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Backpacking In Thailand

Planning a trip to Thailand appeals to travelers of all shapes, sizes and budgets because it is quite easy to navigate about the different cities and main attractions. The travel is also inexpensive, leaving you with more money to explore the booming silk industry, as well as the delicious cuisine. Thai food melds a combination of mind, body and soul into their spicy and sweet balanced meals, offering some of the best dishes in the world.

Why Thailand is So Popular

When planning a backpacking trip to Thailand, you may have heard of what attracts tourists to the various areas about the country. In the North, trekking through the mountains is quite popular. More than 300 temples can be located in the beautiful natural surroundings of Chiang Mai. Top-notch quality and inexpensive stays can be found at every corner, offering flavorful food and interesting shopping outlets.

As a backpacker, you will find an abundance of places to stay at in the area, including Julie’s Guesthouse. At this establishment, you will be able to sign up for a couple of days trekking through the jungle that features lovely views and a first-hand look at how the locals thrive. To avoid getting hit by the monsoon rains, plan an adventure for this area between the months of October and April.

Central Thailand brings the allure of Bangkok, which overflows with shopping, addicting cuisine, palaces and temples. The Chao Phraya River provides a great scene to explore. Main attractions to consider include the Royal Palace, the Wats and Chinatown, as well as the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Notable festivals can be experienced in Ayuthaya, where scenic riverside gardens await in Sukhothai. The endless possibilities for exploration are mind-boggling. The islands of Southern Thailand bring you closer to white sands and warm waters. The largest of the bunch is called Phuket, where other notable selections include the Phi Phi Islands and the waterfalls of Krabi.

Nightlife

Many tourists enjoy the overall aspect of Thailand nightlife. This is one of the main reasons a large amount of travelers backpack throughout the country: nature, culture, food and fun. If it’s a good time you’re looking for, try the many go-go and beer bars in Pattaya, as well as Chaweng Beach (Ko Samui) that parties into the wee hours of the night. Koh Phangan is the site where thousands of locals and tourists gather to celebrate by the light of the full moon. It’s a world famous beach party that never seems to end, offered once every month. It is one of the best places to experience the food, drink and dance of Thailand island life in an event that literally rocks the senses.

The law of the land states that bars and nightclubs close at 2 in the morning when visiting Bangkok, but there is always somewhere to go, whether it’s just a delicious restaurant tucked away on a side street. The largest area to explore is called Patpong, which provides three streets to explore. For more information on the ins and outs of Thailand, check out the latest information posted on www.jeng-thailand.com.

Travel destinations in Thailand

Krabi! Its a very good place to visit! Cheap and very important not too crowded like Phuket and Bangkok…

I had been there twice and I really love the peace and beautiful beaches and islands =)

The place I stayed at is in Krabi town which is far more cheaper than at Aonang beach where most are beach resorts…

The place that I stayed in is called "Chan cha lay" very nice little place which only cost me about USD10 per night for a fan room, double bed and very nice decoration… the room is cool enough with the ceiling fan… but the bathroom is really great for such a price… you will be very very surprised how great it is! Ask for room number 1 which I stayed in for the two times I been there… Don’t go for the backpackers room cause I think its small and the price difference with this double room is not too far apart… =)

I rented a motorcycle for only about USD4 for a day (24hours) very very cheap and great way to get around =) you do not need a licence for it just your passport as deposit. Its safe to let them keep the passport =) but choose the rent from a shop not from any road side offers which who knows may not be there the next day! =P

There is a nice place in town for dinner, local food very cheap and nice =) every night one of the road converts into stretch of food stalls…

For island hopping, go to "chicken island" very beautiful, extremely clear waters and you can even walk from one island to the other during low tide =) You can rent a whole boat for about USD13 to get you round a few islands from Aonang beach =)

Thailand as a tour destination: a peek into the exotic Orient!

Thinking of Thailand as a tour destination? Think exotic, oriental, majestic and more!

Thailand’s boundaries stretch to neighboring regions of Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. The exciting Eastern city of Thailand offers immense scope for sea, air and road travel, the holiday plan usually dependent on a tourist’s budget. Its four main regions, namely North, Central Plain or the Chao Phraya River Basin, North East (Korat Plateau) and South Peninsula live up to the true meaning of ‘thai,’ literally meaning free and denoting the same in its multicultural diversity that happily coexists with its diverse inhabitants.

