Ko Phi Phi Snorkeling and the Beauty of Krabi

We've spent the past week bouncing around the province of Krabi, first on the party island Ko Phi Phi, then to the quiet coastal district of Ao Nang in Krabi Town.

The main pier and welcoming point to Ko Phi Phi island. 

The main pier and welcoming point to Ko Phi Phi island. 

Ko Phi Phi was not my favourite.

Perhaps 5 years ago when partying harder was high on my list of priorities I could have enjoyed it more. Or maybe if I were into shopping for neon bro tshirts with sayings like "Six Pack Coming Soon" or "Same Same." But I'm not.

Though we did have one incredible experience day tripping off Ko Phi Phi when we snorkelled around the island of Phi Phi Le.

Early afternoon we made our way about 30 minutes by long tail boat to several spots including Maya Bay where the movie 'the Beach' was filmed- a massive selling feature for every tour company (of course).

Snorkel tour off the island of Phi Phi Le

Snorkel tour off the island of Phi Phi Le

We snorkelled over coral reefs, with dozens of species of tropical fish, sea turtles and reef sharks. Once I got over my initial fear of not being able to swim so well mixed with sea sickness, it was awesome!

After a few days on the Phi Phi Islands we hopped back to the mainland by ferry, and I was relieved to see how spread out and lush Krabi was compared to the previous places we've been.

Railay Beach in Krabi

Railay Beach in Krabi

In the area we made home for a few days, Ao Nang, there's just one main seaside stretch. Several kilometres of beach line one side, and hundreds of shops, bars, and restaurants on the opposite side.

The scenery in Krabi is some of the best- towering steep peaks of limestone cut straight from the earth and topped with greenery. The cleanest beaches, pristine ocean, and so many preserved green spaces add to its appeal.

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

We rented motorbikes again to explore actual Krabi town, then headed off down a beautiful remote road into Khao Phanom Bencha National Park. Once parked we stretched our legs with a quick jungle hike to an impressive seven-tiered waterfall.

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

We're getting settled now on the (very damp) island of Koh Phanang where apparently there's some party happening??

Yep, the infamous Full Moon Party kicks off tonight shortly before midnight and doesn't end until after sunrise tomorrow. Oy, what are we getting ourselves into?