Insider Tips: Lam Thap in Krabi Province

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.

Why You Should Stay in Nong Thale When Vacationing in Krabi

Nong Thale is a sub-district of Krabi Province west of the larger tourist area Ao Nang. With pristine beaches and stunning views of the Hong Islands, this secluded area is perfect for a romantic getaway. Nong Thale is also the place to go if you’re a nature lover or just seeking full relaxation. In this post, I will show you why you should stay in Nong Thale when vacationing in Krabi.

Tubkaek Beach

Hammock at Tubkaek Beach

Two Nights at Aonang Cliff Beach Resort

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.

Welcome juice and cold towels at Aonang Cliff Beach Resort

Our Stay at Paradise Koh Yao

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.

Krabi Welcomed the First Qatar Airways Flight on December 6

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.

Two Great Walking Street Markets in Krabi

If there is one thing Thais love, it’s markets. Every village has its local market where people buy fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables several days per week. Then we have the night market where people come to eat street food like fried chicken, pad thai, soups and papaya salad to mention a few. Last and perhaps the most fun market is the walking street market. These markets are held on certain days, like the weekends or midweek and provide us with everything from clothes, fake Ray-Ban sunglasses and souvenirs to street food and handmade ice cream. It’s also common with street performers and playgrounds for children at these markets. Below are two walking street markets that you definitely should check out when in Krabi.

The Spectacular Karst Landscape in Thailand: a Geological Formation

The erosion of limestone has formed the spectacular karst landscape in Krabi and Phang Nga Bay (once coral reefs hundreds of millions of years ago) due to the chemical weathering where acid rain, which produces carbonic acid, has dissolved layers of soluble bedrock. Karst landscapes feature limestone cliffs, caves, underground streams, and sinkholes.

The islands of Krabi and Phang Nga Bay were formed by the movements of massive plates of earth and lifted out of the seas. This geological process has created a landscape that really fascinates me, and I have been taking quite some pictures during my stays here. Check them out.

Koh Panyee Karst Landscape

Ruen Mai – the Best Thai Restaurant in Krabi

Ruen Mai is without a doubt the best restaurant in Krabi if you want to eat authentic southern Thai food. When we had lunch here, most of the guests were Thai – probably tourists from Bangkok on holiday in Krabi interested in trying real southern Thai cuisine.

Ruen Mai used to be located in Krabi Town, but after a short closure, it has re-opened in a nice new location in Klong Chilat, just out of town. The restaurant is set outdoors in a garden with wooden raised boardwalks, and most of the vegetables and herbs are grown on site.

You can sit under the open sky or a fabulous bamboo hut which is lit at night. I wish I’d taken my camera so I could have taken better “food pictures,” but I just had my GoPro with me. We didn’t order any extraordinary meals, as my wife craved for “normal” southern Thai food. But it was bloody yummy!


Video: Kayaking in Ao Thalane’s Beautiful Mangroves

Ao Thalane, about 20 km from Krabi Town, is a bay with incredibly beautiful mangrove forest (perhaps the most beautiful in all of Thailand) with limestone karsts, canyons and hidden lagoons. The tide makes a difference and the best time for kayaking is at a mid tide time, as it’s possible to go deeper into the forest. The mangrove forest is home to macaque monkeys who munch on crabs during low tide. We also saw a mudskipper, which is a fish that is capable of walking on land and climbing trees.

7 Adventures in Krabi You Need to Explore

Krabi is not just known for its beaches, but also for its incredible archipelago featuring islands, limestone cliffs, caves, and mangroves — and not forgetting the forests and jungles with hot springs and natural pools. So, if you like to mix lazy days on the beach with various adventurous activities — make sure to put these seven things on your list of must-dos in Krabi.

1. Jungle Hike up to Khao Ngon Nak