Travel Thailand Krabi Province.    
            Krabi is the flourishing seaside town of the Andaman Sea on the Indian Ocean.The charm of this land is know worldwide for its white beaches and cluster of islands.
            Lying 814 kilometres from Bangkok,Krabi covers 4,708 square kilometers.The remains of various archaeological evidence proves its famous ancient community.
            Krabi’s area covers more than 130 islands within its bay, which is separated into 8 amphoes: Muang Krabi, Ao Leuk, Khao Phanom, Khlong Thom, Ko Lanta, Plai Phraya, Lam Thap and Nuea Khlong.
            The northern and eastern part of Krabi is connected to Phang Nga and Suratthani provinces. Trang and the Andaman Sea are close by the south and TRang and Nakhon Sri Thammarat on the east side.
             The tropical climate of Phuket shows heavy rain nearly all year round. There are only 2 seasons, summer from December-April and rainy season from May-November.
             Although Krabi is the big tourist point its real major income is from agriculture, especially from palm oil where Krabi has the biggest plantation area in Thailand.
            The slogan of Krabi is, the actually warm and hospitality with lovely people.
Getting to know Krabi
                 Located on the peninsular main­land of southern Thailand, lying approximately due east of Phuket, Krabi province is made up of more than five thousand square kilometres of jungle-covered hills and sharp, jagged karst outcrops, as well as more than one hundred kilometres of luxuriant, pristine coastline and around two hundred islands in the neighbouring Andaman Sea. With so many positive features going for it, it's easy to understand why Phuket's tourist boom has increasingly extend­ed to the nearby mainland. Krabi is very much a boom time province, yet still has many areas which are undeveloped, if not undiscovered.
             The Krabi region offers the visi­tor unparalleled swimming, diving and sea kayaking opportunities, as well as caving, trekking and -last but certainly not least -some of the best rock climbing in the world, Much of the Krabi coastline is stud­ded with magnificent karst outcrops in a wide variety of amazing, unlike­ ly and apparently all but impossible to scale shapes and sizes. Best of all, despite the rapid development of the gorgeous beaches around the Phra Nang Peninsula, much of Krabi remains off the beaten track, so find­ing a quiet stretch of beach to your­self is still relatively simple.
               Another major attraction of the Krabi region, and one which holds great promise for the future if care­fully and systematically developed, is ecotourism. Krabi abounds with regions of great natural beauty, pro­viding a sustainable environment for all kinds of fascinating flora and fauna. The interior of the province is wild and has large areas which are relatively unexplored. lt's true that Krabi has a large deep seaport facil­ity, but it isn't widely used, and there are plans afoot to develop an alter­native deep seaport further south at Satun with a view to protecting Krabi's natural wonders from possi­ble shipping pollution .
              About forty per cent of the provincial population is Muslim, the remainder being predominantly Buddhist. This is a clear indication that Krabi sits astride the invisible dividing line between Buddhist Thailand and the four southern provinces-Satun, Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani-which are predominantly Muslim. Far from causing any sort of problem, this adds immensely to the cultural width and diversity of the province, blending mosques with temples, Malay cooking traditions with Thai cuisine, and giving the province a pleasantly relaxed multi­ cultural feel.
               Krabi town is a fast developing provincial capital, located on a river­ine estuary, and is a good place to go for ecotourism. Local agencies arrange half-day trips to mangrove  swamps, visits to the nearby Khao Nor Chuchi rainforest, and sea kayaking trips along the Andaman coast. The best beaches are some way out of town. Even so, Krabi offers some excellent swimming and sunbathing opportunities, notably at Hat Ton Sai, Hat Rai Le and Hat Tham Phra Nang, all fine beaches that can easily be reached bY boat. There are also regular ferry services to Phi Phi lsland .
               Situated around one thousand kilometres south of Bangkok and about 180 kilometres east of Phuket, the fast developing provincial capital has friendly townspeople, good food and a few monuments to see The town sits on the banks of the Krabi River just before it empties into the Andaman Sea. Across from town You can see Ko Nok or Bird lsland, Ko Meo or Cat lsland and Ko Noo or  Mouse lsland, all supposedlY named for their respective shapes. Most travellers pass straight through town on their way to Ko Lanta to the south, Ko Phi Phi to the southwest, or the beaches near Ao Nang to the west. Others, however decide to stay in town and make day  trips to nearby Ao Nang. 
