Krabi is situated along Southern Thailand’s Andaman coast and can lay claim the having the kingdom’s longest history of continued settlement, with evidence showing that Krabi has been home to homo sapiens since the period 25,000 – 35,000 B.C. With attractions including idyllic beaches and islands, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, there is so much to see and do in Krabi. The most popular area is known as Ao Nang, a seaside town of hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops that continues to grow as tourist arrivals increase, now spreading north into Noppharat Thara, whose quiet, shady beach is part of the national park that includes the Phi Phi Islands. Ao Nang is the major launching point for boat trips to nearby islands and the isolated beaches of Phra Nang Cape, where the famous and absolutely stunning Railay Beach is located.