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20 Best things to do in Chiang Rai | Travel Guide

20 Best things to do in Chiang Rai | Travel Guide

Chiang Rai, a city with 70,000 inhabitants in Northern Thailand, is one of the country’s most interesting spots to visit. It is located about 190 kilometers from Chiang Mai and the city is really worth seeing, which you should definitely plan on a round trip through North Thailand. Many travelers are surprised, as both the city and the Chiang Rai province offer a variety of truly beautiful activities and attractions. On a trip there are so many amazing things to do in Chiang Rai: You will discover the famous Golden Triangle, explore the unique White Temple, marvel at beautiful green tea plantations, you can do  unforgettable trekking tours, or simply visit the best night markets in the country.

This blog post is the ultimate travel guide for Chiang Rai. We have put together all the important information for your travel, what are the best places to visit, how to get there and where to stay in Chiang Rai.

Best things to do in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai has a surprisingly huge selection of amazing things to do and places to visit. Especially the old town, with its unique relaxed atmosphere, the cozy nightlife, the night markets and the many temples, is thrilling. Here we have put together the absolute highlights and the best attractions of Chiang Rai, which should not be missed.

Clock tower

Walking through the city center of Chiang Rai, you will almost always somehow come to the Clock Tower, the city’s golden belfry. The lovely landmark of the city shines beautifully in a golden color. Around the Clock Tower are some cozy cafes and restaurants that overlook the golden clock tower and city life of Chiang Rai.

Travel Tip: In the evening there is a ten-minute light show every day at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

The White Temple, also named as Wat Rong Khun, is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in Chiang Rai. Created by the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, many daily visitors flock to see this beautiful, white-glittering holy site. The special feature of this facility: You will walk along a one-way system from hell, passing temptations, towards heaven. On your way are many really special statues and very unusual murals to explore. More about this temple highlight can be found here: Wat Rong Khun – White Temple in Chiang Rai

Entrance fee: 50 baht | Opening hours: 08:00 am to 5:00 pm

Travel Tip: In Chiang Rai it is best to stay in the city center. A truly ingenious and beautiful accommodation is the Mora Boutique Hotel. Above all, the delicious breakfast, the free afternoon snack and the gorgeous pool thrilled us. As a cheap alternative, we can recommend the Hostel Baan Mai Kradan just around the corner.

Black Temple – Baan Dam

Another really interesting attraction in Chiang Rai is the Black Temple, better known as the Black House. This sight is actually a kind of spooky open-air museum, which consists of many different black houses. But be warned, the visit is not for the faint of heart, because the partly quite bizarre exhibits are almost all from animal remains.

Entrance fee: 80 baht | Opening hours: 09:00 to 17:00

Singha Park

A nice change to the city center is the beautiful green Singha Park. Here in the huge park area you will find many highlights like zebras and giraffes, a zipline, tea plantations and even a swan pond. The best way to explore the Singha Park is to borrow wheels (150 baht per hour) or cross the park, including its tea plantations and lakes, by shuttle bus. A really lovely thing to do for a leisurely afternoon in Chiang Rai.

Travel Tip: Once a year in February, the International Balloon Festival takes place. If you are in Chiang Rai at this time, then you should definitely stop by!

Admission: free | Opening hours: 09:00 to 17:00

Rai Mae Fah Luang – Art & Culture Park

A walk through the Rai Mae Fah Luang is one of the absolute insider tips for Chiang Rai, and especially nature and culture lovers will enjoy their time here inside the quiet park. During a visit you marvel at a beautiful park with countless flowers, a pond and a museum, which exhibit very valuable exhibits from the Lanna period. If you want to relax for a few hours, then the Rai Mae Fah Luang is the perfect place to visit in Chiang Rai.

Entrance fee: 200 baht | Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Blue Temple – Wat Rong Seur Ten

Highly recommended is also a visit to the Blue Temple, the Wat Rong Seur Ten. This temple is one of the highlights in Chiang Rai and should definitely not be missed on any sightseeing tour. The fascinating thing is that the entire temple was kept in shades of blue on the inside and outside. Impressive are also the many ornaments and the huge white sitting Buddha, which decorate the temple interior.

Entrance fee: free of charge | Opening hours: 06:00 am to 8:00 pm

Hill Tribe Museum

If you want to know more about the Thai hill tribes, then check out the Hill Tribe Museum of Chiang Rai. In this museum you will learn about the former lives of the various hill tribes living in the mountains (Akha, Karen, Lisu, and Meo), and if you’re interested, you have the possibility to book trekking tours and excursions for visiting the hill tribes.

Entrance fee: 50 baht | Opening hours: 08:30 am to 6:00 pm

King Mengrai Monument

If you travel to Chiang Rai, you will surely pass this attraction. The King Mengrai Monument is particularly interesting in the evening, when locals bring their offerings and thus honor the king.

Entrance fee: free of charge

Wat Huay Pla Kang – 9 Tier Temple

Another spectacular thing to see in Chiang Rai is the 100-meter high white Buddha of the Wat Huay Pla Kang Temple. Already from afar you can admire this wonderful temple! The lift takes you up to the head of the Buddha, which is richly decorated on the inside walls and offers a view of the wide landscape. This temple complex is one of the new temples of the city and a visit to this extraordinary attraction is highly recommended.

Entrance fee: free of charge

More amazing temples to visit

On a city tour to Chiang Rai, one should not only visit the usual visitor magnets, such as the White Temple, Blue Temple and Black Temple, also a few other temple jewels are really worth a visit. Wat Phra Singh, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Klang Wiang, Wat Jed Yod, Wat Phra Non, Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong and Wat Ming Muang are just some of the highlights.

More about the most beautiful temples: The 10 Most Beautiful Temples of Chiang Rai

Oub Kham Museum

The Oub Kham Museum is a privately-owned museum dedicated to the history of northern Thailand and the neighboring countries. In a confined space, many very valuable exhibits are exhibited. For those who are interested in art and history this museum is worth seeing.

Entrance fee: 300 baht | Opening hours: 08:00 am to 5:30 pm

Haad Chiang Rai – River Beach

Haad Chiang Rai is the city beach and is located on the Kok River, 4 kilometers outside the center. Locals come here for swimming, and this place is also a popular meeting point for eating out and having some cool drinks. Especially beautiful is the view of the river and the opposite Wat Tham Phra temple. If you are traveling by scooter, then you should definitely stop here for a short break.

 

Things to do around Chiang Rai

As you can see, the city Chiang Rai has so many amazing sights to discover. But also the province has some spectacular highlights to offer. In our opinion, almost more than the area around Chiang Mai. Many of the attractions can be connected by a day trip to the Golden Triangle. Here are the best excursions from Chiang Rai:

Tea Plantations – Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Visiting the tea plantations is definitely one of the absolute best things to do in Chiang Rai. We can recommend going to see the Choui Fong Tea Plantation. They are so photogenic and only 40 kilometers away from Chiang Rai. Here one marvels over deep green, hilly tea fields and you can try delicious teas in one of the many tea shops. The incredibly beautiful views over the green tea plantation landscape are just amazing and shouldn`t be missed on any trip to North Thailand.

Tip: In the vicinity of the tea plantations is the mountain village Mae Salong, which is also famous for its tea cultivation and the Hill Tribe Village.

Monkey Temple – Wat Tham Pla & Fish Cave

About 1 hour away from Chiang Rai is the Monkey Temple Wat Tham Pla with its sacred cave, the Fish Cave. If you are on the way towards the Golden Triangle, then you should definitely stop here. But not only the countless monkeys in the area make the Wat Tham Pla so special. The ascent to the big cave and the temple itself is really worth the trip.

Mae Sai – border Myamar and Tachilek market

On the way to the very north of Thailand you should also visit the border town of Mae Sai. A special highlight here is the Scorpion Temple, the Wat Phra That Doi Wao, from which one has an incredibly brilliant view of the border region between Myanmar and Thailand. But also the market of Tachilek is well worth seeing. This market is already in Myanmar and offers a lot of bits and pieces at really low prices.

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is perhaps the most popular destination in northern Thailand and therefore Chiang Rai is the ideal base for exploring this famous landmark. Here at the Golden Triangle the countries Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet. In Chiang Saen at the “Golden Triangle Viewpoint” you have a wonderful view over the golden triangle and the Mekong River. This area is home to a large number of ethnic groups whose villages are known as Hilltribe Villages. This area is also famous for the former opium plantation, which is illustrated in the Opium Museum at the Golden Triangle.

Phu Chi Fa

The Phu Chi Fa is a mountainous region located about 2 hours from Chiang Rai. For nature lovers, trekking in this enchanting landscape is a must do in the region. Most of the tours start early in the morning, because the highlight of this trip is to experience the beautiful sunrise at Phu Chi Fa mountain.

