Krabi has a dual meaning in the southwestern area of Thailand – it’s both a province and town within that province. No matter which you’re referring to when looking for things to do in this area, there are plenty of options. Krabi (the entire province) has a number of national parks, while the city has 50,000 residents, most of whom work in the tourism industry. As a result, you’ll find pristine beaches, welcoming people, and a lot of options. Here are the eight best things to do in Krabi, Thailand.
1) Check out the Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool is located in Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. The park has plenty of hiking trails, one of which takes you to the Emerald Pool. The pool is an amazing shade of green and stands out amongst the clear blue waters throughout Thailand. It really is quite a sight. The park itself is worthy of some exploration time. You’ll find a number of interesting things, from flora and fauna to the pools themselves. Yes, pools. The Emerald Pool has a deep blue colored sister, which is also located in the park.
2) Explore the Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi islands are a chain off of the coast of Thailand. The area is reachable by ferry boat, and the island that you want to visit depends on the adventure that you’re seeking. For example, Phi Phi Don is very inhabited and is known for its interesting restaurants and nightlife. Other parts of the Phi Phi islands are less busy. They have plenty of beaches to visit, water to snorkel in, and many other things to do. You won’t get bored in the Phi Phi islands.
3) Go to Klong Thom Hot Springs
Naturally occurring thermal springs have been popular for centuries. The hot water has many properties that claim to heal arthritis, rheumatism, and various skin conditions. If nothing else, they’re relaxing. The hot springs located at Klong Thom are in a jungle area, surrounded by the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. It’s worth spending some time at them, even if you don’t suffer from daily aches and pains. If nothing else, you’ll get to relax and look at the jungle life around you.
4) Visit the Ao Luk Mangroves
Ao Luk is a mangrove forest with some stunning cliff views and plenty of natural caves to explore. You should spend at least part of a day visiting this area. The mangrove preserve is still very much as it was over one hundred years ago. Modern-day really hasn’t arrived yet, making for an interesting experience.
5) Go to Krabi Town
Krabi town is a major tourist center, with many people working in the industry. With that said, residents haven’t really changed their way of life for the tourists. The result is like visiting an untouched part of Thailand – one that’s very welcoming and friendly. You’ll enjoy a day shopping, visiting the sites, and eating in restaurants that serve authentic Thai cuisine. Thailand is about more than just the beaches – it’s about the people. You really get a sense for that in Krabi town.
6) Walk across the sandbar from Koh Tup and Koh Mor
How many people can say that they’ve walked from one island to another via a sandbar? Not many. If you take part in this unique experience, then you’ll get to brag about it later. The islands of Koh Tup, Koh Mor, and Koh Kai are all connected by a natural sandbar that can be accessed at low tide. You’ll be to literally feel like you’re walking on water as you travel from one island to another.
7) Explore the Tiger Cave – Wat Tham Sua
Tiger Cave, also known as Wat Tham Sua, is located in the town of Krabi (which is affectionately referred to as Krabi Town to differentiate it from the province.) The area around Tiger Cave is home to a Buddhist temple complex that is still in use by monks. The cave is owned by them as well, although you may not see many monks exploring it at the same time as tourists. If the caves don’t interest you, then the temple complex itself might. It’s topped with a gold Buddha.
8) Spend some time at Railay Beach
Railay beach is a world unto itself. The only way to reach it is by boat, and the area surrounding the beach is filled with caves, lagoons, and limestone cliffs. It’s worth spending an entire day here just relaxing on the beach, taking in the scenery, and exploring everything that Railay has to offer. To get into the caves, you’ll have to hire a guide and go with a small group. The risk of getting lost in them is just too great. Don’t let this dissuade you since the caves are a unique ecosystem all on their own.
Author Bio: This guest post is written by Paul Lee promoting www.phuketferry.com