Phra Nang Beach is situated between Krabi and Ao Nang beach as a part of a small peninsula. Celebrated for its white duvet-soft sand, clear water, caves and gorgeous coral reef, Phra Nang is also well recognized for its “Princess Cave” or Tham Phra Nang Nok. Similar to Railey beach, rock climbing enthusiasts come here to conquer the tall limestone formations. The excellent coral reefs make for excellent scuba diving and snorkelling, especially on the islands of Koh Rang Nok and Nai. Kayaking and Canoeing are also popular activities here.
An iconic location ever since it shot to fame in the Movie 'The Beach' by Leonardo Di Caprio, Maya Bay's small but beautiful beaches were thronged by tourists in the thousands each day. Accessible only by boats and ferries, the crystal waters of the bay are great for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. While until recently, the bay had been indefinitely shut off to visitors, as the rampant increase in tourism over the years has adversely affected the biodiversity of the region, tourists are now allowed to visit again in a controlled manner.
Ao Nang or sometimes Ao Phra Nang is the most vibrant and westernised beach of Thailand located in the Mueang Krabi district of Southern Thailand. A former backpackers’ spot Ao Nang has now developed enough to be an absolute tourist's bliss. One can indulge in various activities like getting a relaxing spa, rock climbing, kayaking, scuba diving or go on a shopping spree.
Known For : Rock Climbing in Railey Tham Phra Nang Cave View Point and Lagoon
Accessible by boat, this peninsula of limestone formations is a beautiful destination for a laid-back rest under the sun. Surrounded by karst cliffs, Railay, also pronounced as Rai-Leh, is rimmed by four beaches on its sides. It is known as one of the greatest rock climbing destinations in the world with many limestone cliffs and caves. This beach is also well known for scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking.
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This island destination is included in the Poda Group of Islands which consists of three more islands, namely, the Ko Kai, Ko Thap and the Ko Mo island. The island has a small area and comes under the Haad Noppharat Thara Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. One side of Ko Poda is often bustling with activities while the other is serene and less crowded. The buzzing side is the side where tourists enter the island. This side has a restaurant with a bar, the officer’s camp and a small hotel while the other side has nothing but nature. There is a small entry fee and visitors also need to follow certain island rules to keep it island clean.
Located around 6 km towards the west of Krabi town, the Noppharat Thara Beach is one of Krabi's most famous beaches. The 3 km long strect of soft, white sand lined up with coconut and casuarina trees is made up of two beaches. A marvellous view of the offshore island of Ko Khao Sam Nuai together with the Noppharat Thara–Koh Phi Phi National Park is visually appealing.
Tub Kaek Beach is a secluded place 28 km away from the town of Krabi and an ideal location to get away from the crowded beaches of the city. It is surrounded by exotic landscapes with deep lush forest. This undiscovered heaven of white sand and turquoise water of Andaman is ornamented with gorgeous irregular shaped island on all sides. The Tubkaek Beach is popular for being featured in the movie Hangover 2, for the beach wedding scenes.
You can righteously say that Hong Island, a great tourist destination just off the Krabi coast in the Phang Nga Province, is an undiscovered and unordinary gem waiting to be explored. This island consists of a group of four exotic tropical islands that can be reached within 20 to 30 minutes from Ao Nang in a speedboat. Hong Island is a spot every adventure freak, as well as nature lover, would want to be at. Some even call the island the most mesmerising place in the Krabi province.
Wrapped by pristine beaches and clear turquoise ocean water, Bamboo Island or Koh Pai is a true paradise on earth that emerges from crystalline white sands. Tucked away into Phi Phi Archipelago, the snug reef-edged island is world-famous snorkelling, camping and day-trip destination. The coast has a funky, laid-back beach bar flanked by bamboo groves, limestone monoliths and palms.
Tonsai or Ton Sai Beach is located near Krabi in Southern Thailand. Known to be a hidden gem, Tonsai Beach is located precisely between Ao Nang and Railey Beach. It is a refreshing getaway for tourists who visit the nearby areas in Krabi. A hub of adventure and activities, Tonsai Beach, is more rustic than its counterparts. The gentle ocean breeze, Reggae music, and haze of herbal smoke in the atmosphere set this destination apart from the others. The tranquillity of this place gets a bonus by every traveller who ever visited Tonsai Beach.
Koh Ha meaning ‘five’ islands in Thai, is located in the Andaman Sea, which is under the supervision of Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park. As the name suggests, Koh Ha consists of five beautiful limestone islands which are geographically on the west of Koh Lanta. This tropical paradise is a favourite spot for Snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water activities.
An island located in the marine national park of Hat Jao Mai, Koh Kradan is ideal for travellers craving tranquillity. It can be reached by private boats or ferry from Koh Mook or Koh Ngai island. Snorkelling and swimming here are great experiences, especially with the limestone rock structures that rise from the sea. A coral reef can be found 50 metres (around 164 feet) off the coast as well. Kayaking is popular here, and it would take you about 3 hours to explore the entire island. Although you can find resorts and bungalows for an overnight trip, keep in mind that there are no ATMs or nightlife at Koh Kradan.
Ao Siew Beach is located on the western side of Krabi in Thailand. The beach is a small attraction surrounded by mangroves and coconut groves. It is a lesser-known attraction on Krabi Island. Here, the waters are mostly calm with gentle waves that are perfect for a swim. After spending a day at the beach, watching the seas change hues as the sun sets beyond the horizon is recommended to visitors.
Located in the Krabi province, the Klong Muang Beach is a tropical beauty featuring white sand, tranquil blue water, and a quiet atmosphere, just 30-minute from Krabi town. The idyllic setting of the beach and the breathtaking views surrounding it makes it a perfect place for all kinds of travellers. Away from the crowds, the Klong Muang beach is an ideal place for unwinding, sunbathing, and enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of the Andaman Sea. The northern part of the beach is ideal for swimming and other beach activities, while the southern section mainly features stunning rock formations.
Famous for its unspoiled secluded beaches on the crystal-clear Andaman Sea, Koh Gai (Chicken Island) is named after its unique and quirky “chicken head-shaped” rock formation. Koh Gai is located off the Ao Nang coast with a captivating reef ring for snorkelling and swimming. Nestled in a shady cove in the island’s snack bar, offering Thai seafood, beers and cocktails.
So which were your favourite beaches in Krabi? Do you plan on visiting any? Have you been to any of the beaches mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!
This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer
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