Markets in Chiang Rai

As in many places in Thailand, Chiang Rai has a vibrant market life. Here in the city there are several interesting and original markets to discover. The absolute must do for any trip to Chiang Rai is a visit to a night market:

  • Chiang Ria Night Bazar: A special highlight is the daily night market of Chiang Rai. This takes place every day from 18:00 clock and offers in addition to the shopping pleasure countless culinary experiences. Really cool is the live music in the evening, which makes the market really pleasurable. This night market you will find right next to the bus terminal 1 in the city center.
  • Chiang Rai Saturday Night Market: Every Saturday from 16:30 at Thana Lai Road is a huge night market. This walking street is one of the biggest markets in the region. If you’re in town on a Saturday, then you should definitely put this night market in Chiang Rai on your Chiang Rai travel list.
  • Chiang Rai Sunday Night Market: There is another night market every Sunday from 17:00 on Sankhongnoi Road (near Chiang Rai Hospital). This is a bit quieter than the night market on Saturday, but still not less worth seeing!
  • Central Day Market: The Central Day Market takes place early in the morning. Here, especially locals buy their food. Tourists, on the other hand, can hardly be found at this market. The Central Day Market takes place daily at the old bell tower and is really very authentic and therefore worth seeing.

Nightlife

Although the nightlife here in Chiang Rai is much quieter than, for example in Chiang Mai, you will still find some cool bars, very good cafes and restaurants inside the city center. Perfect to round off an unforgettable day full of adventure and sightseeing. The best nightlife with bars and restaurants can be found in the Yetjod Road and its side streets.

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by bus

The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is by bus. Between these two places there is only one company, the GreenBus. Here you can choose from 3 different booking categories. First, Second and Third Class. The first is naturally the most expensive, but also the most comfortable and fastest. The third class is the cheapest. The travel time is about 4 hours, no breaks are made, but toilets are in the bus.

Tip: The easiest way for booking the tickets for the bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai is online at 12go.asia.

 

Tours from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

If you are in Chiang Mai but don’t have time to travel to Chiang Rai, you can still explore the most famous sights on a day trip from Chiang Mai. Here are the best tours:

 

Where to stay in Chiang Rai?

In Chiang Rai you can find a really lovely selection of accommodations. Compared to Chiang Mai, the hotels in Chiang Rai are partly cheaper, but not less great. As a special hotel tip, we can recommend the Mora Hotel. This boutique hotel thrills its guests with a gorgeous pool, wonderful stylish rooms, amazing breakfast and free afternoon snack. And all for a reasonable price.

Further accommodation tips:
  • Hostel: The Mercy Hostel is a perfect choice for backpackers. As a hostel it offers even a pool and a gym!
  • Guest House: The Baan Jaru is a super central guest house with nice clean double rooms and free bikes.
  • Luxury Hotel: The Riverie by Katathani provides plenty of luxury for guest who are looking for a very special stay in Chiang Rai. It enchants with a quiet location right on the river and beautiful pool area.

Conclusion: Chiang Rai and the surrounding area is really impressive. It is much less busy than in Chiang Mai, but still there is a lot to do here. In our opinion this is one of the most beautiful regions of Northern Thailand and we can recommend Chiang Rai to anybody who wants to explore North Thailand. Also the stay at the Mora Boutique Hotel was an extra plus on our trip to Chiang Rai.


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The 10 Most Beautiful Temples of Chiang Rai

The 10 Most Beautiful Temples of Chiang Rai

The temples of Chiang Rai are famous for their beauty and their extraordinary style. Walking through the old town you will discover many beautiful sacred sites, but also outside the city there are some temples really worth visiting. Probably the most famous temple in Chiang Rai is the White Temple, a work of art that is unparalleled. But many more facilities can be visited in Chiang Rai. Only which temples are the most beautiful in Chiang Rai and which temple complex should you have seen?

In this blog post we have summarized the 10 best temples in Chiang Rai. Perfect for your next trip to Northern Thailand.

Wat Phra Kaew

One of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Rai is certainly the Wat Phra Kaew. This temple complex is one of our absolute favorites of the city. The Lanna-style temple is located in the northern part of the Old Town, just 2 blocks from Wat Phra Singh. Famous is the temple due to the Emerald Buddha, which was discovered in 1436 under a plaster layer. Although the emerald Buddha is now in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, nevertheless, this temple is still beautiful and absolutely worth seeing. There is also a museum in the area, which is nice to visit.

White Temple – Wat Rong Khun

The White Temple of Chiang Rai is one of the most famous, but also one of the most extraordinary temples of Thailand. Completely white, it stands out from a typical Thai temple. But the visit is a bit different than elsewhere. Through a one-way system you walk from hell towards heaven – turning around is not allowed here. Inside you can admire some very bizarre murals, which probably you wouldn`t expect. The White Temple in Chiang Rai is a temple truly worth seeing, which should not be missed on any trip to northern Thailand.

Wat Klang Wiang

Wat Klang Wiang is also one of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Rai. Its name means something like “the temple founded in the city center”. And indeed, when the city of Chiang Rai was built in 1874, a survey revealed that Wat Klang Wiang was right in the heart of the city. Today you can admire the finest ornaments, beautiful elephant figures and Buddha statues.

Black Temple – Ban Dam

The complete counterpart to all temples in Chiang Rai is the Black Temple, also called the Black House. This temple is an art project, which was opened to the public only a few years ago. During a temple tour, a kind of dark open-air museum awaits you. Many of the exhibits are made of animal remains, which is sometimes very macabre and often demands good nerves. Nevertheless, the Black Temple is really interesting and is part of every travel program for Chiang Rai.

Blue Temple – Wat Rong Seur Ten

Another temple highlight of Chiang Rai is the Blue Temple. Decorated in blue and gold exterior, this sacred place is just beautiful. Inside, too, the temple is completely in color and in the middle sits a huge white Buddha. For a visit you should definitely plan some time, because in the temple there are some really nice details to discover.

Wat Huay Pla Kang – 9 Tier Temple

Wat Hua Pla Kang is one of the most impressive temples in Chiang Rai. The main attraction of this temple complex built in 2001, is a 100-meter high white Buddha, which can be seen far from the distance. The special feature of Wat Huay Pla Kang: With the lift, it goes up to the Buddha head, to enjoy the great view over the landscape of Chiang Rai from the eyes of the Buddha.

Wat Phra Singh

The Wat Phra Singh Temple is located in the north of the old city, just near the old bell tower and is one of the oldest temples of Chiang Rai at about 700 years. The temple complex includes 2 buildings and a Buddha footprint. Wat Phra Singh, like the famous temple in Chaing Mai, is said to have once housed the Phra Singh statue, which is now exhibited in the Bangkok National Museum. An interesting temple that should not be missed on a temple tour in Chiang Rai.

Wat Jed Yod

Also, this wonderful temple is located in the center of Chiang Rai, just south of the Golden Clock Tower. In this rather untouristed temple building one finds a lot of rest and relaxation. Particularly impressive is the large beautiful golden Buddha statue, which is located directly inside the main building. Here you can unwind in peace and enjoy the unique silence. One of the best temples to visit in Chiang Rai!

Wat Tham Phra

A temple off the beaten track is Wat Tham Phra. It is beautifully located on the banks of the Kok River and can be reached by bike or scooter. The Buddha Stone by the river marks the entrance to the temple. The interior of the temple is located in a cave where thousands of bats frolic and if you are lucky you will see monks praying.

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong is located on a small hill near the old town. It is one of the oldest temples of Chiang Rai. The temple complex has a very unique Lanna-style pagoda. Legend has it that the temple existed before the founding of Chiang Rai.

Special travel tip: As a special hotel tip we can recommend you the Mora Boutique Hotel. This boutique hotel boasts a gorgeous pool, really lovely rooms, amazing breakfasts and free afternoon snacks. As a budget alternative, we can recommend the Hostel Baan Mai Kradan just around the corner.

 

Conclusion: There are really many unique temples to discover in Chiang Rai. If you want to know more about the most beautiful sights and excursions in Chiang Rai, have a look at our Chiang Rai Travel Guide.


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Krabi Town – All Attractions & What to See

Krabi Town – All Attractions & What to See

The provincial capital Krabi Town in Thailand is with about 30,000 inhabitants one of the larger cities in the tourism region of Krabi. Famous for its authentic flair, Krabi Town is a popular stop for backpackers and individual travelers who are looking to discover Thailand’s highlights on their own. Here you will stroll through traditional markets, explore caves, visit small temples and enjoy an incredibly idyllic setting right on the Krabi River. Accommodations in Krabi Town are good and cheap, another reason why many long-term travelers appreciate this city so much. In addition, the town is also a perfect starting point for awesome activities and excursions.

