When we imagine a tropical setting in our mind’s eye, we picture miles upon miles of beaches covered in pure white sand, crystal clear waterways, thick jungles, and magnificent islands with countless opportunities for adventure. Krabi is one of the locations in Thailand that is considered to be the most representative of such a picture.
Krabi province is located on the west coast of southern Thailand and is home to more than 200 islands, towering cliffs made of limestone, and extensive mangrove forests. Even while Railay Beach and the Phi Phi Islands are two of the most well-known places in the region, Krabi is home to a plethora of additional attractions, some of which are located in less-traveled areas. Even when the rainy season has ended, the province retains its stunning good looks throughout the rest of the year due to the fact that the sun shines almost constantly there.
Long-tail boats depart from the beach at Ao Nang and travel to Ko Poda; the trip takes slightly longer than 25 minutes. Snorkeling is the best way to get a close look at the diverse marine life that lives beneath its azure waters because they are so clear. You can also paddle a kayak through the placid waters while taking in the breathtaking views of the cliffs that surround the island. You should be aware that the island has rules and regulations that specify you are required to remove any waste that you carry off the island with you when you depart. This is a crucial fact to keep in mind.
A tranquil body of water known as the Emerald Pool may be found hidden away in the heart of the verdant Thung Teao Forest Nature Park. It is the ideal place to cool off by swimming, or even just dipping your feet, as a variety of plants and animals surround it. Additionally, the journey there is already exciting in and of itself, as it involves traveling through a tropical forest in order to see the animals that live in the park. The morning hours are the best time to visit this pool because there are fewer people there at that time of day.
Koh Phi Phi
Ko Phi Phi is waiting for you just 45 minutes by speedboat from Krabi town, and it will welcome you with untouched beaches, crystal clear waters, outstanding cuisine, and a lively party scene. Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh are the two islands that make up this destination, and each of them provide a variety of land- and water-based activities. You can go snorkeling during the day to see unique marine life, then enjoy a leisurely stroll down the shoreline, and then eat dinner while sitting next to the ocean in the evening.
The land has been designated as a national park, which means that its natural ecosystem is safeguarded. Moo Dee Bay is a 300-meter-long small jewel that can be found close to the most southeasterly point of the Phi Phi Islands. A lush tropical jungle and a forest of coconut palms may be seen along the bay’s shoreline. There is a decent restaurant in the neighborhood that the locals manage.
Wat Tham Sua
Wat Tham Sua, also known as Tiger Cave, is a natural marvel located in Krabi. It is comprised of several well-known caves that are located within the complex of a temple that is encircled by jungle. Inside Wat Tham Sua is where the monks live and practice their religion. The caves are referred to as Cueva del Tigre because, according to urban mythology, a tiger once made its home inside of them.
Once inside, the stone is found to have what appear to be the imprints of a tiger’s paws in their various positions. There is a footprint of Buddha as well as superb panoramic views of the Andaman Sea at the top of the temple, which can be reached by climbing a total of 1,237 steps. This is the view that is considered to be the most breathtaking. Because the steps are very steep and there are monkeys along the path that may take loose objects, it is recommended that you bring a bottle of water with you and store valuables nearby or in a safe place. Keep in mind that the monkeys will grab anything that is not secured.
Railay Beach is located on a small peninsula that is comprised of four beaches, and it is renowned for its expansive stretches of sand, towering limestone cliffs, and breathtaking views. Long-tail boats tend to dock on the beach when the tide is low, giving the impression that the boats are buried in the sand.
Even if you are a beginner, rock climbing chances allow you to climb as high as you desire, making them ideal for those with a greater sense of adventure. You can get a great view of Railay’s turquoise seas from those steep rock cliffs. You can get an even more impressive view by climbing to the top of the overlook at the Railay beach. Make sure not to forget to wear shoes that are appropriate for the walk.
Mangroves and caves of Ao Luk
Caves and mangroves in Ao Luk are a natural treasure that the majority of tourists never get to see. Tham Phi Hua To, Tham Lod Neua, and Tham Lod Tai are the names of the three caves that may be found among the mangroves. Over three thousand years ago, the cave known as Tham Phi Hua To was used as a burial ground. There are paintings and stunning rock formations all throughout the cave.
Long-tailed boats can squeeze through the entrance to Tham Lod Tai, which is made of limestone, to reach the cave. As you travel through the tunnel, you will notice that the stalactites and stalagmites that surround you each have their own distinct shape.
Ko Lanta is an uncrowded place that features twenty kilometers of sandy beach, placid waters, and a pleasant ambiance. Because of this, Ko Lanta is an absolutely beautiful destination for a quiet and peaceful break.
Diving schools can take island residents as well as visitors out into the open ocean to explore the stunning coral reefs and marine life there. These schools have received the proper training to do so. The little restaurants serve seafood that has been freshly caught at all hours of the day and night. Sunsets on the island are particularly beautiful, reflecting orange and pink hues off the lake and drawing visitors’ attention.
Ko Tup and Ko Mor
Ko Tup and Ko Mor are two beautiful islands that are joined to one another by a sandbar that, when the tide is out, can be walked across. On either of the two islands, you will find seas of exceptional clarity, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. To reach these islands from Ao Nang, you will need to take a long-tail boat voyage that will take approximately 30 minutes. Following your time on Ko Tup and Ko Mor, the boat will make its next stop at Ko Poda, so you will have the opportunity to continue your trip there as well.
Klong Thom hot springs
The Klong Thom hot springs are located deep into the jungle, next to the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. These springs are known for their soothing waters. You can relax in the soothing waves while taking in the sights and sounds of the natural world around you. The natural marvel that is the springs had its beginnings in long-defunct volcanic chambers, which are also responsible for the formation of the springs themselves.