There are quite a lot of monkeys (macaques) around Krabi. You see them climbing around in the trees or like this one (seemed to be an older one) right by the foot path (between Pra Nang and Railey East Beach) watching the people going by.
Be careful, they might get aggressive or steal your food.
You have to visit the different islands around Krabi to get a complete picture of what Krabi is all about :)
Fondest memory: There are so many places to visit, and we did not have a lot of time. So, we signed up for a full day speedboat tour that would bring us to all the nice islands arround krabi, and also stop to snorkel. Lunch (at phi phi) and refreshments were also included. The ride was a thrill and the sights were breathtaking.
While exploring Krabi we meet two lovely couple who just get merried and there were on hooneymoon on Krabi. So remember if you are looking for a nice place to take you beloved person try krabi beach. I am sure the satisfaction will be both way totally.
Fondest memory: I was exploring Thailand and Krabi with my favorite person Saso and must admit I would love to go there again. But there is so much places more undiscovered I believe our road will lead us further in Asia since I like it so much.
Most shopkeeps try to sell their wares at over 300% the general market price, so it is good to bargain. When they name a price, state that you're prepared to pay one third that and walk away. Chances are they will call you back and negotiate. Don't limit your haggling to little shops by the beach. Some "upmarket" stores and restaurants allow that too. A profit of 100B may mean nothing to you but is already alot for them, that's like 4 decent full meals!
Stalls in Ao Naung further from the beach tend to charge less so those will give you an idea of the prevailing market prices.
Here's the general price list of common items, of course it differs slightly from shop to shop:
1 pair wooden chopsticks: 25Baht (B)
Table set of 4pairs chopsticks with rests, saucers and mats: 250B
Thaiboxing shorts: 200B
Printed T-shirt: 150B
Lastly, try not to get anything from the airport unless you really need them. Prices are double that outside plus you can't bargain :(
If you take a longtail boat and visit some island near Ao-Nang, then you can njoy the beach alone! Not overcrowded beaches at all
Fondest memory: What can I say... most beautiful beaches and best seafood restourants in the world. I miss it so much right now.
Exploring: rather than staying in a resort or spending EVERY day lying on the beach, make the most of what Krabi has to offer and go exploring. As I've mentioned in my tips, there are pleanty of things to do at Krabi, from a meditation retreat, temple visit, or thai cooking class to climbing, hiking or various water based activities. Even just taking the time to enjoy the scenery makes a great day in Krabi.
Fondest memory: Sunset on Ton Sai beach - it's hard to describe the atmosphere on Ton Sai beach at sunset. On the one hand, there's the noise from all the climbers dangling from various parts of the surrounding cliffs, the sound of the water lapping the shoreline and the hum of the long tail boats that cross the bay. On the other hand, there's an overriding sense of calm that makes sitting on the beach or at one of the bars, watching the sun set over the ocean, seem like the most relaxing thing in the world. I love that real sense of holiday bliss.
Favorite thing: We decided to rent a car one day and we just asked the in reception. After a couple of hours Budget brought a nice Honda Civic to us for 2000 baht for a day. Driving around Krabi was not to bad even if they drive on the “wrong” side of the road. I guess the main point is to try to drive like the locals. At one point we were going to slow and the cars behind us very eager to get past us. We drove of to find some hot springs but that turned out to not be that easy. Some of us read the map while I tried to keep the vehicle under control. When we were getting closer to the hot springs we started asking locals and we were sent in all sorts of directions. But we found it in the end and we were more or less alone here. They have built concrete pathways in the jungle and in the end you find the hot springs were you can take a little bath. Once again it seems like they are doing lots of construction work so I’m sure the place will change quite a lot in the future. I didn't try out the water because I had already gotten a sunburn the day before and I didn't feel like getting even warmer :-)
This karst forms a kind of backdrop to Ao Nang. At its base are the more expensive resorts.
I found this information on the internet:
These limestone karsts were formed 260 million years ago when a shallow sea, running the entire length of south Asia, slowly built up deep deposits of coral and shells which were later buried under sediments washing in from the land.
Compressed deep in the earth these calcium carbonate remains formed limestone. This was thrust up above the surface when the Indian subcontinent collided with mainland Asia some 30 million years ago. From Gualin in China, to Sarawak in Borneo, the limestone created craggy islands on land and in water. In the South of Thailand, the provinces of Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang have the most spectacular examples of this type of scenery.
Fondest memory: Though not as spectacular as the one on the western side of Koh Samet, the sunset from Ao Nang beach was still special. By this time most of the longtail boats had already returned and the fruit and drink sellers, as well as sunbathers, deserted the beach. Then there was a feeling of serenity as the sun slowly turned the sky first a bright orange and then crimson red.
Fondest memory: Although it is noisy from the constant coming and going of longtail boats, it still has a certain charm... and is a far cry better than what I saw on around Tonsai Bay at Phi Phi island! I came to love this little beach especially the area just near the "Last cafe".
Didn't spend much time in the town, but what i saw was decent. What i recommend however is to catch the first longtail out to Rayleigh beach. It will blow your mind!
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Rayleigh was pushing aside a giant palm leaf to discover the lagoon in the center of a hollowed out mountain!
See my off the beaten path tip for this
Favorite thing: Believe it or not, this is the 'resort' town of Ao Nang. As you can see, there is very little development, thus providing the perfect beach getaway holiday but with enough to do to prevent you going stir crazy.
The point about Ao Nang is the Andaman Sea. The beach may no longer be pristine white sands, but it is nevertheless a great base for exploring this part of Thailand. The beach is virtually outside your hotel door, there are plenty of water taxis to the nearby Rai Leh Beach (cleaner than Ao Nang but virtually no facilities), organised snorkelling trips to nearby islands, boat trips to other key sites as well as land trips to the jungles of the peninsula. And with restaurants aplenty, a few bars and a small night market, there's enough to keep you occupied. And Krabi is only 30 minutes away if you want the noise and bustle of a city.
Fondest memory: The relaxation.
There wasn't much to see and do in Krabi - after having spent most days by the poolside. So we took a longtail boat out to the other beaches. Not quite what we expected, but nice beaches nonetheless. Unfortunately the rains kept us from going snorkeling again at Koh Phi Phi Don this time. We took a trip out to James Bond Island and went canoeing.
Fondest memory: Chasing a gecko out of our bungalow *lol* And chasing butterflies around the hotel.
Favorite thing: You are required to pay entrance fee for national park when you land on the island, e.g. Hong Island. Fee is 200 baht.