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Attractions in Krabi province in Thailand

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This coastal province covers an area of 4,709 square kilometres and is located 814 km. south of Bangkok. Krabi's major attractions are located largely along its extensive coastline, which contains several well-known beaches and bays, and numerous offshore tropical islands.

Krabi's large and small islands

 

Khao Khanap Nam

 

Susan Hoi or Fossil Shells Beach

 

Ao Nang

 

Tha–le Waek

 

Hat Noppharat Thara

 

Tham Phra Nang

 

Tham Phra Nang

 

Island excursion

 

Wat Tham Suea

 

Ao Lo Sa Ma

 

Mu Koh Phi Phi

 

Mu Koh Phi Phi

 

Ao Maya

 

Ao Maya, Koh Phi Phi Le

 

Koh Phi Phi Le

 

Krabi

 

Butterfly Fish

 

Koh Hong

 

Mo Koh Hong

 

Krabi

 

History of Krabi

From archaeological discoveries, it is believed that Krabi was one of the oldest communities in Thailand dating from the prehistoric period. It is also believed that Krabi was once the town of Ban Thai Samo, one of 12 royal cities that used a monkey as the town symbol. Krabi was a dependency town of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Kingdom. Another legend indicates that the town may have taken its name after the meaning of Krabi, which means sword. This may have stemmed from a legend that says an ancient sword was unearthed prior to the city's founding. Later, the sword became a symbol of Krabi.

 

Geography of Krabi

Krabi's mountainous physical geography is broken by highlands and plains on the mainland; the provincial administration also covers more than 130 large and small islands in the Andaman Sea. Natural forest cover is chiefly mangrove and Cassia trees. Krabi's sandy clay soil is perfect for a variety of agricultural produce, including robber trees, palms, oranges, coconuts, and coffee. The Krabi River flows 5 kilometres through the town and empties into the Andaman Sea at Tambon Pak Nam.

 

Attractions in Krabi

Khao Khanap Nam

Khao Khanap Nam is regarded as the symbol of Krabi. It sits before the city and can be visited by long-tail boat from Chao Fa Pier. Travel time is about 15 minutes, From the boat, one climbs a staircase to see caves with stalactites and stalagmites. A boat can be rented for 300 baht per trip to visit Khao Khanap Nam, mangrove forests and the Ko Klang fishing village.

Susan Hoi or Fossil Shells Beach

Situated at Ban Laem Pho,17 kilometres from town. The area was once a large freshwater swamp, home to a kind of snail. Over eons dating from the Tertiary Age, about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by the millions. Eventually, weather changes caused the swamp's disappearance, but by then the layer of fossilised snail shells was 40 centimetres thick, resting on 10 centimetres of lignite below which is the subsoil. Because of geographic upheavals, the fossilised shells are now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore at Laem Pho.

Susan Hoi or Fossil Shells Beach

 

Ao Nang

This bay is situated some 20 km. from town. Its white sandy beach stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range. Accommodation is available along the beachfront. Other facilities include diving shops, boats for rent and sightseeing by canoe. From Ao Nang, tourists may hire boats to visit nearby attractions such as Hat Rai Le, Tham Phra Nang located on the land to the east of Ao Nang, as well as other offshore isles such as Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Mo and Koh Thap.

Ao Nang

Hat Noppharat Thara

This is a 3-km. long sandy beach located 6 km. from Ao Nang. The beach, paved with tiny seashells, was formerly called "Hat Khlong Haeng" by locals, which means "dried canal beach". The canal will dry up during low tide and the area turns into a long beach. The headquarters of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park are situated here. The park covers a large area both onshore and offshore. Website: www.dnp.go.th

Hat Rai Le

This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Rai Le offers a broad sandy beach. Although it has less facilities to offer than Ao Nang, West Rai Le is quieter and more peaceful.

Across the peninsula from West Rai Le is East Rai Le, which varies from the other beaches in the area. It could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. Even so, it does offer some rather remarkable views. One end of the beach is covered with mangroves.

Hat Rai Le

 

Hat Tham Phra Nang

Accessible only by boat, this sweeping beach offers fine -grained white sand and crystalline waters, as well as magnificent cliffs and caves. Although visitors flock to this beach year-round, it is still extremely pristine, and considered to be the most attractive one in the area.

The Inner and Outer Phra Nang Caves, and Phra Nang Lagoon are close by, and offer some truly spectacular views. Accommodation is available over a wide price range. Despite the fact that it is reachable only by boat, this area offers plenty of recreational activities.

Hat Tham Phra Nang

 

Hat Tham Phra Nang

 

Tham Sadet

This cave is at Ban Nong Ngok, 7 km. from Krabi town. The villagers named it to mark the visit of King Rama IV (before he ascended to the throne). The cave features marvellous stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Wat Tham Suea

This temple, also known as "Tiger Cave", is 9 km. north of Krabi Town. The inside of this cave features tiger prints captured in stone, and it's in the middle of a lush forest, with enormous, ancient trees. As well as serving as a temple, this site is also very significant archaeologically, as many artefacts have been found on the premises, including tools, pottery, and a mould for the Buddha's footprint. In addition, there are severaI other caves in the surrounding hills.

Krabi Horticultural Centre

This agrotourism attraction, supported by the Department of Agricultural Extension, is some 20 km. from Krabi on the way to Amphoe Ao Luek. The centre covers a large area and boasts a collection of local fruits, flowers and plants.

Mu Koh Phi Phi

Phi Phi Mu Koh is located an equal distance from both Krabi and Phuket, about 40 km. Made up of six small and large isles, the main features are sheer limestone cliffs and rocks. Some have beautiful beaches and coral reefs. The best time for a visit is between November and April.

