Many of the world’s most paradisiacal beaches line the islands off Southern Thailand, and Krabi province is no exception. Here are some of the best beaches on and around this easy-going, friendly, and eclectic expanse of coastline.
Perhaps the most famous of Krabi beaches is Railay Bay Beach, a stretch of coconut-lined white sand backed by verdant jungles and dramatic limestone cliffs. Consistently counted among the best in the world, this beach sits on a peninsula in Krabi province about 30 minutes by boat from Krabi town.
Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang Beach has become one of Krabi’s most developed slivers of coastline, complete with souvenir shops, restaurants, nightlife, high-end resorts, and vendors with water-sports rentals. Soft sand and warm water make Ao Nang an excellent swimming destination.
Phra Nang Beach
Near Railay, Phra Nang Beach has calm, swimming-friendly water and hardly any development, making it a great place for beach bums looking to relax or adventure-seekers looking to scale the limestone cliffs.
Krabi’s seas are dotted with rocky islands; some of the most scenic are located within the Hong Island group, accessible by longtail boat. Koh Hong, one of the largest, enjoys small, quiet stretches of jungle-lined beach and a hidden interior lagoon that’s perfect for kayaking or bird watching.
Koh Phi Phi
Made famous by the film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Island, has become one of the region’s most popular beaches. While you won’t have the beach to yourself, you will be in for some dramatic scenery—and some prime photo opportunities.