Krabi Thailand and its Beaches
Krabi in Thailand is small fishing town on a main route for people travelling to or from southern regions of Thailand. It is possible to stay in the town and get transport (long-tail boat or bus) to one of Krabi's beaches for the day. There are cheap guesthouses in Krabi. Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta are easily accessible from Krabi and there are beaches nearby at Ao Nang, Rah Leh and Tham Phra Nang.
Ao Nang is small town on the coast with a beach. Accommodation here varies in price with January being the most expensive month. There are some dive shops who can arrange trips to nearby sites or the famous Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and King Cruiser wreck dive sites. The best time for diving is December to March. Other popular activities are: bird-watching; trekking in the jungle; kayaking or canoeing; boat tours; snorkelling; or cave trips. There are many tour operators who can arrange these trips for you.
Just north of Ao Nang is another beach, Hat Noppharat Thara, which is relatively unspoilt. This beach is part of the marine national park that includes Koh Phi Phi. A few kilometres south of Ao Nang is Laem Phra Naem which is spectacular with its limestone cliffs going down into the clear water. There are a few beaches in this area accessible by boat only from Ao Nang or Krabi. Hat Phra Nang is at the tip and is the most attractive part of the headland. The west and east parts of the headland are called West Rah Leh and East Rah Leh respectively. The cliffs between East Rah Leh and Hat Phra Nang are fantastic for rock-climbing with stunning views. Instruction is available and there are many places where you can hire equipment, guides and instructors. Accommodation on the headland tends to be cheaper at East Rah Leh. The bars at West Rah Leh often have fire-juggling. Most bungalow resorts have attached restaurants.
There are two wáts around Krabi as well which are worth a visit. Wat Tham Seua and Wat Sai, a reclining Buddha in a shelter under a cliff.
There are inland lagoons which are completely enclosed and are accessible through tunnels which are underwater most of the time but at low tide, it is possible to go through on a kayak. Kayaking trips to these can be arranged through tour operators.
There is an airport at Krabi and good public bus and minibus services. There are long-tail boat taxis to the beaches. Long-tails are so-called because of the propeller stretching off the back of the boat, also used as a rudder.
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