You can’t visit Thailand without experiencing the country’s incredible beaches. And since flights and ferries go to Krabi daily, the resort town is a perfect place for you to bask in the beauty of the Andaman Sea for a few days before taking off for other must-see Thailand destinations. We asked Veerasak Siburunang, general manager of the secluded five-star Rayavadee Resort (nestled in the photo above), for a few tips on how to make sure your trip to Krabi is an exotic one.
1. Kayak with monkeys
Kayak through lush mangrove forests at Ta Lane Nature Reserve. Ta Lane’s cliffs, caverns and green “alleys” full of birds and curious monkeys are where nature-lovers should spend a day. Great for kids, too.
2. Rise to new heights with a rock-climbing lesson
If you’re going to go rock climbing, you might as well do it in paradise. Raiay Beach is surrounded by magnificent limestone cliffs, and climbing instructors for all skill levels abound.
3. Have a candlelit dinner in a cave
Don’t feel like climbing??Rayavadee’s Grotto restaurant allows non-thrill seekers to enjoy dinner under a sheer limestone cliff face with views over Phranang Beach and Happy Island.
4. Take in the “view from above” at Tiger Cave Temple
Climb the 1,000-plus steps to the top platform of this local Buddhist pilgrimage site built around a steep cliff formation and enjoy stunning views over the plains below.
5. Get diving certification
Take a three-day dive course and explore the beautiful coral reefs of Krabi’s underwater world — for half the cost of certification in the U.S.
6. Experience Phranang Beach
Consistently voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Phranang Beach’s clear waters are perfect for a dip, snorkeling, kayaking or just enjoying a stroll on the soft, white sand. There is a shrine to a local princess in a cave at one end of the beach, which is definitely worth a visit for a bit of insight into local beliefs.