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Thailand Wilderness Adventure

Thailand has always held a special place in my heart. I first travelled there in 1991, a wide eyed kid wet behind the ears with a bucket shop one way ticket to Bangkok. My grand plans of a short beach break before heading down to the east coast of Australia joining the 1000’s of Pommie pilgrims earning a right of passage didn’t exactly go to plan. I left Thailand eleven months later to return home penniless, emancipated and full of great stories, which my friends soon got bored with.

I returned a few times mainly to Bangkok and Koh Samui happy to be back in the land of smiles but feeling slightly disappointed at all the changes. The old story of development being good for the locals but not good for my sense of adventure. That didn’t deter me from joining the Imaginative Travellers Wilderness Adventure two years ago.

Arriving in Bangkok this time was different. I had a hotel booked so no lugging my pack in Bangkok’s suffocating mixture of exhaust fumes, heat and humidity looking for a clean bed. I had a group to meet too, this was also good, eating Pad Thai on your own looking for a fellow traveller to strike a conversation with can be hard work. There were 10 of us, a mix of Poms, Aussies, a Canadian, an American and a South African. We all met for dinner and shortly after my first Thai beer I knew this would be a fun trip

Bangkok to me means food and shopping and the best place to find both is the Chata Chuk weekend market. I headed there with belly empty and wallet full destined to reverse the two. The market is huge, really huge, 35 acres of cheap goodies huge and sells everything from furniture to genuine fake designer clothes. The street food is fantastic but remember the Thai’s like it hot. I left my shopping with the hotel to keep safe as I would be returning there once I finished the trip.

Off to Chiang Mai on the overnight train. I like travelling like this, sleeping while moving makes sense to me and the train is clean, functional, safe and fine. I think Chiang Mai is the perfect place to escape hectic Bangkok. It’s a peaceful, happy place and that reflects in the locals. Sight seeing will take you to the Wat Pratat Doi Suthep temple – stunning and golden on a sunny day. The next stage of the trip was trekking in the surrounding jungle, I decided I needed a massage before we set off.

A trek in the hills of Northern Thailand is a chance to escape everyday life and clear your head. The going is not too difficult for someone with fairly good fitness although if it rains the mud can be tricky. I was enjoying my own head space when we arrived at the first village of wooden homes, pecking chickens and lots of smiles, basic but I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would rather have been. Chan, our guide, was a local from a neighbouring village and before long he had us divided amongst our village hosts before the sun set and got too difficult for us city people to do anything without electric light. That night, with the noise of the surrounding jungle lying on a mattress roll on a bamboo floor, was maybe the most peaceful night’s sleep I have ever had.

The next day’s trek was shorter and we covered ground quicker, maybe we were getting used to the trekking but I think it was the excitement of the elephant ride to come that afternoon. Lunch was delicious but we were too busy watching the elephants wash in the river to notice. Elephants are brilliant creatures and being on one journeying deeper into the jungle is a fantastic experience.

The next morning Chan had us up early helping him and the village men build our rafts to take us down river to civilization. It is all part of the experience helping the guys and by helping I mean staying out of their way while they expertly craft our rafts. A serene float down to the nearest small town where our bus was waiting to take us to a hot shower and another massage.

We left Chiang Mai and headed back to Bangkok where we broke the journey up to the south with an over night stay in the city of angels.

I had heard a few good things about Khoa Sok national park, not too popular with tourists or backpackers alike due it not having a major bus stop. To get there you need to stop the bus by the 3rd banyan tree after 17th stream near the big hill and you will find a bakkie waiting to take you into the park. I’m glad we had a tour leader. The first night we slept with the birds in tree houses the second and third we stayed in raft houses on a man made dam. It is a truly beautiful area and a few of us spent the days swimming in waterfalls, flooded caves, kayaking and hiking and some of just sat back and took it all in.

