gateway to Andaman Islands…
A sun-kissed corner of one of the world’s most stunning countries, located approximately 814 kilometers from Bangkok is Krabi, one of most attractive destinations in southern Thailand. The Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karst formations jutting from the mangroves.
Krabi is home to some of Thailand's most stunning scenery, from its mountainous interior, to its palm-fringed, white sand beaches that epitomize an idyllic postcard-perfect setting. Its coral reef vistas are also one of the world’s most beautiful, which makes the city a great spot for coral diving. It is also well known for its rock climbing as much of the interior landscape in the province boasts towering mountains created by limestone rocks that provide the ultimate in vertical challenges for avid climbers. Krabi’s a mixture of bustling mainland towns and idyllic island paradises offers something for everyone. The mid-city is full with sheer volume of guesthouses and travel agencies packed into this compact town. It's a key transport hub, around which a busy traveler scene continues to evolve. Krabi also provides some great shopping venues such as Maharaj Walking Street and Chao Fah Pier Night Market which features delicious local cuisine, hand-made crafts and local fashions all available at bargain prices.
-: Sightseeing of Krabi :-
Phi Phi Islands
Perhaps Thailand’s most famous island, Phi Phi has been one of the star attractions of the Land of Smiles for well over a decade now. With its gorgeous bays, beaches and natural features, Phi Phi has more than earned its glowing reputation, but some would argue that its nightlife is its crowning glory. Famous for beach parties, bars and nightclubs, there’s never a dull moment to be had on Phi Phi, where friends are made in a second and memories last for a lifetime.
Located to the east of Ao Nang and accessible only by boat, Railay is perhaps the most gorgeous spot in all of Krabi. Featuring a number of sublime beaches with turquoise seas and steep limestone cliffs, it’s truly a place with jaw-dropping beauty — but it has much more to offer than just aesthetics. There’s a fun, laid-back nightlife scene on the island, particularly towards Tonsai Beach, whilst the daytime offers some of the best rock climbing experiences in the country. Only a few minutes from Ao Nang on the boat, it’s a must-visit destination in Krabi even if you’re not staying the night.
Ao Nang Beach
Found on the coast and often used by European package holidaymakers is Ao Nang. The busiest and most popular area on the province’s mainland has much more to offer than its well-famed beaches. Just behind its popular strip of soft, sandy beach are a number of busy restaurants and bars that have kept punters happy for decades now.
A small island just a five-minute ferry ride away from Krabi Town, Koh Klang isn’t a place you’ll stay in Krabi, but it is one you’ll love to visit. Despite being so close to Krabi Town, the atmosphere is completely different. The ferry can take your motorbike across, but its flat roads and gorgeous views make it perfect for cycling around.
Tiger Cave Temple
Krabi Tiger Cave offers a genuine spiritual experience in stunning natural surroundings. Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua sits 5 km northeast from Krabi Town centre. It is one of Thailand’s finest natural wonders, and it's definitely worth a visit. The temple here is a warren of natural limestone caves formed inside at the foot of an impressive cliff. There are beautiful icons in the main temple cave, but the real attraction here is the ‘footprint of the Buddha’.
Ko Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand, in Krabi Province, about 8 kilometres from Ao Nang. It is part of the Mu Ko Poda, or Poda Group Islands, which are under the administration of Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. The circular island is no more than a kilometre in diameter, covered in palm trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach.
Ko Lanta Yai
Koh Lanta is delightfully exotic, thanks to its remote location, pristine beaches and balmy weather. It comprises 52 islands in the southernmost region of Thailand's Krabi Province, of which the largest and best-known is Koh Lanta Yai. The island is approximately seventy kilometres from Krabi, and offers an appealing escape from highly popular tourist destinations like Phuket and Phi Phi.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is a small national park, covering about 50 km² of area between Maung, Ao Luek and Khao Phanom districts north of Krabi. The park is a popular destination for it's waterfalls, caves and trails through montane forests. The park is located right at the northern edge of Krabi City, but the main visitor center area is around 27 km from the city at the east side of the park.
