Beaches in Krabi
Ao Nang Beach
At 20 km from Krabi Town is the most developed of Krabi’s beaches; a long stretch of white sand with limestones karsts as a backdrop. All of your accomodation, shopping and service needs are found here. This is the hub from which to plan your trip at sea and to the nearby islands on a typical longtail boat.
Noppharat Thara Beach
Just around the corner from Ao Nang, is a 3km long yet still undeveloped, with a only a few resorts and bars it is a great place close to Ao Nang where you can relax and unwind. An attractive beach because of its natural setting, this is where local youngsters and families gather at sunset and on weekends and picnics. Savour some local Muslim snacks at the beach stalls, or fill yourself with seafood in the local restaurants at the very end of the beach, neat the Noppharat Thara National park headquarters. At low tide, walk out together with millions of small crabs on the sandy pathways to the small islands near the beach.
Klong Muang Beach
Is a further 20 km away from Ao Nang; it is the up-market side of Krabi, the place to be if you are after a peaceful holiday. Catering to families and couples, it is here that you really get that well deserved repose, surrounded by pristine nature.
Railay and Tonsai Beaches
Are split and separated from Krabi and Ao Nang by monumental limestone mountains. Railay has two sides, east and west, and its settings are simply marvelous: crystal clear waters, pure sandy beaches, lush mountains and rocky islands emerging from the sea. Both beaches are known all over the world for their majestic climbing routes. They can only be reached by boat, a 15 minute ride from Ao Nang or 30 minutes from Krabi Town. Enjoy a cocktail in one of the beach bars, visit the Phranang Cave, challenge yourself on a rock climbing or cliff jumping course into the sea, hike the limestone massif to a lagoon and a viewpoint or simply chill out.
Another real place to hide away; long, clean and powerful, the area boasts breathtaking views over the Koh Hong archipelago and provides for wonderfully charming sunsets. From Tubkeak beach you can venture inside the National Park and try the nature trail to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Krabi.
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Beaches in Koh Lanta
Kaw Kwang Beach
Located in the northern part of Koh Lanta, next to Ban Saladan, Kaw Kwang which means “deer neck” is a long white sandy beach with turquoise water and has the best conditions for swimming. When the tide is low, you can walk to a little island at the end of the cape. On this beach you will find both the Kaw Kwang and Twin Bay Resorts. Kaw Kwang is the closest to Saladan, the main entry point to the island, and offers a large choice of shops and facilities.
Klong Dao Beach
Boasting a three kilometres stretch of white sands and clear water, Klong Dao was the first beach to be developed on Koh Lanta, just over 5 years ago. Thanks to its shallow water, Klong Dao is wellknown for its safe swimming ans is very popular with families, especially those with small children. The beach remains spacious even in peak season, and it’s easy to find a quiet patch without neighbors. The beach offers a selection of resorts with accommodation for all budgets.
Phra Ae Beach
Just South of Klong Dao is Phra Ae, also known as Long Beach, Koh Lanta’s trendy beach. Phra Ae beach is 4 kilometers long and the water is deeper than Klong Dao which attracts more young people as well as its lively nightlife atmosphere. The beach offers many resorts with swimming pools and more basic bungalows. Phra-Ae remains peaceful even in peak season.
Klong Khong Beach
A little further south is Klong Khong, a nice place to swim and enjoy three kilometres stretch of sand, with palm trees and a wide selection of resorts and bungalows famous for their sunsets and laid-back locals. Swimming and snorkeling is excellent from right off the shore, and at low tide, rocks teeming with aquatic life are visible and accessible. There are several friendly bars to relax, more on the main road than on the beach where the prices are lower than on the northern beaches.
Klong Nin Beach
Klong Nin is a long sandy beach where the sand was pushed even higher by the tsunami with a white sandy beach and emerald green-water. Klong Nin has an abundance of umbrella trees (bai toey) and tropical trees including pine and coconut. The waves can be high that is why it’s not advised to swim far out. Klong Nin has the highest concentration of backpacker style bungalows and bars scattered spaciously along the beach ranging from simple, inexpensive family bungalows to more upscale pool and spa resorts.
