The Ultimate Guide Before You Plan for your Next Trip
Known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs, Phuket is one of the most beautiful and popular islands of Thailand. The wide beaches of Phuket welcome plenty of tourists from around the world and these beaches offer you the perfect place to sit, enjoy, and a wild night party. You can also indulge in various kinds of water-based games like surfing, snorkeling, and jet-skiing. Apart from the beaches Phuket is also known for its natural reserves providing home for many exotic wild animals like tigers and elephants. The thick green forest covers and the turquoise blue water sets the perfect background as you will get the perfect opportunity to shop and eat from the various street stalls.
Dig your feet in the soft white sand and breathe the fresh jungle-air in this mesmerizing coastal planes of western Thailand.
Evident from its name the Emerald Pool of Krabi is a pool known for its exotic color and beauty. The aquamarine color of the pools attract a lot of tourist from all over the world as the glittering natural beauty is sure to capture your imagination. You will start your trip of the wondrous Emerald Pools from the wildlife sanctuary office and take the forest path surrounded by the virgin rain forest. Once you reach your destination you are free to take a dip and enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The forest is known for its huge population of tropical plants and birds and the mind-blowing natural setting will transport you to another world.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island
With its stunning beauty and spectacular location it is not a surprise that Phi Phi Island was once featured in a Hollywood movie featuring Oscar Winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Rising like a steep medieval fortress the Phi Phi Island is known for its fascinating limestone cliffs and beach-front thick dense jungle. Quite far from the madding crowd of Bangkok the Phi Phi Island gives you a kind of peace and calm that you can savor for a considerable amount of time. The surrounding water of the ocean is crystal clean thereby allowing you a great sight of the marine mammals and the sea turtles. Phi Phi Island also has many charming restaurants and resorts where you can relax and have a great time.
The Railay Beach is the most popular beach in
Krabi and with transparent water and beautiful
stretch of powdery white sand this beach offers
the most natural setting in entire Thailand.
Whilst most of the Thai beach offers a vibrant
party scene with lots of food shacks and live
music this beach of Krabi is something
completely unique. Hidden under the shades of
palm trees and might limestone caves this place
is bound to give you some kind of heavenly feel.
It is certainly a divers' paradise as you can
engage in many activities in the peaceful and
tranquil waters of Railay Beach.
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
No destination of Thailand cannot be without its thick dense natural forests and Thung Teao Forest stands out for Krabi. Fabled beauty is definitely the phrase which should be used to describe this beautiful forest as the exotic plants, animals, and birds are always a sight to treasure. This natural park is the home to many birds which you will never find anywhere else in the world. The lovely Pitta Gurney bird is a common sight in this part of the country and the tall trees makes it impossible for sunlight to enter into certain parts of the forest. There is also a dazzling waterfall at the middle of the forest as tourists can enjoy its wonderful view from up-close.
Krabi is not known as a fine dining destination unlike Bangkok or Chiang Mai. However, there are many mid-range eateries out here which will simply blow your mind. Particularly if you go to Railay Beach there you will be spoiled with options to grab a bite during the day and dine at the evening. The readily available Thai seafood in this restaurants also helps you save much time as once you are in Krabi you will need to do plenty of traveling. The old Krabi Town is also a delightful place to find a good place to eat, especially by the bay.
Available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50 and 20 currency notes, Thai Bahts are the one and only currency acceptable in Krabi. The entire coastlines are highly dominated by small villages, towns, and beach side markets the economy of Krabi is mostly cash dependent. There are many FOREX offices in the airport and also in various other locations around the province. That is why it is important that you convert your currency adequately so that you do not have any hindrance in dining out in Krabi or sailing to a nearby island and enjoy a cozy night out.
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The city where the monitor lizards roam safely with people welcomes you with smiles and wonders.
If you look around, nature and animals are everywhere in Krabi. With lush green forests and wide coastal areas flora and fauna are in abundance when it comes to Krabi. The coastline and the backwaters of Krabi has a very dense Mangrove forestation as you will also find some palm and pine trees up in the planes. Apart from those the forest land of Krabi are also covered in many shrubs, varieties of orchids and mosses are found around the lakes and waterfalls. There are in fact 120 types of plants and tropical trees in Krabi and as many as 250 types of herbal trees and ferns. Fruit plants like mangoes, coconuts, tamarinds, and gooseberries. The water-bodies have sea lilies and other aquatic plants.
The forests of Krabi are also known for its huge habitat of insects like butterflies and moths. Beautiful birds like the Gurney's Pitta, which is the rarest bird in entire Thailand, can be seen in the national parks and forests of Krabi. Apart from that you can also see mighty horn-bills and other tropical birds. The forests of Krabi are also the home to various kinds of languors and the crab eating macaque monkeys. Reptiles like monitor lizards, snakes, and crocodiles reside in abundance in Krabi. In the coastal region you will find a great variety of sea turtle and other aquatic animals.
As the province of Krabi is quite close to the sea the festivals and events celebrated here are mostly sea-centric. The people of Krabi depend hugely on their fishing communities and that is why there are many festivals which are related to the sea and the marine lives of Krabi. Like for instance the Loi Ruea Chao Le Festival is an unique local festival of Krabi where they celebrate with the floating boats of the Sea Gypsies who reside in some villages bordering the coastal planes of Krabi. The Krabi Boek Fa Andaman Festival is also another maritime festival celebrating the opening of the Andaman Sea to the foreign tourists. The Chak Phra Festival Krabi is another local festival which attracts the Buddhist monks as they celebrate the overall maritime history and culture of the land.
Apart from the sea inclined maritime festivals Krabi also has a very own Rock Climbing event which gathers a decent crowd every year. Then there is the Lantaa-Lanta Festival, held every March in the old Krabi Town in order to create a harmony between the locals and the visitors. The Sat Duan Sip Festival is also quite popular in Krabi which is held in the tenth lunar month. The traditional Thai festivals like Songkran and Loi Krathong are also celebrated in the province of Krabi.
As it is typical for any coastal province of Thailand, Krabi is being frequented by people from all over South-East Asia and for that reason it has a very vibrant and multi-cultural vibe. Whilst Buddhism is the major religion of the place there are many Hindus, Christians, and Muslim people also staying in Krabi. The people of Krabi are mostly friendly and hospitable by nature and they are tolerant towards other religions. There are major Taoist and Mogen population in certain region of Krabi maing it an ideal melting pot of South-East Asian cultures.
It is true that Krabi does not have an architectural heritage unlike Chiang Mai. However, the place itself is rich in history of people coming from different parts of Thailand and China. Krabi has also a long-lasting history of being recognized as the major trading hub of Thailand. The local communities of Krabi are humble and low-profile with most of them being farmers, traders, and fishermen. With the support of the local government the artistic communities are also thriving here in Krabi as there are many marketing platforms present where they can come and sell their products.