Few countries on the planet can boast tropical landscapes as beautiful as those in Thailand. And while the whole country is full of exotic beaches, Krabi Province hosts some of the most spectacular in the whole of Asia. Here, the steep limestone cliffs rise above the banks lined with palm trees and coral reefs found abundantly in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
If you’re planning a vacation to Thailand, take a look at the rows below to discover the 5 best beaches in Krabi. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy the most of it or, better yet, explore them all!
Tonsai beach. Although Tonsai Beach is located on the mainland, it can only be reached by boat. Surrounded by palm trees that swing lightly in the sea breeze, the beach is between two gigantic rocks, with impressive landscapes, of a rustic beauty. Tonsai is not the best destination for swimming or snorkeling, as the strong currents and the reef here are quite dangerous. However, it is a great place for a kayak adventure, for hiking in nature and to spend hours in the sun.
The relaxed atmosphere, great street food and friendly locals make Tonsai one of the best beaches in Krabi Province. Moreover, here you will find a lot of hippie bars where you can make new friends and a variety of accommodation options at more than reasonable prices.
Beach Railay. Whether you come here to relax in the sun or enjoy the beautiful scenery, Railay Beach will not disappoint you. Detached from the mainland by several massive limestone rocks, Railay Beach, like Tonsay Beach, can only be reached by boat. It is a beautiful piece of land, unaltered, whose images are increasingly present on postcards in Thailand. With clear turquoise waters, interrupted only by the surrounding limestone rocks, Railay is a wonderful place to sunbathe surrounded by the majesty of nature.
Mayan Gulf, Koh Phi Phi. It would have been unfair to make a top of the best beaches in Krabi without including the Gulf of Maya, whose fame is largely due to the movie The Beach, in which the main character is played by Leonardo Dicaprio. Since the film’s launch in 2000, thousands of tourists have been visiting this beach every year, which seems to have emerged from paradise. Sure, it’s very busy, especially during the peak season, which takes place between November and March, but if you visit it early in the morning, Maya Beach is a real treat!
Phra Nang Beach. Located just a 10-minute walk from the picturesque Railay Beach, a walk through a path that crosses the limestone rocks, Phra Nang became very popular due to its fine white sand, emerald-colored waters and numerous tourist activities that can be made here.
The sharp cliffs around it attract many climbers, and the calm waters are ideal for both snorkeling and swimming. Moreover, Phra Nang offers great opportunities for trekking in the lush tropical rainforest nearby and for exploring the Princess Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nok), famous for its fertility altar.
Koh Mai Phai Beach. If you are looking for peace and desolation, Koh Mai Phai (Bamboo Island) is perfect for you. Located about 45 minutes by boat from Phi Phi Don, this tiny island that can be crossed in maximum 30 minutes has much less tourists than the other beaches mentioned above, but it has an equally impressive beauty. The lack of limestone rocks for climbers and the lack of hotels and restaurants keep most visitors and backpackers away. Those who dare to take the long boat trip to Koh Mai Phai Beach do so to enjoy its white sands and extremely clear turquoise waters. Moreover, here are some of the most spectacular corals in Krabi, but you will have to come with your own equipment for snorkeling.
There are many other great beaches in Krabi Province which are all worth exploring.