Krabi Tourist Attractions
The port of Krabi in southern Thailand, on a line with the island of Phuket, stands on a tongue of land close to where the River Krabi enters the Andaman Sea. It is set against a scenic backdrop of bizarre karst formations, rising out of the tropical forest, while the landscape inland is dominated by mile upon mile of rubber plantations, with only the occasional patch of jungle. Palm-fringed white sand and shell beaches line the coast.By car: Highway 4 (210 km (130 mi.)) from Surat Thani, 230 km (143 mi.) from Nakhon Si Thammarat, 870 km (540 mi.) from Bangkok).By bus: 13 hours from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. Buses also run from Phuket and Phangnga.Nearest airport: Phuket (13 km (81 mi.)).
One of the major sights of this region is the shell cemetery at Susan Hoi, 8 km (5 mi.) further east on Route 4203/4204. Visible only at low tide, the giant slabs, 75 million years old, are the graveyard of fossilized freshwater snail shells. This is one of only three such sites in the world (there is another one in the US).
The limestone cliffs above Railay Beach are noted for some of the best rock climbing the world over. The views are spectacular from the top of the cliffs.The beach has yet to become as busy as some of the other crowded beaches in Ao Nang and Phi-Phi but that is making it more popular.
Ban Thong Agricultural Station
En route to Krabi, about 22 km (14 mi.) north-west of the town, Highway 4 passes Ban Thong Agricultural Station, a pilot farm for breeding new varieties of rubber, tea and coffee plants (open to visitors). Proof of the results can be seen in the rubber plantations stretching between here and the town. White mats of latex, made from the rubber sap that oozes into the cups on the trunks of the trees, are laid out to dry in front of the mostly wooden huts. Thailand's rubber plays a major part in its balance of trade and is exported to many countries throughout the world.
Hat Noparat Thara
The route (4033/4034/4202) bends right, south-east of Ban Thong Station, and presses on south between high rock walls then past scenic little villages to the beautiful beach of Hat Noparat Thara, which has fine white sand mixed with tiny seashells. At low tide it is possible to walk out to some of the little islands offshore.
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