               Downtown Krabi is notably populated by local ethnic Chinese, essentially more Taoist Confucian than Muslim or Theravada Buddhist. There's not a lot to see but Wat Kaeo, built somewhere around the end of the 19th century, is worth a visit. Most people don't stop in Krabi for the architecture, however, but to enjoy the fascinating opportunities for ecotourism. Numerous travel agen­cies in town arrange half-day or longer boat tours to the nearby man­grove swamps, Further inland, visi­tors have the opportunity to trek through Iowland rainforests, swim in clear, refreshing forest Pools, and observe local industries based on natural products such as rubber tap­ping, rattan harvest and manufac­ture, bamboo furniture making and fruit harvesting.
               Phuket may be one of the loveli­est tropical islands ln the world but it's also quite big -in fact it's larger than Barbados and not much small­er than Singapore -and also very close to the mainland. Perhaps because of this many visitors feel motivated to explore further afield, to experience swimming and diving off much smaller islands, some set far out to sea, in order to experience unspoiled and little visited marine environments .
              lf this applies to you then there's no need to worry To the east of the island, in the relatively shallow waters off Krabi  the Phi Phi Marine National Park is stunningly beautiful and well worth visiting. Also located in the Sea off Phuket, but closer to Krabi, Ko Lanta is the largest island in an extensive but relatively little visited archipelago .



Phi Phi Islands The Emerald of the Andaman
              Phi Phi lslands is located a dis­tance away among the deep blue Andaman Sea on the middle point of the shipping route from Krabi-Phuket. The eye-striking character­istic of the islands are 2 curved bays that encycle the middle land on two sides The name "Phi Phi" is believed to have come from the Yawi word "Phi A Phi' of the south­ern people that is one species of the mangrove tree widely found in this area As time passed this word changed to be Phi Phi .
            It consists of two islands, Phi Phi Le and Phi Phi Don, located south­west of Krabi. Both are part of Hat Noppharat Thara Ko Phi Phi National Marine Park Set in the centre of the Sea of Phuket, Ko Phi Phi is almost equidistant from Phuket and Krabi and can be reached by boat in around two hours. lt's possible to stay in bungalow accommodation or increasingly upmarket hotels on Phi Phi Don Famous for their clear waters and surrounding coral reefs, not to mention the crisp, white, sandy beaches, the islands remain remarkably lovely. 
             Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two islands with scenic hills, steep cliffs silken beaches, azure waters and remarkable bird and sea life. The island narrows at the middle where long white sand beaches are only a few hundred metres apart. Boats from Krabi and Phuket dock at Ao Ton Sai on the southern side of the island. Hat Yao or 'Long Beach" faces south and is famous for the good snorkelling to be had on its coral reefs. To the northeast, Hat Lanti is another fine beach with good waves for surfing. North of this beach is beautiful Ao Bakao, a bay with a small resort, while near the tip of Laem Tong are three more luxury resorts. ln recent years Ao Ton Sai has become more of a harbour than a beach, and numerous bungalows and guesthouses have been built in this part of the island .
           The western smaller half of Phi Phi Don is all but uninhabited and frequented by a great variety of bird life and other marine creatures. lt's possible to stay overnight at any one of more than twenty guesthouses or hotels on the island, but it's better to book ahead during the peak sea­son (December to February and July to August) because of the island's great popularity. There are plenty of Thai and Western restaurants. Reach the island by boat from Krabi Town, Ao Nang, Ko Lanta or Phuket, but beware of monsoon departures which can be rough .
         By contrast Phi Phi Le, located some four kilometres further south, is surrounded by sheer cliffs a few caves and a sea lake formed by a cleft between two cliffs that allows water to enter into a bowl shaped canyon. Much smaller than Phi Phi Don, Phr Phi Le is surrounded by steep cliffs and all but uninhabited except for local collectors of swal­low's nests that essential ingredient for birds' nest soup. lt's a good place to visit by day nonetheless, with fine coral reefs for snorkelling or diving. Visitors may also explore the so-called Viking Cave where prehis­ toric petroglyphs of human and ani­mals share wall space with much later representations of Asian junks the latter probably painted by visit­ing Chinese sailors during the late 19th century. Maya Bay on the east­ern side of the island is one of the most beautiful bays anywhere in the world and was the setting for Leonardo Di Caprio's film 'The Beach'.
