Located far in southern Thailand, Krabi sits on the western coast facing the Andaman Sea. Like its neighboring city Phuket, Krabi is a popular tourist attraction. Though the town itself only claims around 25,000 inhabitants, beach-lovers by the hundreds of thousands crowd the surrounding countryside---and coastline---each year. A wide range of mostly outdoor activities are available to the Krabi tourist, including going to the beach, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing.
Going to the Beach
Certainly the most obvious attraction to Krabi and environs comes in the form of its beaches. Consider visiting Ao Nang Beach, a stretch of warm sand that forms a bay sheltering a grand total of 83 islands. Or take a walk to Railay Beach, popular for outdoor sports enthusiasts who enjoy a good game of soccer or volleyball (nets for the latter are set up there year-round). Mostly, though, tourists simply enjoy basking in the sun or playing in the waves that lap up against the perfect sand.
Railay Thailand Travel
194/5 Moo 5, Tambol Saithai,
Muang, Krabi, Thailand
011 (+66) 75 662 096
Take a good look at the myriad limestone cliffs that jut out from the ground all around Krabi. These cliffs are fantastic for rock climbers---and provide breathtaking views of the ocean, the beaches and the nearby islands from their airy summits. Some of the cliffs can actually be scaled simply by trekking up trails or trodden pathways. Others require knowledge of ropes and rock-climbing techniques. There's opportunity in this regard both for the inexperienced and the advanced.
Gecko Extreme Co., Ltd.
49 Moo 1, Tambon Thungmaprao,
A.ThaiMuang, Phung-Nga, Thailand
011 (+66) 89 474 4776
Kayaking or Canoeing
Dotting the beach you'll find a variety of kayak- or canoe-rental establishments. By renting your own kayak or canoe, you'll be able to explore the bay of Krabi and the coastline in solitude from the ocean itself. Kayaks and canoes can typically be rented either by the hour or by the day. A few companies in the area also offer kayaking or canoeing tours that will take you up and down the coast and around several of the area's more scenic islands.
Sea Kayak Krabi
40 Reunrudee Road,
Muang, Krabi, Thailand
011 (+66) 075 630 270
Article Written By William Jackson
William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.