Krabi How To Get There

Magical Krabi

The breathtaking natural beauty of Krabi makes this one of southern Thailand's most rewarding travel destinations, with much of the ecological treasures along the coast being protected in national parks. The small provincial capital, Krabi, is compact enough to explore during a relaxed stroll. Its friendly people extend a warm welcome to visitors and its many restaurants and open-fronted shops offer memorable dining and shopping. Across the mouth of the river on which Krabi lies can be seen Cat, Mouse and Bird islands, named for their shapes, and areas of mangrove forest. Closeby are a number of magnificent bays, beaches and dramatic limestone cliffs, some of which may only be reached by boat. At Laem Pranang there are in addition to several pristine beaches, the Princess Cave, said to be home to a legendary sea princess, and the Princess Pool, a lagoon hidden by the cliff and reached by a rugged trail.

Another cave, only recently discovered, contains beautiful rock formations including a 'golden waterfall' of sparkling quartz. Several islands off Laem Pranang are ideal for snorkelling, with colourful corals and marine life decorating the warm waters. Along one beach, Ao Nang, accessable by road, can be found beachside resorts and bungalows, restaurants, dive and tour agencies. Among sightseeing highlights nearby are the Shell Cemetery, Su-suan Hoi, with banks of 40 million-year-old fossil shells, and Tiger Cave Monastary, Wat Tham Sua, a renowned Buddhist retreat, located in an enchanting wooded valley.

Of the many nature and sea reserve areas in Krabi province, perhaps the most spectacular are the Hat Nopparat Thara Marine Park, with its stunning land and seascapes, including the twin Phi Phi islands, and Than Bokkharani National Park, noted for its cliffs, streams, waterfalls and forest-shaded pools.