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Basic Questions : Where's the beach?
Posted by patty on 2006/10/29 13:54:25 (2210 reads)

Run down on the little 'kohs' or Islands as well as popular Krabi beach destinations

Resort Beaches

Ao Nang - Just a short distance from Krabi town. In fact many a thrifty traveler stays in Krabi town and takes the songtaew to Ao Nong beach or a fantail boat to Railay beach.
Also the winding back roads to Ao Nang and Kloung Muang are nestled in by dramatic limestone cliffs and green jungle fauna make for a true motorcycle adventure. Private taxis and minivans also can transport you to Ao Nang from the airport.
Accommodations offered :: Econo, Family, and Deluxe (Hotels and Villas)
Ideal for :: People who like nightlife, people who like shopping, people who like A/C and hot water and a swimming pool.

Klong Muang Beach on the beach itself prices are in the exclusive range so booking with us prevents a long random walk in the hot sun. Ao Nang beach is very developed and comfortable - hence self indulgence is encouraged! Lots to do in the immediate area - if you are here just a short time we recommend it since any type of day tour is possible from here. There are around 83 small islands of various size and shapes in the bay off this beach - so have your cameras ready.
Accommodations offered :: Deluxe and Luxury Spa Resorts (Exclusive Resorts)
Ideal for :: Big spenders who like exclusive nature resorts.

Railey Beach - Just a fantail boat away! If you can budget between 1500-2500 a day you'll have a perfect cozy bungalow nestled in the shaded cove. The enclosed bays of Railey are spectacular and then some. Lovely sands for golden tans. Not to mention the world class rock climbing cliffs. If you just want to visit for the day we can arrange that also. Some folks do the Railey/AoNang-Krabi shuttle for a week - yes the beaches are that unbelievably gorgeous!
Accommodations offered :: Backbacker, Deluxe, and one Luxury Spa Resort The Rayavadee . (Bungalows)
Ideal for :: Rock climbers, adventure seekers, and Nature lovers. The Railay Beach accomodations are not about cable TV, and A/C, Hot showers, and swimming pools. But the have that if you want.

Lanta Yai Island
Lanta Yai Island geography is mountainous and rugged, especially near the southern tip; some beaches are gravelly, others have fine white sand. A clan of Chao Ley, or sea gypsies are resident on Koh Yao Yai, and they preserve many of their ancient customs and ceremonies; e.g., the setting of ceremonial boats adrift to bring good luck and prosperity on the full moon nights of the sixth and eleventh months. This and other features of their lives are open to view. To visit the Island take a regularly scheduled ferry from Ban Hua Hin Pier in Tambon Koh Klahng. Bor Muang Pier in Tambon Sai Kao; or Chao Fa Pier in Krabi Town.
Accommodations offered :: Backpacker, Econo, Family, and Deluxe (Bungalows and Resorts)
Ideal for :: Families, Beachcombers, Isolation seekers, Culture seekers, Photographers, Divers. A little bit for everyone.

Phi Phi Don Island
At the north end is Cape Laem Tohng where there is a Chao Ley, or sea gypsy village. These sea gypsies emigrated from Koh Lipeh in Tarutao National Park, near the border with Malaysia. Diving at Laem Tohng is excellent, as it is also at Hua Rah Ket to the extreme south. There are long beaches with rocks scattered about. Two curving bays are especially beautiful : Ton Sai and Loh Dalam. This is also where accommodations and tourist services are found.
Accommodations offered :: Backpacker and Deluxe (Bungalows and Resorts and dirty guesthouses)
Ideal for :: Families, Young Travellers, Photographers, Divers, Nature Seekers. A bit expensive. But very active nightlife for such a small island.

Koh Ngai
An exclusive island on the south tip of Koh Lanta.

Koh Jam & Koh Siboya
The last sections of beach not yet developed. Limited electricity. No roads. No air-conditioning. No poolsides. No Discos. And just one internet cafe between the two islands.
But it is paradise.

Day trip Islands

Chicken Head Island - Once you see it you understand the name behind this
one of a kind rock formation.

Lading Island - Sometimes called 'Paradise Island' - a trip is a trip back in time.
This island has only had tourist access for the last 2 years! A must for the nature seeker.

Rai Island -
A magic beach linking 2 islands appears only at low tide.

Hong Island
Enter by boat via a narrow passage in the cliffs - this leads to a fantastic blue-green lagoon sheltered by limestone cliffs and mangrove forests.

