KRABI - Thailand

The best time to visit is soon. Rumor has it that the sleepy little town lying on the mainland opposite Phuket is set to become the latest hot tip on the international holiday scene. The rucksack crowd and a handful of sailors discovered Krabi a few years ago. They are not the only visitors to hope that it will be allowed to preserve its unspoilt charm for longer than Thailand's older resorts. As a town, Krabi has little to distinguish it from dozens of others between Samut Songkhran and Songkhla. Straddling the banks of the Krabi River, its sea views blocked by sandbars, at first sight it looks nondescript. Strung out along the coast, however, are pristine white sandy beaches, some only accessible by boat and most still blissfully empty as well as possessing all the essential picture-postcard attributes, from casuarinas and palm trees to transluccent water. Ao Phra Nang is the setting of the Dusit Rayavadee, latest scion of the Bangkok-based group. Re Lai is framed by gaunt cliffs with a coral reef at the south end. Hat Noppharat Thara forms part of the Koh Phi Phi national Park. Susarn Hoi, the 'Shell Cenetery', is littered with petrified boulders of fossilized molluscs. All around lies a lush paradise of rice fields and mangrove swamps. Dotting the horizon are patters of islands and islets just a short hop by long-tail boat across the Andaman Sea: Koh Poda, a diving paradise of, the Koh Dam archipelago, and the surreal, jungle-clad beauty of Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Ley.

What To Eat
Fresh seafood cooked anyway you like; Thai delights such as Tom Yam Goong, Green Curry and beef ball noodles. Dine at beach eateries along the coast.

What To Buy
At Ao Nang, look out for woven cotton or silk tablecloths, colorful pareos and wraparound skirts, pretty slippers, wood and soap carvings, silver jewellery and beaded accessoties. Bikinis are a fantastic buy at S$8. Fosil Beach has many pretty and cheap shell-decorated keepskaes worth buying.

The Resort

Rayawadee Premier Resort
67 Moo 5, Sai Thai - Susan Hoy Rd Amphur Muang, Thailand
The scene is set as you speed across Phang Nga Bay in the hotel's launch. Tropical and floral abundance between white-sand beaches on one side and romantic coves on the other - and the trappings of our times throughout. The duplex cottages are set in a theatrical land-and seascape as in a Grimm's fairy tale.

Places and Hotels in Ao Nang Area
AO NANG is, without a doubt, the centre of the tourist scene on the Krabi mainland, with the most developed services and hotels on offer. Most people who come to Krabi stay here as it offers the widest range of accommodation and is ideally placed to explore the rest of the region. It is also a great destination in itself - the local people pride themselves on being known as the friendliest and most laidback in the region.

Alis Hotel | Andaman Holiday Resort | Ao Nang Princeville Resort | Ao Nang Seafront Thai Resort | Baan Oriental | Duang Jai Resort | Golden Beach Resort| Buri Tara Resort | Cha Wan Resort | J. Mansion | Krabi La Playa Resort | Krabi Thai Village Resort | Lai Thai Resort | Me Mee Bungalows | Nathai Estates | Pakasai Resort | Peace Laguna Resort | Phra Nang Place | Somkiet Buri Resort | Tipa Resort | Tolmaj Family Apartment | Tropical Herbal Spa & Resort

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* Getting to Krabi

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