Thailand is an extensive country with a large number of beaches. If you are preparing your trip through Thailand, you may be wondering which of them is the best beach you can visit, and whether to opt for the beaches of Krabi or Phuket since both are in the Andaman Sea and are also favorite destinations of travelers. And some travelers even travel between these two destinations, moving from Krabi to Phuket and vice versa.
The reality is that both Krabi and Phuket offer multiple attractions. But your choice will surely depend on the type of traveler you are and what you are looking for during your stay on the beaches of Thailand. In this article are some major factors that can help inform your decision if you should go for Krabi or Phuket.
Krabi and Phuket: the two most popular beach destinations in Thailand
First of all, we want to explain why Krabi and Phuket are two of the favorite places for travelers when they are looking for a beach destination or surrounded by nature.
Who doesn’t like the idea of spending a few days on Thai beaches? It seems a myth, but the reality is that Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world: white sand, crystal clear water and the possibility of getting away from the routine are some of the strengths that most attract travelers.
- Phuket: Beaches and Fun
Phuket is an island located southwest of Thailand, in the Andaman Sea. It is the largest island in the country and is linked to the peninsula through the Sarasin bridge. It has a multitude of beaches, the most beautiful being those in the south and southwest.
It is, without a doubt, one of the main tourist destinations in the country, especially for its balance between relaxation and leisure. During the day, it is the ideal place to enjoy the sun and the beach, while at night, the leisure offer is guaranteed.
- Krabi: Nature and Relax
Krabi is an area that is located in the southwest of Thailand and, like Phuket, is washed by the Andaman Sea. Located about 800 kilometers from Bangkok, it has quiet and relaxed beaches, perfect to disconnect and get away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Despite the obvious calm that is breathed on the beaches of Krabi, the city of Krabi itself has a population of 360,000 inhabitants so there is no lack of comfort.
- Phuket: Many beaches to choose from
Little more can be added to what the photographs of Thai beaches already show, and those of Phuket are no exception. Some of its beaches –Phuket has 30 beaches–, such as Patong Beach or Karon Beach, have large areas of sand where you can rent sunbeds, umbrellas and even natural shade areas to relax under the trees next to the seashore. These two beaches are quite popular among tourists.
On the other hand, if you are looking for exclusivity and a little more loneliness, you will find it in Panwa Beach, in the east of Phuket. Luxury resorts and villas, some of them, such as the
These are some of the most recommended beaches on the island of Phuket:
- Patong beach
- Karon Beach
- Panwa beach
- Kata Beach
- Mi Khao Beach
- Nai Harn Beach
- Kamala Beach
- Krabi: Calm and Charming Beaches
The beaches of Krabi are especially beautiful and very charming. They are the perfect place to disconnect from the routine and relax. A good option to appreciate the most attractive places of the place is to make excursions in the islands of the area.
One of the most characteristic islands are the Phi Phi islands. This archipelago consists of four islands: the Bamboo Island, the Mosquito Islands, the Koh Phi Phi Don Islands (the main island) and the Koh Phi Phi Leh Island. Some of Phi Phi’s most recognized beaches are Laem Tong Beach or Maya Bay. This last beach became especially popular in 1999 when it was the scene of the film La Playa, with Leonardo DiCaprio as the protagonist. Stunning cliffs over 100 meters high surround this beach.
Most of the islands in the area are only accessible through the sea, so you must access them through a motorboat or ferry.
If you feel like enjoying another calm water beach in Krabi, you can do it at Tham Phra Nang beach in Railay.
- Krabi or Phuket Based On Their Prices
Being a more tourist destination, Phuket is a little more expensive than Krabi, on average. This price difference is especially relevant during the high season (from November to February). Even so, it should be noted that they are two very similar destinations in terms of price, so we consider that it should not be a decisive factor for your trip.
You should also keep in mind that if you hire a trip from a specialized travel agency, you can get better prices in Phuket.