Thailand’s major tourist destinations are Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, and Chiang Mai. But when you want to experience the ultimate tropical holiday in Thailand, nothing can compare to the Krabi region in Southern Thailand. Krabi is known for its beautiful coastal vistas that create the most memorable holiday postcard scenes that are promoted around the world. Here are 8 reasons to book a Krabi holiday today.
#1 – Ultimate Tropical Thailand Holiday Destination
Most people believe that places such as Phuket and Koh Samui are the most aesthetically pleasing holiday destinations in Thailand. Although this is a little bit true, they cannot hold a candle to the stunning tropical brilliance that is the Krabi region. Did you ever see the iconic Thailand holiday photos online of limestone karsts jutting out of a lagoon-blue ocean? These scenes are from the Krabi and Phang Nga areas of Southern Thailand. Krabi is just a 4-hour drive from Phuket, has its own international airport, has stunning coastal holiday towns such as Ao Nang and is the perfect hub for scuba divers or those who want to explore the Andaman Ocean.
#2 – Discovering Ao Nang
Although many people automatically assume that when you book a holiday in the Krabi region that you will be staying in Krabi Town, this is not the best option for holidaymakers. Although Krabi Town does get its fair amount of tourism, the town is very Thai-style and is quite a dusty and busy little place. The mainstay of tourists who visit this part of the world usually stays in and around the Ao Nang region.
Ao Nang is just a 10-minute drive outside Krabi and is a coastal town that is devoted to tourism. With amazing 5-star resorts such as the Centara Grande Beach Resort, lots of international and Thai eateries, lots of shopping options, dive agents, boat tour operators, and a few nightlife options, this is the ideal place to stay or use as a hub to explore Phi Phi. There is also a thriving Krabi holiday villa rental scene in the surrounding areas, which is a great option for larger groups and families.
#3 – Hub for Exploring Phi Phi Islands
If you are familiar with Hollywood movies such Leonardo Di Caprio’s “The Beach”, then you already have a good idea on how beautiful the outlying islands just off Krabi near to the Phi Phi Islands really are. Coming to this part of the world and not staying on Phi Phi for at least a night or even visiting for a day-trip would be sacrilegious. On Phi Phi, you will find the most stunning beaches, a few cool eateries, lots of resorts and some cool nightlife spots. Renting a speedboat to Phi Phi would cost you in the region of 2,000 THB per day (with a driver) or more, but most people opt to catch the ferry from Ao Nang to Krabi, the prices of which you can see below:
Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi Ferry Timetable and Costs:
- Depart from Ao Nang at 07:00 – Arrive at Koh Phi Phi at 10:45
- Adults: 1250 Baht per Adult (kids over 11 are classed as adults)
- Child: 2- 11 years – 875 Baht per child
- Child under 2: 500 Baht per child
#4 – Rock Climbing at Tonsai Beach
If you are one of those high-octane adrenalin junkies who have to push everything to the limit, rock climbing at Tonsai Beach is a perfect adventure. Tonsai beach is located to the south of Ao Nang and is known for its steep rock faces that are the perfect foil for rock climbing. If you have to get your outdoor pursuit fix during your Krabi holiday, this is one of the most interesting and scenically beautiful ways.
#5 – World-Class Scuba Diving
Did you know that the Krabi and Phang Nga regions have some of the most desirable scuba diving and snorkeling sights in the world? Spectacular dives sites in Krabi and Ao Nang Bay include the King Cruiser wreck, Shark Point Marine Sanctuary, Anemone Reef, and even cavern diving at Ko Ha Yai. There are also many world-class scuba spots around Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.
Whether you are looking to scuba dive for the first time or already have certification and want to explore the dive sites and wrecks in the region, there is a multitude of dive agents in Krabi Town and Ao Nang that can help you out. If you are a first-timer, you can get a starter PADI certificate in just 1 or 2 days. The Krabi scuba diving scene is literally one of the best in the world!
#6 – Experiencing Railay Beach
Although Krabi beaches such as Tubkaek Beach, Klong Muang Beach, Nopparat Beach, and Aonang Beach are some of the finest in Thailand, there is one stretch of sand in the region that is on some next-level tip. Railay beach is known as not only the most impressive beach in the Krabi region but in Thailand, which is some claim. Located on a small peninsula between Krabi and Ao Nang, only accessed via a boat and surrounded by limestone cliffs, if you want to have your mind blown, you simply need to visit Railay beach while you are in Krabi, no excuses!
#7 – Daytrip to James Bond Island
James Bond Island, as the name might suggest, is one of the most famous islands in Thailand and was immortalized as the set for the 1974 James Bond blockbuster, ‘The Man With A Golden Gun’. When we mentioned about the postcard photos of limestone karsts jutting out of the ocean and being the most photographed spot in Thailand, this is on James Bond Island. The island is located in the Phang Nga region of Southern Thailand, which is in itself a very stunning part of the world and home to lots of national parks and Thailand attractions.
A day trip to James Bond Island can be booked directly from any tour kiosk in Ao Nang and usually costs in the region of 1,400 THB for adults and 1,000 THB for kids for a trip to the island with a canoeing tour around the coast, which is pretty spectacular and explores lots of hidden caves and secluded bays. Alternatively, you can book a simple sightseeing tour of James Bond Island for approximately 1,100 THB for adults and 900 THB for kids.
#8 – Exploring Krabi Town
Although most people coming to enjoy a Krabi holiday usually stay in Ao Nang, while you are here, you really need to explore Krabi Town for an afternoon. For the best shopping experience, you can visit the Krabi Weekend Night Market that takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and is home to some of the cheapest local handicrafts and fashion goods imaginable.
We would recommend that while you are here in the town you should visit Wat Kaew, which is close to Thanon Maharat and Th. Pattana, and also visit the stunning Contemporary Art Museum of Krabi if you are a fan of art. With lots of transportation in the city and a population of less than 375,000, exploring Krabi Town is an interesting experience.
As you can see, there are lots to see and do in Krabi and Ao Nang. Just make sure you organize your Krabi holiday properly, so you get to see everything.