My husband and I traveled to Thailand in 2010 and it was one of our favorite trips ever. Rather than write a trip report, I just wanted to share a few photos. If anyone would like to add theirs, feel free.
We went kayaking in a mangrove forest and explored caves full of stalactites, stalagmites, and prehistoric paintings.
On the banks of the river, we saw these cute little crabs...
... and these funny little mudfish who can actually live out of the water for months.
We took a dip in the waterfalls of the beautiful Than Bok Khorani National Park. The local schoolchildren did the same, uniforms and all.
We took a cooking class, which was a lot of fun.
The best part was eating it afterwards. We made pad thai, massaman curry, green curry, and tom yum soup. Yummy!
New Year's Eve in Krabi was nice and low-key. We just strolled along the beach watching the fireworks and paper lanterns being sent into the sky.
We rode long-tail boats to visit a lot of islands. I loved the sight of enormous monoliths rising out of the blue water.
Railey Beach was particularly stunning, with its pristine beaches and towering limestone cliffs.
I was dwarfed by the huge stalactites.
Here is a gorgeous little cove in Ko Phi Phi Leh.
Kayaking in Ko Phi Phi Don.
We saw lots of cute monkeys.
We knew we had to be on guard against them, though.
I spotted a familiar character from home, only this guy was more deferential.
About 3 hours drive north along the Andaman coast from Krabi , is the area known as Khao Lak ( at least it is known as such to tourists) . Khao Lak area comprises of a series of linear townships which stretch for approx. 25 miles in total along the coast. The developed areas, in the main, are the townships of Ban La On and, our favourite place to stay , Bang Niang . The townships themselves are not particularly aesthetically appealing, however the coast and hinterland are. Also a big bonus to this area is it's proximity to the Similan and Surin islands, which offer some of Thailands best snorkelling and diving . North of Bang Niang the beaches have , in the main, been spared development so one can stroll, walk or jog for miles and hardly see a soul. ( Personally I prefer to amble ;D. ) This is unlikely to last, as, although development of this area was halted by the Tsunami in 2004 , developers are moving in all along this part of the coast. And finally, possibly the jewel in the crown , this area is also close to Khao Sok , one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand . The towering limestone karsts of Krabi , posted by NYC girl and myself , can also be seen in this area but they are no longer coastal, instead are located inland and surrounded by jungle and a fresh water lake.
This is the more, populated part of Khao Lak – the beaches of Bang Niang and Nang Thong which are separated by a creek. This crossing is a gentle paddle at low tide but requires a ferry crossing at high tide. Fortunately, payment of the ferryman, will not break the bank.