Krabi

Krabi is the southern province of Thailand, located on the shores of the Andaman Sea at the mouth of the Krabi River, among the shores densely forested. The shape of the mouth of the hand resembles a sword, which gives the name of the area, and Crab has nothing in common with crabs. Krabi is famous for its wild, living jungle with many inhabitants, and it is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Top places and attractions in Krabi

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Overview

Krabi, Thailand

Districts

The province of Krabi consists of 8 districts, including 53 microdistricts and 374 settlements:

Khlong Thom

Khao Phanom

Koh Lanta

Mueang Krabi

Lam Thap

Ao Luek

Plai Phraya

Nuea Khlong

Islands

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand

The province of Krabi includes more than 150 large and small islands. The main ones are:

Ko Phi Phi is an archipelago consisting of two main and four tiny islands. In fact, there are not six islands in the archipelago, but four. Ko Bida Noi and Ko Bida Nok are just large limestone formations with a common base.

Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island in the archipelago. It has gained special fame due to its numerous beaches. This island was severely affected by the tsunami in 2004, when about 70% of the infrastructure and most of the population were destroyed. A scattering of islands in the path of the devastating tsunami extinguished the deadly wave, so the coastal part of the province was not affected by the disaster.

Ko Phi Phi Leh is a small island with Maya Bay and limestone cliffs. Diving enthusiasts can visit the reef to see the sunken ferry "King Cruiser".

Ko Yung or Mosquito Island is a great place for day trips. You can get here by long-tailed boat from Tonsai Pier.

Ko Lanta (Ko Lanta) – two equally large islands Ko Lanta Noi (Ko Lanta Noi) and Ko Lanta Yai (Ko Lanta Yai). The latter has several beaches, settlements and resorts.

Ko Hong (Ko Hong) – means "room" in translation. Indeed, the island looks like a room with walls of sheer cliffs and a floor of snow-white sand and turquoise water.

Koh Hong Island

Ko Tub and Ko Mor are two tiny uninhabited islands that are separated by a picturesque sandbar that is exposed at low tide.

Ko Poda is a secluded and peaceful place with a sandy spit.

Ko Kai or Chicken Island is so named because of the similarity of one of the rocks with a chicken head on a long neck.

Koh Kai - Chicken Island

Ko Tapu (Ko Tapu) or James Bond Island is famous all over the world, thanks to the filming of Bond – "The Man with the Golden Gun" that took place here. The island is accessible only for remote excursions, and is closed to tourists due to the possibility of destruction.

Ko Yao is an archipelago located between Phuket and Krabi. The two main islands, Yao Noi and Yao Yai, are independent resorts.

Ko Mai Phai, known as Bamboo Island, is perhaps one of the quietest and most peaceful corners of Krabi, where people go for a secluded vacation.

Ko Mak Noi is recommended as a good place for a family holiday – it is calm and quiet here, clean beaches and good infrastructure.

The sights of Krabi

The province of Krabi is rich in natural attractions that are available for excursions and independent visits: national parks and nature reserves, picturesque waterfalls and lakes, thermal springs and mysterious caves.

Grottoes and caves

There are many caves and grottos in Krabi: some are in visible accessibility, others should be reached by water, and some will have to be searched among the thickets. There are caves designed for tourist routes, and pristine ones, the responsibility for visiting which falls on the shoulders of the visitor.

Khao Tham Lod Cave (Khao Tham Lod) Krabi, Thailand. Lod Cave, Tham Lod Cavern, Krabi, Thailand

Diamond Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nai) on the Raleigh Peninsula

Tham Pet (Khao Tham Pet) on the territory of Than Bok Khorani National Park

Khao Tham Klang (Khao Tham Klang)

Khao Khanap Nam and Khao Nap Nam

Khao Tham Lod

Khao Tham Phi Hua To Tham (Khao Tham Phi Hua To Tham)

Khao Tham Hua Kalok (Khao Tham Hua Kalok)

Waterfalls and lakes

Blue Lake, Krabi, Thailand

Khlong Thom Thermal Waterfall (Khlong Thom Hot Waterfall Krabi)

Huai To (Huai To Waterfall Krabi)

Hin Phoeng Waterfall

Khlong Heng (Khlong Haeng Waterfall or Namtok Khlong Haeng)

Huai Sa De (Huai Sa De Waterfall or Namtok Huai Sa De)

Ton Han (Namtok Ton Han)

Emerald Lake Sa Morakot (Sra Morakot or Emerald Pool)

Crystal lake (Crystal pond)

Blue Lake (Blue pool or Spring pool)

National parks and reserves

Bok Khorani (Than Bok Khorani)

Khao Phanom Bencha

Khao Pra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary

Temples

Tham Sua (Wat Tham Sua) – temple in the Tiger Cave

Wat Kaew Korawaram – White Temple in Krabi

Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol or Wat Bang Thong)

Klong Thom (Wat Klong Thom)

Sai Thai (Wat Sai Thai)

What to do in Krabi

Krabi is a famous island resort primarily for beach holidays, but also the rock climbing capital of Thailand. Limestone cliffs and caves attract climbers from all over the world, beginners and professionals. Krabi attracts the young and determined — those who want to combine a pleasant vacation with extreme sports.