           Furthermore there are many beautiful beaches, bays, and diving points around the Phi Phi lslands, such as Ao Lho Lana, Ao Lho Bakao, Ao Paknam, Ao Runtee, Ao Huang Long, Ao Nui, Ao Yong Kasem, and Ao Lho Mudee. Beside that is a small native fishing village at Lam Tong by the north end of the island.
          Thale Nai or lnland Sea (as Pi Le rn local language) is one of the most magnificent forms of marine topography among the area like the towering limestone mountain encir­cling the deep green water of the inland sea at the middle. However, visitors are able to enter inside via a narrow tunnel This inland sea stays undisturbed from the fluctuation of the open sea current; therefore its water is quite tranquil and smooth The small white sandy beach of Ao Lho Sama is one of the quiet sites where visitors could find their per­sonal relaxation corner and then snorkelling and scuba diving nearby is good for colourful coral reefs as well. 
           Ko Phai is the island where the national park office is situated. lt contains a long white beach and clear water that is suitable for walk­ing around among a natural atmos­phere. Moreover, there are abundant shallow water coral that can be eas­ily seen Not far away are the 2 islands of Ko Yung and Ko Phi Da, the famous scuba point located not far from the mainland. The Frog Shark  inhabits this underwater world and stays in peace with every diver. Hin Phare is the place where Frog Shark can be visible very often .



Ao Phra Nang and Ao Railey
            Some call this bay Ao Tham Phra Nang, but the residents of the area call it Ao Phra Nang. From the near­est point to the city, it takes only 45 minutes by long tail boat from Chao Fah Pier in Muang district in Krabi town or 15 minutes from Ao Nang Pier. This bay is filled wlth delicate white sand and embraced by crystal clear water that one can see the sand on the seabed Though it is very far from the mainland the bay faces the open sea so the sediment that is swept away from the mainland cannot pollute this bay. Ao Phra Nang is hence a delicate sandy beach with clear and clean water that is close to the shore. Tourists can visit this bay all year round.
            Some maybe confused with the names 'Ao Phra Nang" and 'Ao Nang" Ao Nang is a beach on the mainland in Ao Nang district whereas Ao Phra Nang is a bay on the tip of the cape parted by high limestone mountains and accessible only by boat.
            An important feature of Ao Phra Nang is the location of the Phra Nang Cave in which the name derived There is a legend that a fish­erman appealed to Lord Naga for a daughter and promised that he would marry his daughter to the Naga's son when both had grown up His wish was answered and the fisher­man named his daughter 'Nang . But  when his daughter had grown up  he forgot the promise and married his daughter to a young fisherman. The Lord Naga was very angry and came to destroy the ceremony. There was a big fight between them till a hermit came to stop them but he could not He, then, recited his holy mantra to make everything turn into stone. All islands in the area are related to the legend, Ko Mo (Pot lsland), Ko Tappi (Ladle lsland) , etc whereas Phra Nang Cave is itself, the bride's chamber.
              Phra Nang Cave comprises 2 parts; the outer cave is adjacent to the beach. One can walk into it since it is not deep, and there is no growth of stalagmites and stalactites or with little of it since there is no air and Iight reaching it. For the inner Phra Nang Cave, one has to walk through the outer one. To enter east RileY Bay this cave has a long chamber. Hat Nopparat Thara and Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park have included this cave into the park. A trail to study the cave with installed electricity inside has been made, too.
              lf one wants to have a good view of Ao Phra Nang and its surrounding area, then one has to make an effort to climb up to the top of Khao Laem. From there, the scenery of Ao Phra Nang and Ao Railey is clearly seen .
             Railey Bay, which is close to Phra Nang, has 2  sides the Eastern Railey Bay and the Western Railey Not only in the map but also visible in the real location, Ao Phra Nang has a beautiful beach, clear water, white sand whereas the eastern one is well known for its outdoor activities, espe­cially the world-famous activity like rock cilmbing. lt is surrounded by eye -catching cliffs Rock climbing here is well known worldwide. Many foreigners come for this challenging activity. There is a number of rock climbing schools in the area.
