|Krabi Province Place Of Interest|
DISTRICT (KRABI TOWN DISTRICT)
Thara Beach - Phi Phi Islands National Park
Yung Island lies to the north of Phi Phi Don. There is a rocky beach on the east side, and a smaller strand of sand in a fold of the hill. Many beautiful and various corals are found there.
Pai Island lies also to the north of Phi Phi Don, not far from Koh Yung. Sandy beaches are on the north and east sides of the island. Broad coral reefs stretch away into the south.
Phi Phi Don Island covers a total area of 28 square kilometers: 8 kilometers in length and 3.5 at its broadest point. At the north end is Cape Laem Tohng, where there is a Chao Ley, or sea gipsy village. These sea gypsies emigrated from koh Lipeh in Tarutao National Park, near the border with Malaysia. Diving at Laem Tohng is excellent, as it is also at Hua Rah Ket to the extreme south. There are long beaches with rocks scattered about. Two curving bays are especially beautiful: Ton Sai and Loh Dalam. This is also where accommodations and tourist services are found.
Phi Ley Island is 6.6 square kilometers in totel area: 3
Kilometers in length and 1 at its broadest point. The island is entirely
limestone and steep cliffs rising from the sea very nearly ring it.
Surrounding waters average about 20 meters in depth, reaching 34 meters
at the deepest point off the island's southern tip. Phi Phi Ley has
several beautiful bays: Pileh, Maya, and Loh Samah; Ao Pileh is very
nearly enclosed by the limestone walls of the island's cliffs, so that
the water appears almost to be an inland sea. On Phi Phi Ley's northeast
is the famous
Sah Gaew 8 natural springs large and small, the crystal clarity of which gives this place its name, Crystal Springs. They are in Tambon Kao Tong on the Krabi-Nai Sah road, and each has a name: Nam Lod (Water Passing Through), Cherng Kao (Valley), Jorakeh Kao (White Crocodele), Nam Tip (Heavenly Waters), Nam Krahm (Indigo Waters), Morakot (Emerald), Huhn Gaeng (Barking Deer), and Noy (Small).
Seua Kao Gaew Ao Luhk Tanu Monastery of Tambon Krabi Noy,
9 Kilometers from Krabi Town. Tahm Seua means Tiger Cave, and the reason
for this name is that an especially large tiger once lived there. It
roamed the foothills of the Ao Luhk Tanu Mountains, also called Kao
Gaew. Inside the cave are natural rock impressions of tiger paws. Outside,
the forest has great trees hundreds of years old growing in a fold of
Kao Kiriwohng Mountain. Many other caves
Prah Cave is the site of the Kao Prah Suhn Yah Tah Rahm Meditation Center. It is about 2 Kilometers distant from the district offices of Ao Luk. Inside the cave is a Buddhist effigy of great antiquity. This has two other statues of equal size flanking it placed at a later date, and the base is surrounded with smaller wooden figures.
Pet Cave is 3 Kilometers from the Ao Luk Neua Market. The cave's front has Buddhist statues and the cave walls are of a stone that reflects light with the same dazzling beauty as diamond, hence the name; Pet is Thai for diamond. To visit the cave, procure a guide from the Tarnbohk Koranii National Park and be sure to bring a flashlight or torch.
Chao Ley Cave is west of Laem Sak Cape in a beautiful bay surrounding with Limestone Mountains. Inside are stalactites and stalagmites, as well as prehistoric paintings of people, animals, and geometric. These paintings are thought to be somewhat more recent than those found in Pi Hua Toh Cave. To visit the cave, take a regularly scheduled boat from the Sapan Pla of Fishing Pier at Laem Sak Cape; travel time is about 15 minutes.
Hua Toh or Hua Gah Lohk Cave
Song Pi Nong Cave or Poon Neua Tai Cave lies west of Pi Hua Cave Toh. Inside were found human skeleton remains, pottery, earrings, and bronze bracelets.
Hua Galohk Nai Cave or Buhn Mahk Cave is only one hundred meters from Pi Hua Toh cave. It was discover by a local villager named Buhn Mahk. It is a large, dark cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. A large number of prehistoric pottery shards were found in layers on the cave wall outcropping near the entrance. These have distinctive line designs, are thicker, and coarser than those found elsewhere.
