Krabi and the Islands Around
The Thai province of Krabi has 15 amazing beaches on the mainland It also has 3 wonderful island groups which are world famous. Krabi Province is one of the favourite part of Thailand.
Some of the Great beaches around are as follows:
Tubkaek Beach – is perfect for those who want a quiet, luxury break, but it is still possible to do all the local tours from here. This includes kayaking, the 4 islands tour, the hot springs, and the Tiger Cave Temple. There are also shuttle buses to Ao Nang so that you can go shopping and eat at restaurants there
Klong Muang Beach– Less than 1km south of TubKaek Beach is Klong Muang Beach. This is my least favourite beach of Krabi Province because there is a quarry at the top end and so the little road running through the area has lots of lorries travelling back and forth. You won’t notice this if you stay in your resort, which will most likely be a self-contained 5-star resort, but if you wander around the little village it will become apparent.
Nopparat Thara Beach – is a 5km long sandy beach, which you can walk to from Ao Nang Beach. It is split into two halves by a river. The side closest to Aonang is the most developed because it has the coastal road running alongside it. Access to the other half of the beach is by longtail boat or by a dirt track off the Klong Muang road and is very secluded as a location.
Ao Nang Beach -is the centre of the tourist scene on the Krabi mainland, with lots of hustle and bustle near the main beachfront road, You’ll find souvenir shops, clothing shops, art galleries, spas, tour agents, and ATM machines along this stretch, as well as restaurants, bars and a huge range of hotels, some of which are really lovely despite Aonang being developed quickly and without much planning.
Railay Peninsula – is a beautiful peninsula between Krabi Town and Ao Nang, on the mainland, however, you can only get to it by boat due to high cliffs cutting off access. It’s only 15 minutes from the mainland by boat, but once you arrive you feel very secluded. This area is extremely beautiful and increasingly expensive, however, you can find some cheapish accommodation and some really fun nightlife too.
Tonsai Beach – there are 3 main three draws: the world-class climbing opportunities, the secluded location and the laid back chilled bars playing old school reggae. This is the place you come, to learn the art of reclining and hanging out with local dreadlocked Thais. The beach is a little rocky but still nice too. The crowd is young, but unlike Ko Phi Phi, the atmosphere is mellow. Tonsai has lots of cheap bungalows but like everywhere is going mainstream rather quickly.
Phrah Nang Beach – is another wonderful beach only a 10-minute walk from Railay West/East. It has fine white sand, massive cliffs framing each end of the beach, and an epic cave. There is only one hotel there which is the 5-star resort of Rayavadee. It’s one of the best swimming locations in the whole of Krabi Province.
Koh Jum Island – Chilled Out. Situated between Krabi Town and Ko Lanta Island (about 25kms from Krabi Town) this island has around 20 resorts that are generally basic. It also has a few chilled beach bars. The one luxury resort on this island is Koh Jum Villas. This island is developing nicely and slowly
Koh Phi Phi Island (Maya Bay) – are considered to be one of the most beautiful group of islands in the world. There are six islands of Phi Phi but most are uninhabited. They lie 50km east of Phuket and 41km west of Krabi and are part of Krabi Province.
Koh Lanta Beach – Located 70kms from Krabi Town, Ko Lanta is a large, quiet island 6 km wide and 30 km long. It has 12 attractive beaches all along the west coast, and the west coast means great sunsets! The other coastline is mainly mangroves and fishing villages which are perfect for kayaking. The island is very peaceful with white sandy beaches, more than 60 tiny islands and many coral reefs.
I booked through Krabi Smile Tour as i said on my previous blog and the tour includes the Koh Phi Phi Island tour and 4 Islands tour.
On my first day i just explored the Ao Nang Beach.For 50 baht shuttle ride one way. It was pretty crowded with lots of bars, hotels and restaurant around the area.This is also the jump off for those who are going for the Island Tours. For me Ao Nang beach are for those who loves crowd and partying. Its nice to stay in the beach area to chill and relax but i prefer staying in Krabi Town very quite and not too crowded.
2nd day in Krabi was scheduled for the Koh Phi Phi Island Tour. The call time was 8:00am i was picked up around 8.30am with the service van among with the other joiners and we are dropped to the Ao Nang where the boats are waiting.
The boat to Phi Phi assigned to me was a speed boat quite exciting but the waves are too much.Anyway it was a long wavy and bumpy ride till we arrived in our first destination.
Koh Mai Pai Island – Bamboo Island its a nice long white beach and its not really crowded. I enjoyed the first stopover.
The first stop never disappoint me and i really enjoyed the stay here. We rested here for about an hour and relax under the sun.
Then we went back to the boat and passed by some small islands such as the Viking bay, Big lake Lagoon which is amazing. Loh Samah Bay and Monkey Bay with full of moneys as the name says. We also had a stop over for a snorkelling but in this part i didn’t captured some photo under water.
Next stop was in Maya Bay it was a famous beach in Thailand because of the movie of Leonardo D Caprio ‘ The Beach”. Since it was so popular the beach is very crowded and busy., But i can say its one of the best beach Ive ever seen.
The last Part of the trip was in Phi Phi Don for late lunch and chilling out before going back to the mainland. Spent about 1.5hrs in this area. Lots of Boats in the docking area so its not advisable for swimming.
Day 3 in Krabi. I am scheduled for the 4 Islands tour. today the pick up was little bit late but no problem. No van pick up today but instead a big jeep and more passenger can accommodate. we arrived in the Ao Nang Beach around 9:30am because krabi town is about 30 Min’s travel time.
The islands we visited are the Phrah Nang Cave , Tup Island, Poda Island, Chicken Island.
Phrah Nang Cave
Tup Island and Chicken Island
Last Stop is the Poda Island
Strayed in Poda Island for about 1.5 hrs for relaxing eating snacks or swimming or taking nap in the white sand beach. It was a fun filled day for me and i enjoyed the traditional Long tail boat.
Would love to explore more of the Island can offer.
The island tour can be done Do It Yourself and it would be more cheaper if you will do it on your own especially if you are just staying near Ao Nang Beach.
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