How to finish this Thailand trip? On the beach of course. The islands around Krabi are what we visualize when we think of a Thai beach and they do not disappoint. The Thai’s have a word called sabai, loosely translated it means an inner happiness and contentment. I woke one afternoon from a napping on the beach and understood exactly what sabai means.

This trip can be found on the Thailand section of Travel Light

http://www.travellight.co.za/south_east_asia_tours/thailand_tours.htm

Spencer Neal has worked in adventure travel since 1997. His many adventures and passion for travel has led him to part own an online adventure travel agency Travel Light www.travellight.co.za specialising in world wide adventures for South Africans. You can contact him at spencer@travellight.co.za

Is Muay Thai The Martial Art YOU Need To Discover?

With the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts and the UFC, Muay Thai has become more popular then ever before. But is it the best form of martial arts for you to learn?

Let’s take a closer look at Muay Thai…

It is rather hard to pinpoint the exact start and history of Muay Thai as it has evolved through the years and still continues to evolve today.

Muay Thai is considered by some to have been a deviation of a martial art from south east China. Others believe that it came from an enchant form of kickboxing in India.

Muay Thai began as Krabi Krabong, the Siamese military fighting style with a sword in one hand. Developing through time and natural evolution of the art, it gave birth to Muay Boran, ancient style Muay Thai. As battlefield warfare evolved into a more technological basis, hand to hand combat was no longer required within the military, and Muay Thai became a sporting martial art, kept alive in Thailand as a competetive sport, and for many, a way of life.

The basic concept of Muay Thai has not changed much over the years… Martial Arts like karate and tae-kwon-do mainly focus on striking and ‘hard’ forms of very straight kicks. Muay Thai has always had a focus around punching with a boxing style, using knees and elbows to defend and block kicks and punches as well, the kicking is not as ‘hard’ in its form as other main line martial arts.

The one very unique strategy that Muay Thai embraces is a technique called the “Clinch”. How the “Clinch” works is, your hands are wrapped around the other person’s neck for leverage so you can use your knee to get in and start working on the other persons mid section. It is a very effective technique if you know what you are doing.

The one thing you need to know about Muay Thai is that it is a FULL CONTACT SPORT. Yes it is a martial art at its core but from a functional prospective it is a sport and with that means you are going to get into very good shape when you train in Muay Thai.

This also brings up another challenge… Your risk of getting injured is greater with Muay Thai then it is with most other traditional martial arts. The reason for this is because your always training with contact!

The one thing that Muay Thai has is a great built in self-defense component. Because you spend most of your time sparring with others, you get to experience full-contact fighting on a regular basis. So from a self-defense perspective… It is a real winner!

Is Muay Thai For You?

The only way to find out is to go and checkout a few schools in your area so you can see first hand if you like Muay Thai! They will offer you a free class and sometimes a free month. It is well worth your time to check out your local schools.

A Specialty of Living In A Holiday Villa

Holiday rental villas are perhaps the most perfect way to experience the incredibility of the tropical island destinations in Thailand. A villa is simply a single detached structure, mostly built in the form of a luxury residence or an expansive country cottage. They are mostly situated in secluded places, and are not a segment of any planned community, resort complexes, or hotels. In contrast to high end hotels and upscale resorts that are expensive, a holiday rental villa is economic and provides visitors with a unique experience.

A villa is usually complete with two or three bedrooms, specious living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, and superb bath areas. Further, in most cases, these villas are furnished, and come with amenities such as individually controlled air conditioning, personal safe, entertainment systems, CDs and DVDs, television with satellite channels, computers coupled with high speed broadband internet connections, and more.

Likewise, villa facilities cover private pools and sun deck, barbeque area, services of daily maid and professional chefs, laundry facilities, airport transfers, and sightseeing facilities. Depending upon the taste and budget of tourists, a variety of villa options is available such as boutique style villas, honeymoon villas, luxury villas, seaside villas, and large family villas, with more than four or five bedrooms.

