Every bit the archetypal Thai seaside destination, the stretch of coast which encircles Phang Nga Bay is the rugged, outdoorsy counterpart to the country’s more refined jetsetter beach hideaways. And we’re not just talking about the jagged coastal landscape here, punctuated with towering limestone shards – the wilderness is, well, wild, the coastal mangrove forests are gnarly, and the curries which make up the local cuisine take no prisoners. In a conch shell, Krabi and Phang Nga are not selfie destinations, but one that inspires you to dive in head first.
The majority of Krabi-bound travelers end up in tourist-central Ao Nang and rock climbers’ playground Rai Leh. For substantially less bustle (as in non-existent), beaches like Tuk Kaek will leave you proud to have found paradise lost, not to mention some of the most luxury hotels in Krabi. Offshore adventurers have some 130 islands to explore, including Koh Lanta, and lest we forget, Koh Phi Phi with its film set fame.
Sitting smack in the middle of the bay are the Koh Yao islands and possibly the best seats in the house to enjoy said dramatic seascape. Further west back on the mainland, Phang Nga, connected by a bridge from Phuket, is the new frontier where the luxury hunters go wild for the long stretches of sand with nary a beach vendor to be seen.
Two years since the inaugural publication, we’re back with a bigger and better 2nd edition of
Launched in April 2019, the second edition of 100 Best coffee table book highlights LuxuryHunt’s latest travel experiences in 26 countries across the globe, including in new destinations from Cuba to Kenya. The expanded 744-page publication now comes in two sizes and features the same gorgeous photography which has captured the essence of the journey since 2014. For the first time, the 2019/2020 edition of 100 BEST also features people, experiences and brands.
A series of launch events during 2019 brings the 2019/2020 100 BEST to Phuket, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bali, Zürich, London, Chengdu, New York and Bangkok.