Thailand: travel books to read before you go
From a collection of essays by a Rolling Stone journalist who defected to Thailand to the cult adventure novel that launched a million backpacks, the best Thai travel reads are as varied as they are inspiring, thrilli...
Places in Krabi Province
Ko Phi-Phi Leh
Rugged Phi-Phi Leh is the smaller of the two Phi-Phi Islands, protected on all sides by soaring, jagged cliffs. Coral reefs crawling with marine life lie beneath the crystal-clear waters and are hugely popular with day-tripping snorkellers (so there's some coral damage and a huge amount of rubbish). There are no places to stay on Phi-Phi Leh.
Once the domain of backpackers and sea gypsies, Lanta has morphed from a luscious southern Thai backwater into a midrange-to-luxury getaway for mostly-European tourists, who come for the divine miles-long beaches unpolluted by jet skis (though the northern coast is alarmingly eroded) and nearby dive spots of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Ko Haa.
Ko Phi-Phi Don
Oh, how beauty can be a burden. About 38km southwest of Krabi, the insanely pretty islands of Ko Phi-Phi Don and Ko Phi-Phi Leh are Thailand’s Shangri-La: a hedonistic paradise where tourists cavort in azure seas, party all night long on packed-out sands and snap pictures of long-tails puttering between craggy cliffs.
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