In this blog post is a travel guide about the most beautiful sights and things to do in Krabi Town. In addition, there are useful tips and experiences around travel, day trips and hotels in Krabi city. And we will show you, why Krabi Town is absolutely worth a visit!

Krabi Town

First of all, Krabi town is not a typical vacation spot. It is not located directly on the sea and has no private beach. Probably a reason why this place usually only serves as a stopover and thus was able to preserve much authenticity until today. Due to the proximity to the airport (13 kilometers), but also to the ferry, the town is a hub between the mainland and the beautiful island world of the Andaman Sea. However, very few people know that Krabi Town has some beautiful sights, and that the city is an ideal starting point for tours in the area. In the city center you will find plenty of inexpensive restaurants, bars and cafes, authentic Thai markets, ATMs, excursion agencies and shopping possibilities. Especially individual travelers and backpackers appreciate the idyllic location and stay here longer.

Tip: The accommodations in the city are a great deal, much cheaper than at the famous beaches. In Krabi Town, for example, we can recommend the beautiful Boutique Hotel The Family Tree Hotel. As a cheap alternative but still awesome check out the Sleep Well Hostel.

 

Things to do in Krabi Town

A stay in Krabi Town is definitely worth it. In Town and around many amazing things  are waiting to be done. We have summarized here the best attractions and activities in Krabi Town.

Krabi River

As already mentioned, Krabi Town is very beautifully situated next to the “Krabi River“, a river that flows just a few kilometers below the city into the sea. The waterfront is one of the most beautiful things to visit in Krabi Town and the crab statue has almost become the landmark of Krabi. Here the river ambience is really picturesque and invites you to take a stroll and linger. Already from the promenade you can see two about 100 meters high rocks, called Khao Khanap Nam, towering out of the river landscape. If you have time, you should definitely rent a traditional long-tail boat there and drive through the mangrove forests to the Khao Khanab Nam Caves stalactite cave.

Wat Kaew Korawaram

Another beautiful attraction in Krabi Town is the Wat Kaew Korawaram, a Buddhist temple located on top of a small hill in the center. This white temple is one of the best temples in the city. Particularly striking here is the staircase with the many colorful snake sculptures. The entrance of this attraction is free and should not be missed on any walk through the old town of Krabi Town.

Khao Khanap Nam Cave

Khao Khanap Nam Cave is one of Krabi-Town’s hidden gems, located inside the striking rocks on the Krabi River, which are already beautifully visible from the pier. You can get there with one of the longtail boats for the harbour and the boat ride is really inexpensive. With a high chance you will see a few naughty monkeys there, hopping around just before the cave entrance. But also the cave itself is worth seeing and really impressive. Surely you will notice the huge and oversized skeletons. No worries, they are not real and only exhibition pieces of the Krabi Biennial.

Mangrove Walkway

The Krabi region is famous for its intact nature and the many mangrove forests. But very few people know that even in Krabi Town there is a mangrove forest to discover. At the Mangrove Walkway you walk about 400 meters into the mangroves on a 2-meter-high pathway. No matter if it’s high tide or low tide, this trail offers amazing insights into untouched nature, which is home to a variety of frogs, birds, crabs and even monitor lizards. You will find the entrance to the mangrove walkway at the height of the Grand Mansion Hotel on the main street of Krabi (Uttaradit Road).

Krabi Town Night Market & Walking Street

One of the best things to do in Krabi Town is a visit to one of the local traditional markets. Here you will enjoy an authentic Thai market life; you can do some shopping and taste the delicious regional food. There are several great markets and night markets in Krabi town:

  • Krabi Town Walking Street: The Walking Street is the weekend market of Krabi and takes place in the evenings from Friday to Sunday. This market is really popular and many tourists especially from Ao Nang come to visit this place. In addition to the typical souvenirs, there are also clothes and handicrafts to buy. Also the street food is delicious!
  • Fresh Food Market: Another interesting market is the Talad Sod, which takes place daily from 16:00 to 21:00. It is a day market where there are mainly vegetables and fresh fruits to buy. But also some very good food stalls can be found on site.
  • Chao Fah Night Market: A small night market which takes place daily from 18:00 to 24:00 on the waterfront. Here locals and tourists meet for a cheap dinner.

Tip: The food at the Samosa stand on the edge of the Talad Sod Market is really delicious. The owners are really welcoming and they love to chat about football.

Tiger Cave Temple

The Tiger Cave Temple is probably the most famous attraction of Krabi Town. This temple highlight is located just a bit outside the center and a visit to this spectacular area is highly recommended. Located on a limestone cliff in about 280 meters high, you have to master a sweaty ascent (1237 steps). After you will get rewarded with an excellent view over Krabi’s limestone rock landscape. Read more here: Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) in Krabi

From Krabi Town to Railay Beach

If you’re already in Krabi Town, do not miss the world famous Railay Beach and nearby Phra Nang Beach. These beaches are on the list of the most beautiful beaches of Krabi and delight with a gorgeous backdrop, with the spectacular limestone walls and clear turquoise blue sea. Many spend their holidays on Railay and so you will find on this peninsula many wonderful hotels and bungalows. But also a day trip from Krabi city to the dream beach is worth doing. Local longtail boats take you directly from the waterfront in 20 minutes from Krabi Town to Railay Beach.

More about Railay: Railay Beach in Krabi: A Perfect Travel Guide

Best Tours from Krabi Town

Due to the optimal location of Krabi Town you can do really awesome excursions in that area. For example, you can visit elephants in Krabi, or explore the fantastic islands of Krabi. Day trips are offered on site in various agencies and hotels. If you value good recommendations and reviews then there are also online bookings on GetyourGuide. Here are our top tips for tous in the surrounding area of Krabi Town:

How do I get from Ao Nang to Krabi Town?

If you are staying in Ao Nang, then you should definitely visit Krabi Town for a day- or half day trip. Many visitors connect sightseeing with a visit to the famous night market. The cheapest way to get from Krabi Town to Ao Nang or from Ao Nang to Krabi Town is with the Songthaew, the red shared taxis. The ride on these local busses costs 50 baht per person and takes about 30 minutes. There are no fixed travel times, because Songthaews leave as soon as they are full. If you prefer a normal air-conditioned taxi, you can expect to pay around 300 Baht fare. Of course, you can rent a scooter and drive on your own from Ao Nang to Krabi Town.

Getting to Krabi Town

Krabi Airport is located approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Krabi Town. Cheap flights from Bangkok to Krabi can be found online for example at Skyscanner. From the airport to Krabi town you will have to take either a taxi for 800 baht or the bus, which costs about 150 baht.

The nearest ferry terminal, Klong Jilad Pier, is about 4 kilometers south of Krabi Town. From here you can continue to Phuket and Koh Phi Phi. But also the ferry from Krabi to Koh Lanta or from Krabi to Koh Jum starts here.

 

Accommodations & Hotel Tips

In Krabi Town there is a really nice selection of cozy and cheap accommodation and hotels. We have put together our top hotel tips for where to stay in Krabi Town.

  • Hostel: The Sleep Well Hostel is one of the best backpacker hostels in Krabi Town. That  accommodation convinces with a perfect location right in the center and with very clean rooms.
  • Guest House: The Hello House is a small, centrally located property near the night market. Here you can expect simple but clean rooms for a great price.
  • Boutique Hotel: The Family Tree Hotel is a super chic and stylish hotel in the middle of Krabi Town. Great choice for a few nice days in the city!

 

Conclusion: If you want to discover not only beaches and islands during your trip through southern Thailand, then it is definitely worth spending a few days in Krabi Town and immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere of the city.


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Top 10 Most Amazing Islands in Krabi

Top 10 Most Amazing Islands in Krabi

The islands in Krabi are a true paradise and therefore among the most beautiful places to visit in Thailand. Shaped by breath-taking limestone formations and beautiful beaches, these island pearls are a popular destination for island hopping tours. Only in the region around Krabi are about 80 island and islets, which are just waiting to be discovered. With this huge selection of dream islands, it’s easy to lose track of your travel planning. Many are wondering which islands are the most beautiful locations in Krabi and when to visit them.

In this blog article we have summarized the 10 best islands in Krabi. We show amazing images and give useful recommendations about accommodation and resorts, best travel time and transfer!

