The early part of the low season (June – Oct) is a good time to go to Krabi because the chance of rain is low and the beaches aren’t crowded. I found that out for myself when I traveled to Ao Nang last week and spent 3 days in the Krabi province.
Staying in Krabi: We stayed at the Ao Nang Villa which was excellent. The costs were half price and the location is ideal for a first time holiday to Krabi. The beach at Ao Nang is quite decent and it ends in a beautiful cliff on one side. Ao Nang Villa is quite close to the pier and the hotel can make all the arrangements for day trips and island hopping. Ao Nang is 40 mins from Krabi airport and it costs about 450 thai bhat to get from the airport to the hotel.
Things to do:
There are 3 must see things in the Krabi province. The Island, Islands and Islands. Ok so I’m a beach addict but the islands, its beaches, the swimming and snorkeling are spectacular. There were about 7 islands that we bummed about over the 2 days and there were at least 5 snorkeling dives both off the boat as well as from the beaches. ” Ko Poda, Ko Gai (Chicken Island) and Ko Tub, with its sweeping sandbar, plus the beautiful Phra Nang Bay on Railay peninsula. This beach, inaccessible by road, is considered to be one of the most beautiful strips of sand in the world.”
The corals at some of the dive sites are intact and beautiful but there are large parts of the reefs that are dead or dying.
Snorkeling time: Make sure you have a lot of sun screen and its best if you carry your flippers. You do get snorkels on the speed boats but its best you check with ur operator on what to bring along. (take along a picnic mat, towels, sun block, flippers, energy bar)
Quick facts/handy links:
Useful krabi website: http://www.yourkrabi.com/
Air tickets : www.tigerairways.com