2. Railay Beach: Krabi, Thailand
If you like your beach mixed in with a little more stimulation, Krabi offers a really good balance of pristine beach, blue waters, and activity. It's about a 1.5 hour flight from Bangkok, and if you're traveling from other Asian cities, many have direct flights to Krabi.
Long-tail boats are synonymous with Thai beaches
Ok, so arriving in Krabi you'll have some options for town activities. Although, of course, the main attraction are the beautiful beaches on the islands just a short boat ride out into the sea.
But, like me, if you fly in on the afternoon, and need to kill the first night in Krabi town, there are plenty of food and night market options:
- Krabi Street Food Market-Khong Kha Road (old Chao Fah pier)
- Krabi Town walking street (6:00-9:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Ao Nang Market (daily)
Before I get to the beaches, there are other choices for activities around Krabi. I loved the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is famous for two things: The Blue Lagoon and The Emerald Pool. The two are pretty close to each other.
The nature reserve is forested mangroves with a well trodden path and the hiking is really not rigorous at all. Did I mention I'm a city gal? But it does get humid with a capital H. So bring plenty of water. You're doing some light hiking through mangroves and then you're rewarded with this:
The Blue Lagoon in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. You can't go into this lagoon. But you can go into the Emerald Pool which is just a short walk from here.
You'll be dripping in sweat by the time you reach The Blue Lagoon so, trust me, you'll want to take a dip in The Emerald Pool:
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