temples are popular. The most famous are the Tiger Temple, the White Temple, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
What to see and where to go in Krabi?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
The main tourist center and transport gateway of the province. A distinctive feature is a large selection of inexpensive hotels and guesthouses, as well as low prices for Thai food. Among the attractions are two 100-meter cliffs, inside of which caves with stalactites and rock art are hidden, a fishing village, a monkey beach, the White Temple, an embankment with an iron crab figure, Thara Park, sculptures on pillars and lanterns. There is no beach in the city.
One of the most picturesque and visited places in Thailand. The peninsula is cut off from the mainland by high mountains and impenetrable jungle, so it can only be reached by water. The most convenient form of transport is longtail boats. There are 4 beaches on the peninsula, Phra Nang is considered the most beautiful. Railay is famous for its rocks, grottoes, underground passages. The most interesting is the 185-meter Diamond Cave with colorful stalactites and electric lighting.
Located in the center of Krabi, close to the Vogue shopping center. Open from dusk to midnight on weekends. It is famous for its good selection of inexpensive fruits, clothes and souvenirs. Moreover, some of their products - key chains, jewelry, plaster figurines, elegant soap flowers - are made by sellers at the counters, in the presence of buyers. At the food court tables you can try traditional and exotic Thai dishes. Artists perform on a nearby stage.
Old town of Koh Lanta
Until 1994, it was the capital, port and trade center of Koh Lanta. Located on the east coast. The local population - Thais, are mainly engaged in fishing. The infrastructure is made up of restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, retail shops. Of interest are stilt houses and old teak buildings. There is a functioning lighthouse on the coast. The history of the city is reflected in the exposition of the local museum. Attractions include a food market moving around the city.
Tiger Cave Temple
The most colorful Buddhist complex is located on a mountain, 13 km from Krabi Town. It includes a cave temple with sculptures of tigers and stone prints of their paws, many grottoes, a functioning monastery, a Chinese pagoda and a meditation center. A staircase of more than 1200 steps leads to the observation deck, where there is a sanctuary and a huge Buddha statue. There are many statues on the territory of the temple, there is a park, a hotel for pilgrims, cafes and shops. Free admission.
Temple complex of dazzling white color in the center of Krabi. Built at the end of the 19th century. In addition to the main building, on its territory there are living quarters for monks and pilgrims, a park with fountains, sculptures of tigers and elephants, and other buildings. The inner walls of the temple are decorated with colored frescoes. In the center of the hall stands a huge golden Buddha statue. The railings of the stairs leading to the temple are decorated with mythical Naga snakes. Free admission.
Tub Kaek Hang Nak Nature Trail
The route starts at the foot of the hills at Tub Kaek Beach and passes through the national park to the top of Nak Hill, located at an altitude of 500 meters. The total length of the trail is about 4 km. The round trip takes 5 hours. The trail goes up through the dense thickets of the jungle and, in addition to exotic flora and fauna, is notable for beautiful views from several viewpoints. It is recommended to bring water with you and wear sports shoes.
Than Bokkharani National Park
. It includes 23 islands, including Hong Island, famous for its beach, and a stretch of the coast of Phang Nga Bay. Among the interesting sights are a multi-level picturesque waterfall, mangroves, forest lakes with green water, caves with stalactites and rock art. Kayaking excursions are popular, especially since some caves can only be accessed from the sea.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
. Most of the territory is occupied by the mountain of the same name with a height of 1400 meters. Climbing it is not easy, the routes accompanied by a guide are designed for 2-4 days. The park has 4 waterfalls and several caves, the most famous of which is the 550-meter Tam Khao Peung. Special trails are laid through the forest, about 150 species of birds, including tame peacocks, are found on the territory.
Emerald and Blue lakes
Two gems of Khao Pra Bang Khram park. The water in the Emerald Lake is warm and highly mineralized, as it is fed by underground thermal springs. It is due to the high concentration of minerals that it has its unusual shade - intense emerald. The Blue Lake is notable for the beautiful blue color of the water, due to the minerals at the bottom, and its location - in the middle of the jungle thickets. Swimming in it, unlike the Emerald, is prohibited.
Hot Springs Krabi
Located in the middle of the dense jungle, a few kilometers from the colored lakes. Water from the mineral spring flows over the rocks in several waterfalls into natural small baths intended for bathing. The water temperature in them is 40-45°C, the recommended residence time is no more than 20 minutes. Further, the water enters the cool Thom River, where it is pleasant to plunge after hot water procedures. Nearby on the shore there are places for relaxation and massage.
Ao Tha Lane bay
One of the best places in Krabi for kayaking. This does not require special skills to control the craft. The bay itself is small, with calm water. In addition to contemplating magnificent wildlife, mangroves, exotic fish and animals, the walk includes visiting several caves and grottoes. When planning an excursion, you should focus on the low tide schedule. It is better to visit the bay in the middle water, otherwise some places may not be available.
The protected area is 34 km from Krabi Town. Here, fresh waters of an underground source come to the surface, which, mixing with sea water during high tides, form a crystal river with turquoise water. Along its banks and in wetlands grow mangrove trees with aerial roots sticking out. Walking paths are laid throughout the park at a height of 2 meters. A large number of benches, stairs, balconies over the water.