One of the prime benefits of living in a rental holiday villas is that they provide maximum privacy and utter relaxation. Since mostly villas are situated in secluded places, they serve as an excellent retreat, and enable you to relax in solitude and enjoy the company of your friends as well as family in a serene space. Similarly, when staying in a villa, you have ultimate privacy in pools, Jacuzzi, and terrace.

Another great advantage of a holiday villa is that it provides you with a unique experience. As villas are tastefully appointed according to the unique culture of the place, it allows you to completely immerse in the culture of the location, thereby making your vacation memorable. Ultimate comfort is also a benefit of holiday private villa.

A specialty of holiday villas is that they are mostly attached with a fully equipped kitchen. This in turn enables you to cook your favorite dishes at any time. When you stay in a hotel, you have to follow hotel schedules and could eat only during a specified time. Further, it is not necessary that you could eat your favorite dishes. But, staying in a holiday villa avoids all these problems. Additionally, some villa providers even provide services of professional chefs for aged tourists and couples honeymooning.

In destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya, and Krabi, a range of villa accommodation choices are available to please any type of travelers. For instance, there are villas that are especially designed for westerners, such as European style villas. Also, a plus point of villa is the sheer space it renders. When compared to hotel rooms, a villa is much spacious, thereby making it a popular option for extended stays.

Likewise, a villa is an economic alternative over hotel rooms. Staying in a rental villa could sometimes save up to at least $300 per night or day. However, cost may be exceptionally high in the case of luxury villas. In addition, villas are an excellent choice for people vacationing with families or large groups. Further, since in most cases you rent it directly from the owners, it saves you money in terms of travel agent commission. Above all, a villa provides you freedom to live in your own pace as well as style. In short, a holiday rental villa truly serves as a home away from home.

A myriad of villa service providers are now in the scenario in order to help you find a villa in your desired location. There are some villa providers that render services in the form of packages covering accommodation, breakfast, maid services, laundry facilities, airport transfers, facilities for sightseeing, rental cars, and rental equipments for enjoying different water sport activities. With the introduction of the internet, it has now become quite easy to find a competent villa provider. Many of them even offer facilities for online booking.

If you have never stayed in a rental villa, then this time opt for a rental villa for your tropical vacation, and have great fun, while saving great amount of money.

Cheap Hotels Thailand: Friend to your Pocket

Graceful culture, interesting background and glorious history are some of the numerous reasons why Thailand is famous as a fantastic tourist destination in the world. One of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia, Thailand proves to be a fabulous destination for all sorts of visitors, be it a leisure traveler or a business traveler. The salient features of the country will make you spend more and more time here. And if budget is a matter of concern for you, cheap hotels in Thailand are all set to welcome you warm heartedly. Staying at any of the cheap hotels Thailand intensifies your desire even more to enjoy the wonderful cultural and traditional heritages. History, culture, tradition, and friendly inhabitants all are at par with that of the best in the world.

Once you land in any part of the country, you are going to enjoy the lively arts, fabulous nightlife, and wonderful beaches. Good networks of trains, buses and airplanes never let you get worried about commuting from one place to another. Bangkok is the city through which most of the visitors like to enter the country. Bangkok is also known as the city of Angels. You can make some good daytrips to a few of the magnificent destinations such as Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi which are famous for the bridge on Kwai River. Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Chiang Rai are some of the destinations where you have many an avenues of trekking. Intriguing hill tribes and gentle Lanna culture are also the best traits.

The southern region is known for its wonderful beaches like Koh Tao, Krabi, Koh Samui or Phuket or Trang. Chiang Mai has recently become an independent and famous center for learning. Thai cooking, fruit carving meditation and yoga are some of the arts which are taught over here. If you are somewhere near to Bangkok, you may come across the resort town of Hua Hin where Khao Takiab is a very popular beach.

