Krabi is all about relaxing, indulging and beach hopping.
With more than 100 islands around the Andaman Sea boasting pristine beaches and clear emerald green water, the most stunning scenery imaginable, beautiful white beaches that stretch on for miles. Krabi is a perfect destination for those who love beaches and fun outdoor activities however it can require a fair bit of traveling between attractions but when everywhere you look is beautiful it is no hardship at all.
A few places to venture out.
Krabi Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool (also known as the Crystal Pool) is a large natural pool filled with spring water in the middle of the forest, The natural pool is fresh and cool with water about 1 – 1.2m deep. The pool can be reached by an 800m natural trail through tropical trees and plants, Keep in mind some parts of the ground can be quite slippery.
Best time to go is early in the morning on a weekday.
while you are in the vicinity you should have a look at the Blue Lagoon, However, make sure to keep an eye on your children.
It takes about 400m on foot to reach the Blue Lagoon from the Emerald Pool. Unlike the natural trail leading to Emerald Pool, there is a raised platform trail leading to the Blue Lagoon.
In the dense jungle, the Blue Lagoon with its amazingly natural bright blue colour is like an oasis.
The water is so clear that you can see the details of the white sand below. The Blue Lagoon is not for swimming though as the water is too hot and the lagoon is surrounded by quicksand. It is nature’s way of keeping itself unspoiled so that many can come to witness its splendor. So hold onto your children!!!!!
Hot Springs Waterfall, if your feeling cold?
Set inside beautiful rainforest surroundings is the Krabi Hot Springs. The water is provided from deep-rooted thermal springs that are located inside volcanic chambers, and the rocks where you sit are super smooth. The water gets up to temperatures of forty degrees Celsius and contains natural mineral salts that have many healing properties. You will feel totally relaxed here and if you fancy a cooling swim after there is a stream that you can do this in. The springs are quite close to the Emerald Pool so it is worth combining the two.
The best time of year to go is between November and April to avoid any unpredictable weather.
I loved beach hopping even though getting in and out of the long tail boat was tough work. Don’t pack too much and wear easy to slip off footwear.
The 4 Islands Boat Trip
This is a popular island-hopping trip is the one that covers Hong Island, Chicken Island, Tub Island. You can take a large long-tail boat and add the option to have a BBQ dinner on the boat while watching the sunset. Because this is a tour group activity you are not in control of times, you have set times on the islands which might be tough for a young family, which brings me to renting your own boat blow.
Rent Your Own Boat Or Hire A Guide
There are roughly 200 islands sitting just off the Krabi coastline, some are small rocks jutting out of the sea, some are quite a lot larger but still remain uninhabited. You can rent a boat from Krabi town or Ao Nang and explore the islands on your own or you can rent a boat that comes with a guide so that you can relax whilst everything is taken care of, joking you have kids to look after so not that relaxing making sure they don’t bend over too much and fall out of the boat.
Railay is another area in Krabi that is great for a day-trip or an overnight trip.
Railay beach is potentially the most attractive beach in Thailand, accessible only by boat due to the large cliffs on each side cutting it off from the mainland. Here you will find stunning white sand, breathtaking views and fantastic limestone cliffs (which people climb). When you arrive at Railay you will not find any roads or cars because of its cut off location, just a few long tail restaurant boats. If you want to feel away from the world this is the place to be.
Phi Phi Islands
After being used as the film location for the movie ‘The Beach’ The Phi Phi island shot to fame and the tourists have never stopped coming, you can get there by speedboat which takes about forty-five minutes from Krabi mainland. There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Don is inhabited and is the one where all the tourists flock. Known for its turquoise water and stunning beaches the island really is a tropical paradise. If you are planning on taking a trip leave early in the morning to beat the crowds as it gets very busy.
Chill Out On Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is an island about two hours away from Krabi Town, it is a small island that stretches about twenty kilometers from end to end. The island is inhabited and home too many resorts One being the “crown Lanta” check out our Review on this resort here. The island itself has various beautiful beaches that are often quiet but look absolutely stunning. If you want to relax for a few days this is the place to get away and do it. The prices on the island are still quite low as tourism has not reached the levels of the Phi Phi islands yet.
Visit Wat Kaew Temple
Wat Kaew is a temple sitting in the middle of Krabi Town, It is not the biggest of temples but has beautiful decorations on the inside walls, they are painted blue and have various Buddhist drawings on them. Outside are various food stalls and vendors looking to sell amulets.
Temple In A Cave – Wat Tham Sua
One of Thailand’s natural wonders and certainly worth a visit is this warren of caves that sit within the jungle and house many monks that live and worship here. The caves can be explored and you will find many icons and relics to take a look at.
Unlike many places that you visit on holiday Krabi Town is different, it still receives many tourists but it has not changed itself to pamper to the tourist’s needs. It has still managed to retain its ‘local’ feel. The river running through the town is always full of fishing boats bringing in their days catches readily for the restaurant tables.
We have stayed at 2 places in this area, one being a budget hotel and one a beautiful resort, see our reviews below.
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