Hong Island

Hight up on the list of Krabi‘s best Islands is the beautiful island of Koh Hong. It is known for the amazing limestone formations and a dream beach like out of a travel magazine. The Hong Lagoon, which can only be reached by passing a narrow opening by boat, is also well worth seeing. Since Koh Hong is part of the Thanbok Kharanee National Park, this natural jewel has no accommodations or hotels on the island. Nevertheless, you can explore this idyllic islet over a day or half day trip from Krabi mainland. Don`t miss this island highlight on any trip to Krabi!

Read more here: Hong Island – A perfect day tour from Krabi

Railay Peninsula

Granted, Railay is not an island, but already when getting there by boat a real island feeling comes up. It is cut off from the mainland by a deep jungle and high limestone cliff, so one can only reach this peninsula over the sea. Although Railay is no longer an insider tip anymore, the landscape of this holiday destination is simply stunning and absolutely worth visiting. Here you can bathe on beautiful beaches, such as the Phra Nang Beach, you can do snorkelling and kayaking along the scenic coast. Also climbers appreciate this peninsula. Steep cliffs, amazing views and the unique panorama have made Railay to a famous climbing spot in Thailand. More about the most famous peninsula in Thailand can be found here: Railay Beach in Krabi: A Perfect Travel Guide

Tip: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is a fantastic accommodation tip for Railay. The hotel is located very romantic right on the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute highlight.

 

Chicken Island

Chicken Island, with its chicken head as a landmark, is probably one of the most extraordinary spots in the Krabi region. It is famous for its unique rock formation, which is also the namesake of this island pearl. This island is a popular stop on the 4 Islands Tour and should not be missed on any Krabi holiday. Unique is here also the huge white sandbank, which connects at low tide Chicken Island with the small Tup Island. At that time, you can leisurely walk from one island to the other. There are no hotels or other accommodations, but a day trip from Krabi is well worth it.

More about a trip to this island paradise: Chicken Island & Tup Island in Krabi

Koh Poda

The island of Koh Poda is one of the best islands in Krabi and so a popular destination for the 4 Islands Tour. It is close to the major resorts such as Ao Nang, Railay Beach and Klong Muang and therefore it can be reached easily by traditional longtail boats. Especially fascinating is here the magnificent scenery with the huge stone cliffs in the sea, the incredibly clear water and the reefs for snorkelling. As part of the Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, the island is uninhabited and a true paradise for nature lovers.

More about can be found here: Koh Poda – A Perfect Island Tour from Krabi

Phi Phi Island

The island Koh Phi Phi is one of the most famous islands in the area around Krabi, because parts of the legendary movie “The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio were taken here. Koh Phi Phi actually consists of 2 islands, Koh Phi Phi Leh and Koh Phi Phi Don. Only the second one is inhabited and thus the tourist center. Here you will swim in the turquoise-blue sea, you can snorkel wonderfully and enjoy fine white sand beaches. Although the island is known for its lively nightlife and cool beach parties, there are still quiet places to relax. Such as the beautiful Long Beach at the east part of the island. Here you can even snorkel with small sharks on the offshore reef.

Hotel Recommendation: The HIP Seaview Resort on Long Beach offers one of the best views on Koh Phi Phi Leh.

Pakbia Island

Another small highlight in Krabi region is the dream islet Pakbia. The sea shines here in beautiful emerald colors and in the water are many colorful fish. The islet is located in the Koh Hong archipelago and is easily accessible by longtail boat via a trip from Krabi. Its proximity to Koh Hong makes it a popular spot for island hopping tours from Krabi mainland, where mostly the islets Hong Island, Pakbia and Lading Island are on the program.

Lading Island

The dream beach of Lading Island is just stunning and so this islet is one of the most beautiful islands of the Krabi region. The paradise bay is surrounded by countless limestone walls, deep green jungle and soft fine sand beach. The sea is incredibly clear and invites for swimming and snorkelling. Also, this island is part of a national park and can only be visited on a trip. There are no accommodations.

Koh Lanta

The island Koh Lanta one of the quiet islands of the Krabi region. Especially popular for backpackers, but also with peace seekers and individual travellers, it is still a good travel tip for Krabi. Here you will find on a length of 30 kilometres countless quiet beaches, all famous for their picturesque sunsets and the many hippie bars. This island is a great place to relax and unwind, but also a fabulous holiday island for touring by scooter and excursions. In addition to hidden coves, there are deep jungles, caves, a waterfall and a national park to explore. Find out more about Krabi’s most popular holiday island: Koh Lanta Guide – The Ultimate Things to Do

Tip: We especially loved our stay at the new Lanta Casa Blanca, which delighted its guests with beautiful bungalows right on the beach and a wonderful pool. Great hotel for a great price!

Koh Jum

The lonely island Koh Jum in the Krabi region is a real insider tip for all Thailand travellers who want to find a getaway from the mainstream. Here it is still really cozy, and somehow everything is as you imagine a Thailand 20 years ago. A mix of nature, warm people and beautiful beaches will certainly captivate you and not let go that quickly. Maybe that’s why many travellers stay here a bit longer. So if you are looking for lonely beaches and a lot of relaxation, then Koh Jum is the right location for you.

Hotel tip: It is especially comfortable and cheap in the Resort Garden Home Kohjum. Near the beach we can highly recommend the beautiful Koh Jum Ocean Beach Resort.

Koh Ngai

The islet Koh Ngai is located at the southern end of the Krabi region and is one of the most beautiful islands in this holiday region. Here everything is really heavenly, the sea is turquoise blue and crystal clear, the beach is wonderfully bright and soft. An offshore reef is great for snorkelling and exploring the colorful underwater world. In addition, you have the opportunity to do excursions by longtail boat to the small neighboring islands Koh Kradan and Koh Mook with its famous Emerald Cave. Because there are no roads and no exciting nightlife the flair of the island is wonderfully quiet.  Only a few beautiful hotels and resort line the dream beach of Koh Ngai. A really beautiful island for a relaxing and calm holiday in Krabi region.

Read more about the southernmost island of Krabi here: Koh Ngai – The Paradise Island Travel Guide

Hotel Recommendation: The Thanya Beach Resort on Koh Ngai is really amazing. It has lovey bungalows, pool and excellent location on the most beautiful beach section of the island.

Other islands near Krabi

If you are planning island hopping in Thailand then there are other dream islands near the Krabi region that you can add to your travel itinerary. Especially recommended is the route to Koh Lipe, where many small dream islands are situated. We have summarized more beautiful and interesting islands around Krabi province here.

When to visit Krabi Islands

The best time to visit Krabis Islands is from November to mid-April. During this time, it hardly rains in the region. In the periods between the end of April and May or October and November you can expect wind and rainfall. From June to October is the rainy season, during that time you have to expect daily showers. The period from June to September is the most precipitous, here there are peaks to sometimes more than 1,000 mm of precipitation.

Getting there and transfer possibilities

After arriving in Bangkok, you can either travel by plane or by bus to the Krabi area. Cheap flights from Bangkok to Krabi can be found on online portals such as Skyscanner. Another option would be to travel by night bus from Bangkok to Krabi. To the islands you will have to take the ferry or speedboat. Timetables and tickets can be found on 12go.asia.

A few of Krabi’s smaller islands, such as Koh Hong, Koh Poda, Chicken Island, Lading Island, Pakbia Island and more, can only be reached on a half-day or day trip. Beautiful boat tours are available online on GetyourGuide.

 

If you are still looking for beautiful hotels and accommodations around Krabi Area, then just take a look here: Where to stay in Krabi: Best Hotels, Areas & Beaches

Conclusion: The island world of Krabi is simply incredible. Hardly anywhere in Thailand such a high density of absolute dream islands can be found. If you plan Island Hopping in Thailand, then you are in the right place in this region.


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Sunrise Beach – The dream beach on Koh Lipe

Sunrise Beach – The dream beach on Koh Lipe

The Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe is a beautiful white sand beach located in the east of Thailand’s popular holiday island. At a length of about 2 kilometers this long beach convinces with crystal clear and turquoise blue sea. Also, here you will find some of the best places to stay on Koh Lipe. Here you will find diving schools, restaurants and bars and great places to swim and snorkel. All this makes the Sunrise Beach a perfect beach for an unforgettable holiday on Koh Lipe.

In this blog post we show you what to expect during a holiday at Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe. Additionally, you will get some useful tips and information about getting there and accommodation.

What to expect at Sunrise Beach on Koh Lipe

The Sunrise Beach, or Hat Chao Ley is breath-takingly beautiful and so it is not only one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Lipe but also of one of the best beaches in Thailand. Here you can bathe in crystal-clear sea water and marvel at a colorful underwater world while snorkelling. The sand is wonderfully white and gives a stunning contrast to the sea, which shimmers in the most beautiful blue and turquoise colors. Also, it is less touristy than the main beach (Pattaya Beach) and so the atmosphere here is quieter and more relaxed. Nevertheless, at Sunrise Beach, which is by the way the longest beach in Koh Lipe, you will find a great selection of hotels, resorts and accommodations, which we will introduce to you later.

