There is no shortage of interesting things to do when traveling to Krabi. With spectacular beaches and mountains, this place will bring you unforgettable experiences.
Snorkeling and Scuba diving
If you are into trying out some more active pursuits then try snorkeling and scuba diving. You can take boats out to the Islands and enjoy both fantastic beaches and snorkel right off the beach. Or if you want to try scuba diving, Aonang and Krabi can offer you a chance to sample some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites, some even specialize in underwater photography.
The Best places for snorkelling in the area are the Phi Phi Islands, the 4 Islands and the Hong Islands. Group tours and private boat charters are available.
If Rock Climbing is more your thing then, with the made-for-the-job limestone cliff faces, Railay, just next to Aonang has been a mecca for rock climbers for at least two decades. There are many climbing schools offering everything from beginner’s climbing courses for kids right up to specialist private guides who can show really experienced experts the best routes. What makes it all so amazing is that all this takes place right off the beach and the higher you go, the more spectacular the view becomes.
If you’re a real adrenalin junkie, and rock climbing sounds a little safe and well, tame, then try deep water solo. This is a truly crazy sport that entails climbing as high as you can up a sheer cliff face and then simply,jumping! Fortunately, the locations are carefully chosen for having landing spots of deep water, but even water from ten metres high can feel pretty hard if you don’t get it just right. Amazingly though, it’s very safe and although in the past it has attracted the most serious risk taking thrill seekers, I have yet to hear of any injury more serious than a bad case of belly flop.
Not quite rock climbing, but just as exhilarating, there is the tree-top experience at PhangNa. Here you can enjoy swinging like gibbons between the towering trees. If you’re not scared of heights then this is incredible fun for a couple of hours, if you have teenage kids with lots of energy, then this might be the thing to do.
Then there is Kayaking; the mangrove forests that line much of the Krabi coast are the perfect place to explore by kayak. The unique eco-system of these forests with the incredible tangles of roots allow you to get right into the forest in a way that just isn’t possible elsewhere.
It’s fascinating with the steep cliffs, caves, hidden lagoons and wildlife and yet it’s really relaxing at the same time. There are two main Kayaking areas; Thalane Bay and Bor Thor. Thalane Bay is a coastal stretch with dozens of small channels that weave their way through the mangrove forests. The experience is different at high and low tides with high tide giving more access to the depths of the forest and some hidden lagoons and caves, while at low tide you get to see the incredible root structures that make the mangroves such a unique ecosystem. Bor Thor is an inland mangrove system a little further North from Krabi, here you get to kayak through caves with ancient cave drawings, at low tide you can even kayak right through a pitch black channel right under one of the massive mountains.
Cycling has also been through a burst of popularity in Krabi. The road system is now really very good with new tarmac allowing a smooth safe ride. You will often see a bunch of ten or 15 Thais all on mountain bikes or road bikes cruising in the shadow of the Karsts dressed, of course, in the cyclists lycra and mirror shades. If you look closely though, the majority are not young fit sporty types but middle aged men and women getting a bit of exercise after work. The roads between the mountains are actually really quite flat making cycling long distances a breeze. We can arrange cycle trips to some of Krabi’s attractions.
You can rent a bicycle at some of the hotels and resorts in Aonang and Krabi Town, there are also some organised day trips available.
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