Written by Administrator
Friday, 26 March 2010 09:48
Yourself to Krabi
Get a car and a map and it s simple, and spectacular
Renting a car and driving oneself to Krabi can be an especially rewarding
experience. The roads are good, the volume of traffic low, and the scenery is
quite spectacular. And there are countless side roads that lead to a whole
variety of surprises: cave temples, rainforest parks, isolated beaches and
resorts, and quaint villages.
Taking the Back Roads
The most interesting sector is east of Phang Nga where the road turns south
towards Krabi. While the main route into Krabi makes a pleasant drive, there
are smaller side roads between this and the coast that also lead one south.
These pass through particularly attractive scenery, and wind and weave through
rugged mountains, rubber and palm plantations. A few branches lead right to the
coast, giving scenic views of the offshore islands. There are many Buddhist
shrines set into caves, and several beautiful pools.
Driving through this network of small roads (all sealed) is especially
interesting, and if one gets confused it is simple to take any turn back to the
main road. But it is possible to reach the beach at Ao Nang, where most of
Krabi’s accommodation is found, through these back routes.
Accommodation along the way
There are just two places to stay along the coast north of Krabi town; in cheap
and basic bungalows at CoconutBeach (tel: ) and in
resort standard rooms or bungalows at the Andaman Holiday Resort (tel: 075-644
321). Just finding these two places is fun – see the map.
Krai town has several hotels, including the large
National Car Rent’s map is the best guide for this area. PHUKET Magazine
contains a regional map from Khao Lak in the north to Krabi, also showing
accommodation and attractions throughout this region.