Tip: Best travel time: The peak season and the best travel time for Koh Lipe is the dry season from December to April. But still, the island can be visited in any season. Especially in the off season from May to October you will find amazing hotel-deals here on the beach.

If you want to visit the beautiful neighboring island of Koh Adang by longtail boat, then you are right on Sunrise Beach. From here the local taxi boats operate between Koh Lipe and Koh Adang. Departure is in the northern beach section and the transfer with the boat costs about 100 Baht per way and person. Pickup can be arranged directly with the longtail-boat driver.

Karma Beach – Upper Beach section

One of the most beautiful beach sections is in the north of Sunrise Beach. This part is often called Karma Beach. Depending on the season, a white sand bank forms at low tide, which is also a popular spot for swimming. At this section of the Sunrise Beach, the sand is especially fine and soft. At low tide at this point you can wade really far out into the sea.

Tip: You will enjoy the most beautiful viewpoint to the sandbank and to the neighboring island from the Mountain Resort.

Kayaking & Snorkelling at Sunrise Beach

Kayaking: A really cool way to explore Koh Lipe is to paddle the coast by kayak. The paddle boats are offered at some places of Sunrise Beach, for example at the Mountain Resort, and sportive ones even  circle the island.

Snorkelling: There are some fantastic areas for snorkelling at Sunrise Beach. One is at the southern part, where the really amazing Serendipity Beach Resort is located.  Here at the offshore reef you discover incredibly beautiful fish in a diverse underwater world. But also, the northern beach section and the reefs around Karma Beach are perfect for snorkelling.

Getting there

The nearest airport to Koh Lipe is Hat Yai International Airport. You can find cheap flights for example online at Skyscanner. From the mainland (Pakbara Pier), the quickest way to reach the island is by speedboat.

But most of the holiday islands of the Andaman Sea, such as Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Bulon, also offer transfers to Koh Lipe by speetboat and ferry. At 12go.asia you will find the exact journey times and you can organize your travel ticket in advance.

 

Best places to stay at Sunrise Beach

Right on Sunrise Beach there are some really beautiful accommodations and hotels. The bungalows are mostly located on the beach and so you are in a few steps right inside the beautiful sea. Here are our hotel reccomandations for the dream beach:

  • Serendipity Beach Resort: The Serendipity Beach Resort is a real insider tip for the special holiday or honeymoon on Koh Lipe. The dream hotel offers beautiful rooms and a bay only for hotel guests. In addition, the house reef is perfect for snorkelling.
  • Castaway Resort: The Castaway Koh Lipe has a wonderful location right on Sunrise Beach with beautiful, nature-adapted wooden cabins.
  • Wapi Resort: The lovely Wapi Resort is a nice little hotel, right on the beach. The location is ideal, because from here you can quickly get to the walking street.
  • Hostel: The Bloom Cafe & Hostel is not right on Sunrise Beach, but it’s a cheap and really good alternative for backpackers. It is located in the Koh Lipe Walking Street, a 10-minute walk from Sunrise Beach.

 

Tip: All information about Koh Lipe and the most beautiful beaches and sights can be found here in our Koh Lipe Travel Guide.

Conclusion: The Sunrise Beach is the best beach to choose for a holiday on Koh Lipe. Here the sea is especially beautiful, the sunrises are magical and, in a few minutes,, you are on the Koh Lipe Walking Street.


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Mora Boutique Hotel: A fabulous Hotel in Chiang Rai

Mora Boutique Hotel: A fabulous Hotel in Chiang Rai

The charming Mora Boutique Hotel in Chiang Rai is currently one of the best hotel recommendations for the northern Thai city. This accommodation offers stylish rooms, a beautiful pool area, and an excellent location in the heart of the old town. The breakfast leaves nothing to be desired. If you are looking for a really lovely places to stay in Chiang Rai, then this hotel is definitely a great choice.

In this blog post we will show you the highlights of staying at the Mora Boutique Hotel. Also, you will get tips about what to do in that area and what the best places to visit are.

The Mora Boutique Hotel

Mora Boutique Hotel is a 4-star hotel located right in the center of Chiang Rai. It’s a very perfect location within walking distance to all major attractions of the city center. For example, the famous Saturday Night Walking Street is just 300 meters from the property, the Hill Tribe Museum can be reached within a 5 minutes’ walk and the nightly Bazar is 7 minutes away. The hotel ambience is completely relaxed and laid-back, and the beautiful Thai-style design, guarantees a feeling of well-being. So, after an exciting day of sightseeing this hotel is the perfect to unwind. If you like, you can treat yourself a massage in the beautiful spa area or enjoy delicious tea and cake at the free afternoon tea on the roof terrace.

What we really loved at the Mora Hotel:

Yes, the Mora Boutique Hotel is really exceptional and for sure one of the best places to stay in Chiang Rai. During our trip to North Thailand, we really enjoyed our stay. Also the staff is just wonderful, with a smile on their face they are always eager to help. There are a few things, why we really fell in love with this amazing hotel:

The pool at Mora Boutique Hotel

The beautiful black pool is the heart of the hotel and a real eye-catcher. Really amazing was that no matter what time of the day, we usually had the pool for ourselves. After a long day of sightseeing this is the place where you can unwind. Another big plus is that every afternoon, guests get spoiled with a small snack and a refreshment. Or, if you want to get active, you can use the adjoining fitness room. On the upper floor of the spa pavilion there are also opportunities for yoga and relaxation exercises.

The great reviews and the prices of Mora Boutique Hotel can be found here.

The delicious afternoon tea

Every afternoon from 2:00 pm, Mora Boutique Hotel Chiang Rai offers its guests a complimentary afternoon tea. This is taken up on the rooftop terrace, from where you can enjoy a great view of Chiang Rai. For tea, there is a delicious selection of fresh desserts and cakes, which are made freshly every day. A really amazing idea to sweeten guests’ stay.

Breakfast at the Mora Boutique Hotel

Another highlight of this hotel is having the very rich breakfast in such a charming atmosphere. The really delicious buffet can be enjoyed in the garden where you have a view to the beautiful pool area. All in all, the breakfast leaves nothing to be desired, and an additional breakfast menu with an extra selection of food provides further culinary breakfast highlights.

Rooms

Also, the extra chic rooms convince. All the design and the northern Thai style are incredibly beautiful and the comfortable beds guarantee a perfect and restful sleep. Especially recommended are the double rooms with balcony overlooking the beautiful pool. Another highlight are the bathrooms having a beautiful white bathtub.

The price

Especially at low season, the room rate is unbeatable. You can find some bargain prices for 2 people in a double room with breakfast for only 69, – Euro. Best to check the best prices here in advance. Also, you can check the fabulous hotel reviews!

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Things to do in Chiang Rai

There are a variety of interesting attractions near the hotel and the surrounding area. The city’s most famous attraction is, for example, the White Temple of Chiang Rai. But also the Blue Temple and the Black Temple are worth seeing. Definitely worth is a visit to the local night market and the tea plantations.

If you want to read more about the highlights of the city and the surrounding area, then take a look here:

Conclusion: The Mora Boutique Hotel is absolutely recommended. Here everything is just perfect from the first minute. We chose it because of the great reviews and our expectations were exceeded.


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Chiang Mai Tours: Top 10 Day Trips & Excursions

Chiang Mai Tours: Top 10 Day Trips & Excursions

Chiang Mai, the fascinating city in North Thailand, offers its visitors a multitude of possibilities for unforgettable daytrips, tours and excursions. Around that area there are many beautiful sights and lots of things to do in nature. Among the list of the ultimate must-sees are rushing waterfalls, national parks with deep jungles and high mountains, ethnic elephant camps and beautiful temples. Some of Chiang Mai’s attractions are located in the closer environment of the city. However, tours to Golden Triangle and the world-famous White Temple are a bit further, and can be booked through a day trip from Chiang Mai.

In this blog post we will show you the most beautiful day trips and best excursions from Chiang Mai and why it is absolutely worth to exploring the area around the city. Also, you will get some useful tips and we will show you how and where to book trips in Chiang Mai.

Book excursions

Chiang Mai Tours can be booked at local travel agencies or, if you also value good recommendations and reviews as we do, you can book your favourite tours online. We had very good experiences with the online portal GetyourGuide, an excursion portal where you can browse through a huge selection of exciting tours and guided excursions. We really love the fact that most of the excursions can be cancelled 24 hours in advance.

