Krabi province is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Thailand: impressive limestone karsts combined with white sand beaches, coral reefs, impressive snorkeling and diving spots, several national parks and more than 80 between tiny and relatively bigger tropical islands cast in the middle of the bluest sea make it the perfect destination for beach lovers, rock climbers and nature enthusiasts alike.
The Phi Phi Islands can be counted as the top attraction of the province (for more info on Phi Phi please have a look here) but by no means they are the only one: two lovely beaches on the mainland, namely Ao Nang and Haad Nopphara Thara, attract a steady crowd of tourists; the spectacular Railay Bay, best beloved by climbers and water babes alike; and the lovely Ko Lanta, perfect for families and couples looking for peace and tranquillity; they are all surrounded by numerous smaller, beautiful islands that can be comfortably visited by boat on daily trips.
Railay Bay is certainly one of the most beautiful attractions in the province as well in the whole country: here limestone karsts jutting vertically out of the sea and towering along the coastline create breathtaking sceneries and spectacular walls for rock climbers while the 4 beaches laid along the coastline can easily satisfy any beach lover.
Phra Nang is the most beautiful beach in the area with soft sands and clear sea: few luxury resorts rest on this bay and can guarantee their money's worth in terms of service and experience; West Railay is the most popular but also the most crowded beach on the bay: a nice, golden beach framed by cliffs and offering good swimming in shallow water, home to a wide selection of mid-range resorts, restaurants and bars but also crowded with long tail boats that unfortunately disrupt what once was a very peaceful place. East Railay Bay on the other side is home to a small mangrove forest and it is unsuitable for swimming. However, the atmosphere here is calm and relaxed and the mangroves create a beautiful backdrop for those interested in kayaking. Last but not least, Tonsai Bay attracts a young and relaxed crowd, especially among climbers since the best walls, if not the best beach, of the bay are here.
Krabi province offers plenty for climbing, snorkelling, diving, trekking, bird watching or simply relaxing: a lovely holiday spot and one where we have selected some of our best favourite resorts and travel experiences in the country.