| Bangkok May 24, 2013 10:50 PM
Andaman Sea’s Treasure
Krabi is an ideal getaway destination rich with natural attractions, including white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous islands, and verdant forests with caves and waterfalls. Krabi attracts people from all over the world, with popular spots including the Ao Nang, Hat Rai Le and the Phi Phi Islands, where ‘The Beach’ was filmed.
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| ||01 The breathtaking beauty of the Phi Phi Islands|
Spectacular vertical cliffs rising from clear seas, beautiful lagoons enclosed by rock walls, and idyllic tropical beaches have rightly made these islands among the most famous in the world. But the world beneath the waves of Phi Phi is no less enchanting than the mainland: Dive alongside limestone cliffs, into water caves, and encounter various marine creatures. In 1998, Phi Phi Le was chosen as the film location for ‘The Beach,’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
02 World-renowned eco & adventure tourism
Krabi is an ideal place for eco and adventure activities. Famous spots for canoeing and kayaking include Ko Hong, Ko Karot, Ko Phak Bia, Ko Ku Du, and Ban Tha Len. Phra Nang Cave and Rai Le Beach have attracted many climbers, while Khangkhao Cave offers amazing spots for abseiling, where the panoramic view of Krabi’s offshore islands, and mangrove forests are visible. For diving and snorkeling lovers, Phi Phi Islands and Po Da Islands are popular sites.
| ||03 Tropical paradise (x3): Ao Nang, Hat Rai Le & Hat Noppharat Thara|
The bay of Ao Nang has a broad sandy beach that stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range. From Ao Nang, visitors may rent boats to nearby attractions, including Hat Rai Le, a world-class rock climbing spot against a stunning ocean backdrop. Close to Ao Nang is the famous white sandy beach of Hat Nopparat Thara. The beach is paved with tiny seashells, and lined with dense casuarinas and coconut groves
04 When two islands connect: Thale Waek
During the lowest tide of the day, the sea is separated by the white sand and limestone beach, which will appear to connect the two islands. The best time to visit Thale Waek (which means “Separated Sea”) is five days before or after the full moon from December to May.
| ||05 Go island hopping at the Lanta Islands|
Mu Ko Lanta National Park consists of many islands, including the famous Lanta Noi and Lanta Yai. Lanta Noi Island features the traditional lifestyles of the Lanta community, while Lanta Yai Island offers a unique experience at the sea gypsy village. Lanta Yai Island has several beautiful beaches and panoramic views from the hilltop.
06 Expand your knowledge through a homestay at Ban Na Teen
Enjoy a 2-day, 1-night certified homestay program at Ban Na Teen. Explore and learn various industries such as batik making, rubber tapping, latex sheet production, boat building, unmilled rice production, papermaking from pineapple pulp, and squid fishing at the islands of Koh Tab and Koh Moh.
| ||07 Rejuvenate in the Khlong Thom Waterfall’s balmy streams|
A once in a lifetime experience awaits at a warm waterfall at Khlong Thom District, a shady forest area with numerous hot springs. The hot springs and cool streams converge on a slope to form lovely cascades of warm water with a temperature of 104-122 Fahrenheit. The best time to visit is from 7:00 – 8:00 AM, and from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.
08 The serene and crystal clear Emerald Pool
This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji, supposedly Thailand's last piece of virgin and fertile forest. The intensity of the pool’s turquoise-colored water varies according to the light and time of the day. Visitors determined to see the real emerald color should plan to visit at dawn.
09 Shop for gifts that are uniquely Krabi
Birdcages and mats made from Toei Panan (pandanus trees) are sold in shops on Uttarakit Road in Krabi Town. Preserved seafood products, such as shrimp paste, dried fish and shrimp, and Shogun oranges are also available. Shops in most tourist areas sell batik with various designs and colors.
10 A seafood feast awaits you
Krabi is famed for its reasonably priced and tasty seafood. Its night market is the best place to try Krabi’s specialties. Among the popular dishes are the boiled wing shells with a spicy dip, and the stir-fried spotted Babylon with chilies and basil.
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How to Get There
Thai Airways International operates flights from Bangkok to Krabi
Tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or Hotline 1566
Tel. 0 7570 1591
Air Asia offers flights from Bangkok to Krabi. International flights to and from Kuala Lumpur are also provided.
Tel. 0 2515 9999
Destination Air offers shuttle service from Phuket to Phi Phi, Krabi and Lanta as well as between Krabi destinations.
Tel. 0 7632 8638
The 12-hour journey from Bangkok can be made by either air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned bus, leaving from the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal.
Tel. 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200
Route 1: From Bangkok, take Highway 4 passing Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong and Phang-nga, a total distance of 587 miles.
Route 2: From Bangkok, take highway 4 and 41 at Chumphon, passing Amphoe Lang Suan in Surat Thani to Amphoe Wiang Sa. Then take Highway 4035 to Amphoe Ao Luek and continue on Highway 4 to Krabi, a total distance of 505 miles.
Route 3: From Phuket, take Highway 402 and 4 to Krabi, a total distance of 114 miles.
Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
Mu Ko Lanta National Park
Thai Airways International