Mirror, mirror tell me: which is the most beautiful island from across the Andaman Sea?
The island of Phuket has been for a long time the most popular destination in Thailand, but Krabi seems to have much to offer to travellers: stunning coastline with idyllic sandy beaches wedged between mangroves, tropical forests and soaring rock formations, for example.
What should you do and see on your trip to the rising star of southern Thailand?
First of all, cruise the Andaman Sea. Hire a speedboat, gaze at soaring limestone cliffs, snorkel among the colourful fish near Koh Poda and sunbake on beautiful beaches. And don’t forget to visit the chicken’s neck and head shaped island called Chicken Island!
Sporty people would love climbing the limestone rock formations along the coastline in Ton Sai, Railay or Phra Nang areas; to see the ghost caves on the river and its impressive stalactites and stalagmites by kayak (Than Bok Khorani National Park) or to climb the 1250 steps that lead to the large golden Buddha statue of Theravada Buddist temple.
If you prefer to relax the muscles, go swimming to the spring-fed water of Sa Morakot Emerald Pool, set within the lush tropical forest, and don’t miss one of Krabi’s most picturesque hot-stream waterfall: Nam Tok Ron.
Are you hungry? Dining on the banks of the Krabi River is a relaxing way to sample authentic local dishes, such as hot and sour fish curry (kaeng som) and the chilli prawn dip (nam phrik kung sot). After lunch, a ride in a tuk tuk reveals rural scenes and local cultural activities, such as batik painting.
Finally, time for souvenirs! There are several local day markets in Krabi and two night markets where you can find clothing, local artisan paintings, jewellery and local instruments. Go and visit them!
Suggested photo gear for good diving sites:
- WaTerproof camera case
- Wide angle lens for landscapes;
- Polarized filter;
- Medium range zoom;
- Waterproof bag for kayak photo tours.