Krabi Beaches

Krabi Beaches

Krabi is blessed with more than its fair share of gorgeous, white sandy beaches and sun worshippers can enjoy some of the most immaculate stretches of shoreline in the entire world. With an excess of some 150 tropical islands, there is a seemingly infinite supply of hidden coves and deserted coastline for you to explore.

To help you decide where to soak up the sun in style, we have outlined a few of the most visited Krabi beaches below.

Ao Nang Beach

The famous beach resort of Ao Nang came second in last years Australian travellers ‘The Worlds Ten Most Popular Beach Resort Destinations’. It’s not difficult to see why – the beach here remains pleasantly unspoilt despite its central location, smack bang in the middle of Krabi’s busiest tourist resort. The fine, powdery sands lead to crystal clear waters – an idyllic setting that is framed by a line of tropical palm trees, gently swaying in the cool breeze. Not surprisingly, this heavenly beach is busy in high season, partly thanks to it picturesque setting and partly because of its close proximity to the amenities of Ao Nang and some of Krabi’s finest hotels and resorts.

West Railay Beach

Despite being fairly remote, the stunning beach at West Railay can get exceptionally crowded as, in addition to housing a large number of resorts and hotels, it is also the main docking station for boats from the nearby resort of Ao Nang. Also known as ‘Sunset Beach’, West Railay is significantly quieter in the evening, when as its name suggests, you can witness some truly spectacular sunsets. The beach is flanked by Krabi’s iconic limestone cliffs and lush, green jungle that provide a remarkable contrast to the golden sand.

East Railay Beach

Less picturesque than its sister beach at Railay West, Railay East is a favourite hang out for hippies who flock to its chilled out bars and cafes and nature lovers who come to explore the mangroves that line the shore.

You should note that although not actually an island, the peninsula of Railay is somewhat cut-off and both beaches are only accessible by boat.

Klong Muang Beach

A decidedly pretty beach to the north of Ao Nang, that boasts incredible views out to the Andaman. This beach has recently become home to some of the more exclusive Krabi resorts and top hotels. In fact the area is even popular with the Thai Royal Family, who built a splendid summer palace here, that takes full advantage of the impressive panorama afforded from the surrounding cliff tops. Although, while you may mingle with the exceedingly well to do, it’s unlikely that you’ll bump into royalty on the public beach!

Nopporat Thara Beach

This striking 3 mile stretch of sand takes its name from the sensational Nopparat Thara National Park and is in the middle of a beautiful conservation area. Unfortunately, this has not prevented recent low key development, including the construction of a few hotels, bars and restaurants near the shore. Nevertheless, it is still a delightful beach, often affectionately referred to as ‘Klong Haeng’ which means ‘Dry River’, because when the tide is out, you can wade across the expansive sands to the lovely islands opposite.

Koh Phi Phi Beach

This most enchanting beach on the island paradise of Ko Phi Phi was once a romantic film setting for the American movie ‘the Beach’. It is immediately obvious why this utopian beach was chosen – the dazzling white sands that sweep leisurely down to deep, emerald green waters are quite simply breathtaking. These days, the beach at Koh Phi Phi is likely to be packed in high season, thanks to its eternal moment of Hollywood fame.

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