An introduction to Krabi
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How to get there
Attractions around Krabi
|Khao Khanap Nam Khao Khanap Nam
is regarded as the symbol of Krabi. It sits before the city and
can be visited by long tail boat from Chao Fa Pier. Travel time
is about 15 minutes. From the boat, one climbs a staircase to see
caves with stalactites and stalagmites. A boat can be rented at
300 baht per trip to visit Khao Khanap Nam, mangrove forests and
Ko Klang fishery village.
||Susan Hoi or
Fossils Shell Beach Situated at Ban
Laem Pho, 17 kilometres from town. The area was once a large freshwater
swamp, home to a kind of snail. Over eons dating from the Tertiary
Age, about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by
the million. Eventually, weather changes caused the swamp's disappearance,
but by then the layer of fossilised snail shells was forty centimetres
thick, resting on ten centimetres of lignite below which is the
subsoil. Because of geographic upheaval, the fossilised shells are
now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on
the seashore at Laem Pho.
|Ao Nang This bay is situated some
20 kilometres from town. Its white sandy beach stretches to the
foot of a conspicuously prominent limestone range. Accommodation
is available along the beachfront. Other facilities include diving
shops, boats for rent and sightseeing by canoe. From Ao Nang, tourists
may hire boats to visit nearby attractions such as Hat Rai Le, Tham
Phra Nang located on the land to the east of Ao Nang, as well as
other offshore isles such as Ko Poda, Ko Kai, Ko Mo and Ko Thap.
||Hat Noppharat Thara
This is a 3-kilometre long sandy beach located 6 kilometres
from Ao Nang. The beach, paved with tiny seashells, was formerly
called "Hat Khlong Haeng" by locals, which means dried canal beach.
The canal will dry up during low tide and the area turns into a
long beach. The headquarters of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi
National Park are situated here. The park covers a large area both
onshore and offshore.
|Hat Rai Le This beach is generally
divided into two sections, east and west. West Rai Le offers a broad
sandy beach. Although it has less facilities to offer than Ao Nang,
West Rai Le is quieter and more peaceful.
Across the peninsula
from West Rai Le is East Rai Le, which varies from the other beaches
in the area. It could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially
during low tide. Even so, it does offer some rather remarkable views.
One end of the beach is covered with mangroves.
|Hat Tham Phra Nang
Accessible only by boat, this sweeping beach offers fine-grained
white sand and crystalline waters, as well as magnificent jagged
karsts. Although visitors flock to this beach year-round, it is
still extremely pristine, and considered to be the most attractive
in the area.
The Inner and Outer Phra Nang Caves, and Phra
Nang Lagoon are close by, and offer some truly spectacular views.
Accommodation is available over a wide price range. Despite the
fact that it is reachable only by boat, this area offers plenty
of recreational activities.
|Wat Tham Suea This temple, also
known as "tiger cave," is 9 kilometres north of Krabi Town. The
inside of this cave features tiger prints captured in stone, and
is in the middle of a lush forest, with enormous, ancient trees.
As well as serving as a temple, this site is also very significant
archaeologically, as many artefacts have been found on the premises,
including tools, pottery, and the mould for the Buddha's footprint.
In addition, there are several other caves in the surrounding hills.
||Tham Sadet This cave
is at Ban Nong Ngok, 7 kilometres from Krabi town. The villagers
named it to mark the visit of King Rama IV (before he ascended to
the throne). The cave features marvellous stalactite and stalagmite
|Krabi Horticultural Centre This
agro tourism attraction, supported by the Department of Agricultural
Extension, is some 20 kilometres from Krabi on the way to Amphoe
Ao Luek. The centre covers a large area with a collection of local
fruits, flowers and economic plants.