South East Asia is quickly emerging as a real ‘crown jewel’ when it comes to global tourism. In recent years, the region has maintained its reputation for being a beautiful and highly desirable place.
Within the region, Thailand is undoubtedly one of the standout countries, and continues to attract millions of tourists every year, both those who are passing through as part of a regional tour, or visiting the country exclusively. At the same time, much of Thailand can go undiscovered by tourists who favor the traditional ‘Big Two’ of Bangkok and Phuket. Krabi is a town and region that enjoys some exposure, but is nowhere near as big as other tourist centers in the region.
If you’re the type to shun the hugely popular places and try something new and different, Krabi could be the perfect Thai travel destination for you. Here are some suggestions of what you can do when you get there.
Phra Nang Beach
Unsurprisingly, coastal areas are among the best places to visit in Krabi. Phra Nang Beach is the ideal destination for anyone who loves being by the sea but perhaps doesn’t know what they want to do on a given day.
Here, you can choose to lounge on the sands all day and enjoy cocktails from the beachfront bars, but the real attraction is the kayaking tours. These are most popular at dawn and dusk, owing to the brilliant views you get of both sunrise and sunset at Phra Nang. Tour guides will take you around the area to discover hidden coves and the array of wildlife that populates the area; this is a ‘must do’ for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Tiger Cave Temple
This Buddhist temple can be found in the North East of the region, and is one of the most sacred sites of its kind in the whole of Thailand.
The temple is named after the tiger paw prints that can be found inside, but you don’t need to worry about coming face to face with one of them during your trip! You should be warned, however, that there are over 1200 stairs to walk up in order to get to the top, although we promise you it is well worth it!
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Thailand’s National Parks and exotic forests are probably one of the country’s best-kept secrets, and this one is perhaps the best of them all.
Although the park can be seen in a day – it is only 12miles north of Krabi Town – you do have the option to take a guided weeklong trek through the park, which will take in rivers, waterfalls, caves, and the Khao Phanom Bencha mountain range for which the park is named.
Wildlife lovers will also have the opportunity to spot the 200-plus bird species that call the park their home, while leopards, bears, and various monkey species can also be spotted roaming freely, although they pose no physical threat to humans.
Travel in Krabi
While the beaches of Krabi understandably offer some amazing experiences, beauty can also be found by venturing inland and being upwardly mobile, although the intense tropical heat means you’ll find yourself having plenty of refreshment stops.
Whether Krabi is your final destination or you’re just passing through, the whole area offers a travel experience that you’ll never forget.
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