            At all 3 bays, some other activi­ties beside swimming sunbathing and rock climbing are cave tours, climb­ing down the cliff, kayaking around for appreciating the beautiful view, which one can do all year round.



Lanta Island
           Ko Lanta is the largest island in a group of more than fifty lying just off the Krabi coast Twelve of these  islands  are inhabited, and four are easily visited by express boat from Ban Hua Hin and Krabi on the main­land or from Ko Phi Phi. Ko Lanta itself is really two islands, Ko Lanta Noi to the east is separated by a very narrow channel from Ko Lanta Yai to the west. The best beach on the latter Klong Dao, is still fairly undeveloped and gives onto a hin­terland of rubber banana and cashew plantations.
         Ban Sala Dan, at the northern tip of the island, is the largest settle­ment on Ko Lanta and has two ferry piers, tour outfits dive shops and a bank with foreign currency exchange services. The district capital, Ban Ko Lanta, on the lower east coast boasts a post office and long Pier. The village of Ban Sangkha U on Lanta Yai's southern tip is a tradi­tional Muslim fishing village The people in this district are  a mixture of Muslim Thais and Sea Gypsies who settled here long ago. Their main livelihood is fishing,"planting of rubber cashew and bananas.
           Modest beach accommodation is available on Ko Lanta Yat, a long, slender portion of sand and coral with low forested hills down the mid­dle; accommodation and transport reservations are available through travel agencies in Krabi or Phuket. You can camp on any of the other islands.
Ko Lanta National Marine Park: are fifteen islands in the Lanta group (covering an area of 134 square kilo-metres) were declared in an effort to protect the fragile coastal environ­ment Ko Rok Nawk is especially beautiful, with a crescent-shaped bay featuring cliffs and a white sandy beach and a stand of banyan trees in the interior. The intact coral at Ko Rok Nai and limestone caves of Ko Talang are also worthy of an outing. Agencies in Ban Sala Dan can arrange dives to these islands as well as various smaller coral encrusted islands such as Ko Ha, Ko Bida, Hin Bida and Hin Muang Camping overnight is permitted on Ko Rok Nawk These uninhabited islands offer plenty of coral along their western and southwestern shores With visibility of up to thirty  metres in good weather there are hard and soft corals,


a plethora of small reef dwelling fish, as well as plenty of large schooling  fish such as sharks, tuna and manta ray. Whale sharks have also been spot­ted in the area.       
          The main beach on Lanta is Klong Dao, a three kilometres sweep of white sandy bay for swimming and sunbathing. The northern end of the beach is quieter. There's a very small strip of bars and restaurants at the southern end, but as yet this is no Patong. The prettiest beach areas are found along the northwestern side of the island just south of Ban Sala Dan Because it's long, wide and flat this is also a perfect beach for walking and jogging as well.
Tham Khao Mai Kaew: Located in the centre of Ko Lanta Yai these limestone caves make a fascinating cool break from the beach, though as a diversion it's not for the claus­trophobic Narrow entrances through which the visitor has to squeeze alternate with great domed cham­ bers. There's a rudimentary but clean restaurant on hand .
Ko Jam and Ko Si Boya: These large islands are inhabited by a few fishing families and a complete escape from beer bars. About the only entertainment is watching the local villagers load and unload their fishing boats or collecting cashews and coconuts or to swimming and taking long walks on the beach. Ko Jam, also known as Ko Pu, is home to a number of small fishing villages and little else to disturb the visitor. There's good swimming, but with minimal "support" in the way of beer bars and other entertainment. An excellent place to get away from it all lie back and relax Similarly Ko Si Boya: like its neighbour, this is a beautiful, relaxed and largely unde­veloped island where the main source of entertainment other than swimming and sunbathing is watch­ing the locals fishing .