Bamboo Island
A must visit. Camping or day trips avalible for this National Park and a International gem of Nature.

James Bond Island
It was in the movie. An even more incredible in real life.


Krabi Island Hopping

Hong IslandsHong Islands
Comprise a number of large and small limestone Islands. Hong Island also called Lao billeh Island is the largest. These rugged islands are shaped like half circles, forming bays in which there is both shallow and deep water coral. Perfect for diving and fishing. The best known Islands beside Hong Island are: Lakkah or Sakkah; Lao Riem; Pakka: and Lao Lahding Islands. Boats leave for the Hong Islands from Ao Nang Beach; the trip takes about one hour.

Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands The name is derived from Malay, and the original was Pulao Pi Ah Pi, where in pulao is the Malay word for island, and Pi, pronounced with only a half p sound,was very close in pronunciation to the English word be; the ah was eventually dropped, so the name was said something like Bi Bi. Later the p was pronounced with a stronger aspiration and the name became the Pi Pi we know today (the h with which it is usually spelled is confusing and superfluous). The name refers to the mangrove wood found there. Six Islands are in the group; Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Biddah Nok, Biddah Nai, Yung, and Pai; total area is about 35 square kilometers, They were incorporated into the national park in 1983. Some of the interesting places to visit include.

Phi Phi Don Island
Covers a total area of 28 square kilometers: 8 kilometers in length and 3.5 at its broadest point. At the north end is Cape Laem Tohng where there is a Chao Ley, or sea gypsy village. These sea gypsies emigrated from Koh Lipeh in Tarutao National Park, near the border with Malaysia. Diving at Laem Tohng is excellent, as it is also at Hua Rah Ket to the extreme south. There are long beaches with rocks scattered about. Two curving bays are especially beautiful : Ton Sai and Loh Dalam. This is also where accommodations and tourist services are found.

Phi Phi Ley Island
The Island is entirely limestone and steep cliffs rising from the sea very nearly ring it. Surrounding waters average about 20 meters in depth, reaching 34 meters at the deepest point off the Island's southern tip. Phi Phi Ley has several beautiful bays: Pileh, Maya, and Loh Samah; Ao Pileh is very nearly enclosed by the limestone walls of the Island's cliffs, so that the water appears almost to be an inland sea. On Phi Phi Ley's northeast is the famous Viking Cave; this was renamed by H.M. Rama IX when he visited it in 1972, Tahm Pya Nak, from the shape of a particular boulder, which resembles in shape the head of the great serpent of Buddhist legend, the Naga. It is a place much revered by the local people who come there to collect the swift's nests used to make Bird's Nest Soup, a Chinese delicacy. On the eastern and southern walls of the cave are coloured drawings dating from historic times. There are of various boats: European, Arab, and Chinese sailing ships; barques, motorboats, and steamships. It is theorized that these pirates who paused in their travels from west to east, sheltering in the cave to escape the monsoon winds, transfer cargo, or make repairs. Travel to the Phi Phi Islands, Tour operators in both Phuket and Krabi provide transport and tour packages to this popular destination. Regular boat service is availab]e from lao Fah pier in Krabi.

Yung Island
lies to the north of Phi Phi Don. There is a rocky beach on the east side, and a smaller strand of sand in a fold of the hill. Many beautiful and various corals are found there.

Pai Island
lies also to the north of Phi Phi Don, not far from Koh Yung. Sandy beaches are on the north and east sides of the Island. Broad coral reefs stretch away into the south.

Lanta Islands National Park
Lanta Islands National Park covers 152 square kilometers of Lanta Islands. This Island forms the most southern district of Krabi Province. It was known long ago by its name in the Malay language, Pulao Satak, which means Long Beach Island. Later so many Thais, both Buddhist and Muslim, came to live on the Island that there seemed to be a million eyes, which is what some people think Lanta means in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted from Javanese Lan Tas, and means a grilled fishes (which is built of wood with a aquare grill on top where the fish are set in a circle). Several important Islands are in the national park.

Rok Nai Island
Rok Nai Island is composed largely of formidable cliffs. On the east side are a fine sandy beach and coral gardens growing around sea rocks. On the north side are San lao Bay and Tohng Bay.

Rok Nok Island
The southeast and southern ends of this Island have fine sand beaches and shallow water corals. Also not to be missed are Man Sai Bay and Talu Beach. Transport to the Island is via charter from either Pak Meng Beach in Trang Province of from Lanta Yai Island There are tents for rent.

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