Krabi – A Traveler’s Guide to This Southern Province

Krabi

Many countries have provinces that are considered tourist destinations and Krabi Thailand is one of them. The Krabi province is located on the southern part of Thailand and surrounded by other provinces like Trang, Phang Nga, and Surat Thani.

History of Krabi

In the year 1200, the city Ban Thai Samor was part of the Kingdom of Lidor. As time went by, Krabi started to be run from Nakkhon Si Thammarat. In 1872, King Chulalongkorn named Krabi a town, and after three years, it became a direct subordinate of Bangkok, becoming the province it is now known as. In 1900, the governing capital was transferred from Ban Talad Kao to its current location: the area where the Krabi river empties into another body of water.

It is not clear where the name came from exactly, but it is believed that the word “krabi” means a sword. This most likely stemmed from a legend that before the city’s discovery, an ancient sword was dug up.

General description

Thailand Krabi is surrounded by natural wonders and is located on the Andaman coast. Beautiful limestone peaks and hills can be found in the sea or inland. The limestone hills house many caves that have a lot of great looking stalactites and stalagmites. Krabi Thailand also has secluded beaches that can be reached only by long tail boats, which are abundant in the area. It is composed of over 150 islands, including the well-known Ko Phi Phi Leh, which was featured in the movie, “The Beach.”

Economy

Despite being hit by a tsunami on December 26, 2004, Thailand Krabi bounced back steadily with an economic growth of at least 2 million baht gained from exports monthly, as well as at least 20, 000 baht on imports. Some of the goods the province exports include gypsum and cement. Investments and car sales continuously increase, while the most prominent businesses include construction, real estate, and of course, tourism.

Attractions

From its natural attractions to man-made ones, Krabi is a place teeming with both!

Since it is within the Andaman Sea it is not surprising to find so many beaches near Krabi. Ao Nang beach is considered the most developed, yet also the cleanest and is less crowded and quieter than other beaches. If you want to see a grand Casuarina forest, then you should head on over to Hat Noppharat Thara beach, which is part of the Koh Phi Phi National Marine Park. Two of the most well-known ones are the Rai Leh and Hat Tham beaches, which are known for their beautiful rock formations, limestone geology, and rock climbing facilities. If beach picnics are your thing, Pra Nang Beach is the best option to hang out in. Other great beaches you can check out include Poda Beach, Ko Paid, and the beaches of Phi Phi Islands.

If there are beaches, there are also various islands in Krabi! Some of the most notable ones are Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Lanta, Mu Koh Poda, and Mu Ko Hong. With the availability of colourful long tailed boats, it’s easy to go on island hopping. In addition, during low tide, it is possible to reach different islands from various beaches on foot. These islands are home to clear waters, beautiful coral reefs, sandy beaches, colourful marine life, and facilities for a variety of activities like swimming, snorkelling, and rock climbing.

Huge areas of the Krabi province are within National parks. These national parks feature many natural wonders like caves, waterfalls, hot springs, etc. The parks have walking trails, allowing tourists to appreciate the areas more at their own pace. They are usually busiest during weekends when families and huge tour groups visit. It is possible to camp in these parks as there are basic bungalow accommodations but you can also bring your own tent. Some of these National parks include the Than Bok Khorani National Park, Hat Nopparat Thara National Park, and Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park.

Other attractions in Krabi include the Shell Cemetery, Green Lake, Crystal Lagoon, and many others.

Accommodations

Krabi has a variety of accommodations you can comfortably stay in like resorts or spa resorts, guest houses, hotels, and bungalows. A lot of budget and mid-ranged priced accommodations can be found in Railey East. Some of the most popular accommodations include the Pakasai Resort, Sheraton Beach Resort, Krabi Dream Home, Krabi Villas and Holiday Homes, and Phulay Bay.

Whether you’re on your honeymoon, a family vacation, or a leisure trip, Krabi has everything you need to make your stay memorable and worthwhile.