Agriculturally rich, with paddy fields dotted landscape that make room for heritage palaces and famous temples alike, modern Thailand comes as a pleasant surprise for the global traveler: natural beauty of many beaches and islands, innumerable shopping bargains and vibrant festivities of carnivals and shopping centers that offer wide variety in local foods and gourmet cuisine, exotic hill – tribe villages and ancient ruins all contribute to Thailand’s cosmopolitan air as a tour destination.

Thailand as a tour destination: its many exciting activities and pleasures.

Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand with the King of Thailand revered as the supreme monarch and also the patron of all religions embraced by the people. Thus, Thailand has religious tolerance woven into its social fabric and respects people of all races. This multiculturalism makes Thailand a hot favorite as a tour destination for the global traveler with add-on visits to nearby cities like Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and other major southern Thai towns being part of an avid tourist’s list. Places of tourist interest in Thailand include Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Chang and Koh Samet while provinces like Krabi, Koh Libong, Koh Hai provides great photographic memoirs of Thailand as a tour destination.

Thailand as a Tour Destination

Thinking of Thailand as a tour destination? Think exotic, oriental, majestic and more!

Thailand’s boundaries stretch to neighboring regions of Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. The exciting Eastern city of Thailand offers immense scope for sea, air and road travel, the holiday plan usually dependent on a tourist’s budget. Its four main regions, namely North, Central Plain or the Chao Phraya River Basin, North East (Korat Plateau) and South Peninsula live up to the true meaning of ‘thai,’ literally meaning free and denoting the same in its multicultural diversity that happily coexists with its diverse inhabitants.

Agriculturally rich, with paddy fields dotted landscape that make room for heritage palaces and famous temples alike, modern Thailand comes as a pleasant surprise for the global traveler: natural beauty of many beaches and islands, innumerable shopping bargains and vibrant festivities of carnivals and shopping centers that offer wide variety in local foods and gourmet cuisine, exotic hill – tribe villages and ancient ruins all contribute to Thailand’s cosmopolitan air as a tour destination.

Thailand as a tour destination: its many exciting activities and pleasures.

Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand with the King of Thailand revered as the supreme monarch and also the patron of all religions embraced by the people. Thus, Thailand has religious tolerance woven into its social fabric and respects people of all races. This multiculturalism makes Thailand a hot favorite as a tour destination for the global traveler with add-on visits to nearby cities like Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and other major southern Thai towns being part of an avid tourist’s list. Places of tourist interest in Thailand include Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Chang and Koh Samet while provinces like Krabi, Koh Libong, Koh Hai provides great photographic memoirs of Thailand as a tour destination.

Eco Tourism in Koh Lanta, Krabi

 

Fads come and go, but some essentials remain as legacy. Eco tourism is one such concept that’s gaining a strong foothold among many tourists and this is with good reason. The complete concept behind eco tourism is to minimize human impact, build environmental awareness and respect your natural surroundings. Koh Lanta contributes to this concept with Koh Lanta Yai, a primary eco tourism destination island in Thailand.

 

Secluded and offering a lush environment, Koh Lanta is excellent for escaping from the party-goers on other Thai beaches. Eco tourism in Koh Lanta, Krabi is gradually gaining significance and this attracts plenty of visitors every year. Unlike Phuket, which is the Thai tourism capital, Koh Lanta is still understated at present.

 

Many promote eco tourism in Koh Lanta, Krabi by claiming the islands are virtually undiscovered, but this is not true. There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the beaches, and resorts and bungalows are scattered across the western coast. However, as you go further along, this reduces and you do find isolated locations. Koh Lanta is a lot less commercialized, unlike Phuket and nearby Koh Phi Phi. The main features of eco tourism in Koh Lanta, Kabri include deep sea diving, coastal explorations and lush forests. Koh Lanta is especially popular among Swedish tourists and this fact alone has contributed to the many Swedish cuisine outlets in the islands.

