Kingdom of Thailand
One of the most attractive
destinations in Southern Thailand is located 814 kms. from Bangkok.
Krabi occupies an area of 4,708 square kilometers. To the west,
it borders on the Andaman Sea where countless natural attractions
abound, including white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs,
numerous large and small islands, verdant forest with caves and
Krabi is administratively divided into 8 districts:
Amphoe Muang, Ao Luk, Khao Phanom, Khlong Thom, Ko Lanta, Plai Phraya,
Lam Thap, and Nua Khlong.
Khao Khanap Nam These mountains, walling the Krabi
River in between, are somewhat a symbol of the town. It is accessible
within 15 minutes by long tail-boat from Tha Chao Fa, the main pier
in the town.
Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
This covers an area of 390 square kilometres in Amphoe Muang. It
consists of limestone mountains along white sandy beaches, spectacular
islands and unspoiled coral reefs. Major attractions include: -
Hat Noppharat Thara, the uncrowded beach lined
with pine trees and coconut groves, is where the park head quarters
is situated. Accommodation is available.
Ao Nang, 6 kms. rom the Noppharat Thara Beach,
is a large bay with scenic beaches and 83 small islands. A number
of hotels and bungalows as well as diving shops are available.
Susan Hoi or Fossil Shell Beach is 17 kms. from
town along the route to the Noppharat Thara Beach. A tremendous
number of shells imbedded near the seashore piled up a large amount
of shells some 40 million years ago.
Mu Ko Phi Phi, an archipelago of six islands located
at an equal distance of 40 kms. from both Krabi and Phuket consists
of Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Le as the major islands. The superb
scenery of the islands includes high hills with jutting cliffs surrounded
by marvelous beaches and emerald sea, hiding underneath a bank of
coral reefs and colorful marine life which are unrivaled in this
whole wide area. Ko Phi Phi Le offers various attractions: Tham
viking a large cave with swallows nests as well as ancient
color paintings of Vikings boats, thus giving the cave its
exotic name, Ao Pi Le and Ao Lo Sa Ma which are suitable for scuba
diving, and Ao Maya a white sandy beach. Accommodation is available
on Ko Phi Phi Don where a village is situated.
Than Bok Khorani National Park It is situated in
Amphoe Ao Luk, some 45 kms. from Krabi town. The park covers an
area of 121 square kilometers consisting of mangrove forests, limestone
mountains, and islands. Major attractions in the area are:
Than Bokkhorani, a pond of emerald water among
a shady forested area, is located near the park office. In the area,
there is a replica of the Lord Buddhas footprint carved from
wood and a shrine of Chao Pho To Yuan-To Chong.
Tham Lot and Tham Phi Hua To, two caves in Tambon
Ao Luk Tai, can be reached by boat along Tha Prang Canal in 20 minutes.
A boat is available at the Bo Tho Pier which can be reached by taking
the Ao Luk-Laem Sak route for 2 kms. before turning right and continuing
on for another 1.5 kms. There are prehistoric paintings in Phi Hua
To Cave and a lot of stalactite and stalagmite formations in Tham
Lot where a boat can pass through.
Tham Phet or Diamond Cave is located in the area
of Amphoe Ao Luk. The most beautiful appears when countless stalactite
and stalagmite formations reflected with light show diamond sparkles
Ko Thalu , 45-metre hill with a 1 metre wide hold
in the middle, houses a large number of swallows nests.
Mu Ko Hong is a group of limestone islands with
fine beaches and coral reefs in both deep and shallow water levels.
It takes about 1 hour by boat from Ao Nang to the island. A canoe
trip to Ko Hong organized by some agents at Ao Nang is a popular
activity among tourists.
Ko Garose and Tham Chao Le which contain prehistoric
paintings of men and animals, can be visited by boat from Laem Sak
in Amphoe Ao Luk.
Wat Khlong Thom This is an interesting archaeological
site, located in Amphoe Khlong Thom, between Km. 69-70 of Highway
No. 4. In the temple compound, there is a museum which features
various kinds of artifacts discovered during excavations within
an area called "Khuan Luk Pat" or a bead mound behind
the temple. The discoveries include stone tools, stone and earthen
ornaments in the shapes of animals and particularly beads dating
from some 3,000 years.
Pa Thung Tieo, located 18 kms. from Amphoe Khlong
Thom in the non-hunting zone of Khao Pra-Bang Khram, is a virgin
forest with natural ponds, rare flora and birds. A 2-km. Long trail
offers opportunity to study the environment.
Mu Ko Lanta National Park This consists of many
different sized islands, some of which are surrounded by beautiful
coral reefs such as Ko Ha, Ko Rok and Ko Hai. Ko Lanta Yai, the
main island in the park, is where the national parks office
is situated and is also home to sea gypsies. Boat trips should be
made during October-April because there is no monsoon during this
period. Passenger boats are available at the Chao Fa Pier in Krabi
town, the trip takes about 2-3 hours. The other departure point
is at Bo Muang Village, Amphoe Khong Thom; the trip takes about