Most of the activities on Phi Phi and the islands are related to the sea: diving, snorkeling, boat trips, fishing. For those who like hiking, there are paths and paths, the route will take you around the island and show all the sights.

Beaches

Panorama of Ao Nang Beach in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is an ideal place for beach lovers. There are gorgeous bounty-style beaches with snow-white sand and clear water, as well as completely wild places surrounded by jungles, where you rarely meet vacationers. Most beaches have an organized infrastructure and will be suitable for families with children.

Krabi, Thailand

The most popular beaches of Krabi in Thailand are Ao Nang, Long Beach, Ton Sai, Bamboo Beach. Also, vacationers will be interested in the beaches Tubkaek Beach, Pai Plong Beach, Fossil Shell beach, Phra Nang Beach, Railay West Beach, Viking Beach, Nui Beach, Loh Moo Dee Beach, Khlong Chak Beach (on Koh Lanta Island) and many others on the near and far islands.

Nightlife

Phi Phi Dong is well known for its nocturnal activity. For this reason, Phi Phi Islands are chosen mainly by young people who prefer to stay in Tonsai village, where most of the large and noisy establishments are concentrated. In other areas, you can find nighttime activity, but these are mostly quiet and peaceful places with tables on the sand where you can dine by candlelight.

Krabi for children

Many hotels in Thailand have babysitting services and children's pools, Krabi is no exception — there are plenty of entertainment for travelers of all ages. Elephant riding, Brill's Fishing & Water Park and a fish farm where you can see how fish are raised. The Krabi Fun Park rope park is open. Visit the Krabi Aquarium, a network of open—air reservoirs - the inhabitants of the surrounding coral reefs, including sharks, are represented here.

Most beaches in Krabi have an infrastructure suitable for families with children: such beaches have a shallow depth, a gentle descent into the water and children's attractions: Riley beaches, Phra Nang, Phi Phi Lei, Bamboo Island and others will be happy for young visitors and their families.

When is the best time to relax in Krabi

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

It is best to admire the fantastic landscapes of the paradise islands of Krabi from November to May — at this time the air warms up to +31 ° C, and the water to +29 ° C. It gets a little cooler in the evening and at night. Rains are rare in these months, and the sea is quiet and transparent. The peak of tourists can be seen in December – February, and the heat season begins in April – May. It is the rainy season in Krabi from June to October.

What to bring from Krabi as a souvenir

Krabi night market

Shopping in Krabi can be really exciting: in the local shops, shops and markets you can choose gifts and souvenirs for yourself, friends and family. Many products will be exotic: durian jam or dried fruits, green tea chocolate, local sweets and delicacies.

Clothes made of Thai silk, dresses made of Thai batik, pearl jewelry can be purchased at the souvenir market in Koh Panyi. As small souvenirs, there are many statuettes: Buddhas, elephants and monkeys, tiny tuk-tuks made of wood, tin, bronze. Very often tourists bring live orchids to mind — with the right packaging they are quite transportable.

How to get

View of the harbor from the observation deck on Phi Phidong Island, Krabi, Thailand

Due to the large flow of tourists, Krabi accepts flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bangkok and a number of major cities at its own international airport 7 km from the capital of the region, Krabi Town.

Highway 4 also passes through Krabi, where you can get by bus, taxi or car from Bangkok to the border with Malaysia.

There are several small tourist ports on the coast of Krabi, where boats, speedboats and ferries arrive from Phuket and other resorts.

There is no railway in Krabi, and the nearest railway station is in Surat Thani, 155 km from Krabi Town. Therefore, it is impossible to get by train directly to Krabi, only with a transfer.

Transport to Krabi

Long Tail Boats in Krabi, Thailand

It is convenient to use tuk-tuks to move around Krabi. A large taxi stand and tuk-tuks are located near Ao Nang Beach — it is easy to find a carrier here at any time of the day. In order not to depend on taxi drivers, you can rent a motorbike or a car — this will be the most convenient way to get around Krabi. You can get to the islands by swimming, renting a long-tailed boat or using the services of a boat.

Accommodation in Krabi

Bungalows in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

In Krabi, tourists have a lot to choose from: from comfortable five-star hotels with luxurious rooms on the beach to modest hostels or even camping. Everyone here can easily find the accommodation option they are interested in. The most affordable prices are probably in Krabi Town. As a rule, tourists stay here for only 1-2 nights during their trip to the islands.

The islands provide hotel services of various levels, here you can rent bungalows, hotels or apartments that satisfy any wishes of tourists.

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April 08, 2024

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