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 domestic 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.
Well, this is actually a tip for everybody since it’s a good restaurant, serving both Thai and international dishes. Blue Mango is a Swedish owned restaurant with some Swedish specialties in the menu like meatballs, plank steak and baked potato with skagenröra. Located on the main beach road in Ao Nang, just opposite the popular Krabi Resort, the restaurant has around 35 seats outdoors and 70 inside.
Lae Lay Grill is situated on the hillside with a stunning view overlooking Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang. The restaurant has a shuttle service from and to your hotel, as it’s quite a distance to walk up to the hill. But since my wife has a car in Thailand, we didn’t have to use that service.
We didn’t know anything about Lae Lay Grill, but It looked amazing from down the road which we were passing every day during our stay at Maleedee Bay Resort. So we decided to try it out, and it was a pleasant surprise!
My wife, hungry and ready to walk up the stairs. The staff was very welcoming and helpful.
Nopparat Thara Beach is a 5 km long beach split into two halves by a river a few minutes drive from Ao Nang Beach. The sand is hard-packed and very comfortable for walking and running. During low tide, it’s possible to walk all the way out to the small limestone islands, and you will see both tourists and locals walking out taking pictures. Nopparat Thara Beach is a quite beach with mostly Thais who like to come here for a picnic in the shades of the casuarina trees.
During low tide the canal dries up, leaving a long beach as you can see right on this island.
My wife at Koh Khao Sam Nuai, one of the small islands during low tide.
Sunset at Nopparat Thara Beach.
There are several restaurants on the beach, and I would like to recommend A-one where we had dinner twice. It’s a cozy little place with soft lighting when the darkness falls. The food tastes good, and they serve both Thai and international dishes.
The Separated Sea (Thale Waek) is a cool natural phenomenon. It happens when there is a low tide and a unique sand pathway connects three islands (Koh Gai, Koh Tup and Koh Mawr) that visitors can walk to. This place was voted the number one destination, in the poll ‘7 Wonders of Thailand 2015′ on the 7wondersthailand.com website.
The best time to visit Thale Waek is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May. The separated sea is the last stop in the amazing ‘4 islands boat trip′ that goes from Ao Nang, Krabi. Tour agents can be found everywhere along the street in Ao Nang.