Ko Rok in the Deep Sea:Passing Ko Lanta to the border of Trang province is the location of Ko Rok This is part of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park This island is more beautiful and serene among all the islands and bays mentioned ear­lier. This is because it is far from the mainland and there are no inhabi­tants The only building on the island is an office of the protection unit of Mu Ko Lanta National Park, which is harmoniously hidden in the forest. Due to its far proximity from the mainland, the water here is crystal green and the beach is covered with a slope of white clear delicate sand .
           Ko Rok comprise 2 parts: Ko Rok Nai (the inner one) and Ko Rok Nok (the outer one) with a division of a 400 metres wide watercourse between them. The water here is very clear and is over 10 metres deep There are many fish as well as coral reefs; deer horn coral, bowl coral and brain coral in good condi­tion, especially in front of Ao San Chao of Ko Rok Nai and on the beachfront of Ko Rok Nok. Everyday, speedboats bring tourists from Ko Lanta Yai to dive for coral here and return in the afternoon.
           Creatures that are found in abundance here are hermit crab of both a large size like a coconut as well as small ones. Monitor lizards and Kai crabs, which makes a loud noise in the night.
             A well-known tourist point is Ao Man Trai. To go there one has to walk along the beach in front of Ko Rok for about 1  kilometres and walk into the island for 200  metres. There one would witness a large Banyan tree with a big and shady spreading canopy with a hanging roof like a curtain though it looks mysterious, it is very beautlful. 
            The amazing nature of Ko Rok does not lie on its white delicate sandy beach but on its seaward waterfall on Ko Rok Nai. When sit­ting onboard passing Laem Thong one would be thrilled by the long body of water throwing itself down from the mountain to the sea below. The waterfall  is very lively during the rainy season in which the jour­ney to the point is quite difficult due to strong winds and high waves. Having a water wall on an island amidst the seas like this indicates the fertility of the forest in the area. The trees in the dense jungle of this island keep enough water to flow in a big trunk into the sea.
           Another interesting natural forma­tion with remarkable characteristics is the trekking route to the Samet Daeng viewpoint. This is because there are interesting plants and ani­mals en route. There is one palm tree, locally called "Ching", found in the moist evergreen forest and 'Saladdai" (Sea cactus), which is grown on limestone, that are found here. Other creatures, which could be easily spotted here is monitor; over  100 monitors live in this area.
            All mentioned above is only part of the natural resources found in Krabi. More importantly, not only are they tourist attractions, they are also fertile natural resources that are meaningful and important for the livelihood of the people living in the surrounding area, This is the very reason that we must protect the environmental surroundings of this natural heritage, which is full of beautiful bays and beaches em­braced by the sea to last forever.



Khao No Chu Chi
The last lowland evergreen forest 

          There has been an announce­ment by the Oriental Bird Club in the United Kingdom that Gurney's Pitta may be extinct within A.D 2006 since only 11-12  pairs of its population have been found in the world This has aroused awareness of many that Thailand is also home to this rare species of the world. The birds inhabit Doi No Chu Chi in Krabi province.
         Khao No Chu Chi Forest in Klong Thom district is a tropical evergreen forest of high fertility in Thailand it is the last forest of its kind located on the low plains of the south at pre­sent Khao No Chu Chi is the high­est peak in the area that is shaped like a head of a kind of beetle found in the area called “Duang Chu Chi”. 
         The search for Gurney's Pitta took place in A. D 1985  as part of an attempt to search for the bird believed to be extinct over 35 years ago since there has been no record of any findings in its natural habitat for a long period of time. Maps and satellite photographs were used to explore the tropical evergreen forest on the plains in the south that still remain and led to success in finding it in this forest. This achievement inspired the establishment of a habi­tat for the birds which is in Lam Thap, Klong Thom district in Krabi province as well as Wang Wiset and Sikao districts in Trang province to be Khao Pra-Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary ln order to preserve this endemic species in south Thailand and some parts of Myanmar .
         Khao No Chu Chi Forest hence is of high value and significance for various reasons.
         It is a forested area that pro­vides shelter for 4 out of 15  kinds of endangered species in Thailand e.g goral, marble cat tapir and Gurney's Pitta which the local people in Krabi and Trang call this bird as “Nok Ten Hua Prae" or "Nok Ten Si”.
