Krabi located approximately 814 kilometers from Bangkok. Krabi is one of most attractive destinations in southern Thailand. Encompassing an area of 4,708 square kilometers, the western border of Krabi is the Andaman Sea, the northern borders are Surat Thani and Phang-nga Provinces, the southern borders are Trang Province and the Andaman Sea and the eastern borders are Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang Provinces. Krabi is an ideal getaway destination teeming with natural attractions including white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous large and small islands and verdant forests with caves and waterfalls.
Krabi‘s topography is mostly mountains and highlands separated by plains in some parts. Flowing through Krabi City to the Andaman Sea at Pak Nam Sub-district is Maenam Krabi which is 5 kilometers in length. In addition, there are several canals originating from the province”s highest mountain range, Khao Phanom Bencha including Khlong Pakasai, Khlong Krabi Yai and Khlong Krabi Noi. Lush mangrove forests line the canals and the banks of Maenam Krabi particularly before it empties into the Andaman Sea. The provinces sandy soil conditions are suitable for growing various agricultural products, particularly rubber trees, palms, coconuts, cashew nuts and coffee.
Due to the influence of the tropical monsoon, there are only two seasons in Krabi; the hot season from January to April and the rainy season from May to December. Temperatures range between 17 °C and 37 °C.
Krabi is administratively divided into 8 Amphoes (Districts): Amphoe Mueang, Khao Phanom, Khlong Thom, Plai Phraya, Ko Lanta, Ao Luek, Lam Thap, and Nuea Khlong. The provinces jurisdiction covers not only in-land districts and sub-districts, but also extends to more than 130 large and small islands including the world famous Phi Phi Islands.
In addition, Krabi is the location of two world class beaches Ao Nang and Hat Rai Le which offer numerous diving trips, restaurants, shops etc. Additional attractions in the province are stunning limestone cliffs and rock formations which make it a heaven for rock climbers and a National Park located approximately 40 kilometers outside of town with lakes, caves and spectacular natural scenery.
History of Krabi
Some archeologists claim that Krabi City is one of the older settlements in the country as there is archaeological evidence indicating that this area had been home to homosapiens during the prehistoric times or between 25,000 – 35,000 B. C. The assumption has been strongly supported by the discovery of stone tools, ancient colored pictures, beads, pottery and skeletal remains in the provinces cliffs and caves.
In 1200 A.D., the area was known as Ban Thai Samo, one of 12 royal cities that had a monkey as the town symbol. During this period of time, Krabi was under the rule of the Kingdom of Ligor, a city better known today as Nakhon Si Thammarat.
During the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910), the community was known as Pakasai Sub-county and remained under the direct jurisdiction of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.
Around 1872, King Rama V elevated Pakasai Sub-county to Krabi Province with the provincial administration office situated at Krabi-yai Sub-county (currently, the office is located near the estuary at Pak Nam Sub-district) and in 1875, ordered the separation of Krabi Province from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
During the present reign, the corps of civil servants, merchants, and the people of Krabi and nearby provinces have collectively organized the construction of a royal residence at Laem Hang Nak Cape which is thirty kilometers west of Krabi Town on the Andaman coast to be presented to His Majesty the King.
Origin of the name “Krabi”
There are two legends concerning the origin of the name “Krabi”. The first is that villagers presented a large ancient sword (or krabi) that was discovered by chance to the governor. Later when a smaller, on discovering a smaller one, it was also presented to the governor. Regarded as sacred and auspicious, the governor decided to keep them in the province. As the process for the establishment of the province was still in progress, the swords were placed crossing each other in Khao Khanap Nam cave. Since then, the crossed swords have remained a part of the provincial seal.
The second legend is that “Krabi” was derived from the name of a local tree known as “Lumphi”. The Malay and Chinese merchants mispronunciation of the name to “Ka-lu-bi” or “Kho-lo-bi” finally resulted in “Krabi” (or sword).
Noppharat Thara Beach
Hat Noppharat Thara,the uncrowded beach lined with pine trees and cocont groves,is where the park head quarters is situaterd. Accommodation is available.
Ao Nang,6 kms from the Noppharat Thara Beach,is a large bay with scenic beaches and 83 small islands.A number of hotels and bungalows as diving shops are available.
Ao Rai Lay
This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Rai Le provides visitors with peace and quiet as it is a broad sandy beach with fewer facilities than Ao Nang…
Named after the strange rock formation which looks like the head and neck of an ostrich, chicken or similar member of the fowl family.
This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji which is supposedly Thailand’s last piece of virgin and fertile forest. The intensity of the pools turquoise colored water varies according to the light and time…
Despite being a hazard to ships this submerged open water reef on the outer edge of the Andaman Sea is a superb diving spot featuring diverse colorful corals.
