Natural Beauty – Kayaking to Ao Thalane

Ao Thalane or Thalane Bay is a scenic karst canyon along the coast accessed via an estuary with a dense mangrove forest spread out over a large area. Located about 20 miles from Krabi it is a popular destination for day trips. The karst formations in the canyon are said to be more than 300 million years old and is the oldest in the area. The limestone has been weathered and eroded by water into interesting shapes while mineral deposits have tinted it with colours ranging from pink to rose, mauve and cream. Trees, bushes and lianas grow on the sides of the canyon and at the edge of the water. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this very special place is by kayak, a mode of transport that will not damage the environment and will not disturb the wildlife.

Langurs and long tailed crab eating macaques frequent the cliffs as do a variety of birds among which are the blue rock thrush, kingfishers, white bellied sea eagles, egrets and swallows. Feeding fruit to the macaques have made them almost tame and dependent on visitors for goodies. Many jump into the kayaks looking for food. The noise of Cicadas and other insects break the stillness of the day. Giant monitor lizards and river otters are spotted disappearing into the water. A sandbar that is exposed at low tide at the mouth of the canyon, attracts visitors as millions of crabs can be seen scuttling about. Low tide also attracts local fishermen who come here to look for clams and other seafood.

Day trippers set off from Krabi before the sun gets too hot giving ample time to get to Ao Thane which takes about two hours by kayak. After exploring 6 km of channels among the mangroves, dodging low hanging branches and enjoying the dappled sunlight on the water in addition to stunning views of steep foliage draped limestone cliffs, caves and isolated strips of sand it is time for lunch at the local fishing village. Cooling off with a dip in the artesian pool Phu Thara before heading home is the practice of many visitors. Sunset kayaking trips and kayaking in the moonlight at Ao Thalane are the other options to enjoy this fantastic place.

Anantara Si Kao Thailand offers a secluded coastal escape with a laid back atmosphere free of crowds and facilities and services to ensure a memorable holiday. Spacious contemporary accommodation, a spa with Asian inspired treatments, water sports, a PADI dive centre, beach club and a slew of onsite activities are on offer at this popular Trang resort. Stay at one of prominent Krabi resorts and enjoy a unique holiday destination.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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