Ba Kan Tiang Beach
Recommended for those who like the wild side, Ba Kan Tiang beach is a white sandy beach with excellent swimming conditions surrounded by the mountains of Koh Lanta’s National Park. Relatively small compared to the north of the island and crescent shaped, Ba Kan Tiang feels very private and secluded. Accommodation ranges from simple family-run places to the only five-star resort on Koh Lanta.
Klong Jark Beach
Klong Jark, also known as waterfall beach, is just 3 kilometers from the waterfall in the national park. Due to its unpaved road access, the beach is so isolated that it almost feels like a private beach on a different island. The package crowds do not tend to venture here. The beach gets its name from the waterfall, which is just a 3 kilometer walk away. The trip, which follows a stream, features elephant trekking and sighting of a variety of birds and wild creatures, including the monkey wild pig. All the luxury resorts and bungalow operations have their own restaurants and beach bars.
Islands in Krabi
This is the iconic island of Krabi and the first and most dramatic one you see from Ao Nang beach. Hop on a longtail boat – the local wooden boats with their picturesque prow – and sail away surrounded by turquoise water.
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This should be next on your ist as it is right next to Koh Poda. From the right angle when passing Chicken Island (Koh Chicken) you can catch a glimpse of a chicken’s neck and head, some would argue more like that of a turkey but it’s up to you. The second isand, Koh Tub, is connected to Chicken Island by a sandy isthmus and people can walk from one to another only at low tide.
This island archipelago demands everyone’s attention as it is one of the highlight at Krabi Province. The Archipelago, a group of limestone islands with many hidden caves and lagoons make it perfect for snorkeling and exploration. Make sure you stop at Lading Island after Koh Hong as it is much less visited and sports a blendof both lush jungle and tropical waters.
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Koh Phi Phi
Private bays, limestone cliffs, waters rich in marine life and caves where swallow’s nests are harvested are all here on the island that Leonardo Di Caprio once rolled his hot bod in while filming ‘The Beach’ at the now iconic Maya Bay.
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Koh Jum and Koh Siboya
Both are unspoiled tropical hide-aways that have a unique atmosphere. Tune in to the slow culture here, imbibe the peace and recharge your batteries with the soundtrack of lapping waves.
The developing island at the southern end of the province known for its prime sunset viewing spots, heaps of activities and glimpses into sea gypsy life, is where you will meet nature and tradition. It is also a National Park area that comprises many different islands surrounded by coral reefs, such as Koh Ngai, Koh Mook and the remote Koh Rok.
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Jungle areas in Krabi
Our karsts characterize most of the inland Krabi area, the most spectacular being the karsts of Sai Tai, you must drive the main road between Krabi town and Ao Nang to experience them for yourself. Susaan Hoi is a 40 million year-old seashell cemetery; once a large swamp where freshwater crustaceans proliferated, today it’s home to 40 centimeter thick, shell encrusted limestone slabs, a geological uniqueness not far from Ao Nang.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
At 20 km from Krabi Town, comprises waterfalls, streams, lush forests and caves. It is home to all kind of flora and wildlife and to the highest mountain in the region from which it takes the name. One of the features of the park is Huay Toh Waterfal where water runs down onto several huge pools that you can swim in.
Thanbok Khoranee National Park
In the north of the region, consists of limestone mountains, verdant tropical forest, caves and beautiful islands. It is well known for its different species of trees growing around a large natural crystal clear pool and for the hundreds of birds’ species.
Sa Morakot – The Emerald Pool
A truly natural wonder in the heart of a jungle paradise: a pond of turquoise water with an average temperature of 30-40°C fed by a hot spring in the middle of a dense jungle thicket
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National Park Hot Springs
Situated in Klong Thom (about 45 minutes from Ao Nang and 80 minutes from Saladan pier), are a set of natural jacuzzis that melt away tensions and relieve body and mind with the mineral enriched waters falling into rocky ponds.