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Islands & Beaches of Krabi
Don't restrict yourself to one place! Go island hopping. Many of Krabi's islands lie close to shore and are easily reached by local boat. Islands like Koh Kai with duvet soft sand, Koh Hong and Poda Island with super snorkeling, are just a few within the marine national park. Rent a boat or take a tour to the islands, or go along the coastline and visit Krabi's other beaches.

Caves:
The limestone scenery which dominates the entire region offers a fascinating network of cave systems, both inland and along the coastline. Many contain wonderful crystalline formations, stalagmites and stalactites. A number are said to be the home of spirits and are steeped in local forklore, containing Buddha images and items of spiritual worship.

Khao Khanap Nam -100 m high hills rising from the water, 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. Many human skeletons have been found in the area. It is theorized they are the remains of immigrants who became stranded and died after a sudden flood.


Tham Sue or "Tiger Cave"
is located about 3 kms from Krabi Town. Inside the cave there are what appear to be tiger paw prints in the stone. The surrounding area is covered with large trees hundreds of years old, particularly in the Khiriwong Valley. Mountains are on all sides and there are smaller caves in great number. Aside from being the site of a meditation center, it is also a place of archaeological and historical interest. Stone tools, pottery remains, and the mold for making Buddha footprints have been found in excavations.

Sa Kaeo
composed of eight small natural swamps in a vast valley of Tambon Khao Thong. This forms part of a park which is being turned into recreational area. Sa Kaeo is accessible by the Krabi-Nai Sa route (Highway No.4034), a distance of 28 kms.

Tham Sadet
is located at Ban Nong Kok, Tambon Sai Thai, 7 kms from the town on Highway No.4034. It is a beautiful cave with stalactites and stalagmites. In 1909 the future King Rama VI visited the cave here, earning it the title "Sadet" indicating the presence of royalty.

Temples in Krabi
Perched on the top of a mountain, or hidden in secret crystalline caves, Krabi's temples are spiritually and physically connected with the landscape. Another side of this this fascinating province.

Wat Tham Sueu
This temple inside a cave attracts Thai tourists as well as foreigners. There’s a meditation centre here and fabulous views from the top of the karst peak. A climb of 1,200 steps is required to reach the lookout point, where you’ll also find a chedi and Buddha images.
Open: daily, all hours
Admission: free

Shell Cemetery
Situated on the coast between Ao Nang and Krabi Town. This prehistoric site comprises slabs of fossilised shells that are over 75 million years old. The composites of fossils are found in many unusual shapes, all along the stretch of beach here.
Open: daily, 08.30 to 17.00
Admission: 200 baht, approach by boat to avoid the overpriced fee.

Koh Lanta Marine National Park
Home to Chai Leh, who are known in English as sea gypsies. They typically live in small settlements and are nomadic, earning a living from collecting shells and fishing. The Chai Leh have their own language and set of spiritual beliefs, which are animistic in nature.

At the northern and southern extremes of Koh Lanta, the mountains are covered by virgin rainforest. On the west coast, there are numerous beaches that are wonderfully situated and also heavily developed but in a natural way, such as Khlong Dao, Khlong Khong, Khlong Nin and Phra Ae, providing views of spectacular seascapes. Along the western side and at the northern tip near Laem Kho Kwang, you’ll find coral reefs. Also at the northern tip’s Saladan pier, there are banks, shops, eateries and tour operators…more on Koh Lanta.
Open: daily, 08.00 to 17.00
Admission: 200 baht for national park

Koh Phi Phi Natural Park
This famous island group comprising two smallish, tree–covered, rocky islands: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two, and is world–famous for its coral formations and spectacular beaches. Comfortable but limited accommodation is available along the island’s two scenic bays, Ton Sai and Loh Dalam. Shops at Ton Sai offer diving and snorkelling trips off Phi Phi Don and around the other islands located nearby, such as Koh Phi Phi Le, Koh Mai Phai and Koh Yung. The ferry to Phi Phi from Krabi Town takes 90 minutes and runs twice daily. The Tsunami wiped out most of the development on the island and not much has been rebuilt leaving it in a more natural state.
Open: daily, 08.00 to 17.00
Admission: 400 baht for national park

