There’s no place on earth quite like Krabi, one of Thailand’s tourist jewels. With its jagged karst limestone islands rising from the azure sea, pure white beaches, and exotic temples on land, Krabi is an enthralling place to visit. Infact Krabi is a beach bummer’s paradise with several white sandy beaches, stunning tropical greenery and a heavenly climate. Not only are there many to choose from, each has its own unique character. You can find beaches full of activity or beaches that are quiet and, peaceful. Most of the beaches in Krabi are well developed, which means that in between tanning sessions you can enjoy exotic water sports like snorkeling, jet-skiing and paragliding.
So grab your beachwear, sunscreen and enjoy the top 7 most popular beaches in Krabi!
1. Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang Beach is one of the top wonders Krabi has to offer, and when you see it you’ll know why. Soaking up in the sun, lazing on the white sand, and admiring the stunning view of Krabi are among the many reasons travelers flock to Phra Nang Beach. There’s no doubt that this beach is Krabi’s most beautiful and probably the finest in Thailand. Accessible only by boat and hidden in a small cove in one of Railay’s southern cliffs, Phra Nang Beach and its cave are an excellent place to enjoy the full view of the amazing emerald waters of the Andaman Sea. Due to its beauty it can get very crowded, so early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit. Interestingly, locals visit this beach to make offerings to the Princess Goddess or Phra Nang, who is believed to reside inside the cave below the cliff at one end of the beach.
On your visit, don’t forget to make an offering. After all, who knows what luck the cave may bring?
2. Klong Muang Beach
Klong Muang Beach lies on the Krabi coast and is located directly to the north of Nopparat Thara Beach and about a 20 minute drive from Ao Nang. This beach is spectacular, the vibes are chill and relaxation is at a maximum. Therefore, travelers from all walks of life can enjoy the serenity in their own style. The location is the perfect spot for romantic getaways, family beach vacations or if you are just looking for a relaxing spot in a secluded area away from the main tourist areas in Krabi. Klong Muang beach although picturesque, is not that great for swimming especially during low tide.
If you’re looking for a beach in Krabi that is not very crowded with mass tourism then Klong Muang is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.
3. Koh Poda Beach
Koh Poda is one the most popular islands in Krabi archipelago and is famous for its white beaches and turquoise water. Located just six kilometers offshore from Ao Nang, it roughly takes 25 minutes to get there by long-tail boat. Covered with palm and pine trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach, it is every inch the stunning tropical getaway. A coral reef lies about 20 meters from the beach with a variety of sea life. The irresistible combination of excellent snorkelling, scenery and soft sand makes this island a popular choice among snorkelers and sea kayakers, but surprisingly, it’s not that crowded.
4. Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang beach is considered to be one of the finest beaches in the world. Overseeing the tranquil sea, the Ao Nang beach is undeniably the ultimate destination for travelers who love sea ‘n the sun. Set in lush tropical gardens and surrounded by coconut trees, the Ao Nang beach offers the most dramatic coastal scenery in the world – sandy beaches, abundant marine life, and live coral and great underwater visibility nearby. From Ao Nang beach, travelers may hire boats to visit nearby attractions such as Hat Rai Lay, Tham Phra Nang, Sa Phranang located on land to the east of Ao Nang beach, which are ideal sites for swimming, snorkelling or scuba-diving.
It’s the perfect beach for those who would rather spend the day peacefully basking in the sun, diving or swimming. Undoubtedly this beach is a dream come true for every nature lover, who craves for the exotic richness of the nature.
5. Maya Beach, Koh Phi Phi Leh
Maya Bay Beach is a world famous beautiful beach situated on the Ki Phi Phi Le Island, which is near the shores of Krabi province in Thailand. It provides the most stunning scenery in the world, with huge mountainous rocks covered in lush greenery and pure clear turquoise water that you’ll struggle to keep yourself out of. Both the beach and the island are famous for their remarkable landscapes, unique fauna and flora, clean and fresh environment, as well as a large variety of things to see and do. Moreover Maya Bay Beach is one of the most photographed and most known beaches in Thailand.
6. Nopparat Thara Beach
Nopparathara Beach is situated 18km west of Krabi Town and is about 2 km long and far less touristy than Ao Nang. This discreet beach lies within the Hat Nopparat Thara-Koh Phi Phi National Park and features a three-kilometre long sandy stretch lined by casuarina trees. The name Noppharat Thara is that of the local National Park to which most of the beachfront land supposedly belongs. Locals refer to Nopparat Thara as “Klong Heng” (dry canal) because of its appearance at low tide, which makes it interesting to walk to the nearby islands without needing a boat.
Popular with local Thai picnickers and those who like to swim, eat and laze in the sun.
7. West Railay Beach
Railay West Beach also known as Railey Sunset Beach is the most popular beach within the peninsula. It is a vast and beautiful beach with incredibly soft sand, surrounded by majestic limestone cliffs. Due to the fine sand and the hardly existing stones or corals in the water, the sea is perfect for swimming. West Railay is located between Ton Sai and Phra Nang Beaches on the west coast of Krabi. Throughout the high season, West Railay Beach is somewhat busy as it is renowned for being an ideal destination for romantic getaways, family beach vacations and has been a long time favorite spot for backpackers and day trippers. Evenings are blissfully quiet.
These are just a few of Krabi’s beaches. There are many more, and it can be very rewarding to choose a few at random and just explore. You never know what you’ll find. Apart from its beaches, you can also experience breathtaking adventure sports, take pleasure in Thai cuisines, or indulge yourself with a soothing spa. When you visit Thailand, make sure to have Krabi on your list of destinations. With spectacular coastline, lush hinterland and lots of activities at hand, Krabi Province has become a very popular tourist destination, now with its own international airport.