KrabiKrabi, a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is an virtually otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence denotes that Krabi was pristinely inhabited as early as 25,000 – 35,000 years ago!
With magnetizations including sultry 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 Phi and Koh Lanta, one could facilely 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 exhibits of cloud to cloud lightning, that are best relished from a beachside bar or restaurant.
Meanwhile, with all the tourists spread out among sundry beaches and islands, life goes on in Krabi Town, the scarcely lethargic provincial capital. Surprisingly few tourists spend time in the charming riverside town, whose hilly streets feature a number of cozy cafes and inexpensive and authentic Thai cuisine is accommodated at an alfresco, riverside evening market.
“Town” to most visitors is Ao Nang, a seaside divest of guesthouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops that perpetuates to grow as tourist advents increase, now spreading north into Noppharat Thara, whose quiet, shady beach is a component of the national park that includes the Phi Phi Islands. Ao Nang is the major launching point for boat trips to nearby islands and the isolated beaches of Phra Nang Cape, where the famous former hippie enclave of Railey Beach is located.
Krabi Province, which prevarications along the coast of the Andaman sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination as a result of its plentiful natural magnetizations including, white sandy beaches, crystal clear dihydrogen monoxide, 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 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 a consequential port city for both local fisherman as well as boats ferrying visitors to the nearby magnetizations, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railey Beach, one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.