5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand

Asia Jun 12, 2022

Few countries on the planet can boast such beautiful tropical landscapes as Thailand. And while the whole country is full of exotic beaches, Krabi Province is home to some of the most spectacular in all of Asia.

Here, the steep limestone cliffs rise above the palm-lined shores and coral reefs that are found in abundance in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.

If you are planning a holiday in Thailand, take a look at the pictures below to discover the best beaches in Krabi. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy it to the fullest or, better yet, explore them all!

1. Tonsai Beach

Although Tonsai Beach is located on the mainland, it can only be reached by boat. Surrounded by palm trees that sway easily in the sea breeze, the beach is nestled between two giant cliffs, with impressive landscapes of rustic beauty. Tonsai is not the best destination for swimming or snorkeling, as the strong currents and the reef here are quite dangerous. However, it is a great place for a kayak adventure, nature hiking and sunbathing for hours.

The relaxed atmosphere, the great street food and the friendliness of the locals make Tonsai one of the best beaches in Krabi province. Moreover, here you will find a lot of hippie bars where you can make new friends and a variety of accommodation options at more than reasonable prices.

Tonsay Beach - Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash

2. Railay Beach

Whether you go there to relax in the sun or enjoy the lovely scenery, Railay Beach will not disappoint. Detached from the mainland by several massive limestone cliffs, Railay Beach, like Tonsay Beach, can only be reached by boat. It is a beautiful, unaltered piece of land, the images of which are always present on postcards in Thailand.

With clear turquoise waters, interrupted only by the surrounding limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is a wonderful place to sunbathe surrounded by the majesty of nature.

Railay Beach - Image by ledoc from Pixabay

3.  Maya Bay

It would have been unfair to make a list of the best beaches in Krabi without including the Maya Bay, whose fame is largely due to the movie The Beach, in which the main character is played by Leonardo Dicaprio.

Since 2000, when the film was released, thousands of tourists visit this beach every year, which seems to be detached from paradise. Sure, it is very crowded, especially during the peak season, which takes place between November and March, but if you visit it early in the morning, Maya Beach is a real delight!

Maya Bay - Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

4. Phra Nang Beach

Just a 10-minute walk from scenic Railay Beach, a walkway through a limestone path, Phra Nang has become very popular for its fine white sand, emerald-coloured waters and numerous tourist activities that can be made here.  

The sharp cliffs around it attract many climbers, and the calm waters are ideal for both snorkeling and swimming. Moreover, Phra Nang Beach offers great opportunities for trekking in the lush rainforest nearby and for exploring the Princess Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nok), famous for its fertility altar.

Phra Nang Beach - Photo by Sumit Chinchane on Unsplash

5. Koh Mai Phai Beach

If what you're looking for peace and wilderness, look no further than Koh Mai Phai, on Bamboo Island. Located about 45 minutes by boat from Phi Phi Don, this tiny island that can be crossed in a maximum of 30 minutes and has far fewer tourists than the other beaches mentioned above, but has an equally impressive beauty.

The lack of limestone cliffs for climbers and the non-existence of hotels and restaurants keep most visitors and backpackers away. Those who dare to make the long boat trip to Koh Mai Phai Beach do so to enjoy its white sands and extremely clear turquoise waters. Moreover, here are some of the most spectacular corals in Krabi, but you will have to bring your own snorkeling equipment.

Bamboo Island - Photo by Miltiadis Fragkidis on Unsplash


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