Three years ago today my amazing wife Thiprudee and I went to the Amphur office in my wife’s home town with two witnesses – her parents – to sign the marriage certificate. Almost two years later we had the wedding party with nearly a thousand guests at my in-law’s house surrounded by a forest of palm trees in Lam Thap, Krabi. It felt like the entire village was invited and people parked cars and scooters everywhere between the palm trees. It was like what we in Sweden call a “folkparksfest.”
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
I stumbled across a website about fishing in Krabi and Gillham’s Fishing Resorts with a 12-acre lake stocked with 52 species from around the world including monsters like Arapaima 250 kg (560 lb), Mekong Catfish 135 kg (300 lb), Siamese Carp 90 kg (200 lb), Giant Freshwater Stingray 90 kg (200 lb), and Chao Praya Catfish 70 kg (160 lb).
The resort offers 14 luxury 2-bedroom bungalows situated within 12 meters of the lake set in stunning Krabi landscape. Who’s up for some fishing in Thailand?
Pai Plong Beach is a small beach hidden in a bay between Ao Nang Beach and Ton Sai Beach (Railay) which can be reached only by boat or via a 10-minute trail over the mountain from Ao Nang Beach’s south end. The trail is called “Monkey Trail” because of the macaque’s monkeys living around the trail.
The beach is beautiful with lovely greenish water surrounded by limestone mountains and lush greenery. The five-star Centara Grand Resort is located directly on the beach with security guards asking you to sign your name in a book before entering the beach zone and signing out when leaving.
Heaven-7 in Krabi has had a facelift with many new attractions including a water play area in late 2016 why we went back in February this year. I have updated the original post with new pictures. Go check it out!
Lam Thap is a district of Krabi Province about an hour inland from Krabi Town. My wife was born and raised here – in a house just outside Lam Thap Town, surrounded by a forest of palm and rubber trees. You will hardly see any tourists here, but it does happen that some choose to stay a few nights at the only hotel in town to get away and save a few bucks. Since Emerald Pool and Hot Springs are pretty close, it’s not a bad idea to stay here overnight and go early the next morning to beat the crowd.
If you are interested in staying here, I recommend coming on a Monday and visit the weekly market in Din Daeng 8 km from Lam Thap Town called “Talad Siyak Suanpalm”. It’s a wonderful market inside a forest of palm trees located close the limestone mountains that separates Krabi from its neighboring province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous! You will not see any tourists here so the locals may look curiously at you. This is a unique opportunity to get in touch with the local life far from tourism. Come here between 2.00 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Aonang Cliff Beach Resort is built on the hillside in the heart of Ao Nang and boasts an infinity pool with stunning ocean view. This pool with views was the reason we chose to stay here when visiting Ao Nang two nights in late February. Yep, I’m a sucker when it comes to views. I imagined a fairly standard hotel, but the resort was huge, and I got a good feeling right after we arrived and the friendly staff welcomed us. I just knew it would be a good stay.
Koh Yao Noi is a secluded island in the beautiful Phang Nga Bay. Located less than an hour away from both Phuket and Krabi, it’s amazing how untouched this island still is. My wife and I stayed at Paradise Koh Yao, and it was a real gem that we would happily return to. Here are some pictures from our stay in March.
Paradise Koh Yao with its private beach as viewed from a longtail boat.
Last week, Krabi welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The Airbus A330-200 was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute. Qatar Airways will now operate four flights per week from Doha to Krabi and three flights per week from Doha to Chiang Mai in 2017. The airline, which is already flying to Bangkok and Phuket, becomes the first Middle East airline to serve these two popular Thai destinations.