Ton Sai beach in Railay (Rai Leh) Bay, Krabi district. Photo by Kallerna.
Krabi beaches are almost as beautiful as the Phi Phi islands but are less accessible and well known as the Phi Phis, so get far less traffic. Krabi is also a considerably more extensive area so visitor numbers are not so overwhelming per sq metre.
Another benefit is there is development – unlike Phi Phi Leh – so visitors can find a place to stay or have a drink, but for some reason unknown to us development has been unusually restricted and discreet – unlike Phi Phi Don!
Furthermore since the waters around Krabi are protected but interesting beaches and rock formations frequent, getting around by kayak is easy and pleasant.
The downside is, of course, that if you can’t or don’t want to use kayaks then you either have to hop into a longtail boat to get anywhere as walking is practically impossible over moderate distances due to heavy vegetation and high rocks.
Still…Krabi visitors tend to be cool, unlike the rash of addled proles in Phuket, so it’s worth laying out a few dollars to stay in Krabi if you can stick to short strolls and the occasional longtail trip.