The towering limestone mountains in Krabi lure climbers throughout the world to go on top of its heights. These natural towers point to Tonsai and Railay peninsula in particular. More and more rock-climbing enthusiasts are also challenged to measure their climbing skills. Some are looking for a serious sport while others just want to seek adventure through sport climbing. Truly, there are plenty of interesting treks around Krabi province. There are must-see spots that you only see on photos which are easily accessible such as lagoons and hot springs while there are also remarkable places that may require a bit more effort like hidden lagoons, caverns, jungles and more. Indeed, your eyes will never get bored when trekking in Krabi.
Located 20 kilometers from Krabi town, the Phanom Bencha National Park is an ideal site for trekking in Krabi and within its area is a beautiful mountain resort. The mountain resort provides overnight stay for trekkers on its cluster of bungalows. The area consists of 1500 fruit trees and a vast ecosystem of tropical plants, offering trekkers beautiful scenery and the appeal of picking fresh fruits right from tree. Surrounded by vast flora and fauna are nature springs, ponds, rock pools and streams. When exploring the boundaries of the national park, you can smell the fresh air of the tropics and realize the number of trails to explore. You can even follow streams to reach nearby waterfalls or go to the peak of the mountain to get a 360° view of the valley basin.
Most of the outdoor activities involve the beach and the sea; however, for land activities, one favorite land activity is elephant trekking in Krabi. This is usually a one-hour or two elephant ride. You can experience the greenery and get close to nature while riding on top of a gentle elephant. The elephant is led on swamps and streams as well as fruit trees plantations. The elephants are tame, gentle and obviously, well trained, so there’s nothing about which to worry. They are comfortable being around tourists and children.
Railay peninsula has some of the most mysterious attractions in Krabi, attracting plenty of trekkers to experience an unforgettable nature trip. Similar to the beach and the entire peninsula, Princess Cave is a popular trekking spot in Railay named after the local folklore of a princess living here who controls the sea’s fertility. The cave is easy to distinguish due to the numerous wooden phalluses offered at the cave’s portal. Within that same cliff rests Princess Lagoon, which is a hidden lagoon at the heart of the peninsula. It is accessible via a steep 45-minute trek going down starting in the middle of the walkway. The slippery descent requires proper trekking shoes: wearing rubber slippers isn’t recommended due to sharp rocks along the way. As the path gets steeper, you’ll clamber using the ropes until the path splits – going right to the lagoon and left to reach the breathtaking view of east and west Railay.
Indeed, Krabi isn’t only limited to sea and aquatic activities because there are many adventurous land tour trips offered in the province. Trekking in Krabi is one of those things which you should not miss when visiting the place.