The guided tours on offer take you to three main areas around Ao Luk in the north of the province: Ao Thalane (mangrove and canyons) at the southern tip of Phang Nga Bay; Bor Thor (ancient limestone caves); and Koh Hong (an island with a ‘hidden’ lagoon at its centre). There are also several new kayaking sites closer to Ao Nang that have been exploited in recent years – including Nai Sa village, and Sai Thai village. These are straightforward mangrove tours, without the dramatic scenery seen in the other locations.
In every place, however, you’ll be able to observe wildlife up close. Several species of birds (hornbills, kingfishers, little herons) are easily spotted, as well as monkeys, in particular the crab-eating macaque. On Hong Island, the marine life includes brightly-coloured crabs, many tropical fish and birds, and the occasional giant monitor lizard.
If you’ve never kayaked before, don’t worry. Instruction is given and the routes followed are relatively easy – although expect to have aching arms the next day! Despite this, the whole experience is nothing short of fantastic: this is really a must-do activity in Krabi.For those with a greater sense of adventure, many beach locations – Ao Nang, Tonsai, Railay – also offer sea canoes for rental by the hour. This option will allow you to explore independently the local coastline by paddling under dramatic karst overhangs where sea eagles nest, or even (for the brave and / or qualified) hit the open water and reach Poda Island some 5 – 6km from the mainland. Life jackets and dry bags are usually included in the rental price.
Those who have the paddle bug may also be interested in the more adrenaline-filled white water rafting, which is now being offered in Krabi by a couple of local companies.
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Last updated: October 25, 2013