 

Speaking of eco tourism in Koh Lanta, Kabri, one can’t avoid mentioning the consequences of environmental exploitation. While there are laws and regulations to restrict such activity, some coastal exploitation has been reported in Koh Lanta. This doesn’t effect eco tourism in any direct way, but tourists must keep in mind that the environment is important and the whole charm of Koh Lanta is expressed through its beautiful environment.

 

Experiencing eco tourism in Koh Lanta, Kabri won’t be fulfilled without spending a few days at one of the Krabi luxury villas. The Langham Place Koh Lanta is an excellent option, but if you need something a little less luxurious, you can still find such a resort among the many Krabi luxury villas.

Post tsunami: Phi Phi revisited two years on

Although living in Thailand for some time, I finally only got to Phi Phi island two weeks before the Tsunami hit. At the time I had no idea what this lovely island in Krabi province, not far from Phuket, was about to experience. But when I saw how rampant and haphazard development had ruined the island it might have sounded like a good joke. Yeah right, what this place needs is something like a Tsunami to wipe it clean. Well that’s exactly what it got and, without disrespect to those who perished or lost everything, I witnessed a much more beautiful Phi Phi when I returned 18 months later.

On my first visit to Phi Phi Island on a day trip from Phuket I was appalled. I should have been impressed by the tower cliffs and white sandy beaches which were so perfect by natural design that it seemed man himself had deliberately engineered it for our own leisure purposes. I didn’t notice the sheer karst that were impossible to even build a hiking trail on let alone a hotel, I was too taken in by what I didn’t like. I should have been marvelling at how cleverly nature had left a beautiful flat stretch in the middle for us to come and build resorts on, indeed I had seen it all already from the many aerial pictures, including the equally pretty beach on the other side, just 500m away. But in reality it wasn’t like my imagined image. Online guide to Phuket

We alighted at the ferry pier in Ton Sai bay and to reach Lo Dalam bay on the other side, we where funnelled into a crowded and ugly mass of rampant over development. Huge holiday crowds from Phuket were all trying to squeeze themselves into a narrow, smelly lane lined with dive shops, internet cafes, swimwear boutiques, 7-elevens, trinket sellers, you name it – a tourist gauntlet that was anything but paradise. Music blared from bars, trash lay around everywhere and the sun failed to penetrate this poor, sandy lane at all. Beautiful Phi Phi? I was stunned.

Well, to be fair, it was just three weeks before the tsunami when the peak season in Thailand was in full swing and everyone wanted to be on Phi Phi, including all the day trippers, and locals from Krabi town looking to make a living. I had long suspected this island’s popularity would have done this. When I emerged at the other bay, I did see a lovely seascape and beautiful beach, even if it was crowded. A beautiful beach full of people enjoying themselves is still beautiful I guess.

At the time I, and I suppose no one else, imagined just what was about to happen to the this masssive tourist magnet. For starters, there was nowhere to run, where would the tens of thousands on that day have gone to escape two huge sandwiching waves? It’s a macabre thing to imagine, other than to dream it up to wash away the sinful development I was so disgusted with, but it didn’t cross my mind. I was thinking things like ‘which restaurant for lunch’, ‘how much to hire a lounger’, ‘where to rent a kayak’, ‘what a sexy suntanned body she has’ and so on.

These things are all gone now. Almost everything is gone. When I returned during a trip to Southern Thailand in May 2006 I could barely recognise the place. I had come to see what should be accurately described in a travel guide on Krabi province and the Andaman sea near Phuket, and I was lost for words. There was a island still, with some remaining coconut trees and two lovely beaches which could be seen from side to the other. But everything that had been inbetween was gone, and I found myself walking along a grassy-edged sandy path that I realised was once the lane which so disgusted me. Here, finally was my ‘idea’ of Phi Phi. Full guide to Phi Phi island http://www.1stopkrabi.com

I was so gripped by the total lack of buildings, lack of anything really, save for a few surviving coconut palms. I even had difficulty placing ‘that lane’. Gone were the internet cafés, the 7-Eleven, the bikini boutique and the ‘fissst’ sound of diving regulators. Gone were all the people and shop keepers and tanned carefree holidaymakers.

