Enjoy beautiful beaches and a quiet relaxed atmosphere or climb natural rock formations - Krabi offers a lot.
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We visited atleast 8-12 islands as part of their island Tours, 2 Tours we took from. Phuket which were much better organized and 1 we undertook from. Krabi .. Which was decent .. Did some cool activities as well and clicked some really amazing pics ... Its true serenity
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Getting to Krabi
Transit time: 7hrs from major cities
Cost ₹8,000 per person
The warm tropical beaches of Krabi beckon visitors with its emerald green waters and high-rise karst formations. One can hop between the various islands on the iconic long boats to experience nature, Krabi style! Its beauty is so renowned that even Bollywood has shot some movies in Krabi.
With its gorgeous terrain, it comes as no surprise that Krabi has been inhabited by human beings since prehistoric times. There are numerous caves and cliffs where ancient artefacts such as pottery, beads, stone tools, paintings, and skeletal remains have been found. Some estimates put the date of human habitations in Krabi between 25,000-35,000 B.C. In 1200 C.E. it is said to have been the called "Ban Thai Samor". It used to be a tributary to the kingdom of Ligor, a city on the Kra peninsula east coast more commonly known as Nakorn Sri Thammarat.
There are two legends as to how Krabi received its name. According to one tradition, it is said that the villagers presented to the governor a large ancient sword (known as Krabi in Thai) that they found by chance. Some time later, the villagers again presented the governor another sword, though smaller in size when they made another by chance discovery. As it was regarded as auspicious, the governor decided to keep the swords in the province itself. The two swords were then placed crossing each other in a cave called Khao Khanap Nam. This became so symbolic of the Krabi province that it was adopted as the official emblem of the province. The other tradition says that "Krabi" is derived from the name of a local tree called "Lumphi". The Chinese and Malay traders in the region pronounced it differently calling it "Kho-lo-bi" or "Ka-lu-bi" which finally turned into Krabi.
It was during the 19th century that Krabi began to have connections with the capital. At the start of the Rattanakosin period, which is about 200 years ago, an Elephant enclosure was established in Krabi by official mandate, with the purpose of supplying elephants regularly to the bigger towns. In 1875, Krabi was raised to a level four town, in other words, the administrators of the upgraded town now reported directly to Bangkok. Until then was a tributary. It is from this moment that Krabi became a unique entity of its own.
Type of Holiday Experience
Krabi is fast becoming a hotspot for tourism, rivalling other destinations such as Phuket.
â— Beaches with bikini-clad women, longboats dotting the seascape and gargantuan limestone formations await you in Krabi. With nothing but miles and miles of beach, for as far as the eye can see.
â— The topography of Krabi is perfect for watersport activities. Kayaking, snorkeling, diving and zip lining all have a place here. The picturesque setting provides the perfect backdrop while keeping your adrenaline pumping.
â— Awaken the ecologist in you as you pass through the jungle trails in Karbi. Waterfalls, mangrove trees, and hornbills can all be seen here with relative ease.
â— Thai people are also named " the smiling people". Many say that they are always so cheerful and merry because they have some of the most delicious food on the planet. Take some time to experience Thai culture either by tasting the street food in Krabi or signing up for some Thai cooking classes.
â— Railey beach rules the roost when it comes to attractions in Karbi. It is a small peninsula where there are no signs of any motor vehicles. No cars, scooters, motorbikes or tuk-tuks. Even tarred roads are absent. All that is present is a small footpath. The only physical connection to the outside world is through the long boats. This is an ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of society.
â— There are some amazing sculptures in Krabi town. One of them is a giant sized crab fighting off three other tinier crabs, one of which is golden. Another sculpture is that of a giant swordfish that has been caught by a few fishermen. They are located in the heart of the city near the harbour front.
â— Phra Nang Caves are known for their magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. Since ancient times, Fishermen have prayed to the Shivling (called Siwaleung or Palad Khik in Thai) at Phra Nang Caves. Like in Hinduism, the Shivling is sacred even in Thai culture. One can take a long boat from Ao Nang Beach to Railey beach for a 100 baht to get to the shrine. The song “Kaho Na Pyaar hai” was shot in this location.
â— The Krabi Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) is a pond in the midst of a forest. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the waters are warm and crystal clear, making it an ideal swimming location. However, the Emerald Pool is part of a nature trail where one gets to see many rare species of animals that are close to extinction, such as the Pitta Gurney bird. The nature trail of 800m is a walk to the pool is one of the last remaining rainforests in Thailand.
â— Koh Poda is a tropical getaway with palm trees and white sandy beaches. It is a great place to spend the afternoon with your family or friends just relishing the environment. Koh Poda is just about a kilometre in length so one isn't bothered by usual problems like a swarm of hawkers trying to sell you souvenirs as they don’t exist here. But that's not all. Just a few metres away from the shore are coral reefs teeming with aquatic life. The water is so clear that one just has to hold their breath and dip their head in to see the bustling metropolis of the sea. To those who can't hold their breath, snorkelling is an option that is also available. The best part about the beach is that it has a relatively small tourist population because of its remoteness.