          It is a low plains forest, maybe the last one of its kind in the south of Thailand This type of forest is very important for the existence of the world's rare bird like Gurney's Pitta. Beside this, there is a report of finding 3 kinds of plants e.g. Chomphu Nam (Eugenia siamensis), Hwa Nam (E. limnaea) and Sok Nam (Saraca indica). This area is a wildlife sanctuary that accommo­dates most species of birds than any other area in southern Thailand. The data of the year 1996  showed that at least 318  species of birds inhab­it here; however, many species have disappeared because of deforesta­tion and illegal hunting; for example, Great Argust, Helmeted Hornbill, Ferruginous Wood-Partridge, Creasted Fireback etc .
           It is an area with a high density of animal species. A survey reveals that there are 758  kinds of animals. At present, a project on restoration and conservation of the low Plains forest at Khao No Chu Chi has been launched. The Gurney's Pitta is used to represent the forest and animals in the low plains forest. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the largest private bird con­ servation organization in Europe, which is based in the United Kingdom, has sought funding for conserving the bird and would send experts.
           Otherwise, Gurney's Pitta may be extinct from the world. To explore the forest with pleasure and knowl­edge, visitors should contact the nature guidebook at Na Jo Lift or Thung Tiaw Nature Trail from the Office of Khao Pra-Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary There is an asphalt-paved road to the office. There are some rest areas on the way; a hot waterfalls which is 70 metres off the road. From here, the hot springs flow parallel with the mountain through the different levels of slope of the earth's surface in a number of cascades till mixing with the cold water in Klong Thom. Before flowing into the canal, it flows in some small falls with its hot water.
           Another attraction is Morakot (Emerald) Pond. There are two ways to reach this crystal clear water pond. Each way takes a bit over a kilometre. lf you choose the old route, you would see various kinds of colourful birds and butterflies, especially the Gurney's Pitta that may jump or fly across the road close to you. Another way is a new way that TAT has made This way has a nature study trail and infor­mation signs along the route on the edge of the Peat Swamp forest. There are beautiful clusters of sugar palm and fan palm, which are the identity of the low plains evergreen forest and beautiful flowered plants.
           Morakot Pond is a large pond with clear-crystal green water. lt is located almost in the heart of the deep forest within Khao No Chu Chi It is a hot pond but its hot springs cover a vast area. The water springs up from under the ground and cre­ates the pond. Some water runs on the surface of the earth as clear streams which is nice and warm for bathing.
           For trekking lovers, there is a smaller Morakot Pond or 'Nhum Pud' on the hill not far away, which is quite easy and takes a short way to walk. The colour of the water here is a mixture of bright green and blue sky. Though it is a small pond, it is about 6-7 metres in depth. Its sur­rounding environment is beautiful, serene and suitable for real relax­ation among nature.



Exploring Krabi Town
Krabi Beach

            ln comparison with the hot tourist attractions like Phuket, Krabi is now rapidly gaining a name for its many astounding and off beaten track beaches.Ao Nang  is one of Krabi's longest and most popular beaches, which is easily accessible from town. The beach boasts of its crystal-clear and shallow water where sea lovers can catch splendid glimpses of inshore coral reefs. Wide ranges of accommodation with various prices are also available, plus plenty of Thai, Thai-Muslim and Western restaurants.Hat Tham Phra Nang, also known as Ao Phra Nang, is also one of the country's and Krabi's most beautiful beaches. Legend has it that one mythical princess lived here and also controlled the bounty of the sea, hence the name Phra Nang, meaning revered lady". To explore through Phra Nang cave, one should set off from the eastern edge of the bay Set in the high limestone cliffs, the cave is teeming with red tipped phalli placed there by those fishermen as offerings to the lady who can provide them with a bumper harvest. Legend has it that an lndian princess named Sri Guladevi (Si Kunlathewi in Thai) was drowned there, but her spirit came to inhabit a large cave near the wreck lt is widely believed that the princess bestows good luck to those who come to pay her respect.