So, in a mean kind of way nature had taken revenge and reclaimed the natural beauty of Phi Phi. It had reverted the island it looked like 20 years ago before the tourists arrived in Thailand. Reconstruction had been slow in the ensuing 18 months due to beauracracy and perhaps a nagging sense among the authorities not to let it all happen again. There were a few buildings, a small market area, the odd dive shop and a couple of internet cafés, with some guesthouses tucked away nearer the high ground and one or two proper hotels had been re-built.

Lo Dalam bay was as beautiful as ever, only this time it was uncrowded and peaceful in its natural appearance. The big old Banyan tree that still stood at the end of the lane and beneath it grilled fresh seafood on a makeshift barbecue was served on little wooden stools. A few temporary backpacker style A-frames were erected further along the beach, and a few rustic bars played the usual Bob Marley classics. It was admittedly low season and a few people were enjoying an exclusive experience on Phi Phi.

Other places on the Thailand coast have recovered. Phuket, from where all the day trippers come, has been completely rebuilt since the Tsunami. It too was very much trashed at greater expense and damage, but it has rebuilt itself and gone back to being a tourism magnet. Read more about Phuket: http://www.1stopphuket.com

Xcellent Day Trips From Huket Sland Hailand

Phuket is named the Jewel of the Andaman. Or is it maybe the prime gem in the crown of Thailands tourism? However, Phuket is just the core of a spacious wonderful playground. And the other part of the crown is worth discovering, even if the tropical fabulous beaches youre sunbathing on seems so great you never want to get away from them. Phuket sightseeing tours are a must.

Making day trips from Phuket Island is definitely a must when you visit this South East Asian tropical piece of Heaven. Within a few hours ride or trip by boat are several mind-blowing landscapes including the renowned Phi Phi islands, the wonderful Khao Lak coast, the eye-opening Pha Nga Bay, exclusive scuba diving off the Similan islands, and the breathtakingly beautiful karst-scapes of Krabi. There are national parks boasting lush forests, picturesque fishing villages, spectacular waterfalls, crystal clear waters, private tiny islands, pristine mangroves and exclusive beaches to seek out.

Phuket is without a single doubt Thailands best developed and most popular island, a high standard, jet-set travel destination that has become a very upmarket place during the last decades. If youre travelling to Phuket for your next holiday youll invariably find yourself based at one of several wonderful bays lined along the West Coast. From this location you can either rent a private car or use the option taking one of the available day trip tours to a destination of your choice. This is highly recommendable and there are both many travel agents and opportunities.

For first time visitors exploring the island itself is absolutely a great idea. There are numerous exciting and splendid beaches. Towards the south from Kamala youll find a cluster of the best, past the popular and crowded Patong, and onwards to the posh Kata and sweeping Karon. Every beach is worth making a stop for a few hours to sunbath or sample a spicy Thai papaya salad (som tam) for lunch. Keep travelling south and youll finally reach the untouched Nai Harn beach, a good spot for avoiding the crowds. All beaches on Phuket have their own special ambience.

To reach the islands north takes about a one-hour drive. This area has not been developed and tourists do not dominate the scene. The east coasts mangroves offer an altogether different look of Phuket. While visiting this area you might want to cool off in Khao Phra Thaeo National Parks Bang Phrae Waterfall or drop in on the singing gibbons at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. Tours to this area of Phuket are very rewarding.

The best scenery can be found offshore, the first thing on you itineraries list should be a trip to Phi Phi. This distinctive craggy island is formed like a butterfly. The island featured in the Hollywood movie The Beach and was world news because of the Tsunami tragedy. Actually there are several islands, and the majority of the available trips stop off for some mind-boggling snorkelling adventures en-route. Food is mostly served once you arrive at Phi Phi Leys paradisiacal Maya bay. Only campers and park rangers are allowed to spend the night here so youll have the immaculate beach all to yourself. Phi Phi Don is more dramatic and was drastically overdeveloped before the gigantic Tsunami washed it all away. On a tiny sandwich of coconut palms the resorts are found between two gorgeous bays, with rising to the blue sky karst cliffs all around. Once youve reached this spot you probably not want to make the trip back to Phuket!

