Unwind in the most beautiful of Asia’s spectacular and secluded beaches....
Located on southern Thailand's east coast, 800 kilometres south of Bangkok, Krabi province is full of stunning palm fringed beaches, waterfalls, caves, and strange rock formations.
Although sounding like a cliché, Infinity Consultant Georgia Mackey attests it is every bit as beautiful as it sounds with the added bonus of having a sleepy, chilled out sense about it.
“I expected Krabi to be bustling and ‘tourist busy” but the place and the people were very relaxed and that sense seemed to permeate everywhere.
Because Krabi is just a great place to relax, with many beaches only accessible by boat, so keeping development quite limited”, said Georgia.
In fact the area is being carefully developed so there are no real high-rise hotels but more a range of small local hotels and bungalows that are available. Although, if you are seeking a bit of five star luxury and pampering, there are places like the prestigious Sheraton Rayavadee Resort or the Sofitel Phokeethra Krabi, which is a short distance from Ao Nang Beach and surrounded by pristine rainforest.
Krabi is not just all about the beautiful scenery, there are plenty of activities for those who like to get "out and about."
Trekking, kayaking, sailing, birdwatching, snorkelling, and sightseeing start the list but that is just a few.
“I was pleasantly surprised about the number of things you could do and everything was really easy to access once you got there,
And one of the best things we did was to go rock climbing at Railay Bay.
Before then I did not know that Railay Bay is world-famous among rock-climbers and is ‘jaw drop’ beautiful.
And not only that, the cliffs that cut the Railay peninsula off from the rest of Thailand make it inaccessible to cars, so the area stays pristine,” said Georgia.
The rock climbing at Railay Bay offers climbers of all abilities to have an unbelievable time climbing these stalactite cathedral-like natural structures.
“There is so much on offer. I am desperate to go back and do some island hopping tours.
There is also a great Cuisine Cooking School where you can learn how to make some Thai dishes and experience cooking the food and using the exotic herbs and spices that are grown just outside.”
Or for the more adventurous, you can try white water rafting near Rai Leh where a dam was built to service a tin mine that is now abandoned. White water rafters can now use the dam twice a day when the flooding river creates a tide of water on which you can ride. Two expert guides take you on a thrilling ride down a 10 kilometre stretch of river.
“I kept on being surprised that I was in the most spectacularly beautiful location but it was still relaxed and chilled. And there was something for everyone – you could still go shopping or just have a look around at nearby villages, as taxis are really cheap.
In fact everything was inexpensive and accessible. The long boat tours of the nearby islands, or the sea kayaking, or scuba diving – its all right there and easy to organise through your hotel.
“I just loved everything about Krabi. Even on the way in from the airport as we drove past limestone islands and turquoise water, I remember oohing and aahing with my fellow travellers.
We didn’t stop being overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the place. No wonder so many movies are filmed in this area. And all of it without being overdeveloped or having a sleazy nightlife.
I still see those picture postcard white sandy beaches in my mind’s eye and am hopeful that Krabi development keeps “not developing” in order to maintain this pristine and magnificent part of Asia,” said Georgia.