The reason why Krabi is popular is simple. This coastal province has countless impressive natural attractions which never fail to amaze. Add to that white sandy beaches, waterfalls, coral reefs, clear waters, caves and numerous islands it is no surprise that tourism has been booming for a number of years. Although less commercialized than Phuket it certainly cannot be described as undiscovered. The major centres are well geared up to cater for tourists, which is just as well as visitor numbers to the province exceed two million every year. Like Phang Hga, Krabi is known for the huge limestone karsts rising up from the flat rice paddies or in the sea. Unfortunately the sheer volume of tourists has been to the detriment of certain areas, overstretching local amenities and resources.
There is a variety of accommodation but it is worth shopping around as prices can vary wildly. Island accommodation should always be booked in advance due to availability. In peak times many places will be fully booked or if vacant expect to pay up to 50% more than at other times of the year. Krabi has come a long way from its roots as a backpackers haven and although there are still budget rooms to be found, most tourists opt for guesthouses, resorts or the now well established luxury hotels.
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