Most people enjoying holidays in Krabi are looking for one thing – relaxation in the sun. The area doesn't disappoint on that score, with some of the best beaches in the world hugging the coast or hidden away in an island paradise offshore. But for some slightly more energetic activities you could meet the local fish with a scuba dive. Or relax in an emerald green lagoon, then take a trek that rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views.
One of the must-dos whilst in the Krabi region is to visit the famous Phi Phi Island, otherwise known as The Beach from the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film. When you imagine the perfect beach, this is what you see, with turquoise waters lapping against soft white sands, magnificent rock formations creating a stunning cove, and the warm sea full of colourful sea life. Get here early to nab the best spots, as the reputation of the island does mean it fills up quickly.
If all that lazing around on the beach has got you in the mood for something more active, this trek to see the fabulous Tiger Temple is the most rewarding workout around. Located to the north of Krabi Town, this temple complex rises 1272 steps up to the heavens – and the view really speaks for itself.
The steps up the hill are rather steep, so this isn't a trek for the faint-hearted. Cheeky monkeys accompany explorers up the steps so hang onto your water bottle. When you get to the top you can admire the tiger paw prints in the cave, while the panoramic view of the mountains and sea is unforgettable.
Located inland in the Khlong Thom District of Krabi is a nature sanctuary called Khao Pra-Bang Khram. As well as attracting bird and wildlife enthusiasts, professional relaxers should head to the quiet oasis hidden at the end of a kilometre-long trek through the park.
Here you'll find a stunning hot tub carved out by mother nature. It's basically a large lagoon in the middle of the park where visitors can wade in and take it easy. Depending on the temperature, the water changes from turquoise blue to emerald green, yet whatever the colour, relaxation is guaranteed.
If you're eager to see a different side of Thailand, consider heading to one of the many scuba diving centres on Krabi's west coast. Here they can help you gear up and dive down into a whole new underwater world.
There's plenty to see in the clear waters of Krabi, as this diverse ecosystem is teeming with colourful schools of fish, spectacular coral reefs, and other strange and wonderful sights you won't find anywhere else. If you're lucky you may even run into a school of seahorses or a leopard shark. Don't worry, they're more scared of you!