Things to See
Phi Phi Islands
Regarded by travellers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world, Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. In addition, the islands are famous as the location where the movie "The Beach" featuring Leonardo Di Caprio was shot. The islands, together with the nearby Noppharat Thara Beach, a total area of 390 square kilometres, were recently established as a national park.
Khao Khanap Nam
Regarded as the symbol of Krabi, Khao Khanap Nam are two mountains that are roughly 100 metres tall, separated by Krabi River and located at the entrance to Krabi city. Khao Khanap Nam has beautiful caves with amazing stalactites and stalagmites worth exploring.
Hong Islands consist of a group of limestone islands. The attractions on these islands include fine beaches, shallow and deep-water coral reefs and various kinds of fish while popular activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, sea-canoeing and nature studies on the 400-metre hiking trail around Hong Islands.
Thale Waek (Separated Sea)
One of Thailand’s unseen highlights, Thale Waek is situated along Dam Khwan Island. As the tide recedes, the sea is gradually separated by the white sand and limestone beach that will appear to amazingly connect the two islands at low tide. The best time to visit Thale Waek is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to beginning of May.
This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji which is supposedly Thailand’s last piece of virgin and fertile forest. The intensity of the pools turquoise coloured water varies according to the light and time of the day so visitors determined to see the real emerald colour should plan to visit at dawn or early in the morning.
Wat Tham Suea
Wat Tham Suea, which literally means tiger cave temple, is located in the Khiriwong Valley amidst lush forests and mountains with large trees over a hundred years old approximately 9 kilometres northeast of Krabi Town. Aside from being the site of a meditation centre, the compound is also a place of archaeological and historical interest as excavations have uncovered stone tools, pottery remains and Buddha footprint crafting moulds. In addition, a cave in the compound has what appears to be tiger paw prints in the stone.
Ao Nang Bay
Ao Nang Bay is located approximately 6 kilometres from Noppharat Thara Beach and 20 kilometres from the town of Krabi. A large bay with scenic beaches and 83 small islands, Ao Nang Bay has several famous beaches which include East Rai Le, West Rai Le and Tham Phra Nang (cave) which stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range.
Noppharat Thara Beach
Located 6 kilometres from Ao Nang is a famous 3-kilometre long white sandy beach lined with dense casuarinas and coconut groves. The beach, paved with tiny seashells, was formerly called "Khlong Haeng Beach", which means dried canal beach by locals, because the canal dries up during low tide and the area turns into a long beach. Situated 18 kilometres north-west of Krabi, Noppharat Thara Beach is in fact part of Noppharat Thara Beach- Phi Phi Islands National Park and is the location of the Park headquarters. This Park covers a large area both onshore and offshore.
Susan Hoi or Fossils Shell Beach
Susan Hoi features a slab formed from a huge number of embedded various types of mollusks which can be dated to approximately 40 million years ago. This shell graveyard at Ban Laem Pho was once a large freshwater swamp, the habitat of diverse mollusks. With geographical upheavals, the limestone layer is now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore. The site is located 17 kilometres from the town.
National ParkCovering an area of 152 square kilometres, the Park is comprised of many different-sized islands, some of which are surrounded by beautiful coral reefs such as Ha, Rok and Hai Islands. The Parks main island is Lanta Yai Island, where both the Headquarters and National Park Office are located. The island itself is generally rugged and mountainous with gravelly and sandy beaches to the south. The most suitable time to visit Lanta Island is from November to April.
SOURCE: Courtesy of Tourism Authority f Thailand