Krabi is a province with a spectacular coastline formed by a mix of natural features including limestone cliffs, mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, and outstanding islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and now has an airport which serves international as well as national flights. The following is a list of the best places to stay in Krabi Province.
1. Ao Nang
The majority of people vacationing in Krabi Province choose to stay in Ao Nang — a small resort town dominated by restaurants, bars, and shops. Some would say dominated by unattractive tourist developments. I prefer to say that Ao Nang is a vibrant resort town with excellent accommodation and dining options. Another reason — perhaps the main one — for Ao Nang’s popularity is the easy access to the nearby islands. See more reasons to visit Ao Nang here.
2. Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is known for its chill vibes and long beaches. Families come here to relax, sunbathe and swim. The island is not as developed as Ao Nang, but there are lots of things to explore. Tanod Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches, and visitors come here to see the lighthouse — the symbol of Koh Lanta (pictured above). Long Beach is another great beach, with bars and restaurants on the road behind.
3. Nong Thale
Nong Thale is a secluded area west of the larger tourist area Ao Nang with two pristine beaches; Klong Muang Beach (pictured above) and Tubkaek Beach. These two beaches boast a fantastic sea view over the Hong Islands, and some excellent resorts are located here like Beyond Resort Krabi (Klong Muang Beach) and Amari Vogue Krabi (Tubkaek Beach). Nong Thale is the perfect location for a holiday away from the crowds.
4. Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are truly one of the world’s most beautiful places! Phi Phi Leh and Maya Bay is famous for the movie The Beach featuring Leonardo Dicaprio and can be ridiculously crowded. The largest island of the group — Phi Phi Don — is well known for its nightlife. Here you’ll see young people running around with buckets of alcohol, so this place may not suit everyone but it’s worth a visit because of its picturesque environment.
Recommended Hotel: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort (Excellent)
5. Krabi Town
Krabi Town is the capital of Krabi Province. Set along a river surrounded by limestone cliffs and mangroves, the town offers a different side of Krabi and should not be missed. Some attractions include the weekend night market and Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Seua). The town, famous for its cavemen traffic lights, also has excellent restaurants cheaper than the resort towns.
6. Railay (Rai Leh)
Railay is a is a small peninsula just around the corner of Ao Nang. Accessible only by boat, this slice of paradise with high limestone cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world. The area gets packed with longtail boats and trippers from Ao Nang who wants to enjoy beautiful beaches and sunsets. Railay is good for a day trip or a few nights — unless you are a rock climber, then you might want to stay longer. The famous luxury 5-star Rayavadee Hotel with a restaurant inside a cave is located here at Railay.
Recommended Hotel: Railay Village Resort (Excellent)
7. Nopparat Thara Beach
Nopparat Thara Beach is a 5 km long beach split into two halves by a river a few minutes drive from Ao Nang Beach. During low tide, it’s possible to walk all the way out to the small limestone islands. Nopparat Thara Beach is a quiet beach with mostly Thais who like to picnic in the shades of the casuarina trees. Klong Haeng is the closest village at the northern end of Nopparat Thara Beach with a weekly market and a large mosque (Al Aman Mosque) based right in the center.
The best time to visit Krabi is between the months November to March when the area’s climate is less hot than usual. April is the hottest month with an average temperature of 30°C (86°F), average high at 34°C (93°F) and the coldest month is January at 27°C (81°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in February. Facing the Andaman Sea, Krabi is subject to a 6-month rainy season between May and November.
The sea is coldest in January with an average sea temperature of 28°C (86°F) and the hottest months are April – August with an average sea temperature of 30°C (86°F).
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