Finding Cheap and Luxury Hotels in Thailand

Cheap and luxury hotels in Thailand are scattered through out the entire country. Some famous destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, Samui, Pattava, Hua Hin, Cha Am, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta, Khao Lak, etc offer comfortable hotels to stay. Booking cheap hotels in Thailand help you to save huge amount on your budget for accommodations. Moreover, Thailand is a land of authentic Asian culture, spectacular beaches and friendly people. Thailand welcomes millions of visitors every year.

 

The capital city Bangkok is the home to many cheap and luxury hotels in Thailand. The places in Bangkok like Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam Square, Ploenchit, riverside, Sathorn, Pratunam, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Ratchadapisek, Petchburi, Banglumpu, Don Muang Airport, etc have some hotels which are of World Class accommodations.

 

No doubt about the facilities provides by the cheap hotels in Thailand. If you are looking for luxury grand motels then the sky is the limit. It means that according to the standard of the hotel the price also hikes. The more comfortable stay you want, more bucks you have to spend. Otherwise, there are motels, inns and resorts in Thailand, which are of cheap rates and easily affordable.

 

Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel and Resort is located in Sukhumvit. This hotel is a three star hotel and the rooms of this hotel are luxuriously decorated in Thai style. Facilities at the hotel include outdoor swimming pool, ball room, underground car parking and complimentary tuk-tuk services aimed to provide convenience to guests in Thai style.

 

This resort of Bangkok offers the facilities and services like Air Conditioning, Bar/Lounge, Barber/Beauty Salon, Business Center, IDD Phone, Laundry, Limousine, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Satellite/Cable TV, Shopping Arcade, Swimming Pool, Tour Des, etc.

 

During your visit in Thailand apart from Bangkok City you must visit other interesting cities of Thailand. For instance, Phuket is a nice beach city. Travelers love to explore its well-known beaches like Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, and so on. This beach city also offers many inns and resorts to stay. Most of the cheap and luxury hotels in Thailand can be found be Phuket.

 

Travel To Krabi And Phi Phi Islands – Amazing Thailand Attractions

Krabi is a province of Thailand located in the southern area and has fantastic beaches along the shore plus many wonderful islands that you just can’t imagine how beautiful they are. Phi Phi Islands is one of the very famous spots in Krabi that travelers can’t miss.

About the weather in Krabi province, there are only two seasons in this region, which is different from other parts of Thailand. The summer season lasts from January to April, and the rainy season lasts from May to December. The temperature is between 16.9 and 37.3 degree Celsius throughout the year.

You can get to Krabi by car or by plane. If you drive there from Bangkok, you go along the highway number 4 through many provinces. The overall distance is approximately 946 kilometers. If you go to Krabi from Phuket, you can use highway number 402 connected to highway number 4 through Pangnga province and Krabi province. The total distance is approximately 185 kilometers. Also, the public transportation companies provide air-conditioned buses for people everyday from Bangkok and Phuket. If you decide to go there by plane from Bangkok airport, it takes about 1 hour and a half to Krabi province.

Diving at Krabi Sea is a very exciting activity that you can’t miss. Scuba diving is very popular there. Many diving service companies provide the travelers boat services from Phuket and Phi Phi Don Island. Some famous diving spots are around Phi Phi Islands and King Cruiser shipwreck. Around Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le Islands, there are many diving spots such as Nui beach, Maya beach, and sea caves. You may rent a small boat called Rue Hang Yao from Phi Phi Don Island to these spots. Bidah Islands and Ha Islands (Ha means five) are also popular diving spots.

Phi Phi Islands is one of the famous islands in Thailand located in Krabi province. The word “Phi Phi” comes from a tree named “Pi-a-pee.” In 1983, the government of Thailand announced that Phi Phi Islands became a member of Nopparatthara – Phi Phi Islands national park. This park includes six islands which are Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Le, Bidah Nok, Bidah Nai, Yung and Phai Islands. The distance between Krabi beach and Phi Phi Islands is approximately 42 kilometers.

