Krabi - Thailand's Beach Paradise

Krabi is down south of Thailand and one of the best scenic places I have visited till date.

We took the night train from Bangkok to Surat-Thani , then a 2 hour long bus to Krabi, 40 minute shuttle to Ao-Nang-Mo and boat from Ao-Nang-Mo to Railay beach. Once on Railay, you just realize that all the travel was completely worth. Railay beach is surrounded by tropical forest and terrain and in the middle is a beautiful little peninsula. East Railay beach and West Railay beach, about 10 minutes walk apart.

We reached almost by noon, checked a few places on East and West Railay beaches. The resorts seemed really nice to stay and relax but a little out of my budget. These were like 1200 -1500 baht per night, on the beach, having swimming pool and stuff. Places which are not on the beach are much cheaper. Ya Ya Resort where we stayed was like 300 baht and just about suited a backpacker's requirement, a place to crash and shower.

We took a walk in the peninsula into the tropical forest. Lush green forests and mountains. Rock climbing is a rage in Railay. They have courses as well, even like a day course for beginners to lure the short visit tourists.

Diamond cave is pretty famous around this place. 40 baht for entry and the place claims to have great Stalactites and Stalagmites. We managed to miss the entry before 6pm and headed off for a walk to Tonsai beach.

The whole of Railay comes alive at night fall. Little alleys that connect buildings and resorts light up and shops open on any cemented or wooden platform.
We chose a restaurant which had seating on the sea deck and also a band playing Thai rock and some English rock too.

Day 2:
Next day, we went on a day trip to the islands. The speed boat trip for 1000 baht takes you to 3-4 islands nearby. Bamboo island, Maya bay (location where the movie "The beach" was shot), Koh Phi Phi, Monkey bay and some other. If there is a low tide, you can stand on the boat deck and enjoy the speed ride with Turquoise all around with little lush green patches or islands :-)

Krabi has some good coral reefs to see. The speed boat guys made up jump off in the middle of the sea with snorkelling equipment and lo! behold! lovely coral reefs.. just like you have seen in movies. For first timers like me... it felt "out of the world"
The Turquoise bay, the white sands and clear blue skies never fail to bring a smile. Add to it the off-season discounts in October and you have a perfect holiday in your own little budget!

How to get to Krabi: You can fly from Bangkok or take the overnight train or bus.
Try the over night sleeper train till Surat-Thani for ~450 baht. And a 2 hr bus from Surat-thani to Krabi. For the way back, the last bus from Krabi to Surat-Thani is at 5.30 pm.

Places to Stay: Ao-Nang beach is very touristy and not very clean. Railay beach has good resorts on the beach front and decent places interiors. These should cost around 200 baht in off season and double in high season. Resorts start prices from 1200 baht in off season.

Places to see: Take a speed boat trip to the islands. The guys know best islands to visit. Its worth a day visit. Some also provide snorkelling and diving equipment and take you to the right spots.

Activities: Snorkelling, Rock climbing, Scuba diving (they have courses in some places in high season), Kayaking, Enjoying!!!