7 April 2024

Uncover some picture-postcard wonders of Krabi

| Rama Gaind
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Krabi, Thailand’s spectacular southern province, is home to many of the kingdom’s most iconic natural wonders. Photos: Supplied.

“Cinema is a mirror by which we often see ourselves.” That’s certainly also the case when it comes to travel.

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu relevantly points out that cinema is about making people dream. The right film location serves as a dynamic backdrop to enhance the storytelling process, sets the tone and atmosphere, and becomes a destination stopper that boosts tourism. So much so … you end up visiting a favourite film spot!

One such location is Krabi, Thailand’s spectacular southern province, home to many of the kingdom’s most iconic natural wonders: picture-postcard scenes of aquamarine seas, soaring limestone karsts and blissful beaches that exude tropical tranquillity and evoke a sense of adventure.

With its mountains, beaches, memorable sunsets, picturesque islands, mangroves and unique temples, Krabi can be cheaper and is a more tranquil location for a trip.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is keenly interested in attracting production companies to make films in the kingdom. In fact, there are three films where the backdrop has been Krabi: Heaven & Earth, Around the World in 80 Days and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

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With its soaring limestone cliffs, Krabi is an exceptional destination for rock climbing.

Krabi, on southern Thailand’s west coast, a province characterised by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangals and more than 100 offshore islands, has much more to offer than just sun, sea and stunning scenery. It is also home to immersive experiences, cultural attractions and invigorating activities that allow everyone to create their own unique vacation, all set against the backdrop of Krabi’s breathtaking landscapes and seascapes.

When it comes to accommodation, there are five diverse places to stay in Krabi, ranging from upscale family-friendly resorts to private couples’ retreats and modern lifestyle hotels. Here are some experiences that will brighten every itinerary in Krabi.

With its soaring limestone cliffs, Krabi is an exceptional destination to experience the thrill of rock climbing. For first-timers and seasoned climbers alike, an almost endless array of rock faces can be scaled.

One great place to start is Railay Bay, the hidden cove, but views from the top of the cliffs, across the Andaman Sea, are awe-inspiring. Stay at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, a tropical five-star sanctuary accessible only by boat.

Explore Buddhist heritage at Wat Kaew Korawaram, one of the biggest and most beautiful temples, perched on a hill in the heart of Krabi. Climb an imposing staircase, adorned with ornate carvings and multi-headed nagasnakes, that leads into the enchanting interior shrine. The best time to visit is at sunset, when the golden rays cast a warm glow over the temple. Stay at the Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa Krabi, which blends beachfront beauty with proximity to Krabi’s captivating cultural attractions.

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One of the biggest and most beautiful temples, Wat Kaew Korawaram is perched on a hill in the heart of Krabi.

Soak up the sun at Railay Bay, a secluded peninsula that is arguably the most famous beach in Thailand. Its gorgeous golden sands are lined with swaying palm trees and lapped by pure seas, while soaring islets rise out of the emerald-green water. Cut off from the rest of the world by imposing cliffs, this bay can be visited only by boat, giving it an exclusive and intrepid ambience. Stay at a family-friendly hotel — Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi — that sets the stage for tropical escapes.

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Krabi’s natural wonders are not confined to the coast, as curiosity lets us venture inland to be enveloped in a world of lush rainforest, waterfalls and hot springs. The province’s aptly named Emerald Pool is an other-worldly oasis that glistens in the sun. Following an exhilarating 1.4-kilometre hike through the jungle, this is the ultimate spot for a revitalising dip in Krabi’s jungle springs.

For intrepid explorers, Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi promises an idyllic blend of adventure and serenity, with a shimmering infinity pool and flexible family accommodation, all overlooking the province’s iconic limestone cliffs and lush forests.

Get set to feel the cultural vibe at the Krabi night market, one of the best in the country. At 5 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the locals gather to sell their wares, including authentic handicrafts, clothing, souvenirs and, of course, plenty of freshly cooked street food. Spend endless hours browsing the stalls and soaking up the energy with live music and cool drinks. COSI Krabi Ao Nang Beach is a stylish hotel for fun-seeking explorers who want to enjoy upbeat lifestyle experiences.

Krabi is a dreamy destination: it is one of the most spoiled-by-nature, pristine provinces in Thailand!

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