The province of Krabi boasts hundreds of square kilometers of mangrove forests which are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. I’ve seen quite a bit of mangrove in Krabi, and Tha Pom 30 km north of Ao Nang is definitely the most beautiful.
A wooden boardwalk takes you inside the forest (after you paid the 50 baht admission fee) and lets you explore this natural beauty with amazing tree roots wriggling above and below the crystal-clear emerald water. Many species thrive here, and studies have shown that mangrove forests store up to five times more carbon than most other tropical forests.
Along the first part of the stream, the water is less clear with swimming areas; you will see many Thai families here during weekends, but few tourists. Walk further into the forest, and the water becomes clearer with signs telling you not to swim to keep the ecosystem alive.
Wat Bang Thong is a temple complex in Ao Leuk, Krabi, a few kilometers from Phang Nga with a new temple/pagoda called Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol under development. This Putthakaya-style temple is said to be one of the highest golden pagodas in Thailand, but there is very little information out there on the internet. When we drove from Phuket to Krabi not too long ago, we decided to stop by and check it out.
Phi Phi is a group of stunningly beautiful islands between Phuket to the west and Krabi to the east. Phi Phi Don is the largest island and the only inhabited, and Phi Phi Leh is the one that put Krabi on the map since The Beach featuring Leonardo Dicaprio was filmed here in 1999.
The islands can be reached by boat from both Phuket and Krabi in an hour and a half to two hours. We have previously traveled to Phi Phi from Phuket, and most recently we took a ferry from Krabi Town. Ferry crossings from Krabi Town to Phi Phi Don operates four times per day at 09:00, 10:30, 13:30, 15:00 and costs 200 baht if you purchase the ticket by the pier.
We stayed one night at Phi Phi Don as our main goal was to visit Phi Phi Leh and Maya Bay early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Below is our Phi Phi journey in pictures.
I love Google Maps; I can sit for hours looking for new places suitable for taking photos and flying drone — or just going back to places I miss. Most recently, I was looking if my wife’s hometown in Lam Thap, Krabi was added to Google’s Street View, and it was! You can visit my in-laws’ house, and when zooming in you can see a family member sitting by the door.
Thai natural rubber prices have fallen from a peak of 179.25 baht ($5.41) per kg in 2011 to 45 baht ($1.38) per kg in December 2017 (36.95 baht as record low in Jan-Feb 2015). My in-laws, with a 3-hectare land, have waited a long time for the price to go up, but have now given up on rubber tapping. They recently cut down 1.000 rubber trees and sold it as rubberwood for around 200.000 baht.
Monkeys are a lot of fun, and they are so photogenic it’s ridiculous. In Thailand, you will most likely run into a few macaques, so be ready with your camera — they’re such a great subject to photograph. Just don’t get too close them as they can be aggressive, which is why you should use a camera with a bit longer focal length lens. Below are a few shots of macaques I’ve taken in Phuket and Krabi.
Ao Nang is the center of tourism in Krabi close to all attractions. The town itself is dominated by restaurants, bars, and shops and is consider touristy by some. But whether you’re planning on spending a vacation here or not, there are some pretty good reasons to visit Ao Nang.
1. This rooftop bar view
My wife enjoying a drink with the stunning town backdrop.
One early morning after taking pictures of the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake we went to Tubkaek Beach before heading back to Ao Nang for a quick walk on the beach. We parked the car opposite Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort because there was a small road leading down to the beach.
I thought I should share some pictures from the surroundings outside the resort as it might be useful for someone interested in vacationing in Krabi away from the crowds.
Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort. Looks pretty inviting.