Krabi is a beautiful beach destination in Thailand which is fast replacing busy Phuket as the ideal honeymoon destination. There are different beaches in Krabi and each one promises you a different experience. Here, I highlight the best areas in Krabi for a tourist so that you are steps away from a beach.
Ao Nang Beach is the best area to book a hotel in Krabi. Everything that you need – easy access to beach, restaurants, shops, boats to other islands, scooter rentals are right at your doorstep. In terms of convenience it ranks very high. However, it’s also the busiest area in Krabi, so it can be noisy.
If you are looking for beachfront properties, you’ll find a few like, Maneetel Krabi Beachfront and Holiday Inn Express . For budget hotels in Krabi, look for hotels on the road that runs uphill from Ao Nang Beach to Mu Ban Lila Valley.
Noparrat Thara Beach is very close to Ao Nang Beach. In fact, you could walk straight from Ao Nang Beach to Noparrat Thara Beach if not for the cliff that breaks up the path.
The area around Noparrat Thara Beach is slightly calmer in comparison to Ao Nang. Many group tours to Phi Phi islands leave from here. So there’s a constant influx of tourists buses to the beach. However, the good news is that the people who come here for the group tours, leave for the islands in a short while and don’t stay on Noparrat Thara Beach.
Another advantage of getting accommodation close to this beach is that the night market is close by. So, you can enjoy delicious food, entertainment and shopping at your doorstep.
Railay Beach is a popular beach in Krabi. However, not many go to stay on this part of the beach. The reason is that this beach is cutoff from Krabi mainland by huge lime stone cliffs. These cliffs make buiding of roadways and railways impossible. So, the only way in and out of Railay Beach is by boat. If you like the feeling of seclusion, then perhaps you will like staying on Railay Beach.
Tub Kaek Beach is a retreat away from the touristy part of Krabi. It’s an ideal getaway for anyone looking for some peace and luxury. The number of resorts lining this beach are few but are mostly 4 star hotels and above.
With regard to tourist attractions, apart from Tub Kaek beach, you’ll find the Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature trail. Shopping and restaurants are limited. However, if you take a scooter or taxi, you can easily reach Aonang Beach within 30 minutes.
Krabi Town has been recently gaining popularity among backpackers and budget travelers due to the availability of cheap accomodation. However, apart from a small night market near Maharaj Road, there’s nothing of note to see here.
Getting from Krabi Town to Ao Nang beach can be expensive depending on the mode of transport. Krabi Town is 18 km from Ao Nang beach and costs around 500 Baht by Taxi. There are shared rides called Songthaews that cost less. To get to Phi Phi islands, you can catch a ferry from Klong Jilad Pier.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend Krabi Town unless you are looking for cheap accomodation and don’t mind traveling to get to the popular beaches.
For a complete guide on things to do in Krabi, please read my linked post.
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