Thailand has no shortage of beautiful locations, from towering mountains to vast expanses of sparkling blue sea. One such destination that has become more and more popular over the years is Krabi. Located in the southwest region of Thailand, Krabi is famous for its limestone cliffs, cave networks, waterfalls, lush jungles, and, of course, its long stretches of white sand beaches. In short, a Krabi tour package is the perfect choice for all travellers who are interested in nature and adventure experiences.
To help you make the most of your vacation, here are a few suggestions on how to get the best Krabi experience.
Rock Climbing in Railay
If you’re looking for a bit of an adventure, rock climbing is one of the best activities to do in Krabi. In fact, it’s one of the best destinations for rock climbing in Thailand. Head on over to Railay, with its majestic karst formations that rise up from the beaches and even from the middle of the ocean. More experienced climbers will love Railay West, while newbies can go to Railay East for more manageable routes. Don’t worry because there are licensed instructors ready to give you lessons, not to mention gear shops that rent out equipment. For free climbers, cliff jumping from one of the towering rocks that jut out from the ocean floor should be a thrilling conclusion to a satisfying climb.
Bathing in the Emerald Pool and Blue Pool
The Emerald Pool is so-named because of its bright emerald colour. It’s a mineral pool located inside the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, a popular ecotourism destination due to its incredible flora and fauna. On your way to the pool, you can encounter unique plants, centuries-old trees, and rare animals. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the Pitta Gurney bird, a species that was once thought extinct. Once you reach the Emerald Pool, take some time to swim in its wonderfully warm waters.
There’s also another brightly hued pool inside Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, which is aptly named Blue Pool. It’s actually the source of Emerald Pool, although you can’t take a bath here since the bottom is made of drift sand. Moreover, Blue Pool’s water comes from a boiling hot underground spring. Still, the view is stunning and you can always take postcard-like photos as your souvenirs.
Snorkeling at Phi Phi Islands
For a taste of tropical paradise, visit the Phi Phi Islands. The most-visited out of the six islands in the cluster are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The former is the larger of the two, famous for its beautiful blue waters, top-notch dining scene, and a pumping party atmosphere. Phi Phi Leh has its own share of gorgeous beaches, the most popular of which is Maya Bay where the movie The Beach was shot. Maya Bay is still closed to tourists as of this writing, but it’s rumoured to open soon. You don’t have to visit Maya Bay to appreciate the beauty of the Phi Phi Islands, though. There’s a wide range of activities you can do here, including snorkeling and scuba diving to see the beauty of the islands both above and below.
Climbing Wat Tham Sua
Wat Tham Sua or “Tiger Cave” is one of the most prominent landmarks in Krabi. It’s part of a larger temple complex composed of limestone caves, which themselves are worth a visit. However, the main purpose of those who go to Wat Tham Sua is a climb of more than 1,200 steps to reach the so-called “footprint of Buddha.” When you finally reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the limestone cliffs below, as well as the surrounding forests and the Andaman Sea. Most people prefer visiting toward the late afternoon to catch the sunset and to avoid the heat of the sun while climbing the steps.
Relaxing at Koh Lanta
For those who are visiting Krabi specifically to escape the craziness of the city and the tourists crowds, it’s best to go to Koh Lanta. It’s less developed and therefore less busy than other locations in Krabi; in fact, the western end of the island has plenty of practically empty beaches for you to enjoy the beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Still, Koh Lanta has enough tourist amenities for your comfort and enjoyment. In particular, there are quite a few certified diving schools so you can learn to scuba dive and see the incredible biodiversity of Krabi. Be warned, though. Once you experience the paradise-like life in Koh Lanta, you might not want to leave anymore!
Krabi is one of those places that has a bit (or a lot!) of everything, which is why tourists love visiting over and over again. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been here before or not. You will always want to come back!