Krabi – Thailand’s Hidden Gem!

By | August 15, 2013

Krabi, Southern Thailand

Krabi is a province in Southern Thailand located on the Andaman Sea. It is divided into eight districts namely: Amphoe Muang (Krabi Town), Khlong Thom, Ao Luk, Khao Panom, Plai Phraya, Nhua Khlong, Koh Lanta, and Lam Thap. Krabi Town is the main administrative center for the whole province.

Krabi along with most of the other Andaman Sea islands & beach resorts was badly damaged by the Tsunami that hit the whole area on 26th December 2004, it took around one year for the commercial sector(hotels, resorts & shops) to re-construct & a further 2 years before the tourists returned en-masse to bringing visitor numbers back to pre-tsunami levels. 
Krabi, Southern Thailand

Getting to Krabi province could not be easier, there is an International Airport & Bus Services to other parts of Southern Thailand includingPhuket & Bangkok ,as well as lots of water taxis & tour boats to all the outlying islands.

There are no direct Train Services between Bangkok & Krabi instead you can travel by train to Surat Thani nearby & then catch one of the many regular buses to Krabi.

Krabi, Southern Thailand

Krabi province has some of the most popular destinations in the whole of Thailand. The province is noted as a haven for nature lovers as most of it’s attractions are completely natural rather than man-made.

Although not anywhere near as developed as it’s neighbour Phuket, Krabi does have a great range of options for Places to Stay ranging from “fan only” budget rooms right up to 5* luxury resorts, something suitable for all pockets!.

The beautiful beaches, the natural rock formations and colorful reefs are hard to overlook. Most beaches on the mainland and some offshore ones have fantastic and breath-taking limestone cliffs as backdrops.

Krabi, Southern Thailand

The limestone cliffs within the “Krabi Karts” formation in the area are ideal for Rock Climbing & sweep dramatically down to the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. There are schools that offer beginner to advance courses in rock climbing as the routes are classifiedstarting at novice 5a to advance 8c.

Diving and snorkeling are also great activities to do whilst in Krabi. The standards again are of international caliber so are the safety measures observed for divers and snorkelers.

You may want to see the sights and visit the myriad of little islands off Krabi’s main coastline, Koh Lanta is always a popular destination. Island hopping by kayaking or opt to take the more relaxing way – renting out a boat or joining day trips to the islands, visiting Phi Phi Island is always a popular excursion.

If you prefer to stay on the mainland and not go island hopping, the ideal places to visit are Ao Nang beach, Krabi Town, Railay Beach, and Nopharat Thara Beach.

Krabi, Southern Thailand

Ao Nang Beach is the most popular resort area along the Andaman Sea coastline in Krabi. The beach stretch is split into a coastline of limestone cliffs and sandy beachfront peppered with hotels and shops. The beaches are not as over crowded and you may actually enjoy a relaxing day lolling under the Krabi sun.

Krabi Town is a small but bustling place with life, that is, Thai life. Immerse yourself into traditional Thai life & absorb it’s food and culture in this quaint little town.

Railay Beach is a peninsula whose rock formation makes it only accessible by a boat. There are some beautiful beaches in the peninsula with Phra Nang as the favorite spot because of a Buddha shrine inside a cave.

The Nopharat Thara Beach is accessible by walking along the Ao Nang beach. This beach is unspoilt by “progress”. There are some lovely smaller resorts here too.

There are the Koh Lanta Marine National Park, Than Bokkharani National Park, Wat Khlong Thom Museum, the Shell Cemetery and the Wat Tham Seue for a different kind of adventure.

Krabi is one tourist destination that you should visit when in Thailand. To believe how fantastic the beaches are, you really need to see and experience them.

If you have been to Krabi before, and have really great memories of places to stay, visit, beaches or just fun things that happened, please share your Krabi Memories here.