Relatively low-key compared to the likes of Phuket, Krabi’s main resort town is bustling Ao Nang but the region also plays host to the beautiful Railay beach and peaceful offshore islands, including Koh Lanta. Krabi is famous for its breathtaking jungle-clad limestone cliffs, perfect for rock climbing.
For sun worshipers, Krabi boasts numerous beaches. Palm lined Ao Nang is Krabi’s main beach town, with a variety of accommodation, restaurants and souvenir shops along or just off of the main beach road. It’s a good base for exploring the wider region and a key departure point for excursions by long-tail boat to discover offshore islands. For many, Ao Nang beach is a real scenic highlight.
Away from Ao Nang centre are other beaches which include quieter Klong Muang and Tub Kaek, as well as Phai Plong Cove, location of the Centara Grand Beach Resort. The Centara Grand is accessible only by boat, yet is still close enough to go out in the afternoon and evening to Ao Nang.
Just twenty minutes by road, plus a twnety minute long-tail boat ride from Ao Nang lies stunningly beautiful Railay. This wonderful beach is actually part of the mainland but has a real island feel as it is only accessible by boat. Railay’s views have graced many a guide book and poster print; its jungle-clad cliffs are the backdrop to some of Thailand’s best white sand beaches, with colourful long-tail boats bobbing rhythmically in front of limestone karts rising up out of the clear emerald waters.
Railay east is primarily made up of mangroves, so it’s Railay west that is the main attraction. Railay’s Phra Nang beach is beautiful – especially when seen in the early morning serenity, before the day visitors appear – when it becomes very busy. Rock climbing is big news in Railay, from beginners trying their hand at ascending the colossal limestone cliffs to experienced climbers having travelled half the world over to attempt the more challenging routes.
Long beach, also known as Had Yao Beach, is the most beautiful of all Krabi’s beaches and enjoys unparalleled views of Jum Mountain and the unforgettably scenic cliff walls of Ao Nang.