Krabi – Thailand

Sea, forests and cliffs of Krabi

The town of Krabi is the main city of the province. This place boasts spectacular rock formations that give rise to a striking landscape. Its cliffs of limestone in fact attract climbers from all over the world.

island of Krabi - Thailand holiday destination

Although this area has become famous for lovers of adventure holidays in Thailand, and constitutes a real destination for climbing, most of the tourists will come to enjoy the sun, sea and explore the many surrounding islands. The province of Krabi has in fact around 150 islands which offer endless possibilities for recreation, entertainment and tourist attraction. Many of these islands are part of the Marine National Park Hat Nppharat. Boats leave regularly from Krabi direct archipelago of Phi Phi Island and Koh Lanta Island latter increasingly known as a tourist destination.

climbing in Krabi

The hinterland of the province of Krabi is rather famous for its pristine tropical forests and the mountain range of Phanom Bencha. Many of these areas are still unexplored and are a place of great interest for scientific expeditions in search of new species of animals and insects.

The town of Krabi is located about 1000 km from Bangkok and 180 km from the island of Phuket. Although growing and urbanization, the city offers excellent cuisine, and breathtaking scenery. To savour an authentic Thai dishes we recommend however to visit Thanon Khongkha that, close to many Long-Tail Boat, encloses a small night market with a range of foods of high quality.

As for entertainment, the city of Krabi offers numerous bars, pubs and restaurants and even some night-time disco. However, this is a simple fun, not outrageous when compared to that offered by Phuket and Pattaya.

What to do in Krabi: climbing, trekking and tour in the forest

What activities provides the province of Krabi ? You’re spoiled for choice to organize your adventure holidays in Thailand: from walking or trekking in natural parks, to ‘ climbing ; from guided tours in the forests, the tour on elephant back , and then, boat trips to the surrounding islands, surfing, kayak, snorkelling and diving in the beautiful sea of course Thai. 8 km north of Krabi is the Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple), one of the most famous temples in the forest of southern Thailand, beautiful place where you can observe and interact with the nice local monkeys.

The coastal area and most famous beach in Krabi is the small town of Ao Nang , where they developed the largest number of resorts. In Ao Nang there are many travel agencies that offer tours to places of tourist interest in the area. You can then explore the mangrove forests, observe local wildlife and take a boat the many islands that characterize the archipelago.

There are also numerous dive centres that organize trips of one or more days with an overnight stay in the boat. Other centres organize outings kayak along the coast. But of all, we recommend the hike back down the river Than Lin through a beautiful canyon bordered with high cliffs about 200 m, totally immersed in the vegetation, so you can observe the curious tropical fauna.

monks on the beach in Krabi - Thailand

A few kilometres south of Ao Nang is the peninsula of Laem Phra Nang which contains a series of beaches and bays spectacular enriched by towering limestone cliffs overlooking the clear blue sea. At the southern end of the beach of Hat Tham Phra Nang, below a spectacular cliff is the cave of Tham Phra Nang Nok. Legend has it that in those places long lived an Indian princess Sri Guladevi after the royal boat that was carrying was sunk during a storm. The local fishermen still go to the cave to pay homage to the princess, bringing the gift of wood carvings of phallic shape to get a catch of fish.

For lovers of climbing the limestone cliffs located in the promontory between Tham Phra Nang and Rai Leh they offer excellent walls, with spectacular views.

In the north of the province of Krabi is the National Park Than Bokkarani which includes 9 caves and lush tropical forest. The best time to visit is after the rainy season: you feel like entering a paradise lost, but it’s all true! From the rock walls of emerald green water gushing waterfalls that flow into small lakes covered with lotus flowers, these pools of water in turn are divided into small streams creating a myriad of waterfalls and streams.

Among the caves in the region we point out to Tham Hua Kalok in which besides the beautiful stalactites, you can see ancient rock paintings.

In the province of Krabi is also the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park which covers an area of 50 km 2 within a forest that borders the mountain range of Phanom Bencha. In the park you can admire a beautiful waterfall in three jumps. This park is home to lions, striped, tigers, panthers, Asiatic black bears, deer, tapirs Malaysia and many tropical birds.

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