A Thai show-stopper
Krabi holidays have easily become some of the most sought-out in Thailand, in part due to the fact that, because of its sheer size, there's so much to choose from in the ways of beaches, destinations and activities.
There's the film-worthy Phi Phi Island, the family-friendly Ao Nang, the limestone rock faces towering like skyscrapers along the coastline, and then the coastlines themselves. Clad in white sand fringed with neon-blue waters, you'll wonder whether or not you're dreaming.
Ao Nang is one of the most popular resorts for people booking holidays in Krabi, especially among families and watersports lovers. It boasts one of the best beaches in all of Thailand, dusted with white sand and backed by mangrove forests, along with the area's signature karst rock formations towering high up into the sky.
The resort is clustered around a main street where you'll find the majority of restaurants, shops and pubs, while down along the beach are longtail boats dotting the coast. Depending on how much energy you're willing to expend, you can opt to fan out on the shore for a sunbathing stint or take part in watersports. On offer here is kayaking and scuba diving, along with climbing up the sheer limestone rocks, which has become especially popular with adrenaline junkies.
If you've ever watched Danny Boyle's 2000 film The Beach, you've probably wondered where you can find yourself a similar patch of paradise without the whole cult thing. Look no further – The Beach was actually filmed on Krabi's Koh Phi Phi island.
Since its portrayal on the big screen, the islands have become among the hottest spots in Thailand for holidaymakers, especially for watersports like scuba diving and snorkelling, and are easily accessed by ferry boats. The increasing popularity of All Inclusive Thailand holidays here means you can guarantee plenty of comfort as well as action and adventure.
There are quite literally hundreds of islands within the Krabi Province, many of which are completely uninhabited and waiting to be explored. There are frequent boat services that can take you just about anywhere, and the clear blue water that laps against these islands' white sand shores are epic for snorkelling.
Koh Rok Island is home to Ao Man Sai Beach, one of the best in Thailand and privy to a bed of coral reef just offshore. Bamboo Island is another favourite, part of the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and featuring the coral reef garden Hin Klang. Then there's Poda Island, pint-sized but gorgeous and dominated by a towering, mossy-looking rock face.
As if Krabi's landscape couldn't get any more stunning, the region even has its own offering of parks to throw into the mix. The Thung Theo Forest Natural Park is rife with biodiversity, including rare plant and animal species like the Gurney's pitta, a bird thought once to be extinct. It's also the home of the much-loved Crystal Lagoon, a green-watered oasis hidden away by dense foliage.
While a mouthful to say, the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park is another expansive area that allows you to get in touch with Thai nature. It's a marine national park, meaning it sweeps out to cover islands and coral reefs along Thailand's western coast. Within it are the Phi Phi Islands, the vaulted Cave Tham Phaya Nak decked with ancient paintings and a number of marine animals including a wide range of dolphin species.