Krabi is a province in Southern Thailand, bordering the Andaman Sea. It is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches and limestone karsts. The province is also home to many beautiful dive sites, islands and national parks.
Krabi is approximately 820 kilometers south of Bangkok. The province’s geography is mountainous, with several plains and highlands surrounding the mountains. The five kilometer long Krabi River flows through the provincial capital (which is also called Krabi) and is part of an estuary that empties out into the Andaman Sea.
One of the most famous features of Krabi (especially at its coast) is its numerous solitary limestone hills, both on land and the ones sprouting out from under the sea as islands. Because of this, the province is a popular destination for rock climbers. Krabi’s coastline and neighboring islands are famous for its white sandy beaches, warm blue waters and excellent coral reefs, which attracts beginner and intermediate divers from all over the world.
Below are some highly recommended beaches, islands and national parks in and around Krabi Province:
• Krabi – Krabi is the capital of the province. There are no beaches, but the Krabi River runs through it. Krabi International Airport is about 15 kilometers away from the city.
• Ao Nang – Is the province’s most developed beach located on the mainland. Many restaurants and accommodation options are situated along the shores here. There are also many limestone cliffs at Ao Nang.
• Had Yao – One of the province’s untouched seaside destinations, also on the province’s mainland. The beautiful beach contains spectacular views of Koh Jum’s mountains and Ao Nang’s cliff walls.
• Rai Leh – Also called Railay Mountain by tourists (for its ease of pronunciation) is a peninsula on the Andaman Sea and a popular attraction for rock climbers.
• Koh Jum – Koh Jum is a small island located between Koh Lanta and the Krabi Province mainland. It is a great place to go for visitors looking for a peaceful and quiet island escape.
• Koh Lanta – A great island escape known for its diving and snorkeling as well as its long sandy beaches. It is a relatively quiet island and another popular getaway for those looking for a peaceful island holiday.
• Koh Phi Phi – A small archipelago of islands, home to Thailand’s largest marine national park and made famous by the film The Beach. The islands attract lots of tourists, but are still beautiful places to go for a beach holiday.
• Koh Siboya – A rural island that is off the main tourist trail. There are hardly any accommodation options here, aside from a very select few. Dirt roads dominate the island’s transportation system. A great place to go to explore one of Thailand’s rural islands.
• Khao Sok – A beautiful national park comprising the largest area of virgin rainforest in Southern Thailand. The park is actually in Surat Thani Province, but can be easily reached from Krabi.
The best time to visit the province is during the months of November to April. This is Thailand’s dry season and the days usually contain bright blue skies and beautiful starry nights. However, this is also the country’s high tourist season, so bookings should be done well in advance. The rainy season (June to November) is the island’s low tourist season. Accommodation prices drop during this time and rooms are more readily available. The sea stays warm all year round.
Krabi is definitely one of Thailand’s if not the world’s most desirable beach locations. Blue seas, warm weather, beautiful geography and great accommodation make the province an ideal vacation destination for many. If you are interested in a holiday at Krabi, see our Nakamanda Resort & Spa site. Peace, privacy and ubiquitous beauty are on order at this intimate, hill-side hideaway resort, a perfect hideaway for you if peace and luxury are what you are looking for. The Rayavadee Resort is another recommended stay. Here, domed guest pavilions stand amidst coconut palms and private pools, along cliffs, and with amazing sea views, all situated amongst the area’s secluded beaches and jungle groves. If you want to try out one of the islands, then Exotissimo’s Beach Escapes at Koh Jum is for you. Krabi can also be your base for our Khao Sok National Park Jungle Escape tour, where you will take part in rainforest trekking, river canoeing and a longtail boat journey across a tranquil lake with an optional elephant back ride through the jungle.
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