Phuket to Krabi
It’s approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Phuket to Krabi via Phang Nga province with some beautiful scenery on the way. With a few stops en-route you can make a full day of it (we can arrange a private transfer if you like). There is Phang Nga town and several pretty waterfalls. Here are a few places that we like to stop.
360 Andaman Viewpoint
A few kilometres north of Sarasin bridge this stop for coffee is easiest approached when traveling south towards Phuket. Exit left off highway 4 onto the 402 road and it’s just past the weigh station on the left. This is a coffee shop on a hill that has mutated into a slightly kitch photo stop very popular with locals. There are wonderful views all around plus a swimming park with diving boards, rubber rings and and type swings for the kids.
More details here: www.facebook.com/AndamanViewPoint
Samchong seafood restaurant
A restaurant in Phang Nga on a floating raft, the food is excellent. To get there turn off highway 4 at the Samchong crossroads and follow the signs. Long tail boats are available for rent nearby if you fancy a ride into Phang Nga bay, they can take you to James Bond Island, Koh Panyee or kayaking around Hong Island.
Wat Suwan Khuha, Phang Nga
Better known as the monkey cave temple it’s worth a stop if you like feeding bananas to monkeys. There is a cave with a reclining Buddha. This place is always packed with tourists.
Dairy Hut Farm, Phang Nga
Heading towards Krabi just after you leave highway 4 onto the 415 road Dairy Hut farm and restaurant is on the left side, look for the big windmill.
There is a seafood restaurant, coffee and ice cream shop plus a small farm for the kids to see sheep, horses, camels and llamas. Kids can feed the animals or play in the playground. There is a small ferris wheel and a couple of other old rides. The entrance fee is 80 baht for adults and 40 baht for kids.
More info: www.dairyhutfarm.com/
Bor Thor and Tham Lod
A short detour from the crossroads at Ao Luek takes you to a pier where you can either hire a long tail boat or take a kayaking tour. Kayaking is the better option if you want to go through Lod cave because when the tide is up the long tail boats can’t get through. A kayaking tour is 500 baht per person. I don’t think the kayaking is worth making a special trip from Krabi for, Ao Thalane is better, but if you are passing it’s worth taking a look.
A longail boat can be rented for 500-600 baht depending on how many you are. The longtail ride out and back to the caves is about a 40 minute round trip.