Lanta Islands is one of the most amazing spots in Krabi. It is located in the far south of the province. In the past, villagers called this islands “Poo-Lao-Sa-Tak” which means the islands with long beaches. Some famous islands are Lanta Yai Islands, Ngai Island, Rok Nai Island and Rok Nok Island. There are a lot of resorts and hotels on the islands. You can go to Lanta Islands from Krabi beach or Phi Phi Islands.

Ao Nang is a place that has wonderful scenario with beautiful beaches such as Rai Le Beach, Tam Pra Nang Beach and Nam Mao Beach. These three beaches cannot be reached by car because they are surrounded by mountains. You can go there by boat from Ao Nang.

You can read more about Krabi and Phi Phi Islands at my web blog @ http://travel-krabi.blogspot.com

Thai yourself to the Ropes

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing and Thailand may not be things that are linked in your mind, but Railay, near Krabi in southern Thailand, is a centre that attracts climbers from all over the world, from beginners to experts. Railay is an isthmus, reached by long-tail boat, with towering cliffs falling into the perfectly clear turquoise Andaman Sea. Mangroves and mud flats hug the coastline.

Rock Climbing Schools

There are several climbing schools offering a range of courses, from half-day to three-day or more, and prices normally include not only all equipment hire – ropes, harnesses, bolts, chocks and packs of chalk (to help hands grip slippery rocks) – but also climbing boots. The instructors are highly skilled; some are even recognised champions at the sport. Ribboning up the cliffs are more than 700 bolted rock-climbing routes, all put up since the 1980s, capable of providing practice and training to climbers at all levels of skill.

Thiland Cliffs

The cliffs vary in height, beginners being gently eased in on a cliff a mere 50 metres tall. No doubt about it, however, rock climbing is counter-intuitive and requires not only strength and agility but also gritty determination. Jamming your fingers into a small crack or clinging on to a tiny ledge and then taking pretty much your entire body weight on your hands is not something that comes naturally to most people. Fear of heights is another contra-indicator: if you’re not happy on the top deck of a Channel ferry, it is possible you’ll balk at being virtually self-supporting some metres off the ground.

Views Of A Mountaineer

It doesn’t always follow, however. The late great Eric Shipton, who in the 1930s and 1940s was Britain’s number one mountaineer, said that he felt uncomfortable looking over the viewing ledge of a skyscraper but thought nothing of teetering on the edge of a mountainside infinitely higher. Why might this be? He couldn’t explain it. Perhaps it’s because when you climb a rock or a mountain, you familiarise yourself with it; you make it, in a sense, your own; you know where its difficulties lie. Nothing of the sort with a building, especially if you have whizzed to the top in a high-speed lift.

Climb Or Watch

So, back to Thailand. With expert instructors and a perfect array of safety equipment, the worst that can happen to a wary beginner is being made to feel a bit inadequate. But if you do, you’ll be in good company, because there are lots of people who go to this secluded haven not to climb but just to watch. And there are plenty of nice places to do it from – beach hut hotels and small restaurants on and around the beach.

You can get to Railay by flying non-stop from Heathrow to Bangkok and then take another flight to Krabi, from where it’s a short and inexpensive ride on a longboat. The UK-based operator AwimAway (020 7430 1766, www.awimaway.com) offers activity and adventure tours to far-flung destinations for individuals and corporates. AwimAway can organize corporate incentive programmes at these islands, where you can organize a conference or just chill out, party, unwind or … train for the Olympics on a sun-drenched shore, on a ski slope or in the soothing scenery of a silent wood.

Visiting Krabi Thailand – Top 10 Attractions

In the far south of Thailand, Krabi is the poster child for Thailand’s natural coastal beauty. It’s also near Phuket. The scenery is overflowing with remarkable outcroppings of limestone that produce framing cliffs and peculiar formations. In the resort area, the pace is much slower than in other Thai hotspots, with a market that caters more for relaxed travellers and families who would prefer to stay away from the party scene of some of Thailand’s beaches.

