Krabi is a natural place that is still sparsely populated and has not been properly inhabited, even for a long time. Its dramatic hills give Krabi vacation its own unique setting, and especially near the city of Krabi, Noppharat Thara and Railay have iconic Krabi scenery. Many of course go to Krabi for a beach holiday, and the best beaches are in Railay, Noppharat Thara and Ao Nang, which is the busiest beach resort in Krabi. Other natural wonders in Krabi are the darkest in the clouds, and together with the area’s tours, food and diverse entertainment options, they make up the best of the holiday.
Khao Khanab Nam
There are a few natural wonders near the city of Krabi, and Khao Khanab Nam [ on the map ] is the only one that can be seen in the so-called from the city park (state park) [ on the map ], which is quite close to the market hall, by the river. It’s a popular place to rip a picture of either these limestone hills about 100 feet high or posing in the background.
At the piers near this vantage point, local men are prone to ask the tourist if they want a cave, and it is precisely the caves of Khao Khanab Nam, which are the most exciting places to visit in the hills. Except by boat, you can walk to the limestone hills , and there is a path that goes along the seafront to the hill on the city side of Krabi. It starts a few hundred meters from the city park [ on the map ].
The hills have become some of the hallmarks of Krabi, and there is much more to explore and there are both rumors and horror stories. A considerable amount of human bones and skeletons have been found around the hills, and their origins have long been thought of by both tourists and locals. Thus, among the locals, the area has acquired spiritual features, and a kind of pilgrimage is made there. Geologists, too, find here all kinds of material from the Ice Age and beyond, and this is a good place to go not only to get in the mood but also to study the history and soil of the area. The caves, where the majority of interesting finds are, are indeed quite popular to visit. In addition to these, many are interested in the fact that you can climb to the top of another hill.
If you want to see everything essential, you should take a taxi in the morning or buy a tour of one of the many stalls in Krabi town, which includes everything you are interested in.
Quite a sufficient way to go up the hills, see all the essentials and come back is to simply introduce a long-tail boat and its driver. At about 300 baht you can get to the hills, look at the fishing village and get to know some of the woods along the river. Long-tailed boats are largely at the mercy of the forces of nature, and the sun can reindeer mercilessly both by and when they come. Therefore, you should bring a hat and a bottle of water.
Krabi is a moderately good beach resort, but it’s not a good place to sunbathe for those who don’t like the humid hot tropical climate. However, it is better to sunbathe in Krabi than in many other corners of Thailand, as there is a gust of wind and the sun is not quite as hot as in Pattaya and some other places. Despite this, most of the time people lie or stay in the shade, but in Noppharat Thara peninsula and Railay, for example, it is possible not only to land in the sun but also to throw a frisbee or play something.
The best beaches are in the direction of Ao Nang, and the actual beach paradise, though quite lively, is Railay. Noppharat Thara beach is narrow for a long time, but the parts at the tip of the peninsula are the best beaches in Krabi for those who like sheltered, paradise-like beaches. Those who come here specifically for a beach holiday should stay at either Noppharat Thara or the parts of Ao Nang just around the corner. Beach people can also consider visiting Railay or spending at least a few days there, as there is almost nothing to disturb your stay on the beach. Ao Nang beach is considered all the more good but especially during the holidays it is a very lively beach.
In addition to sunbathing and certain hobbies, there are boat trips from the beaches, and if you go on a boat trip from the beach of Ao Nang or Noppharat Thara to Railay, for example, you go for a walk on the water. From Ao Nang, you can get to the western parts of the Railay Peninsula in a quarter, and Noppharat Thara can also get to Railay quickly, making it a kind of Bermuda triangle of Krabi sun worshipers.
On the beaches, and especially on the remote Noppharat Thara peninsula beach, it is important not to leave valuables unattended on the beach while going swimming. There are signs on the beach, just like there are jellyfish in the water.
Sa Morakot – Emerald pool
One of the natural wonders of the Krabi region is Sa Morakot, or emerald pool, commonly known in English as “Krabi Emerald Pool” [ on the map ]. It is located in a natural park called Thung Teao , which in turn is located in an area called Khao Phra-Bang Kram .
In the pool, the visitor can see the rich flora and fauna of the area, and it is worth leaving here for those interested in birds, for example. The tall, really old trees, special animals and limestone bumps around the pool also give the area its own touch. The pool can be reached by walking along a path about three kilometers long, and there is also a waterfall along it, which is a nice moment to rest. The pool itself is emerald green and it is easy to go for a swim and get up because there is a ladder at the edge of the pool. The distance along the path from the park gate to the pool is a little less than a kilometer, but you should take a map with you and get to know everything essential if possible. It is worth going on a trip in the morning, because it is very hot in the countries by noon at the latest and it is not worth going here before dark.
The biggest problem with going to the pool is that it is about an hour away from Ao Nang and even longer from the rest of Krabi. There is an entrance fee of 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children, and you can come here by taxi or buy a package from Ao Nang or the city of Krabi, which will bring you here and possibly guide you and show you the wonders of the area. It is important to bring mosquito poison with you as there are a lot of spores in the area. It is also important not to leave your wallet, phone and other valuables on the beach when you go swimming.
Khao Phra-Bang Kram area also has a hot spring with healing water that is like visiting a thermal spa. The hot spring is commonly referred to as the “Krabi Hot Springs” [ on the map ], and you can come there by taxi or take part in an organized excursion that is available in both Krabi Town and Ao Nang on almost every street corner. The water is between 35 and 40 degrees, and it contains a variety of minerals and other substances that have a healing and strengthening effect on the longer side, but where even those who feel comfortable for a while feel better. Staying in the water is especially good for people with rheumatism or nerve pain. There are various natural wonders around the spring, including creeks, and they are cool waters where it is nice to cool off for a while.
The biggest problem with the visit here is that there is a long journey to both the city of Krabi and Ao Nang, at least an hour in their direction. However, this is an amazing place to go right after breakfast. There is a small entrance fee to the hot spring itself, but it is a good idea to pay a 200 baht entrance fee to the park and so you can visit the rest of the area and the emerald green pool.