Holiday Hotels Close to Krabi Island Beaches Thailand
Book hotel accommodation near Krabi's best beaches well in advance. That is if you're planning a holiday near one of many famous Krabi provice beautiful beahes during Thailand's tourist season months October to May. If you leave it too late to book, you'll only be left with expensive last pick hotels. Tourist hot spots in Krabi like Ao Nang has limited area because it is surrounded by sceinic, towering krasts.
Krabi is the best tourist destination in Thailand. We returned to Krabi on recent familiarisation tour and discovered there's a lot more to Krabi than some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world.
Accommodation near Krabi airport is in Krabi town, the administrative center of Krabi province. For most tourists it is a transit place to get to Kabi beaches. Try getting to Krabi beach hotels in the day time so that you can see the steep limestone cliff, geological sedimentary formations with jungle hanging off them in the drive from Phuket, Penang or Surat Thani. They are on land as well as the spectacular, famous peaks which jut out of the Straights of Malacca.
HOW TO GET TO KRABI
Most buses to Krabi from Penang, "Surat Thani" and Phuket leave in the morning. Prices depend on size and quality of buses. Most tourists catch the big double dekker comfortable luxury coaches. Cheap mini buses to Krabi are popular too but not as comfortable.
Travel agents/tourisit information centres and hotels sell land and sea tours. The guided tours of Krabi are in big coaches while popular sea tours are in long tail boats from Ao Nang Beach and on bigger boats out of the port near "Noppharat Thara Beach" and the Krabi town passenger port. Look for fixed price government boat ticket selling offices on the beaches of Krabi selling boat tickets for passage to the islands near Krabi. Examples of return day boat trips from Ao Nang to Krabi Islands: 200 baht per person only to Railay Beach. The Koh Poda return fare, 300 baht.
AO NANG BEACH
We booked an Ao Nang Beach hotel a couple of months
ahead online with breakfast included but it was not enought to get what
we wanted because many Ao Nang beachfront hotels were booked out. Our hotel
accommodation near Ao Nang Beach long tail boat ticket sales office, near
the corner of the main road into Ao Nang Beach and "Walking Street"
is near Thai long tail boat beach departures to tour islands near Ao Nang
Beach. Our Bangladeshie owned hotel was close to An Nang Beach but not beachfront
accommodation. The $62 per night hotel room is big. The hotel swimming pool
is small. There was sand in the bed, the advertised free internet did not
work, the shower door jammed, the shower leaked water onto the floor, noisy
at night, slightly stained sheets. We had read bad reviews but booking online
late left us no better choices. On the first day we tried walk-in rack rates
for a couple of smaller hotels near Ao Nang Beach but they were booked out.
Beachfront accommodation near Ao Nang Beach in the tourist season is in
high demand, at premium prices.
As with most costal towns in Thailand, seafood is the specialty. Street food is delisious and cheaper than most restaurants. Food is slightly more expensive than Phuket. There are a lot of good seafood restaurants and a supprising number of Italian restaurants near Ao Nang Beach.
Traffic congestion is a problem near Ao Nang Beach. As with the rest of Thailand be extra wary of traffic. Faded cross-walk paint and many Thai drivers' reluctance to give way to pedestrians at crosswalks makes crossing the road at Ao Nang DANGEROUS. If you drink don't drive, don't wear black clothing at night when walking accross "Walking Street".
Railay Beach is arguably the best beach
in the world. If I wasn't a surfer, I'd agree because it has shady white
sandy beaches, calm clear water perfect for kids/poor swimmers, and SPECTACULAR
mountain scenery at each end of the Railay Beach. It is one of the most
photographed beaches in the world.
Map of Ralay Beach
BIG Google map of Raylay Beach
Kho Poda in the "Straights of Malacca" is one of the most beautiful islands in the WORLD with one of the world's beach beach holiday destinations for travellers via Krabi Thailand. I'm qualified to write this opinion because I lived on THE BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD, (according to the founder of the "Lonely Planet" publications) in the South Pacific for 10 years.
Book/buy boat tickets to Koh Poda (sounds like a brand of tractor) from the Krabi government's booking office on the corner of "Walking Street" and the main road into Ao Nang. Depending on sea conditions, it takes about 25 minutes by longtail boat to Koh Poda. Take a note of your boat number which starts with the letter "A" or "N". My boat was N100. Each long tail boat takes about 10 passengers however I did see a non-numbered hotel long tail boat arrive, overloaded with passengers with its gunnals close to the waterline.
Accommodation near Koh Poda beach is limited to 5 villas so you're better off with accommodation near Ao Nang beach and boating in @ 300 baht per passenger. The restaurant on Koh Poda sells a bottle of water @ 70 baht while the beach bar and longtail food boat sell @ 30 baht.
Map of Koh Poda Krabi
EMERALD POOL, KRABI
We hired a car at Ao Nang and drove past Krabi airport to Emeral Pool
with a stop along the way at the Tiger Cave Temple
to climb 1,200 steps to the top of a krast with a huge sitting Buddha
statue on top. This mountain top Buddhist monument at the Tiger Cave
Temple is a major Krabi tourist attraction.
Travelling south to Emerald Pool we saw a lot of tourists on hired
motorbikes heading to Emerald Pool. If you drive past car park security
sprooking with whistles, you'll get free parking near the Emerald Pool
entrance. The walk along the mountain path through tropical jungle and
clear water mountain streams is along worth the trip to Emerald Pool.
You'll think you've arrived at paradise when you get to Emerald Pool.
This super clear water pool in it's jungle setting is AMAZING. A
waterfall cascades into the Emerald pool. with a depth of about 1.5
metres it's a perfect family holiday destination in Krabi.
HOT SPRING WATERFALL, Krabi
Travel on from Krabi's Emerald Pool to nearby Namtok Ron Khlong Thom. This hot spring waterfall cascades into a cool water mountain stream. Also set in tropical beautiful tropical jungle. Sitting under this hot waterfall (if you can bare the heat) while your feet is in a cool mountain streem, is a must thing to do in Krabi.
NOPPHARAT THARA BEACH
Accommodation near "Noppharat Thara Beach"
includes camping near the port. "Noppharat Thara Beach" is within
walking distance near Ao Nang Beach or a short TukTuk ride from
"Klong Mouang Beach" near up-market brand name hotels. If you want to travel
to a jutting out of the sea Krabi island without going by boat, wade over
the sand bar near Noppharat port to a monolithic island in the MORNING if
you want the over hanging limestone rock for shade.
Youtube Videos of Krabi
Cliff Diving video
Krabi Islands Summary
Popular Krabi Island beaches in Thailand are in the clear water of the Straights of Malacca. Accommodation on Krabi islands is limited. Holiday accommodation on the mainland of Thailand near Krabi Islands is at Ao Nang and NoppharatThara Beach.See Thai beach holidays at Phuket near Khao Lak or Google+ Thailand
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