"Krabi - Ao Nang" Krabi by heitim
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Krabi is a city in South Thailand ca 200 km from Phuket. And if your travel-agent tells you that Krabi is a beautiful spot then (s)he means Ao-Nang or nearest islands like Koh Poda or Koh Kai or Koh Hong. But Krabi city is the place where you can see how local people lives and make their everyday things.
Krabi offers several striking beaches, making them the ideal place for swimming and sunbathing in the tranquil atmosphere. Each beach possesses its original beauty and offers the basic facilities for tourists. These are the principal beaches of which the charm is incontestable.
Ao Nang Beach
Krabi's most developed beach, still retains its village type atmosphere, despite fairly rapid development over the last few years. The beachfront has been landscaped with a charming promenade which gives elevated views of the expansive beach and the impressive cliffs which separate it from Phra Nang and Rai Lei beaches.
Ao Nang makes an ideal base to explore the other beaches along the coastline and the offshore islands. It's easy to hire a local "longtail" boat for the day and go snorkeling, fishing or exploring. Or simply travel from beach to beach along the coast.
There's a wide range of accommodation from basic bungalows (although these are disappearing fast) to modest resorts, hotels, spa resorts and guesthouses. It can get busy here at peak holiday season like Christmas/New Year, when it's best to book in advance. It's a small but growing beach resort, where development has been kept low rise. Expect to find small shops, local vendors and Internet cafes, along with some brand name shops selling upmarket sports equipment.
For such a small place, there's a choice of good value restaurants with Italians providing a lot of the local flavours. Italian Pizzerias, an Italian Ice Cream Parlour aptly named "La Dolca Vita," Chinese, vegetarian, Thai and even a Macdonalds.
Nightlife is pretty relaxed with a a few bars along the beach road, notably the Full Moon Bar where you can watch the world go by (with Linkin Park, and a few old 70's classics to pepper your conversation.) Planet Ao Nang provides a promenade view, accompanied by R & B. Close to here and just at the back of the beach road is a small "bar scene" which looks like Ao Nang's version of Patong's bars, lots of noise, but without the obvious attractions.
Pranang Beach is a long and beautiful stretch of sand, located just the south of Noppharat Thara Beach. The beach is visited for its and its clear and clean waters. The Soaring limestone islands and cliffs create the picturesque backdrop.
Pranang Beach is a full service beach, providing a wide variety of water sports, accommodations, and restaurants. Additionally, the abundant coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life make Pranang Beach excellent for scuba diving.
In recent years, Pranang Beach has gained more fame for its new challenging activity, top-notch rock climbing. This kind of challenging and adventurous activity approximately attracts 300 climbers a day. The beach can be accessible by road; most transportation is found in Krabi town.
Nearby, the inner and outer Pranang Caves as well as Pranang Lagoon are located, offering the incredibly spectacular view. Despite the fact that the beach is reachable only by boat, the beach possesses accommodations which offer facilities and recreational activities both on the beach as well as in the vicinity.
Rai Lay Beach
Take a boat from Ao Nang around the southern headland and you will come to beautiful beach backed by limestone cliffs and jungle, contrasting with the flat blue waters of the Andaman sea. The very picture of tropical paradise, with no roads and no hassle, Railay offers lazy days, adventure forays and chill-out evenings.
It's a favourite place for climbers with stalactite overhangs and sheer faces posing a challenge. Over the last few years around 150 new routes have been discovered. There are a couple of climbing schools which offer equipment and courses for both beginners and more advanced climbers.
Lots of bungalows and simple accommodation alongside a luxury resort. A few restaurants and bars provide the basic necessities and some remarkably good food and the place has a real community feel to it - probably because there are no roads, just footpaths.
High season it's busy, but also worth making a trip in low season when most activities can still be enjoyed. Although it can be a bit rough on trips to the islands the monsoon weather changes provide spectacular views over the ocean.
Railay East, on the other side is home mostly to mangroves. There's some accommodation and a few restaurants. It is also the most convenient spot from which to hail boat transport (unless you want to hike back over the headland).
Long-tail boats leave regularly in high season from Chaofa Pier in Krabi Town (crossing takes about 45 minutes) or Ao Nang Beach to the North (15 minutes) or Nam Mao Beach to the East (15 minutes). During the monsoon season boats leave from Nam Mao Beach only.
Noppharat Thara Beach
Noppharat Thara Beach is located 18 km west of Krabi town in the boundary of Hat Noppharat Thara National Marine Park. The beach is praised for its breathtaking scenery.
Beach name means "the Nine Gemmed Streams", given by Field Marshal Sarit, one of Thailand's Prime Ministers who found the remarkable beauty of the beach. In the old days, this area used to be the hidden shelter for pirates due to its dozens of caves and cliffs covering the beach. The beach stretches for 2 km with its white fine sand and the scenically magnificent cliffs and limestone islands springing up offshore in the bright aquamarine water. Due to its striking environs, this one is the favorite beach among Thais, and the construction of a new royal residence is to be built for His Majesty the King in this area.
- Pros:Quiet beaches (I mean really privat) and dramatic landscapes
- Cons:If you wanna party then Krabi is not for you!
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