 

Excursion to Doi Suthep Temple & National Park

Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai’s 1,676-meter-high home mountain and its national park, as well as Doi Suthep Temple, are popular places to visit in Chiang Mai. Whether on your own with the scooter, with the red collective taxis or a guided tour, exploring that place is absolutely recommended. Above all, culture and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the many beautiful sights in the National Park. An absolute highlight and at the same time one of the most beautiful temples of Chiang Mai is the golden Doi Suthep temple. There are 309 steps up to the top of the temple, from where you will have a truly spectacular view of Chiang Mai city and the surroundings.

Tip: Inside the national park there are many opportunities for hiking and beautiful waterfalls to visit. For example, the scenic Huay Keaw Waterfall, which is located near the National Park entrance.

Hmong Village in Chiang Mai

Another popular destination is the Hmong Village, a Thai village located in the mountains of Doi Suthep National Park. Although the village is now a real visitors magnet, nevertheless, the flower gardens are really worth seeing. On the way there, you first wander through the village where you can shop cheap souvenirs and traditional Thai costumes. Once at the top of the gardens, you have an amazing view over the traditional village and the green jungle. The excursion can be done on your own with a scooter, or with a tour from Chiang Mai. Usually, a visit to the Doi Suthep Temple is included when visiting the Hmong Village.

Tip: If you have some time left you should stop at Pu Ping Palace and admire the palace grounds with their beautiful gardens.

Doi Inthanon National Park tours

A tour to Doi Inthanon National Park is an absolute highlight in the north of Thailand and is definitely one of the most rewarding excursions around Chiang Mai. The tours to the national park are usually offered by a day trip from Chiang Mai. You will enjoy the intact nature of the national park, you visit the highest mountain in Thailand, wander through the jungle and admire stunning waterfalls.

More impressions and information about Doi Inthanon can be found here: Doi Inthanon National Park: A Perfect Trip from Chiang Mai

Tip: If you want to stay in this area for one night or more and arrive by car or scooter then we can give you this hotel recommendation. The bungalows are located near the National Park entrance and delight with pool and great views of the green rice terraces. Really unique!

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary

A visit to an Elephant Sanctuary is really popular in Chiang Mai. At that place, there are no elephant rides offered. On contrary, these elephant camps are dedicated to the wealth of retired and once tormented working elephant. Excursions to the elephants are offered at nearly every corner in Chiang Mai, but if you are also looking for an ethical elephant camp then be sure to check out before your visit. In this case, there are very good experience and recommendations for the Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary. It is located around 1 hour from Chiang Mai and a great experience for children and adults.

Tip: In most elephant tours the pick up from the hotel is included. Often you have the opportunity to swim with elephants, to feed them and to observe.

Royal Park Rajapruek

The Royal Park Rajapruek is located about 9 kilometers from the old town Chiang Mai and is a really lovely place to visit for plant lovers. This huge botanic garden offers an incredibly wide variety of different flowers and plants, which are arranged according to topics and also to different countries. A stroll or a leisurely Hop-on Hop-off shuttle bus trip will reveal a lot of interesting sights and things to see. Therefore, you can spend a pleasant half day here at the botanical garden. Particularly beautiful is the Orchid Pavilion with a wealth of fascinating orchids of all types and sizes. But also the Royal Pavilion, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view over the magnificent gardens, is really worth a visit.

Tip: Connect your trip to the Royal Park Rajapruek with a visit to nearby Wat Phra That Doi Kham Temple. This temple complex is absolutely breath-taking and the views from the temple terrace are gorgeous too.

Temple tour in Chiang Mai

The temples of Chiang Mai are probably the most famous and most visited attractions of the city. In the old town you will find a beautiful Buddhist site every few meters, but there are also some temple highlights in the area around. Chiang Mai’s most beautiful temples include Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Sri Suphan (Silver Temple). On a temple tour you discover the most beautiful holy places of the city and learn a lot about history and culture.

Tip: A cool thing to do is explore the temples of Chiang Mai on a guided bike tour!

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls

There are some really spectacular waterfalls around Chiang Mai. One of them the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls, a kind of waterfall that you probably have not seen before. These really special waterfalls are among the insider tips of the region and so a tour from Chiang Mai to the Sticky Waterfall is a really cool experience. The special thing to see here are the white round limestone formations, which make for an insanely beautiful picture. These stones are sticky and so you can easily walk up and down the waterfall.

Chiang Mai Grand Canyon & Water Park

The Grand Canyon in Chiang Mai, also known as Hang Dong Canyon, is not nearly as big as the American Grand Canyon, but it is still a lovely place to see in Chiang Mai. This canyon fascinates with a really extraordinary scenery, which served as a quarry years ago. Today, the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon is a popular water park, with many entertainment options. Daring jumpers plunge down to a depth of 10 meters and a huge water playground provides plenty of fun and entertainment. A really cool excursion for kids and the young at heart.

Tip: There are 2 water parks at the Grand Canyon. If you just want to take pictures, the first park entrance on the road is good. But if you want to the exciting water activities, then take the 2 park entry!

Day Trip Chiang Rai & The White Temple

If you are staying in Chiang Mai, you can also go on a day trip to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. Although the trip is quite far, but still a trip up to the north is really amazing. The highlight of this tour is the famous White Temple, one of the main attractions of Chiang Rai. It is recommended to combine your trip with a visit to the Black Temple or the Blue Temple. The visit of the Golden Triangle is also worthwhile and is even included in some tours.

Hiking tours & cycling tours in Chiang Mai

When you are on holiday in Chiang Mai, you can get really active. The area around the city is just perfect for adventure tours where you are guaranteed to experience a lot of exciting things. Especially popular here are hiking or cycling tours. Surrounded by jungles, mountains and rice fields, Chiang Mai is perfect for nature activities. Bicycles can be rented in the city. In order to get to know the most beautiful spots in the region, you should join guided half-day tours or day trips.

Cooking Class – visit to a cooking school

Thai food is really delicious, and cooking Thai can be a lot of fun. Why not combine both and take home delicious recipes from Thailand. Joining a Thai Cooking Classes is very popular. With such a cooking class in Chiang Mai you will learn in a convivial group all the important things about the tasty Northern Thai cuisine and after the course you can enjoy your home-cooked treats.


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Koh Ngai – The Paradise Island Travel Guide

Koh Ngai – The Paradise Island Travel Guide

Koh Ngai or also named Koh Hai, is a tiny but stunningly beautiful Island at the Andaman Sea. If you are up for some relaxing days including staying at one of the best beaches in Thailand, then you should definitely visit Koh Ngai. Small, private, idyllic with an unforgettable scenery of a white-sandy beach and crystal clear sea water. That’s how we would describe that island. So if you are up to do some Island Hopping in Thailand – don`t miss to stop at this wonderful Island.

What to do at Koh Ngai (Koh Hai)?

 

Koh Ngai is one of the most perfect locations Thailand has to offer for taking some beautiful pictures. The scenery, with all those small islands and the mainland in the background is breathtaking. This Thailand island is a perfect postcard motive! To look at the island from the sea side is really amazing. Take a kayak or a long tail boat to enjoy this terrific view. Additionally, the small hills on Koh Ngai offer some easy jungle trekking  including nice views of the island.

If you gett bored, you can visit any of the nearby islands and the Emerald Caves on Ko Mook – one of the most popular tourist attractions in this area.

Koh Ngai snorkeling

Snorkeling in the clear water is just awesome! Ko Hai has some beautiful coral reefs along its coastline so that makes it really perfect for snorkeling. You will see lots of colorful fish and intact corals. Best bring your own snorkeling equipment with you or rent it at your hotel.If you are interested in diving – you will also find a diving center on the island.

Koh Ngai beach

Like we said, Koh Hai is a perfect island to relax and spend your some tranquil days chilling in a hammock. Apart from enjoying the stunningly beautiful Koh Ngai beach, snorkeling and diving, there is not that much to do on this island.  Koh Hai beach is around 4 km long, so you can spend your days walking at the beach, enjoying the crystal clear water and the white sandy beach.

How to get to Koh Ngai (Koh Hai)?

The island Koh Ngai is really small so it doesn’t have its own airport.  The nearest airports are in Trang and Hat Yai but you could also take a flight to Krabi and continue to Koh Ngai by island hopping.

