The sheer beauty of Krabi – radiant in its dazzling cerulean waters that blend and sometimes contrast with an indigo sky and dreamy sunsets – puts it at the top of the list for many travellers.
If the pull of the sea, sand, and krast islands weren’t enough, Krabi offers forests and mountains, along with local history, a thriving mix of cultural heritage and therapeutic regimens that create an overall feel of wellbeing. To top it all off is the hospitality and friendliness of the local people that makes the island a true sanctuary for relaxation and indulgence in nature.
In Krabi, you’re spoilt for choice with the many well-known natural havens – having been amplified by word of mouth and power of social media. Popular islands and destinations include Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Hong, Koh Poda, Ao Nang bay, Ao Railey, Ao Luek, and Khlong Muang beach. From bungalows to luxury hotels, abundant places offer modern and comprehensive facilities, and travel companies are at the ready to arrange island-hopping daytrips or pampering massages and wellness retreats.
We highly recommend a deep immersion in the Krabi experience and the following five compelling trips should tell you why the alluring attractions of the island makes for a special getaway.
1 THE ROMANCE OF LAEM SAK
Your boat trip from Laem Sak will pass by dramatic landscapes, including the amazing ancient cliff paintings. Be part of the flora and fauna preservation by participating in an orchid planting activity. Experience the diverse Buddhist-Islamic-Chinese culture, where people of different origins and beliefs have co-existed in harmony for generations. A local dish not to be missed is rice prepared with a local shrimp paste and served with the crunch of seaweed grapes known as green caviar.
2 THE HAPPINESS OF WANDERING FREELY
A Krabi outing takes you to the mangrove forest and the tranquil village of Thung Yi Pheng in the Lanta Island district. Relax your mind and body during your stay in the local community, enveloped by tranquillity and surrounded by nature. Practise some mindfulness while listening to birdsong and rustling leaves and cool breezes. Let your thoughts flow with the streams. This great combination with nature makes you come away revitalised.
3 EXPERIENCE GENUINE CHARM
As you meander around a local village that’s only a 5-minute trip from the city, you will be in the unique Baan Koh Klang community, Khlong Prasong sub-district. Experience the simplicity of the pre-dominantly Muslim community’s way of life and the surrounding nature. Take the time to also glide along the quiet of the mangrove forests, local fishing areas, and their nursery habitats. Local foods and crafts include locally-grown Sung Yod rice, long-tail boat miniature models, colourful Pateh cloth and exquisitely painted Batik cloth. The village exudes its rural charms despite its close proximity to the city.