           About forty minutes walk beyond the cave, one can get fresh air at the concealed lagoon called Sa Phra Nang. On the way, one can admire a panoramic view across nearby Railey Beach. The western part of the beach is plentiful with karst out­crops in assorted shapes and sizes. Standing majestically at the back­drop are the verdant cliffs that sep­arate the beach from the rest of the world. For those daredevils who want to appreciate the aerial vistas of the entire cape, the Poda lslands and Hua Khwan lslands (also' known as Chicken lsland), they can climb to the top of the hill These islands off Laem Phra Nang are perfect for snorkelling. Apart from those two beautiful islands, there are still two more islands in the vicinity; namely, Ko Rang Nok or Bird's Nest and a larger island with an undersea cave.
         A second larger cave on Laem Phra Nang was recently discovered and named Tham Phra Nang Nai or "lnner Cave of the Revered Lady". lt consists of three caverns, each con­ taining some of the most gorgeous limestone formations including a golden-coloured "stone waterfall' of sparkling quartz. Local legend has it that this place serves as the grand palace of the sea princess while Tham Phra Nang is her summer palace. Currently, the prectpitous cliffs around Ao Phra Nang are famous worldwide for their ideal rock-climbing spot Climbing equip­ment maps and instructions are available at beach bungalows on both East and West Rai Lay Beach.
          Hat Railey is divided into two parts the east and the west. The east zone is rather muddy at low tide West Railey beach is somewhat sandier and more attractive than its counterpart.
Hat Nopparat Thara Located about eighteen kilometres northwest of Krabi, this beach is formerly known as Hat Khlong Haeng (Dry Canal Beach) because the canal that flows into the Andaman Sea at this point is dry all year round, except during and right after the monsoon season. The beach is called Hat Nopparat Thara meaning "Beach of the Nine Gem Streams" lt is approximately two kilometres long and forms part of the Hat Nopparat Thara, that is, Ko Phi Phi National Park lt is a perfect retreat for those peace lovers.
Fossilized Shell Cemetery A unique and unusual place off the Krabi's coast is Susaan Hoi or Fossilized Shell Cemetery Situated about seventeen kilometres west of Krabi this wonderful shell cemetery consists of fossilized shells dating back to approximately seventy-five million years that have formed great stone slabs projecting in the sea.
Wat Sai Thai Home to a fifteen-metre reclining Buddha image shielded by an overhanging lime­stone cliff, Wat Sai Thai is once an active monastery. Nowadays, only a handful of monks resides here. The bell tower and some foundations still remain But the highlight of this tem­ple is the gigantic Buddha image .
Wat Tham Suea
Located around ten kilometres northeast of Krabi, Wat Tham Suea or the temple of the tiger cave, one of southern Thailand's most popular temples, is built into a cave set in a limestone cliff. There are two separate stairways leading to a Kuan Yin image (the Mahayana version of Avalokiteshvara who is known as the Chinese Goddess Of Mercy) and to a Lord Buddha's foot­ print sat on a gilded platform and locked behind the gate The first arduous stairway consists of 1,272. Up there one can get the real fresh air and is fascinated with the panoramic scenery The second stairway leads over a gap in the ridge and into the valley of tall trees and limestone caves, Exploring into the caves on your left is real fun. Look for light switches on the walls to light your way chamber by cham­ber through the meandering path until you rejoin the path on the other side. At the back of the main cave there is a marble staircase leading to the Tiger Cave .
National Parks
Khao Phanom Bencha National park This five-hundred square kilo-metre park centres around the 1,350  metres high Khao Phanom Bencha, which is the primary tropical rainfor­est. This national park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including nearly two hundred species of birds and more than thirty mammals including the Asiatic black bear, the Malaysian sun bear and even the clouded leopard. The park also offers two refreshing waterfalls, Huai To and Huai Sadeh Falls.
Than Bok Koranee National Park Established in 1991, this park con­sists of several limestone caves, evergreen forest, mangrove forest, sea, islands, beautiful waterfalls and a botanical garden. lts park office is located at Ao Leuk district.
         The best time to visit is after the monsoon when the water levels go down. At the height of the cool sea­son, emerald waters flow out of a narrow cave into a large pond and then into a wide stream, subdividing into many smaller streams in several stages. At each stage, there is a small pool and little waterfall encom­passed with the gigantic trees thriv­ing around the area and providing endless cool shade.