Tip: Tickets for flights can be easily found at Skyscanner or Kiwi.Speedboat are operating among others from Krabi, Phuket, Ko Lanta and Trang. For the timetables and to book your ticket you can check out 12Go.Asia . As soon as the ferry arrives at Ko Bulon, a long tail boat will come out to catch up the transfer passengers. (50 baht)

Kho Ngai is actually easy to reach. You can take the ferry from Koh Lanta (Ban Sala Dan Pier) to Koh Ngai – that journey will take just about 40 min and will cost you around 650 baht. It’s also easy to reach from Koh Phi Phi (Ton Sai Pier) by ferry (1 h 40 min). If you are coming from Trang, take the ferry from the Pak Meng Pier (1 hour). A great page to check the timetables and boot your ticket online is 12Go Asia:

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Koh Ngai (Koh Hai) accommodation

Koh Ngai is more expensive than other islands in Thailand. There are a handful of beautiful resorts on that island. But if you are looking for a budget option you should check out the Camping Restaurant. We had a fantastic stay there! All the tents are really clean, the camping is basic but lovely. The showers are outside and there is no electricity at night. A bit of Robinson Crusoe feeling is included. The entire team was lovely; they spoiled us with lots of fresh coconut juice, cold beer and a daily freshly cooked meal. It was a great experience to join the crew of the Camping Restaurant on their fishing trip and doing a bbq at night.

Some other great Ko Ngai Resorts:

If you prefer more comfort you can check out these hotels at Koh Hai:

  • Kaimuk Thong ResortThe location is one of the best on Ko Ngai beach!  The resort is very charming and peaceful. Hotel with a good value.
  • Paradise Beach – Beautiful beach front location! The rooms are new and modern and the hotel also provides a pool to its guests.
  • Thapwarin Resortstandalone cottages with a private terrace and fantastic location.
  • Mayalay Beach ResortThe lovely bungalows of the Mayalay Beach Resort are made of bamboo and palm leaves. Good location at the best part of the beach!

 

Although Koh Ngai is really tiny, this island is one of the best islands to visit in Krabi. Perfect for a few relaxing beach days in paradise. Have a great journey!


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Top 15 Must-Have Travel Accessories

Top 15 Must-Have Travel Accessories

Travel Accessories are the little helpers that will sweeten up your travels and make the holiday even more comfortable and exciting. No matter where you want to go – to Europe, India or Canada, or a trip around the world – with our selection of the 15 best travel accessories, you will certainly be well equipped and ready to go. Some of these travel items have accompanied us on holidays around the world and have proved to be loyal and practical gadgets. Quality, design and usability are the ultimate musts for a useful travel gadget. For you, we have now put together our favorite travel items and created a list of top travel accessories. Whether road trip, cruise, business trip, city break backpacking or luxury holiday – here is certainly something cool for everyone!

In this blog post we will show you the top must have travel accessories and the ideas for travel items. Here is our list of the coolest travel essentials:

 

The Best Vacation and Travel Accessories 2019

 

Unigear Dry Bag – with Waterproof Phone Case

The Unigear Dry Bag protects your valuables, documents and electronics from rain, wet, dust, water, sand and dirt. Whether on the beach, camping, kayaking, snorkeling or boating, these waterproof bags are essential travel gadgets for many outdoor activities. Especially when backpacking, this travel accessory has often proven itself useful. The Dry Bath is available from 2L to 40L and in all kind of colors. In addition, a waterproof and dirt-repellent phone case is included in the price!

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Travel Neck Pillow

The Travel Pillow by MLVOC is a really useful travel accessory for long journeys. Whether traveling by car, plane, bus or train, that travel pillow will make you sleep well and so it is useful for frequent travelers and business travelers. Perfect if you want to arrive relaxed. The travel pillow has a comfortable cover that dries quickly and is extra comfortable on the neck. Also, it is machine washable and it comes in a package with earplugs and an eye mask.

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Victorinox Pocket Knife

The Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox with its 8 different functions is a really useful travel gadget on longer backpacking tours or camping trips. It includes a locking blade, double-cut wood saw, Philips screwdriver, and a nail file! This travel accessory is not too big and not too small. Also for us, this little travel item is always joining our travels around the world and has already done us some good service.

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Travel Diary

You are planning to go on a very special holiday, and you want to write down all your amazing memories? Then you should definitely get yourself a beautiful travel journal! With SohoSpark there are no limits to your creativity: ideal for writing, drawing and pasting. Due to the practical size it is easy to carry and can be taken also on longer journeys. Best of it is that it is made from vegan leather but still silky smooth in your hands. A wonderful travel accessory for men and women!

A great travel gadget for world travel and as a gift always a good idea!

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Universal Travel Adapter – for 150+ Countries

This travel gadget is one of the best travel accessories for trips around the world. This travel adapter form Haozi covers over 150 countries with US, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia and many more. Additionally, it has powerful Dual USB Ports where you can charge your mobile phone. Best is that regulates the voltage and guarantees fast charging. Up to 3 devices can be connected at the same time.

A very useful travel item if there is only one outlet in the room and several mobile phones or tablets need to be charged and used.

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Lightweight Backpack – Packable Dayback

This packable Day Pack by Zomake is a fashionable as well as useful travel gadget. This 20 liter backpack is the perfect travel gadgets for all kind of trips and activities. It fits into an ultra-compact pouch and it is easy to fold up into sandwich sized small pocket. So you can easily pack it in your suitcase for use at your destination or use this travel accessory as hand luggage for the plane!

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Camping Lightweight Hammock

This super light and extra small Hammock is a perfect travel gadget for all kind of outdoor activities and travels. The Lightweight Hammock by WINNER OUTFITTERS has a really small pack size and therefore fits in every backpack. In addition, it is easy to set up and with only 500 lbs ultralight. Another plus is that this travel item fits 2 persons! Whether on the beach or at home on the balcony, in the yard or for camping – this hammock can be taken anywhere!

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Travel Bottle Containers Set

The small refillable Travel Bottles by Dot&Dot have an ideal size for traveling. So you can conveniently take your shampoo, hair care, shower bath, etc. from home without having unnecessarily much ballast get together. These useful travel accessories do have cabin carry-on standard and therefore can be taken in any airplane. They are made in a super quality that will last a lifetime of travel and adventure! Also refill and cleaning is easy!

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The small Wireless Speaker by Bose impresses not only by its cool design but also convinces with a very high quality. With an 8-hour battery life and extra bass, you do not have to give up your favorite music while traveling. The speaker is also water repellent, which ensures worry-free use on the beach. From the pool to the park to the patio, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II provides full-range, portable sound anywhere you go. A fantastic travel accessor!

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Action Cam

This Action Cam by Akaso is must have travel accessor for exciting adventures and travels around the world. The waterproof camera is ideal for outdoor activities such as swimming, water skiing, surfing, snorkeling and diving up to 30 meters. The picture quality is incredible and also the videos are amazingly clear and colorful! Perfect if you want to capture the best moments of your journey!

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Quick Dry Travel Towels

These beautiful travel towels by Youphoria are extremely compact and light in weight. They come in 3 convenient sizes and promise a great absorbency. Whether on a backpacking trip, a trip or a swim on the beach, this travel towel is a good alternative to normal cotton towels. Anyway if you are looking for a towel with a small pack size and low weight, then this quick dry towel is your must have travel item!

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Pacsafe Travelsafewaterproof Safe 15L

The Pacsafe is a backpack with a mobile safe feature and awesome anti-theft details. The material protects your personal information from hackers and your valuables are protected from thieves by the lockable stainless-steel wire cage system. The backpack can be turned on to fixed objects and then serves as a mobile safe substitute. You can use it for example in the hotel room, on the beach and in the café. The Pacsafe is the ultimate travel accessor to make your travels safer!

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Travel Packing Cubes

With this travel packing cubes by Bagail you will keep your suitcases always well organized and therefore you will save time and stress. When unpacking things can immediately remain in the dice and the hotel room is guaranteed to be cleaned up. The 6-piece set fits like a glove into most airline carry-on suitcases, weekender, backpacks and duffel bags. A perfect travel accessory for cruises, business travel but also for hiking and backpacking.

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Travel Wallet & Passport Holder

The beautiful Travel Wallet by Defway offers enough space to store all your valuables such as passport, money, credit cards, board passes organized. The numerous compartments in different sizes are perfect if you love to have an overview of your most important valuables. RFID Blocking material safeguards your personal information. This elegant and at once light travel accessor is also a great gift for travelers!

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Water Resistant Fanny Pack 

This water resistant Waist Bag by Waterfly comes in many awesome colors and is therefore the ideal travel gadget for men and women. This fanny pack is perfect for anyone, such as cyclists, runner, trainer, camper, hiker, climber and cycling. With the hidden zipper pocket, your valuables such as your ID, cash and credit card stay safe. A useful travel gadget for everyone!