â— The Krabi Tiger cave temple is one of the most recognizable icons of Krabi. Perched on top of a limestone hill, the 1237 step climb to the top makes the visit a challenging one. Legend has it that a tiger had made one of the main caves his home and so the name "Suea" meaning tiger stuck. The climb is an hour long so one must be prepared. The view that greets you when you finally make it, makes the journey worthwhile. One can see the various karst formations, the Andaman sea, the tropical islands along with Buddha's footprint. There are many monkeys on the way to the temple so one can stock up on some bananas if one wishes to feed them.
â— The Krabi Weekend Night Market is the perfect place to shop till you drop. As it is not yet very commercial, the rates are very reasonable and many a time, the bargains are excellent. Shoes, clothes, souvenirs, and food are all available in the market. Sometimes the local kids even put up their own music and dance shows which are adorable. As with any other place in Thailand, the food deserves special mention. One can find prawns, crabs, noodles, chicken and even insects which all taste delicious despite appearances.
Favourite Local Foods
â— Khao pad is a simple fried rice dish that seeks to claim no glory. The ingredients are fried rice, eggs, onions, herbs and some spices. The Thai's love their rice and even the simplest dish can be the most flavourful. This homely dish can be mixed with crabs, prawn, and chicken to suit the palate of whoever wishes to devour it.
â— Pad Krapow Moo Saap is a popular dish in Krabi. This rice dish is embellished with lots of fried basil leaves, chillies, liberal amounts of pork, green beans, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar. The oil filled pork fat gets absorbed by the rice to give it a delicious greasy feel in your mouth. People often add an egg (Kai dao) if one requests for it.
Favourite Local things to Buy
â— One can buy from a great selection of antiques, replicas, and souvenirs from Krabi. Buddha images, hand painted parasols, Chinese vases, Lacquerware and wooden artifacts look great on a showcase. These items can be purchased from Klong Muang Beach.
â— An Outlet factory in Krabi town is a great choice for those who won't wear anything but branded clothes. Adidas, Le Coq Sportif, and other brands are all available here for a bargain. It is to be noted that all the products are genuine and original. An added incentive is that if you purchase goods for more than 5000 Baht ( 10,000 Rupees), you can claim VAT at the airport, provided you fill in the forms correctly.
Things to do in Krabi
Due to the Topography of the region, Adventure Sports has thrived in Krabi.
â— Rock climbing is an obvious choice given that the karst formations provide a great vertical challenge. Though professionals from around the globe come to Krabi to seek a new terrain, even beginners can start here as there are plenty of guides and classes on how to climb. One can go to Phra Nang Cave Beach or Railay East harbour. An important point to remember is that the climbing equipment must be of good quality and cannot be substituted with cheap products. King Climbers is a good company to get climbing equipment from as it is ACGA accredited.
Kayaking is another fun filled activity that is taken up by people of all ages. Many of the Kayaks even come with guides and a pilot who navigates the kayak. One can explore the mangroves and the beachside that are all over Krabi. Due to the low-lying nature of the kayaks, one can go through some of the gaps called "hongs" that are carved into the limestone karsts. Some of these hongs open up into lagoons and offer the most breathtaking views.
Indian Food Joints
As more and more Indians come the Krabi, the food items available have taken into account Indian considerations.
â— The Taj Palace is a cosy little restaurant that caters mostly non-vegetarian food. Kebabs, Tikka and Fish Masala are cooked in authentic Indian style. This hotel is located in Ao Nang Beach.
â— The Bombay Palace is another palace that serves food located in Ao Nang Beach. The airy restaurant caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The customers to this place all rave about the excellent portions served and the value for money for the food.
â— Sporting numerous table fans and a large poster of the Taj Mahal, Namaste India offers a great variety of foods. With an extensive list of Paneer and dal items, the restaurant has taken care to be sensitive to the needs of vegetarians. The restaurant specialises in authentic vegetarian Bhojpuri and Punjabi food.
â— To those of you who are vegetarians, Govinda's restaurant would come as a breath of fresh air. Located a little off the main Ao Nang beach road, the restaurant sports an extensive vegetarian menu. Specialties of the restaurants include the Kachoris and the Soya Burger.
When to Visit
March to May are the hottest months in the year. While intolerable to many Europeans, the temperature is within limits for the Indian population. As a sizable chunk of the tourists come from the Europe, you could have the islands all for yourself during this time of the year.
June to October is the rainy season. Due to its position on the globe, Krabi experiences the monsoons just like India. This is also the slow season in Krabi i.e, the rates for accommodations and flights are relatively cheap. For those wanting to get the most value for money , this is the perfect time to plan your trip.
November to February is the coolest season of the year. The weather is pleasant and one doesn't need to pack any woollens. Crowds from around the world flock to Krabi during Christmas and New Years. Anyone wanting to party the night away will do well to go during this time of the year.
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