Sea Gypsy Boat Floating Festival

           This is a rare and unique tradition of the sea gypsies. lt is organized every 15th day of the waxing moon of the 6th and 11th lunar months annually at Ko Lanta The sea gypsy group called 'Urak -lawoi' on this island and neigh­bouring islands would get together to perform this rite of getting rid of bad luck The rite is performed on the beach front near Sala Dan Village. Part of the ritual is singing and dancing on the Rong Haeng rhythm around the boat. The rite would go on for 3 days, and the villages would make their boats of Salacca Palm called 'Plachak" for floating into the sea. Hair, nails or anything that could take bad luck away would be put into the boat. At night of the third day, the boats would be floated to try one's fortune lf the boat floats out to sea without any obstacle, it is believed that the person's life would be better since all bad luck has gone with the boat, but if the boat returns to the bank it is considered as a bad omen. Therefore, an effort is made to pull the boats free away from the bank.
Krabi-Andaman Fair
          This fair is organized annually in November as an opening to the tourism season for the province. lt features enjoyable activities, cultural performances and various kinds of water sports competition.
Pun Thao Gong Birthday Fair
          Pun Thao Gong is the name of a deity remaining in a shrine in Krabi city. Residents of Chinese origin jointly organize the birthday anniversary commem­oration for him in January annually. The fair is organized at Chao Fa Pier in front of Krabi Town. Besides inviting the God to take over the body of a medi­um, other deities are also invited to the occasions The deities in mediums would perform various miracles. The long and well-decorated processions would passes along the roads and old markets area. All devotees would eat only veg­etarian food throughout the fair for purifying their body and the inner mind.



Suggested route:
By Car
          There are also 2 routes. From Bangkok using Highway No. 4 until Chumphon passing Lang Suan, Wiangsa and Chaiya districts in Surat Thani. Then contin­ue on Highway No. 4035. When reaching Ao Luck district, turn onto Highway No. 4 to reach Krabi, a distance of 814  kilometres.
By Bus 
        The government  enterprise. Transportation Company Limited operates daily buses between  Bangkok-Krabi  The buses leave from the Southern Bus Terminal on Borom Ratchoni Road (Pinklao Nakhon Chaisri) Kilometer No. 3. The buses are of VIP Air-conditioned Standard 1 and standard 2 and Non Air-conditroned ones. For VIP and Air-conditioned Standard 1 Tel: 0-2435-1200, 0­2435-1199. For ordinary non air-conditioned and Air-conditioned Standard 2 buses Tel: 0-­2435-11 95.
Private Joint Bus Gompanies
Contact Lignite Tour Company Tel: 0-2435-5016
By Train
           There are no direct lines to these  province ; however if one wants to travel part­ly by train to  Krabi, one has to take a train to Thung Song Junction or to Nakhon Sri Thammarat or Trang, and continue to Krabi by bus. For more detailed information, please contact the Travel Services Section State Railway of Thailand Tel: 0-2223-7010, 0-2223-­7020
By  Plane
           Thai Airways (Public) Company Limited has many flights between Bangkok -Krabi Tel: 0-2280-0060 PB Air Company Limited has return flights between Bangkok and Krabi every Friday and Sunday Tel: 0-­2535-4843 .
Means of Transportation within the Province
           Krabi has a songtaew stand in front of the Vouge Department Store. Songtaews from here go to different destinations in and around the city.
Traveling to the Islands
Phi Phi Island
           From Krabi-embark the boat at Chao Fa Pier. There are 2 boats daily taking a 90-minute journey From Phuket-there is a one-day tourist boat. Contact the boat company in Phuket. Taxi boats are also available twice a day at Ratsada Road Pier.
Ko Lanta
           The visitors can easily take an exotic trip to Ko Lanta by public boat that always departs from Chao Fa Pier in Krabi Town area as 1 trip per day scheduling.
Ko Rok
           Easily for all tourists the boats rental ser­vices are available at Kantang District Pier, Trang province, directly heading to Ko Rok.
Ko Yao Noi
           There are daily boats leaving from Bang Rong Pier in Phuket, the Customs Pier in Phang Nga, and Laemsak Pier in Ao Luck dis­trict, Krabi to Ko Yao Noi.
                  For those who prefer to go to Ko Yao Yai, firstly start at Ko Yao Noi or Tiansin Pier in Phuket province.