Krabi, a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman Coast, is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where island seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myraid of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited early as 25,000-35,000 years ago!
With attractions including hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi and Koh Lanta, One could easily spend weeks in Krabi and leave yearning for more.If that wasn’t enough, Krabi features some of the most photogenic sunsets in Thailand, Often accompanied by spectacular displays of cloud to cloud lightning, that are best enjoyed from a beach side bar or restaurant.
Meanwhile, with all the tourists spread out among various beaches and islands, life goes on in Krabi Town, the somewhat sleepy provincial capital, Surprisingly few tourists spend time in the charming riverside town, whose hilly streets features a number of cozy cafes and inexpensive and authentic Thai cuisine is served at an outdoor, riverside evening market.
“Town” to most visitors is Ao Nang, a seaside strip of guesthouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops that continues to grow as tourist arrivals increase, now spreading north into Noppharat Thara, Whose Quiet, Shady beach is part of the national park that includes the Phi Islands. Ao Nang is the major launching point for boat trips to nearby islands and the isolated beaches of Para Nang Cape, where the famous former hippie enclave of Railey Beach is located.
Kara bi Province, which lies along the coast of the Andaman sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination as a result of its plentiful natural attractions including, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, numerous caves and waterfalls, and over 130 islands, including Koh Lanta and the jewels of the Andaman coast, the six islands of Mu Koh Phi National Park.
While not the top destination in and of itself, Krabi Town is a charming provincial capital located along the banks of a river that leads to the nearby Andaman Sea. Consequently, Krabi is an important port city for both local fisherman and boats ferrying visitors to the nearby attractions, including Koh Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railey Beach, One of the premier rock climbing destination in the world.