Nosey Parker's Elephant Camp
Nosey Parker's Elephant Camp is just 15 minutes from Ao Nang where the natural surroundings provide permanent shade and abundant water for the elephants throughout the year. The elephant trek takes you along a river running through the camp and into the rain forest at the foot of the fascinating "karst" mountains with sheer cliffs special to this area. One will often sight monkeys and birds living in their natural habitat.
Krabi Emerald Pool
Krabi Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) is a unique attraction in southern Thailand. Krabi is well-known for areas of outstanding natural beauty and one place that should make your must-see list is the Emerald Pool in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, an unusual lowland forest rich in bio-diversity, complete with a nature trail and a crystal pond.
Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary
The inland area around Khao Noi Chuchi (Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary) is the last patch of lowland rainforest left in Thailand. Considered to be home to more species of birds than any other forest reserve in southern Thailand, birdlovers should look out for Gurneys, Black-breasted Pitta, Chestnut-collared Kingfishers, Black Hornbills and Crestwood Partridges.
Hat Nopparat Thara National Park
One of the major national parks, Hat Noppharat Thara, covers a large part of the Krabi coastline including the popular beaches of Ao Nang, Noppharat Thara Beach, and Railay Beach. The park also consists of around 80 islands, including Koh Poda, Koh Gai, and the idyllic Phi Phi islands.
Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint is a perfect playground for hikers and tropical adventure seekers. Located in Nong Thale, some 30km northwest of Krabi Town, the departure point of the trail is five kilometres behind the Four Seasons Resort in Tubkaak. The trail to the summit of the Dragon Crest Mountain (Khao Ngon Nak in Thai) is approximately four kilometres long & it takes about two and a half hours to reach the highest viewpoint situated 565m above sea level. The climb is not that difficult but requires being at least in a decent physical condition; along the way, hikers encounter a stream, two viewpoints, a waterfall, and last but not least the panoramic summit.
Klong Thom Hot Springs
Therapeutic and soothing, the Krabi Hot Springs are ‘hot tubs’ crafted into smooth rock channelling water from deep rooted thermal springs located in volcanic chambers. The waters average 35-40 degree Celsius and are brimming with natural mineral salts which are claimed to cure all manner of health complaints including rheumatism and sciatica. The sensation is utterly relaxing and the environment is certainly unique.
Krabi Shell Cemetery
Susan Hoi is an archaic petrified shell cemetery located 17 kilometres from Krabi town centre on a 200 metre stretch along Ban Laem Pho. This shell cemetery is considered by recent scientific experts to date back 40-25 million years, although local folklore claims it’s even older at 75 million years. The cemetery came into being after the limestone deposits in the water covered and fossilised shellfish, snails and a variety of other sea creatures creating slabs of intricate geological relics.
Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park
Located at the southernmost point in Krabi Province, this Marine National Park covers the Lanta Island group. Koh Lanta Yai - the main and largest island - is the National Park's headquarters and home to several communities of Chaolay or Sea Gypsies, a separate ethnic group who still maintain their traditional ways.
Than Bokkharani National Park
Located in Ao Luk district, close to the border of Krabi and Phang Nga provinces, Bokkharani National Park also borders the Andaman Sea. The National Park headquarters offers a trail through the rainforest and limestone walls with waterfalls, caves and even a small temple.
Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a large Buddhist temple located on a hill overlooking Krabi downtown. Monks and novices who coincidently arrived first established a dwelling which would become Wat Kaew Korawaram later on. The original ordination centre of Wat Kaew is right opposite the actual temple, and nowadays hosts The Krabi Contemporary Art Museum. The main access to the temple is off Maharaj Road, right opposite Soi 6.
Wat Klong Thom (Temple & Museum)
In the Klong Thom district, east of Krabi Town and about 1 km from the District Headquarters, this temple museum hosts a collection of ancient stones, bronze tools, coins, pottery, decorations and beads which are reputedly to be more than 500 years old.
Wat Sai Thai
Not far from Ao Nang on the side of the main road. Wat Sai Thai doesn't have a real temple but there is a reclining Buddha under a cliff and some small golden sitting Buddhas that make it worth a stop.
Khao Khanab Nam
Standing at 100 metres tall the stunning Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are one of Krabi’s most famous landmarks. These majestic natural wonders act as the gateway to Krabi city with the river running between the two limestone cliffs forming a widely photographed beauty spot.