Similarly popular and impressive is Pha Nga Bays unique karst seascape, enjoyed free promotion in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. Now also known as the James Bond Island, this is a must-see on all trips from Phuket but its all part of a gigantic theatre of pillars, dotting this vast bay and must be ranking as the most photogenic spot in the whole Andaman. Lunch will be served at the idyllic fishing village of Koh Phan Yee, which is positioned in the water on stilts. Dont forget purchasing some souvenirs and stroll around this remarkable community. Kayaking among the karst cliffs and caves is especially rewarding.

If diving is your thing and you have just one opportunity to see the finest, then you may want to join a few days lasting trip to the Similan islands which are located West of Phuket. There is also a protected marine reserve and diving excursions or day trips are the only way to reach the areas unspoilt reefs, or swim in the clear blue ocean. If you do not have a dive certificate, no worries there are plenty of available courses. As an alternative you could take a tour to Hong Island, between Krabi and Phuket and simply enjoy underwater snorkelling and unwind. This unique island boasts a hidden lagoon inside, reachable at low tide only through a cave tunnel.

Renting a car for a drive into the hinterland is also a great option. Phuket is by a short causeway linked to the mainland and after that you have the freedom, roaming the lush isthmus provinces of Southern Thailand. Travel to the north to Khao Lak, to explore a more untouched and wild shoreline, and some fabulous coastal parks. Khao Sok National Park is a bit beyond this with its vast lake, magnificent rainforests and distinctive landscapes. In the park chalets you can even stay overnight. Thai tropical national parks feature fantastic ecosystems full of streams, waterfalls, nature trails, a few animals and varied birdlife.

Even Krabi is a popular tourist destination attracting many visitors, it can conveniently be reached within a 90 minutes drive from Phuket and features some of most distinctive landmarks in the region. But this is a completely other destination!

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.

The 10 Best Things About Krabi in Thailand

Located in Thailand’s deep south, Krabi is considerably more tame than it’s coastal resort counterparts. Much of the emphasis in this region is on the stunning natural beauty and there are many opportunities to venture out into forests or coral reefs. The entertainment scene is fit for the whole family, and there are plenty of planned activities to keep you engaged during your stay.

Rock climbing

Krabi is known the world over for its excellent rock climbing. The abundance of unique rocks formations and limestone cliffs make for thrilling climbs and the best marked and bolted climbs can be found at Ton Sai Beach. Independent climbers usually head here first, although local outfitters can arrange trips to other more remote locations and offer lessons to help beginners get started.

Daytrip to Wat Tham Seua

One of the most striking cultural phenomena of Krabi is the Tiger Cave Temple, or Wat Tham Seua. It’s located in the jungles of the Ao Luk Thanu Mountains and is the largest temple in the province. Buddhist monks live within the caves, worshipping in their labyrinth. A long climb up more than 1,200 stairs brings you to a summit on the limestone cliffs where you can view the chedis and Buddha statues as well as take in spectacular panoramic views of the area.

Than Bok Khoranie National Park

A daytrip to Than Bok Khorani National Park is a good way to enjoy the natural geology and plant life of Krabi. The park takes its name from a pond here that is hemmed in by wild gardenia, asoka and other botanical treasures. Camping is allowed in the park, though you have to bring your own supplies; there are no hotels or guesthouses on the premises.

Shell Fossil Cemetery

The Shell Fossil Cemetery is one of Krabi’s most popular attractions, consisting of an enormous slab of rock that has been forming for the past 35 million years. Over the millennia, the composite of fossilised shells has grown to a thickness of nearly 16 inches. This archaeological find is located at Ban Laem Pho Cape, only 10 miles from the Krabi Town.

Scuba diving

Scuba diving and snorkelling is a must while you’re staying in Krabi. All of the Andaman Islands sport wonderful coral reefs and the clear water makes for fantastic snorkelling or diving. Diving certification courses can be completed in four days and expeditions lasting up to several days can be chartered through one of the many diving companies.

Koh Lanta Marine National Park

A trip to Koh Lanta Marine National Park will bring you face to face with the unique culture of the Chai Leh, or sea gypsies. These people speak a distinct language and have their own animistic religion. The island also hosts some pristine rainforests, spectacular beaches, coral reefs and laid-back guesthouses.