Daytrip to Wat Tham Seua

If the heat and humidity aren’t too overwhelming, a trip to Wat Tham Seua, or Tiger Cave Temple, is a must. In fact, in spite of the heat, you may want to venture out to see this site in order to explore the cool maze of caves in which Buddhist monks live and worship. A climb up this Ao Luk Thanu limestone mountain to the summit affords a look at the pagoda, ‘Buddha’s footprint’ and spectacular vistas of the countryside.

Rock climbing

The rock climbing scene at Krabi is fit for all skill levels, with something for everyone. Climbers come from all over the world for the unique karst structures and limestone cliffs, many of which are well marked and bolted for climbers. One of the most popular sites is at Ton Sai Beach, but it’s possible to go climbing at any number of places around Krabi, especially when collaborating with a local rock climbing company. If you’re not sure of your abilities, don’t be too shy to enrol in one of the instructional classes offered.

Koh Lanta Marine National Park

Pristine rainforests and more lovely Krabi beach options can be found on the island of Koh Lanta, which is also a marine national park. The most striking aspect of this island is that it’s home to the nomadic tribe of Chae Leh, also called sea gypsies, who have practiced their own distinct religion and spoken their unique language for centuries. There are plenty of relaxed bungalow settings for those who want to stay a while. Visitors from as far away as Phuket come to visit.

Than Bok Khoranie National Park

Taking a day to check out Than Bok Khorani National Park is a worthwhile endeavour, especially if you’re interested in the diversity of plant life here, from small gardenias to towering trees. The highlight of the park is the green-hued pond that is the namesake for the park. Beyond the pond is the area’s standard fare of limestone formations, caves and mangrove trees. While the park does not offer accommodation, camping is permitted if you bring your own equipment. It’s also an easy drive to and from Phuket.

Shell Fossil Cemetery

A few miles out of Krabi Town, you’ll find the archaeological site known as the Shell Fossil Cemetery. This marvel has been under construction for the past 35 million years and has grown into a huge slab of fossilised snail remains more than 15 inches thick. The site of this former swamp can be found at Ban Laem Pho Cape, which is located about 10 miles from Krabi Town.

Exploring the archipelago

An organised tour of the archipelago is a wonderful way to spend a day, and with your itinerary in the hands of a local tour guide, you can be sure to find wonderful scenery and some great secluded Krabi beach choices. Another way to explore the islands close to Ao Nang Beach is to hire a sea kayak and paddle out to them yourself. This is a good way to get away from the crowds in the resort area and catch some peace along with spectacular scenery.

Scuba diving

If you’re a certified diver, you’ll probably want to jump right in as soon as you arrive in Krabi. The reputation of the nearby Andaman Islands and the wealth of coral reefs fuel much enthusiasm in this area, and there’s no shortage of diving companies to take divers on day and longer trips. Snorkelling is also worthwhile, and those wishing to pick up a diving certificate can enrol in a four-day course. Many of the Phuket dive trips end up here.

Railay Beach

Longtail boats can be hired to take passengers out to Railay Beach, which is barred from the mainland by massive cliffs that make it only accessible by sea. There are a few resorts set up along these beautiful beaches, and Phra Nang, a sacred cave, is one of the area’s principle attractions.

Biking

Cycling is a wonderful way to open up the inland countryside, and a 15 or 20 mile loop out of Ao Nang will take you into coconut groves, past quiet villages and in and around the karst outcroppings of rock before bringing you back to the resort. Bicycles can be rented for the whole day at Ao Nang beach in Krabi.

Krabi nightlife

Visitors don’t generally come to Krabi for the nightlife; instead they’re either here for the stunning geological landscape or the chance to relax in a quieter environment that is more conducive to families. Krabi Town itself has very few tourist establishments, with most of the action confined to a mile-long stretch of beach at the Ao Nang resort area. While there aren’t any discos or wild parties, there are plenty of nice restaurants with good seafood and a relaxed atmosphere. The bars in the busiest sector of this beach stay open past midnight.

