05 May Road Trip – Phuket to Krabi, Thailand
A road trip to the Krabi Province doesn’t sound so bad at all! Surf Thailand explores one of the most exotic and fascinating destinations in southern Thailand—Krabi. Recognized for its charming limestone cliffs, impeccable coastline, and its lush forestry, Krabi is a great choice for my fellow wanderlusters, outdoor enthusiasts and serial beach chillers. Luckily, we were able to get a glimpse and a little taste of all these in a few days.
Phuket to Krabi via Land
Thanks to Thailand’s well-developed road infrastructure and Sarasin Bridge that links Phuket to the mainland, cruising from Phuket to Krabi via land is only about a two hour drive.
There are so many sights and sounds that you can experience when you travel by ground. Imagine cruising through Amazing Thailand’s spectacular surroundings and having the liberty to stop over for photos anytime you see something Insta-worthy!
Watch a 60 sec. video of our trip
First stop – Emerald Pool and Blue Pool
Situated in a lush tropical foliage and a part of Khao Phra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary lies the Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot in Thai). Its underground natural spring water is safe for swimming. The paved path that leads you to this clear, refreshing pool is about 1.2 to 1.4 km long. You’ll come across some rugged landscape, streams, and mini-pools.
600m upstream along the Khao Phra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary is where the Blue Pool is located. Its clear and glistening blue water surely lived up to its name. However, swimming is strictly prohibited due to the quicksand that surrounds the area and its hot water temperature. Consider giving this a go though. This site is absolutely mesmerizing and capturing photos at this rare beauty is a must.
Khao Pra – Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
NORMAL BUSINESS POOL HOURS: 08:30- 17:00 MON- SUN (call or email first to verify)
Address: Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom, Krabi 81120 Thailand
Tel:+66 7562 2163, +66 2250 5500
Service hours: 08:30-17:00 daily
Next stop – Railay Beach
Surrounded by mountains and accessible only by a long-tail boat, Railay or Rai Leh has established its reputation for its dramatic scenery, white sand beaches and a popular destination for rock climbing enthusiasts. It takes about 20 minutes via long-tail boat to get to Railay beach from Ao Nam Mao pier. Prices may vary depending on the season. Our cost was 160 baht/person (round trip). You can catch the long-tail boats every half hour till 23:00.
Railay consists of four primary areas and exploring by foot is easy. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to get to one area to the other depending on your pace of course.
Phra Nang is situated at the southernmost tip of the peninsula where you can see the the picturesque Phra Nang beach, explore the Phra Nang cave and the legendary Phra Nang shrine.
Railay West also called Sunset Beach is where you’ll find Krabi’s white powder sand that descends down to its brilliant aquamarine water. It’s also where a rock climber’s paradise can be found. Here, you can also see theViewpoint, The Lagoon and the illustrious backdrop of Thaiwand Wall.
Railay East also known as the Sunrise Beach is where the mangrove of the peninsula is located. Not a perfect place to sunbathe nor swim because the area is lined with mangrove trees.
Ton Sai is considered a part of the Railay peninsula where accommodations are affordable. It is adjacent to Railay Beach West and may be reached by foot during low tide only. Otherwise, you can take the 20 minute hike through the jungle to get to the East side of Railay.
Last stop – Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail
Before entering the trail, you will find a helpful map that shows information on how long it takes to get to each point of interest. Make sure to wear shoes suitable for hiking since some parts of the trail are steep and challenging. Pack some snacks and plenty of water.
Though a little bit on the challenging side, the hike up to Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill is worth all the sweating you’ll experience.
Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail surely is a trekking destination for those seeking a moderately intense hike. The challenge is worth the effort and you will be rewarded by a breathtaking view and a sense of great accomplishment. It is a 3.7 km hike up to the top and it took us about 2 and a half hours to get to the summit (that includes taking photos and stopping for water breaks). No entrance fee is required for the hike.
Time to Hit the Road!
Krabi indeed has everything you’re looking for all rolled into one. There are plenty of sights to see, caves to wander in, hiking trails to explore, and laid back beaches that offer magnificent post card backdrops.
And how awesome is it that you can drive to Krabi via Sarasin Bridge?
Soak in the sights and sounds as you hit the road and always remember to enjoy the journey.