Exploring the archipelago

A great way to see the archipelago of islands is with a paddle in hand. Sea kayaks can be rented for offshore exploration and from Ao Nang, you can paddle to several nearby islands for great views of the many karst pillars, caves and remote beaches. Organised daytrips are easy to arrange and are well worth the expense, as they’ll take you to secluded beaches you’d never have found on your own.

Railay Beach

Any holiday in Krabi warrants a visit to Railay Beach, one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline that the Andaman has to offer. Two crescent beaches are removed from the mainland by enormous limestone cliffs making the beach only reachable by boat. The most popular attraction here, other than the beaches themselves, is the enshrined cave at Phra Nang. Resort accommodation is available if you’d like to stay overnight.

Krabi nightlife

The nightlife in Krabi isn’t as high-powered as in some of southern Thailand’s other hotspots. Most of the establishments that cater to tourists are confined to the Ao Nang Beach Resort. There are a few places aimed at visitors in Krabi Town itself, though it is mostly a local scene here. Ao Nang hosts a string of restaurants and bars. There aren’t any discos, and for the most part, an evening in Krabi will be comfortable and low-key.

Biking

Biking is another good way to see the island, particularly the area immediately around Ao Nang. Cycling inland will open up vistas holding the signature landscape of limestone outcroppings, coconut groves and quaint villages. You can hire a bike in the resort area and the inland loop can be stretched to as much as a 15 or 20-mile ride.

A Family Vacation Getaway In One Of The Best Luxury Hotels In Krabi Thailand

So far as luxury hotels go anywhere in the Far East, the Rayavadee in Krabi Thailand is as good if not better than most other luxury hotels.

It is a great beach vacation hotel, with 77 rooms, perfect for a family vacation getaway, and equally fantastic for a honeymoon vacation special deal.

The Rayavadee has to be seen to be believed and everything from the staff to the accommodation, to the grounds, the beaches, and the food are close to being perfect. Krabi is possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth so it is just the perfect position for the Rayavadee.

You have to get to Rayavadee by boat, and the first thing that will strike you is the boat. White leather upholstery and the crew all in matching sailors uniforms. Initial impressions are lasting ones, and this certainly makes you feel you are going to a luxury resort. Moving from the speedboat to reception, the impression continues with details all being taken whilst sitting down with hot towels and drinks, which beats standing around a crowded reception area any time.

The accommodation is top class, and if you are on a family vacation getaway there is the family villa with two bedrooms, one on the ground floor, the extra bedroom being the only difference from the De Luxe Pavilion

A two storey villa, and it is so well equipped with all mod cons. It is the small touches like the bathroom own brand products, the bottles of water everywhere, tea, coffee, and biscuits replaced every day. More food and drinks in a huge sideboard, and chocolates left every night by the bed.

A huge bath which holds two, is a feature of the bathroom, and a huge bed are all part of the ambiance.

A great luxury resort has great food, and on a family vacation getaway with hungry kids to feed, this is a very important consideration. If the reader is considering the Rayavadee for a Beach honeymoon vacation special then food is probably high on your agenda.

You will find the restaurants at the Rayavadee are all of the very best, with impeccable service in each of the four different restaurants. It is fair to say that food is not cheap but the views are just out of this world, and you may find it sensible to go down the beach and eat instead, where you will pay perhaps $15 instead of $100, and get genuine Thai food. It’s perfectly safe and worth the effort.

If you want to be active, then there is lots to do from kayaking through the sea caves hiking, swimming, snorkelling, tennis.

The service from the staff could not be more helpful, you will be treated like royalty.in every way. The only downside is the service by the pool which seems to be on the slow side of slow, but always extremely polite.

They are exceptional apart from that small point in every way, and are a big part of the success of the Rayavedee.

Words cannot do justice to the incredibly beautiful beaches, especially the Phranang and Railey beaches which have powder white sand and views of islands in the distance with little caves to explore. Beware however of the monkeys, who although friendly are everywhere!!

All in all there is no doubt that the Rayavadee in Krabi is one of the best luxury hotels in the Far East. It is an ideal spot place for a family vacation getaway on some of the best beaches anywhere. It would also be a good choice for a honeymoon vacation special, so look out for some great honeymoon vacation deals.

For more informaton on Far East Hotels go to http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/categories/Far-East-Hotels/