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Thailand Island Hopping: Krabi to Ko Lipe (Route & Tips)

Thailand Island Hopping: Krabi to Ko Lipe (Route & Tips)

 

Hauntingly beautiful islands, crystal clear turquoise waters and world class white powder sandy beaches: The West Coast of Thailand is an amazing travel destination and travellers and backpackers from all over the world flock to see the world’s best beaches. There are more than 300 islands waiting for you to be explored and so it makes sense to visit some of the most beautiful ones by island hopping. No matter if you are up for luxury travel or if you prefer to travel the islands on a budget – your trip will be an amazing und unforgettable experience. This article is all about an epic Thailand Island Hopping Tour from Krabi to Koh Lipe, an ultimate travel guide about visiting some of the best islands of South Thailand.

Further, at the end of the travel blog, there you will find useful tips about the best travel time, prices and how to get from one island to another.

You want to do explore the Andaman Sea but you are not sure where to go? Looking for a perfect Route in South Thailand? Here is our Thailand Island Hopping itinerary starting from Krabi to Koh Lipe:

Best Thailand Island Hopping Route

 

Krabi

For our first stop of our itinerary we chose Krabi, one of the most beautiful provinces in Thailand. Krabi Town does not have beaches, but the night market, the nearby Tiger Cave Temple and the Emerald Pool are definitely worth a visit. Additionally, the town is a famous starting point for island hopping tours to the stunning Islands in South Thailand. If you also plan to spend a night or more in Krabi town, then you should check out the Hello House. This guest house is a small, very centrally located property just near the night market. Here you can expect simple and clean rooms for a great value.

Railay Beach

Although Railay Beach is not an island, but the peninsula is separated from the mainland by a deep jungle and can only be reached by long-tail boat from Krabi. So this might be the first place for you to get a real island feeling. With its limestone cliffs, the turquoise clear water and the famous Phra Nang Cave, Railay Beach is a real tropical paradise, not just for sun lovers but also for climbers. And if you walk around the peninsula. you will definitely see some monkeys too! In addition, there are many small offshore islands to explore, which you can reach by a short trip on the longtail boat (the 4 Island Tour). Resorts and bungalows are available in every price range, but due to its popularity they are quickly sold out!

Tip: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort and Spa is a really good hotel recommendation for Railay. It is located very romantic right by the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute highlight.

Koh Jum (Koh Pu)

This lovely island Koh Jum is still one of the absolute insider tips for backpacking and individual travellers. This island is located on the west coast of Thailand and it is still really tranquil, the locals are extremely hospitable, and the beaches are wonderful for swimming. If you like it very quiet and you enjoy being part of local life, then you should definitely put Koh Jum on your Thailand Island Hopping list. Here you will find still the typical beach huts and bungalows right on the sea! Quite lovely here are for example the Cocobar & Bungalow directly at the best beach location.

Here more about this beautiful island, the most beautiful beaches and the best places to stay: Koh Jum (Koh Pu): A Paradise Island Guide

 

Koh Lanta

The island of Koh Lanta has always been inspiring and is definitely a place we could imagine staying longer. Ko Lanta is best explored with a scooter that you can borrow at every corner of the island. Just hire a scooter and explore the island! You will find plenty of relaxing beaches to stay and enjoy some fresh coconut. Beautiful quiet beaches are everywhere along the island until reaching the end of the national park. If you are looking for a really nice resort, we recommend taking a look at the lovely and reasonably priced Lanta Casa Blanca!

Here is our ultimate Guide for Koh Lanta.

Koh Ngai (Ko Hai)

Koh Ngai is an island where you just want to get lost. The white sandy beach is just beautiful, and the island is so relaxing – there are just a handful of resorts on it – no streets, no tuk tuks, no shops – nothing to do, just relax and enjoy! Backpackers can stay in a fantastic budget tent village located directly at the beach. Also you will find on this island some luxury hotels with pool. Really recommended here is the Thanya Beach Resort, which amazes with gorgeous bungalows, pool and excellent location at the most beautiful beach on the island. This dreamy island was definitely one of our top highlights while island-hopping from Krabi to Koh Lipe!

More about the island of Koh Ngai can be found here: Koh Ngai – The Paradise Island Travel Guide

Koh Mook

Koh Mook is an island that shouldn`t be missed on any island route through South Thailand. First of all, the island offers the most famous attraction in the region, the Emerald Cave. On the other hand, the Island has two incredibly beautiful beaches, the Sivalai Beach and Charlie Beach. If you are up for traveling luxury, you can spoil yourself at the Sivalai Beach Resort, a dream hotel at the tip of the Sivalai Beach. For Backpackers we can recommend the Mook Montra, which have a really lovely bungalows on the beach. More about Koh Mook: Koh Mook (Koh Muk) – A Guide to Paradise

Koh Kradan

What an amazing islet! Turquoise blue waters and fine white beach – for sure one of the best islands to relax on. Also those who like to snorkel will be more than happy on Koh Kradan. At the offshore reef you have the opportunity to explore a colourful underwater world. Koh Kradan has only a handful accommodations, which are recommended to be reserved in advance. Especially recommended is the fantastic The Reef Resort, which has a house reef for snorkeling! If you do not that have much time, you can visit Koh Kradan with a trip by longtail boat from the neighbouring islands of Koh Mook or Koh Ngai.

More about this beautiful island can be found here:  Koh Kradan – A Travel Guide to Paradise!

Koh Bulon

With a postcard idyll at its best, Koh Bulon is probably one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand and was also an absolute highlight on our island-hopping route. This island is an absolute insider tip! Many miss this paradise on their way to Koh Lipe. Too bad, they have missed something special. It’s such a paradise for beach lovers- the water is so clear, you can see fish swarms swimming around you. And on the land, there are even lizard’s strolling around! Koh Bulon quickly became our favourite island in South Thailand and we highly recommend staying on this awesome island. If you want to read more about the heavenly beautiful island Koh Bulon, check out the article: Koh Bulon Lae travel guide: Thailand`s island paradise

Koh Lipe

Last stop on our island-hopping route is the famous island of Koh Lipe. The island has beautiful white sandy beaches and intact coral reefs, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. Despite the tourist crowds, you should definitely see this island gem once. Especially if you love diving and snorkelling you get your money’s worth! From there you can amazing snorkelling trips to visit colourful coral reefs, clown fish und huge morays. Koh Lipe was our last stop of our Thailand Island hopping trip – from there you can continue your journey to Malaysia – Langkawi. But it’s also possible to return by speedboat to Pak Bara Pier (Satun) on the mainland and then by minibus to Krabi. More about Koh Lipe you will find here: Koh Lipe – Ultimate Thailand Island Experience

Tip: A unique stay guarantees the Ten Moons Lipe Resort, which is a really popular place to stay and therefore often fully booked.

Best travel time for Island Hopping in Thailand

The best travel time for island hopping at the west coast of southern Thailand is from November to mid-April. During this time, the rainy season should be over, but it can rain occasionally from time to time. In the rainy season, like in Mai, July, August and September you have to expect limited ferry connections and lots of hotels and restaurants will be closed! On the other hand, you will find some amazingly cheap hotel deals.

How to get from one island to the other

On each of the island described above you will find hotels and agencies that will be more than happy to organize your onward transport. If you want to organize your transport ticket in advanced you should use 12go.asia. You usually travel between the islands by speed boat, ferry or longtail boat. Comparing the prices before booking is always a good idea, because there are a variety of providers and variants.

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Thailand Island Hopping Tips:

Duration: For a complete tour we suggested to plan at least 3 weeks, better even 4 weeks’ time. If you only have 2 weeks for island hopping, then just think about which island in the south of Thailand you really want to see and skip some other islands. For one week of island hopping we would suggest visiting the islands Koh Mook, Koh Ngai and Koh Kradan.

Cost: Prices for Island Hopping can be very various depending if you are traveling on a budget or if you prefer luxury travel. Plan for your trip as a backpacker a budget with a minimum of 30 euros per day. Of course, for luxury also in Thailand there are no price limits. Generally, the food in Thailand is quite cheap. For local dishes such as Phat Thai, Green Curry or Fried Rice you can count on about 1.00-3.00 Euro per dish. Simple beach huts are available from around 500 baht.

Where to stay: Generally, you will find on each island mentioned above a selection of different accommodation in every price range. The prices vary depending on the season and you often get cheap bargains in the low season. Higher prices will be charged around Christmas time and holidays. Best to compare the hotel ratings and rates on booking.com.

Rent scooters : Exploring an island by scooter is an fantastic way to see all of the amazing beaches and small villages. We did that on Koh Lanta and Koh Jum and it was a great adventure.

 


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