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Krabi, Thailand…paradise. We spent nine amazing, action-packed days here, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling, playing on the beach, and island hopping. Without a doubt this is our family’s new favorite spot in the world. This is such a beautiful place with so much to do…we could stay here a lot longer and never get bored. I took well over a thousand photos and here are some of the best…enjoy!

Favorite Photos from Krabi, Thailand

Long tail boats are used as taxis to go from one beach or one island to another.

Longtail boats


We spent a drizzly afternoon kayaking around the islands just off of Phra Nang Beach.  There were plenty of caves and nooks and crannies to explore.


Kayaking in Cave


Krabi Kayaking

Tyler Kayaking

Kara in Krabi


We spent a day touring the islands off the coast of Thailand with Thalassa Tours. It was an amazing day…the islands here are gorgeous. You can read more about our day here.

Kids in Krabi

Boats in Pileh Bay

Into the water

Happy kids Thailand

Maya Bay

Maya Bay Thailand

Phi Phi Island cliffs

Thalassa Tours

On the beach

Boats on the Beach

Tyler Kara Christmas

Over water rock climbing


Krabi Sunset

We splurged on our hotel, not something we typically do. But it was Christmas and we stayed at more than our fair share of undesirable places in India to save up the money to do this. Our home for nine nights was the brand new Ibis Styles in Ao Nang, Thailand. We were a fifteen minute walk from the beach but we had a swimming pool which Tyler and Kara used every chance they had.

Into the Pool

Ibis Krabi

Christmas Krabi

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The four of us took lessons rock climbing with Real Rocks and we fell in love with this sport. We signed up for beginner lessons and liked it so much that we went back for more on Christmas Eve. To read more about our rock climbing experiences, click here.

View from the wall


On Christmas Eve we climbed at Phra Nang Beach, one of the coolest spots in the world.

Phra Nang Rock Climbing

Earth Trekkers on the beach


We arrived at the beach early the day we went climbing.  The day before, at midday, this place looked much different.

Phra Nang Beach

Beach Cave

Tim on the beach

Tyler in Krabi

Back to rock climbing…we all had tons of fun, but little Kara was amazing. She was up for everything, never tiring, never complaining. I think we’ll be signing up this girl for climbing lessons once we return to the US!

Kara Rivenbark

Kara Rock Climbing

Tim Rock Climbing

Tyler Rock Climbing

Julie Rock Climbing

We also climbed up through another cave with Wan, our climbing guide, for these awesome views back down onto the beach.

Phra Nang Thailand

We love Krabi, Thailand…what a great spot for families who want to have an active vacation. We will be back someday!

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  1. Hi again,

    In planning our trip to Thailand we are looking for a beach location after Chiang Mai, do you prefer this to Phuket? Did you like the place you stayed in Krabi. Do you recommend staying in Krabi or a different part?

    Thank you so much!

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      We only visited Krabi (we have not been to Phuket). We picked Krabi because it was close to the good rock climbing spots and because it has less of a resort feel to it. We wanted a smaller town with a little more adventure. But I hear very good things about Phuket but I cannot comment on it from personal experience. We loved the hotel…it’s a good, midrange hotel, but for the year we traveled around the world it was a splurge. Out of 149 hotels we stayed in this was Tyler’s favorite spot. And we all really enjoyed Krabi…it was our favorite all-around place in Thailand. Cheers, Julie

  2. Hello, brave and remarkable Rivenbarks. I read your story from VOA, what a wonderful journey you are engaging!
    I am from China, I learned that your in-coming destinations shall include my homeland. if you are still planning where to head in China, may I strongly recommend that Jiuzhaigou National Park (九寨沟国家公园) in Sichuan Province. It’s such a natural wonder that it is the if-only-choice-in-life to visit selection for most Chinese. Sincerely wish a visit to JNP will enrich your adventure.
    and wish you happy new year!

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      Thank you for the recommendation! I will look it up. China looks like beautiful country with so much to do. Tyler and I are excited about trying our best to speak Mandarin and we are learning how to read Chinese symbols as well. China is going to be one of the highlights of our year…we will be there in just two months! Happy New Year to you, also!

  3. Julie and Tim, we are truly enjoying your adventures…. Thailand is one of iur favorite places as well…. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all if you…. looking forward to more places!!! have fun! Rona and George Martiyan

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  4. Hi,Julie and Tim Rivenbark,I know you from a media report.You trip is so wonderful and wish you have more and more great wonderful next.Welcom to China.

  5. I learned what you did from VOA, and I admire your courage and daring. As Ms. Rivenbark said:The longer that your travel, the more impact it has on how you seen the world. When I have a certain economic base, I also travel around the world. GOOD LUCK FOR YOU!!!

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