7 Beaches Along Krabi’s Spectacular Mainland Coast

Krabi is different to places like Phuket and Koh Samui where you’ll find long white beaches with an army of umbrellas lined up on the sand and water sports like jet ski and parasailing.

In fact, Krabi is a completely different story. With its natural beauty and incredible limestone cliffs, several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.

You will also not see any sun loungers and umbrellas on the beaches except those outside the resorts. Here are seven beaches along Krabi’s spectacular mainland coast.

1. Railay Beach

Railay – the Paradise Around the Corner of Ao Nang

Last week I wrote about Ao Nang Beach, and if you were not impressed by that area, there’s one more place just around the corner that for sure will make you go WOW! I’m talking about Railay; a small peninsula with two bays, known as West Railay and East Railay.

Surrounded by incredible limestone cliffs, Railay (or Rai Leh) can only be reached by boat, giving it an island feel. The high cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, and the beautiful beaches can be packed with longtail boats and trippers from Ao Nang. Although it is a paradise, Railay is good for a day trip or a few nights — unless you are a rock climber, then you might want to stay longer.

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Ao Nang Beach: Not the Most Ideal, but Very Scenic

Ao Nang Beach is not the typical white sandy beach with crystal clear water, and during high tide, the sand practically disappears. But the scenery with its limestone cliffs, palm trees and longtail boats moored along the shore is pretty stunning. Ao Nang Beach acts more like a jumping-off point for island hopping between the beautiful islands in Krabi archipelago.

Now with that said, it doesn’t mean you can’t tanning and swimming — because you can, but it’s not the ideal beach. The beach is lit at night, and people like to walk along it or just sit and drink a beer while listening to the waves and feel the warm sea breeze. Others prefer to enjoy a banana pancake from a vendor across the street.

You’ll find lots of sidewalk vendors, and within easy walking distance, you have the main road that is dominated by restaurants and bars. I like it here, and we always stay a couple of nights or a week in Ao Nang. But I wouldn’t spend my entire vacation here.

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Surin Beach in Phuket – Quiet Beach With Luxury Hotels

Surin Beach is a beautiful beach with fine tropical sand and clear turquoise water. It’s not overcrowded like some other beaches, and you can relax here without the noise from jet skies and other motor vehicles due to the lack of a launch area. Surin has a good selection of bars and restaurants, and some beach clubs like Catch Beach Club and Bimi Beach club with international DJ’s giving you the hottest music to dance. Many people would definitely call this their favorite beach in Phuket.