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Find information on Krabi in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Krabi is located on the south western coast of Thailand where the Krabi River runs into the Andaman Sea. It lies in an area of spectacular natural beauty with stunning beaches, azure seas, soaring cliffs and towering limestone karst islands. These unusual rocky outcrops are instantly recognisable. Although Krabi is a very popular resort, development has been sympathetic and it remains a charming place. Its beaches provide safe bathing and offer a variety of water sports. Rock climbing is a very popular pursuit. Not all of Krabi’s beauty lies on the coastline as inland there are acres of tropical rain forest, National Parks and temples. Krabi is a relaxed resort offering a warm Thai welcome to all its visitors. Hotels, apartments and villas provide a range of accommodation to suit most budgets. Krabi’s restaurants serve a variety of food from traditional Thai to international cuisine which caters for all tastes. The resort is famous for its fish dishes. Shopping is a popular pastime in Thailand and there are many boutiques, specialist stores and market stalls. Nightlife here is generally low-key although there are a number of lively venues. A Krabi holiday offers complete relaxation in an idyllic setting with plenty leisure pursuits to occupy the whole family.
Fantastic scenery, wonderful beaches and warm water, great weather, superb food and welcoming people are just a few of the reasons for booking a Krabi holiday.
A Krabi holiday has wide appeal. Its relaxed friendly atmosphere attracts families and couples. The limestone cliffs make it very popular with rock climbers. Those who enjoy more active holidays can participate in water sports.
Boasting a tropical climate that has consistent high temperatures year round, Krabi weather falls into three main seasons; a hot and dry springtime, a wet season from June to October and dry cooler weather which lasts from November to February. Daytime temperatures rarely drop below 30c at any time of the year and can reach highs of 35c during spring.
The natural landscape of Krabi is hard to beat with soft sun-bleached sands and soothing waters that are so appealing. Ao Nang is Krabi’s main beach which is in part framed by lofty limestone cliffs. Sunsets sets from here are spectacular as the sun sinks behind the towering karst islands leaving dark silhouettes on hues of reds and violet. Krabi beaches and small coves slope gently into the sea offering safe bathing for children and less confident swimmers. A range of water sports are available including canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, diving and snorkelling. There are also excursions to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands either by ferry or by speed boat. Four by four vehicles offer excursions inland through the rain forest to the Hot Stream and the Emerald Pool. Many rock climbers holiday in Krabi in order to scale the immense limestone cliffs. An elephant camp is located fifteen minutes from Ao Nang. Here you can join an elephant trek along the river and into the jungle.
Krabi is a family friendly resort with accommodation that offers high levels of comfort and service. Its restaurants serve an eclectic menu that satisfies all tastes and, as in most Thai resorts, it is a shopper’s paradise. Nightlife here is fairly low key reflecting the resor’ts popularity with families and couples.
Many visitors to Krabi make return visits and it is easy to see why. The beauty of its landscape and the welcome of its people cannot be over-extolled. Relaxing days are spent on sun bleached beaches lapped by azure seas, with a range of leisure pursuits and sightseeing opportunities for those who wish.
Krabi nightlife is fairly low key where evenings are spent dining under the stars with family and friends. There are one or two bars and discos with vibrant atmospheres for those looking for livelier times. Nevertheless Krabi is not a resort that parties through the night.
Krabi shopping is ideal for those whose holiday is incomplete without a little retail therapy. There are so many opportunities with shops and boutiques, markets and pavement stalls. The market in the centre of town is very popular and the ideal place to go to buy gifts and souvenirs. Popular purchases include cotton and silk products, hand crafted jewellery and wood carvings. Remember that bartering is part of the shopping experience.
Krabi restaurants and cafes serve a variety of food from traditional Thai dishes to international cuisine and even fast food outlets. Thai food has been influenced by its neighbours China, India and Malaysia and is a delicious blend of herbs and spices. Some dishes can be very hot but on the whole Thai food is deliciously aromatic.