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Postcard from Krabi, Thailand

From the hectic capital of Bangkok to leisurely island beaches, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Thailand is famous for its glittering temples and tropical beaches through to the ever-comforting Thai smile. Its people have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming, adding to the ease of travel within the country.

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Krabi, a coastal province in Thailand, is known for its unique, geographical features. The province features distinctive, rocky outcrops known as limestone karst, as well as tropical rainforests and mangroves. Neighbouring provinces are Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang.

More than 100 offshore islands also come under the province, meaning one has plenty of water-related activities to do in Krabi. These scarcely populated islands also double up as an ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts.

Krabi is globally recognised for the huge rocks protruding out of the water. Some of the top destinations are Poda Island, Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi. Most of these islands are a paradise for adventurers, sailors, divers, snorkellers and day-trippersn alike.

Krabi was devastated by the 2004 tsunami but the province bounced back as a popular destination very soon afterwards. People hardly talk about the catastrophe now, which shows the resilient spirit of locals who have a passion for life and adventure. AirAsia flies directly from Muscat to Bangkok, from where you can catch a connecting flight to Krabi.

My favourite place- Poda Island is clearly a tourist’s delight. It’s easy to bump into people from all over the world. GoPro cameras dominate the area as visitors photograph every moment of their time spent there amid the backdrop of gigantic mountains and emerald seas. It has become a preferred destination for honeymooners as the island is full of restaurants and cafeterias.  It is a small island 25 minutes by boat from the beaches of the Raileh peninsula. The sea is exceptionally clean, clear and suitable for swimming whereas the beach is nice for sunbathing. Visitors may also enjoy snorkelling or kayaking as well.

Highlights- Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave Temple is located about 3km from Krabi Town. Inside the cave there are what appear to be tiger paw prints in the stone. The surrounding area is covered with large trees hundreds of years old, particularly in the Kiriwong Valley. Mountains are on all sides and there are smaller caves in great number.

Aside from being the site of a meditation centre, it is also a place of archaeological and historical interest. Stone tools, pottery remains, and the mould for making Buddha footprints have been found in excavations. It is one of the most interesting temple complexes in southern Thailand, as the monks live and worship within a maze of natural caves in an overgrown jungle valley. Wat Tham Sua teaches a form of Buddhism called Vipassana (insight meditation), which is based on the teachings of the earliest Buddhist texts. In the main temple cave you will find bizarre photos of internal organs and split cadavers, which are supposed to reinforce the temporary nature of the body and help the monks to focus on more spiritual matters. The main tourist attraction in the temple complex is the 1,272 step climb up a limestone tower to see the “footprint of the Buddha”. Even if you are in good shape, the heat and humidity make this a difficult hike. Once you make it to the top, you are rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside and the Andaman Sea. But watch out for the monkeys, they will steal everything you have. A must-visit is the Sunset Restaurant. The aroma of Thai spices floats through the atmosphere, calling out to the taste buds. Bursting with flavours, the fish platter is not to be missed. Krabi is a seafood haven. Local restaurants prepare shrimps, lobsters, prawns and crabs in Thai spices, and serve them with sauce.

Lowlights- The weather. A rainy day in Krabi can spoil your day, as it is known for the adventure activities under and on the sea. Weather-wise, the ideal time to visit Krabi is in late January to March when you can enjoy perfect conditions like calm, glassy seas; clear blue skies; moderate temperatures and only a tiny chance of a shower burst.   

Souvenirs- The sheer number and variety of buying opportunities in Thailand is astonishing.  In Krabi there is a night market, which is known as a wholesale store for souvenirs. For tourists, this night market will provide plenty of souvenirs at cheap prices. The night market also provides a lot of nice foods and clothing as well. It is a good place for you to find local products that typify the culture.

Where to stay- Krabi has a lot of choices available to accommodate tourists. It starts from guesthouses to five-star hotels. Tourists can find plenty of options on the usual portals.

* Due to a production error, Y incorrectly published a photograph of Edinburgh, Scotland, in last week’s Postcard From, rather than Glen Nevis. We apologise for the error.  

Top five things to do:

  1. Stroll along Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara Beach
  2. Take a Krabi Four Islands Tour
  3. Visit Phi Phi islands
  4. Explore Krabi Town
  5. Enjoy a heavenly massage