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The pristine waters of Krabi.
The pristine waters of Krabi.
Getting around the islands is easy.
Beachside bungalows at Dawn.

Dawn of Happiness

Thursday, July 20, 2000
The Dawn of Happiness resort in Thailand is simply bungalows on the beach with loads of water sports, sand, sun and surf... It doesn't get better than this.

Krabi has all the pleasures associated with sand, surf and sun: excellent beaches, loads of watersports, great seafood and a big choice of pristine islands or developed resorts. The restaurants are excellent and accommodation reasonable, so a lot of visitors make Krabi their base and take day trips to the outer islands. The sight of sheer limestone cliffs rising dramatically out of the water at Khao Khanap Nam is most impressive.

One of Krabi's most unusual attractions is a shell graveyard, known locally as Su San Hoi. Fossilised shells, believed to be between 40 and 75 million years old, form slabs along the coast like ancient concrete.

The most popular beach is Ao Nang, with wonderful views to the Poda Island group. It is popular with families as the water is quite shallow and safe. As it becomes more popular, new restaurants, shops and dive services are opening and it is becoming more a tourist area than a travellers' area, though it is much less developed than Phuket and Koh Samui.

The little beachside lane of Soi Sunset has open-air restaurants and bars and a great village atmosphere, with artists painting batik outside the cafes.

Kayaking is popular: the water is clean and the sea cliffs and mangrove-rimmed canals make it interesting. If you get into the remove mangroves you could see monkeys, eagles and otters. Diving is popular too and there are about 15 dive sites off Ao Nang.

The Dawn of Happiness Resort is basically bungalows on the beach. It is a small hotel away from the main beaches, cheap, clean and run by a friendly family who provide good food, comfortable rooms and cocktails on the beach at sunset. Electricity and hot water are limited, but so are tourists.

Long-tail boat safaris are great fun and it is a nice idea to visit some of the other islands. Phi Phi Le is six square kilometres of rugged steep cliffs, hidden bays, calm waters and white beaches. The Viking Cave has ancient murals and is home to sea swallows whose gelatinous nests are prized by Chinese gourmets for bird's nest soup!

Phi Phi Don is two kilometres further north and is 28 square km. It has a wonderful white, palm-fringed beach with bungalow accommodation, bars, restaurants, dive shops and plenty of souvenirs. Ko Paid or Bamboo Island is just 30 minutes from Phi Phi Don. It is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt and uninhabited islands in the area.

About 90 minutes from Phi Phi Don is the Mu Ko Lanta Marine National Park. It is made up of many islands, some of which are surrounded by wonderful coral reefs. The major island, Ko Lanta, is popular with those wanting real peace and quiet. The island is 26km long and has some resort accommodation, a park office and the chao lay, or sea gypsies, who make their living from fishing.


Krabi, on the Andaman Coast of Thailand, about 800km south of Bangkok.


Intrepid Travel has a 15-day Southern Thailand package including return economy airfares, twin share accommodation, activities and most meals, starting at $1795 per person from the east coast, Adelaide and Perth.
Qantas flies daily to Bangkok with connections to Krabi.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Intrepid Small Group Adventures
Ph: 1300 360 667 or see your local travel agent.
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Ph: (02) 9247 7549
Qantas: Ph: 13 13 13

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