Global Mark : 12.36
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Description : An OK town
with splendid surroundings !
Krabi Town is usually considered
as a transit point to beautiful beaches with amazing limestone cliffs. But it is
not an unpleasant place to spend a few days. This is also where to take the boat to Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi.
What to do ? Walk the promenade
on the river front / Book a tour to James Bond Island & a great
Muslim Village on stilts (see Phang-Nga for more details) / At low tide, visit a "shell cemetery"
(Susaan Hoi, 20km ). There are only three such place in the world ! / Then
head toward your paradise / Say "wow !" when discovering the scenery /
Rock climb : Krabi is a famously magic world spot ! / Dive, snorkel, fish,
windsurf,... Lots of businesses around ! / Dream at beautiful sunset / Meet Thai
What you may not like ? The basic
GH for B80-150 in town / The cost increase on the beaches / The crowd and difficulty to find a cheap
place in HS /
How long ?
A few days at least...
When to visit ?
The monsoon make swimming hazardous in some places from June to October. Some
GH closes as well. December to March is the busy season.
<< Get precise info, book online and save money !
The beaches ?
- Ao Nang : the traditional backpacker's place
with the cheapest bungalows (around B150). Beautiful rocks scenery, serene
atmosphere and good excursions around, in particular toward Nopparat Thara
Beach, part of the Phi Phi Islands National Park.
- Rai Leh Beach : accessible by boat only (B70,
40mn from Krabi), this
place is packed in HS and therefore more expensive. Count on B300. Amazing
limestone cliffs (rock climbing is a must there), dotted with caves, superb
beaches, pretty islands,...
- Tham Phra Nang Beach : arguably the nicest
beach, it is accessible by boat only and offers only deluxe accomodation at
the Dusit Royavadee Resort.
Backpacker's Tips : Kelley Turner, USA (April 06)
« Krabi Town : Stop by Ibris Travel (23 Isara Road) to check your
email and talk with the charismatic owner Naruenat Chontoem. We didn't take any
tours through this agency, but Naruenat offered great tips and advice. Eat at
the night market along the riverfront.
Ao Nang: Overall, touristy with many nightclubs and upscale resorts, but nice
though crowded beaches nearby. SeaBeer Guest House was the cheapest available
place we found to stay over the New Years Holiday at 400THB for a double with
shared bath. They also have lockers for storing valuables and the owners are
very friendly. On the way to the beach from the G.H., stop at the food cart on
the right side of the street for some great curry, fried noodles and rice. You
can even sit behind the cart where the chefs will serve you. Instead of taking a
tour, we rented a motorbike and headed South on Hwy 4 out to the Sa Pan Hot
Stream Waterfall and Crystal Lagoon. You have to pay to get into both locations,
Hot Stream features many private, natural soaking spots if you head off the main
trail on your own. The Crystal Lagoon offers a great walk through a bog and
lowland forest to a popular, but large natural spring pool.
Ton Sai and Rai Leh: From Ao Nang you can easily catch a boat to Ton Sai which
offers many G.H. that are pretty packed during the high season and also a more
relaxed atmosphere (due to the large climbing community) than the nearby Rai Leh
beach. If you are there to climb and don't mind the crowds of climbers and
spectators, it is an amazing location with tons of routes. During low tide you
can walk around a small point on the beach to Rai Leh Beach and during high tide
you can take a coastal or inland trail over to Rai Leh. This gives you the
opportunity to take advantage of all the beaches in the area without having to
pay for a boat. Overall, the area encompassing both of these beaches is
relatively small and seems environmentally strained with all the new resorts,
guesthouses, travel agencies and restaurants. Beautiful views, but don't expect
to find solitude.»
How to reach ? Krabi is well connected to the rest of Thailand. From
town, boats or songthaew go to the various beaches for B30-50. Boats also go to
Ko Phi Phi for
Next destinations : Phang-Nga / Phuket / Ko
Lanta / Penang in Malaysia (soon) via Hat Yai