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Krabi Province

Being so close to Phuket was bound to have its effect sooner or later. The island's mainland neighbor, Krabi has been developed over the last 10 years or so into an international resort that will soon rival the big island. Krabi's popularity is mainly due to its combination of fantastic limestone cliffs which march right down to sparkling white sandy beaches. Of course, there's also the clear waters filled with spectacular corals as well.

Map of Krabi Province
Krabi Province

Discussions of Krabi as a destination can be somewhat confusing, since Krabi is the name of a province, which in typical Thai fashion takes its name from the name of the city which serves as the provincial capital. The province of Krabi includes the Phi Phi Islands as well as the Lanta Islands, both of which are popular destinations. However, when people talk about Krabi as a destination, they usually mean the area around Ao Nang, which is west of Krabi Town and about 30 to 45 minutes from the province's airport.

Within the broader Ao Nang area, there are several resort areas to choose from. For spectacular scenery and a touch of isolation, I would definitely put the Railay peninsula high on the list of best locations. The central area of Ao Nang is very developed, and frankly it's where you will find the most average of accommodations. If Railay doesn't suit, then you'll find several nice resorts west of Ao Nang, in areas such as Klong Muang and Tubkaak.

South of Krabi town and the airport is the relatively unknown area of Haad Yao - literally 'Long Beach'. It's one of several Long Beaches in Thailand, so mention of it often gets confused with beaches of the same name on Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan and other destinations.

 

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