Than Bokkharani National Park
Just a half hour’s drive from Ao Nang and you can be in the midst of this other–worldly landscape of steep karst cliffs, waterfalls and pools, and thick tropical forest. The hot springs here originate in the Khao Nor Juji lowland forest and the pools themselves change colour as the day progresses, from deep emerald early in the morning to turquoise as the sun breaks through the forest canopy.
Open: daily, 08.00 to 17.00
Admission: 200 baht


Wat Khlong Thom Museum
This is really the only museum in Krabi that’s worth a mention. Ancient artefacts on display that have been excavated in the Krabi area include beadwork, bronze items, stone and clay animals and stone tools.
Open: daily. 08.30 – 11.00 and 13.00 – 17.00
Admission: free


Krabi beaches:

Ao Nang beach
This is Krabi’s main resort area, comprising a long stretch of beach, half of which has a backdrop of striking karst cliffs and the other half lined with resorts and tourist amenities along the beachfront road. Ao Nang is quite pleasant and a relaxed spot to enjoy your holiday. It’s not overcrowded like Patong in Phuket, and has a far more natural feel, but you’ll have to wander along the beach to avoid the noisy longtail boats that come and go from this point. Sunsets here are particularly good, with offshore islands as a fitting backdrop.

Railay Beach
Considered one of the most spectacular of all the Andaman coastal locations. This idyllic spot is a peninsula that can only be reached by boat, as it’s separated from the mainland by sheer limestone cliffs. A few quiet resorts are situated between the two crescent–shaped beaches. In all, there are a number of beautiful beaches to choose from, but Phra Nang attracts most of the day–trippers as it features an ancient shrine inside a cave. Those who are fit can hike up a steep path to the top of the karst and gaze down into a hidden sinkhole lake in the middle.

Nopharat Thara Beach
This lonely beach can be reached on foot from the main Ao Nang Beach area by making your way around the small headland. This is long and lovely stretch of tidal beach that is unspoilt by development and a great spot for an early morning run. There are a few resorts here and a ferry pier at the far end, near the small estuary. When the tide is out, you can actually walk out to some of the nearby islands.

Islands:

Mu Ko Phi Phi (Phi-Phi Islands)
are located at an equal distance from both Krabi and Phuket, about 40 kms. Made up of six small and large isles, the main features are sheer limestone cliff and rock. Some offer beautiful beach and coral reefs. The best time for a visit is between November and April.

Ko Phi Phi Don
is home to fishermen and Thai Moslems. Located about 2 kms from Ko Phi Phi Le. This island has a total area of 28 sq.m. An outstanding attraction here is Ao Ton Sai, a vast bay with a curving white sandy beach stretching to a mountain range which reaches into the sea. The clear waters are prefect for swimming. There is also a pier on the beach where visitors can easily get on a get off a boat On the other side, a fishing village is located at Laem Tong, an area renowned for its underwater natural beauty. Coral reefs can be found on both sides of the island. Tourists who wish to dive or hire a boat are suggested to contact tour operators on the island. Most are situated in Ao Ton Sai area.

Ko Yung
lies to the north of Phi Phi Don. There is a rocky beach on the east side; a small beach in a fold of the hill; and perfectly preserved coral gardens.

Ko Phai
lies to the north Phi Phi Don, and not very far from Ko Yung. There are loverly beaches on the north and east sides, and coral gardens spreading to the south.

Ko Phi Phi Le
an island of steep cliffs, covers a total area of 6.6 sq.m. A small bay called "Pi Le" reaches into a valley and gives a lake-like scenery. This part of the sea is almost encircled by steep cliffs. The waters are still, clear, and deep. To the south of Pi Le, is a small bay which hides in a fold of a steep rock. This is called "Lo Sa Ma". Another attraction is Tham Viking, a huge, vast, and airy cave which is home to a large number of swallows. On the cave walls are ancient paintaings of sailing sips similar to those used by ancient Vikings. Near the entrance, there is a spectacular collection of stalagmites and stalactites.
In 1972 Tham Viking was renamed Tham Phaya Nak or The Great Serpent Cave by H.M. the king because of a serpent like rock inside.Tham Sadet

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