Growing in popularity by the minute, Krabi is a hidden trove of beauty in Thailand that hasn’t always been on the radar as a visitor hotspot. It’s only recently that more visitors are realising that Krabi Thailand is a prime area to enjoy in this South East Asian country, with unspoilt landscapes, smooth sandy beaches and azure waters being just some of the appealing factors.
Located on the west coast of southern Thailand, Krabi is a small town that can be found at the mouth of its namesake, the Krabi River. With some of the oldest history in the country, it’s believed that the area was a settlement for homo sapiens in 25,000BC whereas nowadays, it’s a hub of activity for people with a hankering for a chance to unwind, relax and let their troubles slip away.
Like many other areas of Thailand and South East Asia, there is the inevitable rainy season that lasts as long as six months, between May and November.
Of course, there’s more to do in the province than just sunbathe on the Phra Nang beach. As part of your visit, head to the Ko Lanta National Park, where you can partake in diving excursions around the coral-fringed islands. Alternatively, head further inland to the mainland national parks of Khao Phanom Bencha or Than Bokk-horani, where you can appreciate the rustic beauty of the waterfalls and caves by way of treks and eco-tours.
A perfect place to base yourself if you’re looking for a little adventure as part of your stay, Krabi and its surrounding areas is a veritable hub of outdoor activity, including kayaking, snorkelling and sailing. Climbers flock to the area year after year for its exquisite rock-climbing opportunities at Railay Beach, which is also the site of the annual Rock and Fire Festival every April.
As more and more Thai resorts expand, smaller resorts such as Krabi become more attractive to the adventurer in search of idyllic surroundings. While thousands of tourists will be heading straight for the better-known resorts, a select few will opt for the charm and charisma of Krabi instead to help them appreciate Thai authenticity. The locals, the food, the atmosphere and the scenery is pretty much all you need to be won over by this incredible region.
Now would be an ideal time to organise your trip to this incredible corner of the world, booking your trip for early 2014 to avoid the monsoons and take advantage of the beautiful sunshine and exotic paradise that awaits you.