Get to Phuket

AIR

Air Thai operates nearly a dozen daily flights form Bangkok. The direct flight takes and hour and 25 minutes, but some flights stop in Hat Yai for half and hour. There are also regular flights to and from Hat Yai.

Bangkok Airways flies between Samui Island and Phuket Island twice daily (once a week in June and September).

Angle Airlines recently introduced flights to Phuket Island from Bangkok and Singapore. Angle’s office is at Phuket international Airport.

THAI flies between Phuket Island and several international destinations, including Penang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Sydney. Other international airlines with offices in Phuket are: Malaysia Airline, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines.

Southern Helicopter service at the airport charters a seven passenger helicopter. The service covers all of Phuket Island and Ao Phang Nga beach, including Phi Phi Island. Southern Flying Group does small aero plane charters.

BUS

All direct air-conditioner buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal make the journey overnight, leaving at approximately half-hourly intervals between 5.30pm and 7pm and arriving about fourteen hours later. Most air-conditioner buses from Phuket to Bangkok also make the journey overnight, though there are a few departures during the morning. There is no train service to Phuket, but if you can’t face taking the bus all the way from Bangkok, a more comfortable (and less nerve-wracking) alternative would be to book an overnight sleeper train to Surat Thani, about 290km east of Phuket, and take a bus from there to Phuket (about six hours). There are fourteen buses a day between Surat Thani and Phuket, all traveling via Khao Sok, Takua Pa and Khao Lak; and six private minibuses a day from Phuket to Surat Thani. Takua Pa is a useful interchange for local services to Khuraburi and Ranong, though there are four direct buses a day between Ranong and Phuket. As for points further south : seventeen buses a day run between Krabi and Phuket, via Phang Nga, and there are also frequent services to and form Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Hat Yai.

Boat

If you’re coming to Phuket form Phi Phi Island or Lanta Island, the quickest and most scenic option is to take the boat. During peak season, up to four ferries a day make the trip to and from Phi Phi Island, taking between ninety minutes and two and a half hours and docking at the deep-sea port on Phuket’s southeast coast; during low season, there’s at least one ferry a day in both directions. Travelers from Lanta Island have to change boats on Phi Phi Island. Minibuses meet the ferries in Phuket and charge 100B per person for transfer to Phuket town and the major west-coast beaches, or 150B to the airport.

Travel To Krabi And Phi Phi Islands Amazing Thailand Attractions

Krabi is a province of Thailand located in the southern area and has fantastic beaches along the shore plus many wonderful islands that you just cant imagine how beautiful they are. Phi Phi Islands is one of the very famous spots in Krabi that travelers cant miss.You can get to Krabi by car or by plane. If you drive there from Bangkok, you go along the highway number 4 through many provinces. The overall distance is approximately 946 kilometers. If you go to Krabi from Phuket, you can use highway number 402 connected to highway number 4 through Pangnga province and Krabi province. The total distance is approximately 185 kilometers. Also, the public transportation companies provide air-conditioned buses for people everyday from Bangkok and Phuket. If you decide to go there by plane from Bangkok airport, it takes about 1 hour and a half to Krabi province.Phi Phi Islands is one of the famous islands in Thailand located in Krabi province. The word Phi Phi comes from a tree named Pi-a-pee. In 1983, the government of Thailand announced that Phi Phi Islands became a member of Nopparatthara – Phi Phi Islands national park. This park includes six islands which are Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Le, Bidah Nok, Bidah Nai, Yung and Phai Islands. The distance between Krabi beach and Phi Phi Islands is approximately 42 kilometers.Ao Nang is a place that has wonderful scenario with beautiful beaches such as Rai Le Beach, Tam Pra Nang Beach and Nam Mao Beach. These three beaches cannot be reached by car because they are surrounded by mountains. You can go there by boat from Ao Nang.

You can read more about Krabi and Phi Phi Islands at my web blog @