5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Krabi

Jul 22, 2021

It's easy to see why Thailand is called the Land of Smiles. Southeast Asia's most traveled country remains gracious and warm to travelers, and the friendly smiles and welcoming hospitality extend to the 50,000 annual visitors who head to the idyllic beaches, ancient ruins, and sleepy hill stations of the Southern Coast of Thailand.

No visit to the Land of Smiles would be complete without at least a couple of trips to the main towns on the southern coast. There are some great beaches in this part of the world, but Krabi's large selection of spas, cottages, and water-sports venues will satisfy all of your vacation needs.

Many people head to Thailand to enjoy the beaches, especially in the popular Gulf Coast region of Krabi. The long, laid-back beaches, though very touristy, are undeniably relaxing, and there's a good mix of cheap, midrange, and luxury accommodations.

But most tourists come to Thailand to see the temples, waterfalls, and jungle of Chiang Mai and the temple-studded forests of the Northern Thailand Hills. Nearby are some of the country's best treks and the popular Mae Hong Son province.

Thailand is one of the most accessible yet challenging countries in Southeast Asia. As one of the world's most impressive destinations, Thailand has something for everyone. Its relaxing atmosphere and friendly people have made it a favorite tourist spot for decades.

Find the top places to visit in Thailand with our list of the top attractions in the country.

Khao Sok National Park

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This one-of-a-kind limestone range in Thailand is beautiful, albeit it is also one of the most dangerous places to be in the country. Divers have only just started to explore the caverns here, but even they haven't been back since the 1998 Tsunami destroyed many of the caves and other underwater areas. The best way to explore the site is to join a tour that includes an underwater boat ride through the caverns. Reaching the park is easy, and there are many hotels in the area. Lodgings are also plentiful, and many take advantage of the beaches and the lush jungle environment.

Phang Nga Bay

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Phang Nga Bay has two main areas: the low-key Phang Nga Bay National Park and the rather commercialized Phi Phi Island. The former has beaches in many shades of white (some of them reaching out across the bay to the same cloud-draped mountain) and many quiet small islands, while the latter has some interesting temples and resort development. Phang Nga Bay is famous for its spectacular limestone islands, most of which are very small and uninhabited. One of the main attractions of Phi Phi is its raucous backpacker community, but the actual island itself has very few worthwhile things to do.

Khao Yai National Park

Dense jungle, long creeks, waterfalls, rainforest and rubber plantations form the landscape of Khao Yai National Park, situated around 15 kilometers northwest of Krabi in Thailand's west. With a canopy of 1,800 to 2,100 meters high, the park is home to a variety of species including gibbons, macaques, wild boar, crocodiles and river otters. Although the rainforest is home to the vast majority of Thailand's species, other forests are part of Khao Yai National Park, including Teum Bualaram National Park, Asa Woran National Park and Maeklong National Park.

Ko Pha Ngan Island

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Ko Pha Ngan (pronounced 'goo pan nang') Island is a tranquil, under-explored island in the Andaman Sea that is easily accessible from the busy island of Phuket. Arriving by boat or speedboat from the mainland, you can explore Ko Pha Ngan's low-lying islands, swim from the beach or dive at marine life-filled sites. Be sure to make the short trip up to Amphur Muang ('freshwater hill') to the village of Khao Phra Thong for the chance to see traditional Thai farming. To enjoy the island to its fullest, spend time in the nearby relaxing village of Tonsai for food and drink, or head to Langkawi Island for more of what Thailand has to offer.

Khao Phra Thong National Park

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Krabi is a perfect gateway to a number of islands in the Andaman Sea such as Koh Lipe, Koh Phangan and Koh Yao Noi, and it's also one of the more affordable choices for Thailand. The beaches are varied and include palm-fringed white sands as well as turquoise waters perfect for snorkeling. Hiking is popular in the national park and visitors can choose from short hikes that take a few hours or longer treks to viewpoints and then across the Koh Lipe Bridge into Koh Yao Noi.