The province of Krabi is located in the east coast of southern Thailand and flanked on one side by the Andaman Sea and the other by the dense National Parks of the province. The province is one of the most popular places for tourists who come here to enjoy the tropical climate, exotic islands, untouched national forests, abundant dive sites, pristine sandy white beaches and an adventure of a lifetime. The most popular and high season for the province is from the months of late October to March and the peak season is in November to January where visitors to Krabi will have to make bookings for hotels and flights to Krabi in advance. In general, Krabi province is most noted for its National Parks, islands and caves. Travellers to this region can expect a variety of activities in Krabi such as island hopping tours in Krabi, adventure tours in Krabi, scuba diving tours in Krabi as well as the Krabi town and temple tours. Note that I have included the keywords in for you so that it is easy for you to search for a specific title from this blog!
The first thing to greet you when you touch down in Krabi province is the warm coastal air. Getting to your hotel should be easy if you have made prior arrangements for a hotel transfer from the airport but in the event that you have not, then there is always the regular taxi service at the airport or bus terminal if you have travelled by bus from Bangkok. You trip to Krabi might also have been pre-planned but again, if you have not and it is a free and easy holiday for you then there are so many activities for you to choose from! The beach is always the biggest lure for most travellers, much like bait on a hook that is irresistible but who can blame you when you gaze at the gleaming clear blue sea with palm trees swaying in the breeze. There are many notable beach destinations in Krabi so depending n where you have booked your hotel, some places that you would like to visit are just a van or taxi ride away to the nearest land attraction or jetty to catch a boat ride. Other modes of transport in Krabi include self drive car rentals in Krabi which mean you are pretty much on your own, so get a hold of a good map or a GPS for directions. The other means of transport include hired taxis and vans or the noisy yet iconic tuk-tuks which are 3 wheeled bike taxis that have the distinct putt-putt sound, hence its name or if you are a risk taker, then you can opt for the motorbike taxis who are easily recognizable from the colourful vest they wear. Be warned that these guys sometimes ride like a bat out of hell on the roads!
Some beaches on Krabi are more popular than others but remember that the more popular it is, also the more crowded so if you are looking for some peace and quiet during your holiday, select one that is more exclusive or further away. The popular beach sites can be noisy and rowdy in the evenings as there are more entertainment places and off course a more vibrant nightlife. Entertainment and dining in Krabi is as wide as your taste buds can care to handle and more. You can find anything here from the local Thai cuisine, street food all the way up to Michelin star gourmand offerings, so food should not be a problem and for you diehard fast food fans, yes there are McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut outlets in Krabi.
The highlights that draw visitors to Krabi are not just limited to the beaches. There are many other attractions in Krabi that entice the visitors such as the many National Parks of Krabi, the marine parks of Krabi, the caves of Krabi and off course the Islands of Krabi. Depending on the length of your stay here you can include a few of these tourist attractions in your travel and tour itinerary to Krabi. An ideal number of days to spend here would be about 4 to 5 days that will give you an opportunity to at the very least visit some of these attractions. Included within these tours and sightseeing packages of Krabi are activities such as scuba diving in Krabi Marine Parks, elephant trekking in Krabi, white water rafting and ATV adventures in Krabi as well as island hopping to Phi Phi Island and Koh Lanta in Krabi. For the more extreme adventurer there are cave explorations by kayak in Krabi as well as the strenuous but rewarding rock climbing activities in Krabi which is blessed with many limestone caves and walls for climbers of all experience types. The packages for these activities come complete with required equipment and safety training.
IF you are an avid scuba diver, the November to March time frame is considered the best diving times of the year where the whether conditions are good, the sea is calm and on many occasions you will be able to experience mirror water effects that provide a clarity of 40 to 50 feet which is great for exploring and underwater photography. There are many dive establishments in Krabi which you can check out and they offer beginner courses as well as open water advance courses. Krabi is a great place to learn scuba diving as some of the dive spots are calm and the topography gradual so a beginner can opt for a beach dive or a boat dive depending on the comfort level.
Making your way to Krabi is also quite easy, there are direct flights from Bangkok to Krabi or you could take a bus or even mini van to the province. You would have to check with your travel agent about transfers and transportation to Krabi as some of them do arrange these for you. Once you get there it will be nothing but fun, fun and more fun in the sun!
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