Krabi: At the Water’s Edge

The coastline of the province of Krabi, Thailand, is dotted with long, sandy beaches …

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… green-capped limestone cliffs …

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and small, boulder-like islands that jut out from the water like forgotten relics:

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Most tourists come here for the beaches …

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… and by the time it reaches high noon, they’re incredibly crowded (here, I’m at Phra Nang Beach on the Railay Peninsula).

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Prescott and I like our beaches empty, so we much preferred the early-morning scene at shell-scattered Ao Nang Beach …

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… the blissful quite of Pai Plong Beach …

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… (which is accessible to non-resort goers only by a precariously rickety staircase) …

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… and the quiet, cloudy evening time at Noppharat Beach:

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I spent a lot of time investigating crab art …

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… and crab activities, including digging …

… making tiny little sand balls (which become art) …

… and turning themselves into miniature water fountains!

The beaches are also a great place to go if you want to see the ubiquitous longtail boats, used by fishermen and tourist guides alike …

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… and almost always elaborately beribboned at the prow:

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But my favorite water activity in this part of the world has to be snorkeling, and I dedicated an entire day to a boat trip out on the water.

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This was a small boat, just enough to hold nine prospective snorkelers and two crew members (ours is the one on the left below):

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We went out about thirty minutes off shore, out to the little rock islands that still support some reef life at their barnacled limestone bases.

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This is what you see when you peek just below the water up against the cliffs:

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We didn’t have the best day for visibility — for reasons I don’t understand, our boat company took us out at high tide, and the waves were churning up a bunch of silt. But we still came across some beautiful things, including the biggest pufferfish I’ve ever seen …

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… two large cuttlefish (which did not look friendly)…

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… anemones galore …

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… some with clownfish living inside (both those that looked like Nemo…

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… and those that did not) …

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… and several beautiful soft corals:

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But my most exciting sighting of the day was this jellyfish!

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This Versuriga anadyomene comes with its own hitchhiker fish that hide in and around its bell (you can see them swimming along at the bottom):

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I love seeing how jellyfish move in the water:

And there were clams, of course, clams of all colors (though blue seemed to predominate) …

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… and a smattering of fish, though of fewer varieties than I might have expected.

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But while I enjoyed my time in the water, I also loved just looking out at the rocky islands …

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… and their bold limestone stalactites:

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We even had a chance to climb into one of the rocky cliffs up on shore, starting our way into this cave at the end of Phra Nang Beach …

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… then venturing further in …

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… and finally scrambling all the way up to this view:

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It’s a beautiful coastline — great for exploring!

 

 

2 responses to “Krabi: At the Water’s Edge

  1. Pingback: Ten Things to See in Krabi | Traveler Tina·

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