We have been to Krabi a couple of times and we’ve always enjoyed our time on the fantastic beaches there. The first time we visited was back in 2006 and it has definitely grown to be a much busier place then it was back then. This was a great side trip and we had fun exploring the area with my Mom and my Aunt Joan. We basked in the sun, swam in the sea, did a couple of boat trips, explored caves and temples, and went kayaking on the river. There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Krabi.
We stayed in a great bungalow resort and it was a short distance from the hustle and bustle and the beach, it was nice that they offered a free ride down to the beach area whenever you wanted to go. We had to hire our own tuk-tuk to go back at the end of the day which was no problem and there are no shortage of them around Krabi.
Our first couple of days we took in the sun, sand, and sea at Railay beach and Phra Nang beach, both of these beaches are stunning and they can only be reached by longtail boat.
You can see Chicken Island from the beach – it really does look like a chicken.
Phra Nang beach is the home of the Phallus Shrine – cave of the mythical sea princess. Before fishermen would go out to sea they would make an offering to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva to bring them good luck and protect them from danger.
After a couple of days of glorious beach time, we hired a pimped out (it had a huge stereo in the back and what looked like a little shelf for a bar) tuk-tuk and took a day trip to the Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), Emerald Pool and Blue Lagoon, and the Hotspring Waterfall (Namtok Ron). The climb up to the temple was hard, we had to climb 1,237 steps – some of the steps were over a foot high making it a hard climb plus that’s a lot of steps in the blazing hot sun. We made it to the top and the view was awesome! My Mom and my Aunt Joan stayed at the bottom and had a look around while waiting for us to come down and then we all went inside the tiger cave – legend has it that a large tiger used to live in the cave.
The emerald pool was an awesome place to swim and cool off. You have to walk a ways to get to the emerald pool but there’s a really nice boardwalk through the jungle that takes you there.
Farther past the emerald pool is the blue lagoon – it’s a beautiful lagoon and it looked so inviting for a dip but you can’t swim in it.
After exploring the lagoons and before heading back to town we stopped at the hotspring waterfall. It was nice and there were a lot of little pools at different levels that you could sit in and have a soak in the soothing waters. I kind of found it a bit too warm outside to be sitting in hot water but it was relaxing especially after the 1, 237 steps.
Since our legs were a bit sore from all of those stairs the day before, we took to the river for a little kayak adventure. We explored a large cave with ancient petroglyphs and then continued paddling on the river to reach the hidden lagoon. We had to kayak through a cave to get inside the hidden lagoon – wow the scenery in the lagoon was stunning!
After kayaking, we stopped at a great swimming hole and Gordon just had to test the rope swing!
On one of our last days we took a longtail boat to Poda Island and spent the day beaching and swimming. It was a very quiet island to relax on.
Krabi is one of our favourite areas in the south of Thailand and I’m pretty sure we will return again.
Where we stayed: Jungle Village
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel