Beaches

AO NANG BEACH
Ao Nang beach became popular only 10 years ago, it has since become one of the most developed beaches in the area. Less crowded and more quiet, it gives a more peaceful atmosphere to the tourists then does the large Krabitown. The majestic looking limestone cliffs rising straight from calm, clear waters of the sea and the long beach line that runs the whole length of the resort are great attractions. The shallow coast line is very safe for children to play with the waves. The facilities for boat trips are well organized in the beach. The Tourism sector takes care of the food requirements at the sea front itself with a wide range of restaurants and food stalls. Ao Nang beach is home to a wide range of accommodation facilities from simple guest houses to 5 star resorts. Access to the beach by either boat or road exists, this area is a great base camp to make before journeying out to the islands or various beaches the region has to offer.
HAT NOPPHARAT THARA BEACH
This beach is next to Ao Nang beach and is much less developed. The beach is rather shallow and in order to find deep water a visitor must walk out for some distance, making it a great place for photography. If you are in the mood for a BBQ on the beach this is the place to come as finding shade and a lack of tourists is much easier done here then on the sister Ao Nang beach.
RAILAY OR RAILEY BEACH & (HAT THAM BEACHES)
Two of the most popular beaches in Ao Nang peninsula are Railay and Tonsai beaches. the region is adjacent to Ao Nang beach but is only accessible by boat as the peninsula is protected by a huge range of mountains.
Railay has excellent accommodation available which gives an added attraction to this beach. There are plenty of rock formations in the area providing for world class rock climbing, where athletes come from around the world to enjoy, Railay now is the host to a few international competitions which draw contestants from around the world.
Caves with stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular attraction in the area, as is quite typical of this area, the limestone geology has forged many interesting rock formations and makes for awe inspiring views and photos.
Rai Leh beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of the world, and this is one of Krabi's most unique areas.
PRA NANG BEACH
Connected to Rai Lei by a small path is Phra Nang (not to be confused with Ao Nang) on the outer most point of the headland, backed by a limestone cliff which soars above the beach providing some welcome shade in the hot afternoon. At the bottom of the cliff lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok - local legend surrounds the cave and local fishermen leave offerings for good fortune.
It's a great beach to simply hang out. In the late morning the "sandwich boats" arrive. Local longtail boats equipped with ice boxes, bread and sandwich ingredients. Fancy a cheese and ham baguette? Freshly made and not expensive, the ladies on the boats will serve with a smile and often a free piece of fruit. Swimming and snorkeling can be enjoyed off this pristine white sandy beach, and from here it is possible to hike to the top of the headland to get spectacular views of the entire area.
PODA BEACH
Koh Poda is a 15 minute long tail boat ride from Ao Nang beach, it is easily accessible from Ao Nang and is a great place to spend the afternoon with your friends and family. Poda Beach is famous for its pure white sandy beach and warm waters. Sunbathing and snorkeling are very popular activities here. There is a small drinks area set up for visitors where you can buy cocktails, water, ice cream and simple sandwiches.Koh Poda is one of the premier beaches in Krabi and is a must see for visitors.
PHI PHI ISLAND BEACHES
These islands are some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. This is one of the much sought after locations in Krabi province. The superb scenery of these islands are not just limited to the silvery sand beaches and the Emerald green sea, the seas also boasts a massive amount of underwater life. a 45 minute speedboat ride or 1.5 hour relaxing cruise will get you to Koh Phi Phi.
Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two islands. Covering some 28 square km area, this is in the northern part of the island. Phi Phi Don has several long white sand beaches fringed by palms in-between mountain ranges which provide for great sheltered calm waters for beach and water activities. Plenty of accommodation is available throughout Phi Phi from your simple 200THB bungalow to a high end 5 star resort. In peak season (December 15th-January 15th) it is a good idea to book your accommodation first as most places fill up quite fast.
There are many restaurants in Phi Phi Don, everything from local Thai cuisine and fresh seafood to Swedish, French, Italian and general European cuisine. Just stroll around the streets and follow your nose!
Phi Phi Lei is just south of Phi Phi Don and is home to most of the islands diving sites. There is no accommodation on this island as it is full of cliffs and not habitable. Rugged cliff surfaces with sparse vegetation rising straight from the sea bed to one hundred meters or more and provide real challenge to the rock climbing enthusiasts.
There are several caves where birds roost in their multitudes. The sea swallows make their gelatinous nests in these caves. And these nests are some delicacy in the Chinese cuisine.

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