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Krabi 

Krabi Town may be a tranquil provincial city, but it hosts enough attractions to satisfy its short- or long-term visitors. The riverside offers the possibility of relaxing morning or late afternoon strolls, while the downtown area features one large temple (Wat Kaew Korawaram), a small contemporary art museum, and two daily fresh markets that allow visitors to get a glimpse on southern Thailand daily life.

The main Krabi Town attractions are located in the city’s vicinity, reachable within a few minutes by car/motorbike. Krabi Tiger Cave and Khao Khanab Nam are the two main landmarks that offer pleasant excursions which can occupy you for a full day. Further away (about a one-hour drive) from the city, you can enjoy a grand day out by visiting Klong Thom Hot Springs and the Emerald Pool in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park.

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Krabi Tiger Cave

Krabi Tiger Cave offers a genuine spiritual experience in stunning natural surroundings. Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua sits 5 km northeast from Krabi Town centre. The temple here is a warren of natural limestone caves formed inside at the foot of an impressive cliff. Located close to Krabi town this is one of Thailand’s finest natural wonders and definitely worth a visit.

To get to this historic site you need to hike 1,237 steps up the limestone tower. Krabi Tiger Cave offers you a challenging climb, especially in the Thai climate. Those who make it to the top are compensated with panoramic 360 degree views. The panorama encompasses the Andaman Sea, dramatic limestone cliff formations, and verdant rainforests. You'll also discover ‘the Buddha’s footprint’ that lies on the terrace. The vistas are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset.

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Wat Kaew Korawaram

Wat Kaew Korawaram is a large Buddhist temple located on a hill overlooking Krabi downtown. Its origins date back to 1887, when 200 families settled at Baan Paknam (‘Estuary Village’ was the name of Krabi Town at that time). Monks and novices who coincidently arrived first established a dwelling which would become Wat Kaew Korawaram later on. 

A majestic staircase lined by golden Naga sculptures leads up to the 2,500sqm terrace on which the temple stands. Wat Kaew Korawaram’s ordination room features splendid wall paintings, a large Buddha statue, and some precious Buddha relics. On the temple terrace, visitors can find Wat Kaew Holy Amulets & Souvenir Shop, as well as food and drink stalls.

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Khao Khanab Nam

Standing at 100 metres tall the stunning Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are one of Krabi’s most famous landmarks, widely regarded as the symbol of Krabi. These majestic natural wonders act as the gateway to Krabi city with the river running between the two limestone cliffs forming a widely photographed beauty spot.

Inside the caves there are beautiful cluster formations of stalagmites and stalactites created over thousands of years alongside prehistoric paintings. A large number of human skeletons were also discovered inside these caves which legend considers to have been people who were either trapped when cut off by the water, or who were once living in the caves and perished in an ancient flood.

Khao Khanab Nam is reached by chartering a long-tail boat from Krabi’s Chao Fa Pier which takes around 15 minutes. 

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Thung Teao Forest Natural Park

Thung Teao Forest National Park is a virgin rainforest home to spectacular flora and fauna unseen elsewhere in Thailand. A 2.7 kilometres nature trail provides a superb vantage point, plus there’s a waterfall to explore, although the major attraction is the emerald pool also known as the crystal pool. The emerald waters are wonderfully warm and crystal clear making them great for swimming in, there’s even a small ladder to help you get in and out.

It’s a stunning eco-tourist spot with visually beautiful aquamarine colours surrounded by tropical rain forest and a fantastic spot for bird watchers. The journey to the emerald pool begins at the wildlife sanctuary office and takes around 800 metres through a well-trodden forest path or alternatively you can follow the longer nature trail which winds through spectacular tropical rain forest - one of the few remaining in Southern Thailand. The nature trek should be taken slowly so that you get a chance to see some of the very rare animals living in this ancient woodland.

Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is situated in the Khao Pra-Bang Khram area which is located next to the Bang Teao Village, about one hours drive from Ao Nang.

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Krabi Beaches

Krabi beaches are exactly what any holidaymaker could dream of for a memorable tropical vacation. Krabi Province is blessed with stunning coastal vistas featuring towering limestone cliffs, soft white sand beaches, small coves and offshore islands. Krabi's beautiful coastline is definitely one of the province's most attractive assets. Each patch of sand seems to outdo the last, with the crowning glory being fabulous Railay Beach, with its otherworldly feel - a sort of coastal Jurassic Park - accessible only by sea.

In Krabi you'll find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and lagoons hidden inside the cliffs. The best thing about Krabi's beaches is that they're almost never crowded; you'll always find a patch of paradisiacal space for yourself here.

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