|Canoeing One of several eco-tourism
activities available in Krabi is sea-canoeing, and there are few
better ways to thoroughly enjoy the spectacular scenery than by
drifting leisurely amongst the limestone karsts. This is perhaps
the best way to explore Krabi's countless inlets and deserted beaches,
allowing travellers to discover the true magic of the area at their
is available in the waters off Krabi and Phang-nga provinces, which
boast some of the most spectacular seascapes and marine life anywhere.
The sport is accessible to beginners and veterans alike, since operators
offer training at the start of the trip. The sea-kayaking centre
is at Ao Nang, which blends the rugged appeal of rocky outcrops
with the serene beauty of beaches and crystal-clear water. Off its
shore lie limestone outcrops honeycombed with caves and hollows
and fringed by mangrove forests.
|Canoe and kayak rentals are available at many of the guesthouses
in the Ao Nang area, and guides are also available to lead you through
the myriad of small, deserted islands.
||Snorkelling & Diving
Dive shops provide mask, snorkel and fins for hire at around
150 baht a set per day. You will probably have to pay a deposit
of around 500 baht. They also offer you dive trips to, and education
about, some of the most spectacular destinations in Southern Thailand.
|Biking Mountain bikes cost around
80 baht per day to hire and can be found around Ao Nang. The terrain
is spectacular and this is a great, and healthy, way to take in
the most spectacular scenery.
||Rock Climbing Every
year literally thousands of climbers come to Krabi specifically
to challenge themselves on the famous limestone karsts, and most
will agree that it was well worth the trip. There are over 150 challenging
pegged routes, concentrated primarily on the Phranang peninsula,
between Hat Tham Phranang and Hat Rai Le. These routes are typically
in the mid to high difficulty range, with numerous overhangs, and
sheer limestone faces.
However, there are also several beginner
climbs, so that even the novice climber can experience the thrill
of climbing. Equipment rentals, instruction, and guides are all
Travel shops in Ao
Nang sell island tour tickets which pool strangers into the one
boat. This has brought two daytrips within reach of most pockets
|The Tham Phranang
and Ko Poda daytrip costs 200 baht
per person, and the Ko Hong daytrip costs 250 baht per person. The
price usually includes snorkel, mask, lunch of fried rice, water
and fruit. Each boat leaves around 9a.m. and returns about 4 p.m.
Booking is available at most bungalows and at travel counters. The
Ko Poda group of islands is recommended with a stay at Ko Kai, to
relax, snorkel and sunbathe. At low tide on Ko Kai a powdery white
land bridge forms linking three islands.
|The Phi Phi daytrip by boat leaving Ao Nang at 9 a.m. daily
and returns at 5 p.m. A roundtrip ticket costs around 700 baht including
a simple lunch, touring the Viking Cave and snorkelling in Maya
The Khlong Thom Hot Spring & Forest Hiking costs 500
baht per person.
The Ao Luek daytrip (to see waterfalls and
caves) costs around 500 baht
|Note: These are guideline
prices, which may vary slightly between travel agents.
SOUVENIRS AND LOCAL PRODUCTS
Souvenirs of Krabi are turtle-dove cages, Toei Panan mats made from
pandanus trees, shrimp paste, dried fish, and dried shrimp. They
are sold in shops on Uttarakit Road