One of most attractive destinations in southern Thailand is Krabi, which is bordered on the west by the Andaman Sea. Krabi is an ideal getaway destination teeming with natural attractions including white, sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous large and small islands, and verdant forests dotted with caves and waterfalls. Lush mangrove forests line the canals and the banks of Maenam Krabi River, particularly before it empties into the Andaman Sea. Krabi is the location of two world-class beaches Ao Nang and Hat Rai Le which both offer diving excursions, restaurants and shops. The province also features stunning limestone cliffs and rock formations, making it a haven for rock climbers.
A tiger once lived in the cave that is now the monastery’s main hall and hence the name. Set in a tropical forest 10 kms outside of Krabi Town, the main cave and temple is interesting without being particularly special, but beyond the cave are the two staircases that lead the visitor to the star attractions.
The islands are suitable for snorkelling and sea-canoeing and open only for one-day trippers. Than Bok Khorani National Park covers an area of 37.5 rai of land in Tambon Ao Leuk Tai.
At the north end of Sa Bohk Korani, which flows through a winding passage in the mountain, is a wood carving of a footprint of the Lord Buddha and a shrine of Chao Pho To Yuan – To Chong.
Other attractions in the park include several limestone mountain caves, verdant mangrove forests and beautiful islands which can be reached only by boat.
A boat from Ao Nang Village can be hired for sightseeing excursions around Ao Nang, Hat Tham Phra Nang and Hat Nam Mao, all of which are only accessible by foot.
Other offshore isles such as Ko Poda, Ko Kai, Ko Mo and Ko Thap, are popular destinations that can be reached by a rented boat from Ao Nang. An abundance of colorful coral reefs and lovely cartoon fishes make these islands ideal for diving and snorkeling.
Khao Khanap Nam has beautiful caves with amazing stalactites and stalagmites worth exploring. In addition to natural attractions, a large number of human skeletons have been found here. It is theorized that they are the remains of people who came and established a home at Kanab Nam, but were cut off by an inundation and quickly perished.
The mountains can be reached by taking a 15-minute long-tail boat ride from Chao Fa Pier. For visitors interested in a more extensive excursion, it is possible to rent a boat which can be rented at 300 baht per trip to visit Khao Khanap Nam, mangrove forests and Ko Klang fishing village.
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