Toh Luang Cave in Ban Nohp, Tambon Klong Hin. This cave has three levels, each of which abounds in stalactites and stalagmites. Some resemble Buddhist monks. others look like legendary multi headed serpents, Here stayed jao Por Toh Luang, after whom the cave took its name.
Seua Nok Cave or tehp Nimit Cave houses the Nimit Monastery, a tunnel below the cave lets sea water enter so the walls are thick with shells. Above is another large, dark cave, and off to the side of that another fifty meters is Orahan Cave, which has more strangely shaped stalactites and stalagmites than anywhere else. They shine like lights and are very beautiful.
Klong Chai Kao is like Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi. A longtail boat can be taken through the cave to the other side in about five minutes.
Garos Island is off the eastern tip of Laem Sak. Ancient paintings of men and animals are on the cliff walls facing Hin Bai Bay.
Hong Islands comprises a number of large and small limestone islands. Hong Island also called Lao Billeh Island is the largest. These rugged are shaped like halfcircles, forming bays in which there is both shallow and deep water coral. Perfect for diving and fishing. The best known islands besides Hong Island are: Lakkah or Sakkah; Lao Riem; Pakka: and Lao Lahding Islands. Boats leave for the Hong Islands from Ao Nang Beach; the trip takes about one hour.
Jahm Island or Poo Island
A large Muslim-populated island forming its own sub-district in Krabi. The population engages mostly in fishing, rubber cultivation and the local craft of cloth weaving. This last has become so well-known that Krabi province is famous for its cloth, called Pah Tor Koh Poo woven cloth. During the fair-weather months of dry season, passage to the island can be made by taking a boat from the Jao Fah pier in Krabi Town; when the weather is rainy, take a boat from Laem Kruad pier in Neua Klong District. Beach bungalows are available for overnight visitors.
Bor Yah Island
Kao Panom Benjah National Park lies about 20 kilometers from Krabi Town on the Taland Gao-Ban Huay Toh Road. The park covers an area of 50.12 square kilometers in parts of three districts: Kao Panom, Ahmper Muang, and Ao leuk. It is composed mainly of virgin forest growing amid craggy hills and valleys. There are a number of interesting places to visit:
Tahm Kao Peung (Bee's Cave) 5 caves with stalactites and stalagmites of different shapeslying 3 kilometers distant from the National Park Offices. Some resemble stupas, others mushrooms, a curtain, etc, The cave walls are sparkling white and dazzlingly beautiful. Tourist accommodations and services are available nearby; to make reservations, contact the Kao Panom Benjah National park Office, Ahmper Muang, Krabi 81000.
Huay Sah Dah Waterfall springs from a steep cliff 1.2 kilometers from the park offices.
Tohk Klong Haeng
Wat Klong Tom Museum
This contains stone tools, bronze implements, metal coins, pottery shards, ceramic and stone decorative arts, and coloured beads more than fivet-housand years lod bug from excavations in the area.The museum is on the grounds of Klong Tom Temple in Tambon Klong Tom Tai, 1 kilometer distant from Klong Tom District offices.
Tohk Hin Perng
Lanta Island National Park covers 152 square kilometers of Lanta Islands. This island forms the most southern district of Krabi Province. It was knwn long ago by its name in the Malay language, Pulao Satak, which means Long Beach Island. Later so many Thais, both Buddhist
and Muslim, came to live on the island that there seemed to be a million eyes, which is what
some people think Lata means in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted from Javanese Ian tas and means a fish grill (which is built of wood with a square grill on top where the fish are set in a circle). Several important islands are in the national park.
Lanta Yai Island is where the District and National Park offices are located. Island geography is mountainous and rugged, especially near the southern tip; some beaches are gravelly, others have fine white sands. Aclan of Chao Ley, or sea gypsies are resident on Koh Yao Yai, and they preserve many of their ancient customs and ceremonies; e.g., the setting of ceremonial boats
adrift to bring good luck and prosperity on the full moon nights of the sixth and eleventh months. This and other features of their lives are open to view. To visit the island take a regularly scheduled ferry from Ban Hua Hin Pier in Tambon Koh Klahng; Bor Muang Pier in Tambon Sai kao; or Jao Fah pier in Krabi Town.
Rok Nai Island is composed largely of formidable cliffs. On the east side are a fine sandy beachand coral gardens growing around sea rocks. On the north side are San Jao Bay and Tohng Bay.