Mu Koh Phi Phi

 

Koh Phi Phi Don

covers an area of 28 sq. km. Laem Tong in the north offers beautiful marine nature. Diving can be done as well at Laem Hua Raket, Hat Yao and Hin Phae. A number of accommodation is available.

Koh Phi Phi Le

Ao Maya

is a lovely island that covers an area of only 6.6 sq. km. It is surrounded by limestone mountains and high hills with jutting cliffs. On average, the sea is 20 metres deep and the deepest point to the south of the island is around 34 metres. Koh Phi Phi Le is blessed with scenic bays such as Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, and Ao Lo Sa Ma. In the northeast of the island is a large cave called Tham Viking. The cave was renamed "Tham Phaya Nak" or "Serpent Cave" by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej because of a stone resembling the mythical creature, which His Majesty saw when he paid a visit here in 1972. The cave is considered sacred to locals who come here to collect swallows' nests. Inside the eastern and southern pans of the cave are ancient colour paintings of elephants and various types of boats, including an Arabian sailboat, a European sailboat, a sampan, a Chinese junk, and a steamboat. It is believed the paintings were the works of sea merchants or pirates because the study of west-to-east ship routes indicates that this area may have been a stopover for boats seeking shelter from storms, transferring cargo or making repairs.

Koh Yung

is north of Koh Phi Phi Don. The island has a stone beach to the east and small sandy beaches amid valleys. It is teeming with various kinds of colourful coral reefs.

Koh Phai

is north of Koh Phi Phi Don and not far from Koh Yung. Marvellous beaches are in the north and east of the island. The bank of coral reefs with antler corals, in particular, stretches from north to south of the island. The best time to visit Koh Phi Phi is during the monsoon-free season, which is from November to April.

Ferries depart from Chao Fa Pier in Krabi town to Koh Phi Phi at 10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. The 21/2 hour trip costs about 150 baht per person. Heading back, the ferries leave Koh Phi Phi at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A one-day trip on a speedboat is available at Ao Nang.

The trip runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel. 0 7563 7152-3 for more Information. Andaman Wave Master Co., Ltd.operates boat services, departing Chao Fa Pier at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tel. 0 7563 0471 (Krabi Office) or 0 2281 1463-5 (Bangkok Office). On arrival to Koh Phi Phi Don, trips to the surrounding islands can be made in a long-tail boat. Visitors traveling from Phuket can contact tour operators who organize a one-day trip to Koh Phi Phi.

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

The park office is at Ban Huai To, 20 km. from town. The park covers a total area of 50 sq. km. with high mountains and thick forests. Its marvelous scenery is enhanced by streams, waterfalls, and wild animals. Namtok Huai To is some 500 metres from the park office. The waterfall plunges over rocks into 11 huge pools, each with their own name, such as Wang Thewada, Wang Sok, and Wang Chan. There is also Namtok Huai Sa-de, a 3-tier waterfall located 300 metres from the park office. Trekking to the peak of the Phanom Bencha Mountain, 1,397 metres high, is an interesting activity for adventurous tourists. Treks take at least 3 days, passing streams, waterfalls, caves and viewpoints on high cliffs. Admission is 200 baht per person. A tent can be rented for 50 baht a day per person. Contact the headquarters of Phanom Bencha National Park, P.O. Box 26 Amphoe Mueang, Krabi 81000, Tel. 0 7662 9013.

Than Bok Khorani National Park

The park office is situated 46 km. from town or 1 km. from Ao Luek Nuea Market. Near the park office there are several natural ponds of emerald water in a shady forested area. Tourists can enjoy swimming in these pools. Other attractions in the park include several caves in limestone mountains, verdant mangrove forests, and beautiful islands which can be reached only by boat. Admission is 200 baht per person. Camping in the park can be done but tourists have to bring their own tents.

Tham Lot  

 can be reached by boat from Bo Tho Pier. The pier is located 2 km. from Amphoe Ao Luek on the way to Laem Sak, where visitors can ride a long-tail boat along a canal passing through mangrove forests for 15 minutes. Tham Lot is a tunnel under a limestone mountain where a natural stream runs through a small tunnel and charming stalactite and stalagmite formations are found. The cave can be visited only during low tide .

Tham Phi Hua To

is 500metres from Tham Lot and can be visited by boat from Bo The Pier. The Cave is in Phi Hua To Mountain which is surrounded by mangrove swamps. There are 2 split paths inside the cave. On the left lies the shortcut to the back of the cave where the sun can shine through, and on the right is a path to a chamber hall believed to have once been a shelter for cave dwellers. Prehistoric paintings of men, animals, human organs and numerous seashells can be seen in the cave. Big human skulls were also discovered, thus inspiring its name, "Big-headed Ghost Cave".

Tham Chao Le

is located to the west of Laem Sak in a bay surrounded bymountains and picturesque islands. It is accessible by boat from Laem Sak. The trip takes 10 to 15 minutes. In the cave, there are primitive paintings featuring men, animals and geometric symbols including stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is assumed that the paintings may have been painted after those of Tham Phi Hua To.

Mu Koh Hong

is a group of limestone islands including Koh Lao or Koh Sa Ka, Koh Lao Riam, Koh Pokka and Koh Lao La Ding. Most of them are limestone islands with fine beaches, coral reefs in both deep and shallow water, and various kinds of fish. Koh Hong or Koh Lao Li Pe is the biggest island in the south. There is a 4OO-metre hiking trail around the island. This area is also suitable for sea-canoeing. Mu Koh Hong is located at the edge of the Than Bok Khorani National Park, and is accessible by boat from Ao Nang. The trip takes about an hour. The park charges 200 baht for an entrance fee and 20 baht for camping on the island.

 

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