The waterfall, located quite near to the Emerald pool, is in a shady forest area with numerous hot springs. The hot springs and cool streams converge on a slope to form lovely cascades of warm water with a temperature of 40-50 degrees Celsius…
Huay Toh Waterfall
Located approximately 500 meters from the Park”s office, this waterfall flows over rocks into 11 huge pools, each with their own name, such as Wang Thewada, Wang Sok, and Wang Chan. Another 3-tiered waterfall originating from a high-altitude cliff…
Khao Khanap Nam
These mountains,walling the krabi River in between,are somewhat aymbol of the town. It is accessible with in 15 minutes by long tail-boat from Tha Chao Fa,the main pier in the town.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Located 20 kilometers from Krabi along Talat Kao-Ban Huai To Road, the Park covers a total area of 50 square kilometers including some parts of Amphoe Ao Luk, Amphoe Khao Phanom, and Amphoe Mueang. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park has pristine, …
Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Ban Bang Tiao, 18 kilometers from Amphoe Khlong Thom. Major attractions in this Sanctuary include a 2.7-kilometer nature trail through lowland forests, the Emerald Pool and a variety of natural …
Ko Ha (Five Island)
An archipelago of five islands, Ko Ha Yai is where shallow water coral reefs are located.
This attraction is actually comprised of two islands: Ko Rok Nai and Ko Rok Nok. Ko Rok Nai is composed mainly of steep cliffs with superb beachs and unspoiled coral reefs among rocks.
This small island has a long sandy beach in the east and unspoiled shallow water coral reefs at the beachfront. The island is accessible by taking a ferry and a chartered boat from Pak Meng Pier, Trang province.
Mu Ko Hong
Mu Ko Hong consists of a group of limestone islands including Ko Lao or Ko Sa Ka, Ko Lao Riam, Ko Pakka, Ko Lao La Ding and Ko Hong or Ko Lao Li Pe which is the biggest island to the south. The attractions on these islands include fine beaches,…
Mu Ko Lanta National Park
Covering an area of 152 square kilometers, the Park is comprised of many different-sized islands, some of which are surrounded by beautiful coral reefs such as Ko Ha, Ko Rok and Ko Hai.
Nopparat Thara Beach – Phi Phi Islands National Park
This lies in Tambon Nong Talay, Tambon Sai Thai, Tambon Ao Nang, and Tambon Park Nam, with many interesting places to see. Among which are:
Lies also to the north of Phi Phi Don, not far from Koh Yung.
Phi Phi Don Island
Covers a total ares of 28 square kilometers: 8 kilometers in length and 3.5 at its broadest point.
Phi Phi Lay Island
Phi Phi Lay is smaller, 6.6 sq. kms. and promises a variety of different cultural experiences. Apart from the amazingly beautiful Maya Bay, where they filmed the movie ”The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Colourful sea gypsies also live here and the
Activities at Krabi
Big game fishing is another popular activity in Krabi. Our Reception will suggest you who know the best places to find the fish: a catch is so assured, that the companies even advertise their tours as ‘No Fish, No Pay!’. Day excursions are the norm, but you can also charter a boat to go out before dawn, or at night. Of course, you can keep whatever you catch and our Frittomisto restaurant will be happy to grill your fresh barracuda, or giant white snapper for free.
can be played on Krabi’s single course, the Pakasai Country Club, located around 30 km. from the Emerald Garden Resort and 11 km. from the Krabi airport, in Neua Klong District. Our Resort offer golf package tours, often with a stop off at other places of interest, or the driving range in Krabi Town along the way. With green and caddy fees, a round here comes to about 1.200 Baht – including equipment hire. For serious golfers, the world-class greens of Phuket are a short, two-hour drive away.
People of all ages are welcome to try the most challenging sport with 100% safty record. One of the world top ten rock climbing sites, Rai Leh is a very perfect place with stunning sea view and many wonderful cliffs and caves with quality limestone.You can get great satisfaction using your strength nd skill to gain the heingts
Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
This is the magic area for Scuba diving and snorkelling, with tremendous numbers of gorgeous tropical fish,beautiful live coral and warm and clear turquoise blue water. There are 15 dive sites off Ao Nang,which is reachable within 20-60 minutes by boat. and more
Sea Canoeing or Kayaking
The crystal water, sea-cliffs,and mangrove-rimmed canals are the charms that make Krabi a wonderful site for kayaking. There are options of rental from hour to half -day or day trips into the spectacular and remote mangrove channels, Ao Tha Lane and Ao Luk, where you can see monkeys, otters and many beautiful birds. Krabi river is another exciting site for kayaking. The Hong Island is further away but an unforgettable experience.