4 Meaningful Things to do in Krabi, Thailand

April 14, 2014
Jess

There are so many different reasons travellers find themselves in Thailand; for some it is for the world-famous beach parties of Koh Phangan, for others it is to indulge in an abundance of Thai food and massages, and for others, like me, it’s to enjoy the more meaningful side of travel; temples, quiet beaches and beautiful rain forests. There’s nothing wrong with massages or partying, but for those of us who quite like enjoying the following day without having to battle a thumping hangover you’ll be spoiled for choice in Krabi. If the stunning beaches and rich culture aren’t enough to inspire Krabi holidays, maybe the rest of this list will convince you:

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1) Chill Out in the Tiger Cave Temple:

What could be better than tigers and caves combined together in a temple? Not much, really. Don’t worry it’s all a lot more peaceful than it sounds. Wat Tham Suea, known in English as the Tiger Cave Temple is a peaceful meditation sanctuary where you can enjoy the quieter side of life. Here you’ll find a maze of temples, located in lush forest surroundings. This is home to many monks who don the traditional orange gowns. There’s a challenging 1,200 step climb to the top of Buddha’s foot – it is quite challenging so if you’re not very fit, be prepared to take your time. This is a wonderful way to spend a few hours and the location is absolutely stunning.

2) Ton Sai Beach:

This is unlikely to be voted the prettiest beach in Thailand, although by international standards it’s absolutely breathtaking. This beach gets my vote because it’s quiet and not overcrowded with tourists like some of the other beaches in Krabi, such as Railay beach. It’s a great place to grab a book, lay down your towel and soak up some serious sunshine.

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3) Mu Koh Lanta National Park:

This national park is filled to the brim with gorgeous trees, pretty waterfalls and lush plants. If you’ve spent a little too long in Bangkok and need a natural escape, this is the place for you. You can walk to a cliff with a lighthouse, or if you have more time there are a few hikes that you can do. Some of the views are absolutely stunning, although be warned there’s not really an abundance of wildlife here, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great place to connect with nature.

4) Sa Morakot:

This is an emerald green pool that’s crystal clear and quite deep. Located in the Southern forests of Krabi, it is a delightful place to visit any time of year  - even in rainy season. The sulphur in the water is great for your skin and this pool is naturally regulated – meaning there’s no nasty chemicals like in a man-made pool. About a 15 minute walk from the Green Pool is a Blue Pool – which is unsurprisingly a gorgeous bright blue colour. Both natural pools are definitely worth a visit.

Whatever your reason for your trip to Thailand, make sure you check out some of these unique and exciting destinations in Krabi!

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