Railay Peninsula Lookout
For those wishing to see the peninsula from above, there are two viewing platforms. One of them, between the beaches of Pranang and West Railay, is not as popular as the one located between East Railay and Pranang, on a 100-meter cliff top. The path to it is not easy, in some areas it goes vertically up the stones. In addition, there is red clay under your feet, in which you can get dirty. But the magnificent panorama at the top will fully pay off all the efforts expended.
Viewpoint on Koh Phi Phi Don
It is located on the highest point of the island - 186 meters above sea level. The ascent is difficult. Consists of 2 levels. A stone staircase leads to the first one, quite steep. Upstairs there is a small park, places for recreation are organized. Further along the path going through the palm thickets, you can climb even higher, to the next level of the observation deck. A garden is laid out here, sunbeds are stretched, from which it is especially pleasant to enjoy panoramic views. There are souvenir shops and cafes.
The best islands of Krabi for holidays
Which islands to visit? The most beautiful and popular islands of Krabi province.
Phi Phi Islands
Archipelago 40 km from the coast of Krabi, consisting of 6 islands. They are called the jewels of the Andaman Sea. The port, hotels and all tourist infrastructure are only on the largest of them - Phi Phi Don, the rest are much smaller and uninhabited. They are famous for their luxurious white sandy beaches, picturesque bays, cliffs and shallow coral reefs. They are among the top five dive sites in Thailand.
Located 5 km from the coastline of Krabi. Part of the national park. The whole territory is covered with greenery, a feature is 2-meter monitor lizards. Here is one of the most beautiful beaches in the province - Pelay. Schools of fish swim up to the shore, not indifferent to bread and bananas. In the northern part of the island there is a lagoon with bright green water, surrounded on all sides by rocks. The path through the jungle passes by the wreckage of boats - these are the consequences of the natural tsunami of 2004.
One of the quietest places in Krabi. The main asset is several beaches with a length of more than 3 km. The construction of high-rise buildings, parking of boats and boats is prohibited here, so as not to disturb the peace of vacationers. The local population lives in the eastern part, and the tourist infrastructure is concentrated on the western coast. A local attraction is the school of trained monkeys. The nearby islands - Rock, Hin Daeng, Haa, Hin Muang - are ideal for diving and snorkeling.
Tourists come to this small island for the sake of a luxurious comfortable beach, which is compared with the Maldives. Nearby is a shallow water area with corals and exotic animals - snorkeling is great here. Since the island is uninhabited, there are no bungalows and hotels on it, but there are cafes. The vegetation is dominated by deciduous and coniferous trees. Bamboo thickets can be seen on top of the rocks in the center of the island.
The main attractions are an excellent kilometer-long beach, the only one on the island, and huge cliffs over 200 meters high. It is located in a shallow water zone, during low tide a sandy spit appears, leading to a neighboring island. Rock diving, snorkeling, diving are popular, especially in the vicinity of a rock located in the sea in the north of the island. In the coastal zone there are coral reefs. There is no infrastructure, boats deliver food and drinks.
The best beaches in Krabi province
The most beautiful and interesting, with clean sand and good conditions for relaxation.
Ao Nang beach
One of the most advertised beaches in the province. The central beach of the resort of the same name is 30 km from Krabi Town. The length is 1400 meters. In the southern part of the beach, picturesque steep cliffs rise, separating it from the Railay Peninsula. The beach is divided into 2 zones - for swimming and for mooring boats and boats, on which you can go to neighboring islands or sea excursions. Lots of hotels, bars, nightclubs. Not the right place for lovers of a relaxing holiday.
There are 2 beaches on the peninsula called Railay - West and East. Western - one of the best beaches, surrounded by rocks, wide, with good entry into the water. The length is 600 meters. There are cafes, several hotels, including the luxurious Rayavadee. The eastern beach is inaccessible, in fact, it is a concrete path along the sea. The bottom here is rocky, shallow, overgrown with mangroves. Cargo and passenger boats sail here. Most of the budget hotels and bars are concentrated in this area.
The longest beach on Koh Lanta. Length - 5 km, width - 15-30 meters. It is located in the northwestern part of the island. Not crowded, there are bars, restaurants, massage parlors on the shore. Nearby there are many hotels of different levels. Large trees rise along the beach strip - casuarina, monkeys like to hide in them. In the middle there is a park with an artificial pond, benches, sports grounds. For swimming, the northern and central part of the beach is more suitable.
One of the most beautiful places in southern Thailand. A distinctive feature is the monumental cliffs hanging over the beach, separating it from other Railay beaches. Particularly noteworthy is the 150-meter Thaiwand Wall. In the eastern part is the sacred cave of the patroness of women and fertility - Princess Nang. As gifts, phalluses of various sizes and colors are brought to her. There is no infrastructure on the shore; boats-restaurants swim up to the shore for trade.
The most striking attraction of the small island of Phi Phi Le, which was glorified all over the world by the film "The Beach" with the participation of L. DiCaprio. It is located on the territory of the national reserve. From 3 sides, the bay is surrounded and protected from the winds by huge sheer cliffs. A small local beach is valued for clean white sand and crystal clear water near the shore. It is always very noisy and crowded here, so it is better to arrive before 11 am or closer to sunset.