Ao Nang Beach as the sun goes down.
Stunningly Beautiful and Relatively Peaceful
Three hours drive south east from Phuket is the province of Krabi. Its an area of some truly stunning scenery dominated by majestic limestone formations, sheer cliffs and dark-forested hills.
Krabi Town is the capital but the most popular place to stay is Ao Nang Beach, a small tourist village in a fabulous location surrounded by jungle-covered hills and cliffs.
Main Tourist Areas : Ao Nang township is where most of the hotel accommodation, tourist shopping and night entertainment is. Ten minutes away by water taxi are the Railay Beach resorts which have the advantage of exclusive access to one of Thailand's best beaches.
There are some other attractive beaches such as Tubkaak that have also have top class resorts nearby which suit people looking for the ultimate in peace and tranquility.
Krabi Town, which is about 20 minutes drive from Ao Nang, has generally cheaper accommodation but lacks the beautiful surrounding scenery of other Krabi locations.
Things to Do :
Scuba diving - one of the best places for scuba divers to base themselves being only an hour or two away from many of the absolute best Andaman diving sites. Further afield but still within day-trip distance are the islets of HinDaeng and HinMuang that are frequented by manta rays and whale sharks
Sea Tours - you can hire a long-tail boat and crew for the day to visit some of the many nearby islands with their attractive crescent-shaped beaches or go on guided launch trips that show the most popular ones. Also popular are the sea kayak tours that allow close examination of the wildlife and stunning natural formations present in some of the limestone islands such as caverns and and overhanging cliffs.
Fishing - sea fishing charters or freshwater fishing lakes where you are just about guranteed to catch something.
Other Attractions - tiger temple, monkey island, hot springs.
Dining &Nightlife : Ao Nang township has many excellent restaurants serving both Thai and international cuisine.
There are two main areas of bars that provide lively music and hostesses to entertain but there are also many quieter establishments to be found along the beach road that may suit couples and families more.
Additional Notes : Krabi is only about three hours drive from Phuket and, although not as famous or popular, is considered by many to be even more attractive. Its quieter with a lot less adult themed nightlife making it very popular with families and couples seeking a romantic holiday.