Southern Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world with the postcard-perfect sea-view vistas and some of the most stunning tropical holiday destinations. At Phuketgolf.co.uk we offer golf holidays not only on Phuket island but also in other selected locations across southern Thailand. Here is our guide to playing golf in Krabi and Phang Nga in Southern Thailand.
When it comes to the most visited holiday areas in Southern Thailand, the most popular are Phuket Island, Krabi, Phang Nga and other islands such as Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Although we specialize in Phuket golf holidays, we also have a couple of interesting golf options in Southern Thailand in both the Phang Nga and Krabi regions.
Playing Golf at Katathong Golf Resort in Phang Nga
Although playing golf in Phuket is a memorable experience, sometimes it’s nice to have a change. A change is better than a rest, right? If you want to try something different, playing a round of golf at Katathong Golf Resort in Phang Nga is a great solution.
Beautiful and Challenging Golf
This quality golf club merges both beautiful views with a challenging round of golf. Located in between stunning mountains in Phang Nga, Katathong is a relatively new course, offering excellent conditions and beautiful vistas all round. This 18-hole course is set over 7,023 yards from the back tees and is sculptured into a former tin-mine, which is a major part of the region’s historical roots, going back to the 15th century.
The course layout meanders through the mountainous backdrop, with a large reservoir, young trees, lots of undulating hills, streams and waterfalls and lots of natural contours.
The fairways are a bit tight, so you need to be hitting the ball relatively straight to shoot a low score. The excellent conditions, set amidst stunning beauty, make this course a must-visit. And with onsite facilities that include a Sino-Portuguese style clubhouse, a driving range and golf academy, luxurious changing facilities, a lobby relaxation bar and a nice restaurant serving both local and international flavors, it really is a great day out golfing.
Something Completely Different
When people come to Thailand to play golf, they always visit the same old places. For sure, there are some amazing golf courses in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya, but sometimes it’s great to do something completely different. Phang Na is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and although it is not known for its golf, playing a round a Katathong really is something unique and special.
Not only that, but you can play the course as part of your Phuket golf holiday because the island is just a few hours’ drive from Phang Nga. Many people opt to stay in Phuket, drive to Katathong early in the morning, play the course and be back in Phuket in time for an evening meal. At Phuketgolf.net, we will also provide to taxi transfers to and from Phang Nga, just to simplify your holiday.
Affordable Green Fee Prices
If you visited some country in the Western World to play a course as beautiful as Katathong, no doubt it would cost you a small fortune. As the prices of playing golf in Phang Nga, and Thailand as a whole, is so cheap, it makes for the ultimate value for money golf holiday option. To see our full listing with photos of Katathong Golf Resort, which will also include the price of taxi transfers, more details and prices, please click here.
Playing Golf in Krabi at Hula Hula Golf Club
Although there is not a vast amount of golf courses in Krabi, one of the newest is the Hula Hula Golf Club. This is one of the newest golf courses in Thailand and only just recently opened (2018). Although it will take time for the course to mature into its surroundings, now is a great time to try the course for the first time, especially if you are holidaying in Krabi or Ao Nang.
This brand new course is set over 18-holes, which is made up by playing the club’s 9-holes two times from varying tee positions that give the holes several looks. The course is set over a relatively short 5,964 yards and is centered around a stunning freshwater lake. If you like a leisurely round of golf, Hula Hula is very flat and forgiving.
At this time, the course has just opened and needs time to mature, however, if you are in the Krabi region and want a round of stress-free golf, Hula Hula is a great choice.
The brand new clubhouse enjoys beautiful palatial views looking out across the mountains and the stunning surrounding lakes. The facilities include a pro-shop, lockers rooms, souvenir stores and more. The onsite restaurant is situated at lake-side and offers a vast choice of local Thai and western food at fair prices.
For more details about the Hula Hula golf club and to see some photos and green fee prices, please click here.
Krabi Holiday Guide
When you want to experience the ultimate tropical holiday in Thailand, nothing can compare to the Krabi region in Southern Thailand. Known for its beautiful coastal vistas that create the most memorable holiday postcard scenes that are promoted around the world, and home to some of the most jaw-dropping beaches imaginable, here are 8 reasons to book a Krabi holiday today.
#1 – Ultimate Tropical Thailand Holiday Destination
Most people believe that places such as Phuket and Koh Samui are the most aesthetically pleasing holiday destinations in Thailand. Although this is a little bit true, they cannot hold a candle to the stunning tropical brilliance that is the Krabi region. Did you ever see the iconic Thailand holiday photos online of limestone karsts jutting out of a lagoon-blue ocean? These scenes are from the Krabi and Phang Nga areas of Southern Thailand. Krabi is just a 4-hour drive from Phuket, has its own international airport, has stunning coastal holiday towns such as Ao Nang and is the perfect hub for scuba divers or those who want to explore the Andaman Ocean.
#2 – Discovering Ao Nang
Although many people automatically assume that when you book a holiday in the Krabi region that you will be staying in Krabi Town, this is not the best option for holidaymakers. Although Krabi Town does get its fair amount of tourism, the town is very Thai-style and is quite a dusty and busy little place. The mainstay of tourists who visit this part of the world usually stay in and around the Ao Nang region.
Ao Nang is just a 10-minute drive outside Krabi and is a coastal town that is devoted to tourism. With amazing 5-star resorts such as the Centara Grande Beach Resort, lots of international and Thai eateries, lots of shopping options, dive agents, boat tour operators and a few nightlife options, this is the ideal place to stay or use as a hub to explore Phi Phi. There is also a thriving Krabi holiday villa rental scene in the surrounding areas, which is a great option for larger groups and families.
#3 – Hub for Exploring Phi Phi Islands
If you are familiar with Hollywood movies such Leonardo Di Caprio’s “The Beach”, then you already have a good idea on how beautiful the outlying islands just off Krabi near to the Phi Phi Islands really are. Coming to this part of the world and not staying on Phi Phi for at least a night or even visiting for a day-trip would be sacrilegious. On Phi Phi, you will find the most stunning beaches, a few cool eateries, lots of resorts and some cool nightlife spots. Renting a speedboat to Phi Phi would cost you in the region of 2,000 THB per day (with a driver) or more, but most people opt to catch the ferry from Ao Nang to Krabi, which is much cheaper.
Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi Ferry Timetable and Costs: Depart from Ao Nang at 07:00 – Arrive at Koh Phi Phi at 10:45
#4 – Rock Climbing at Tonsai Beach
If you are one of those high-octane adrenalin junkies who has to push everything to the limit, rock climbing at Tonsai Beach is the perfect adventure. Tonsai beach is located to the south of Ao Nang and is know for its steep rock faces that are the perfect foil for rock climbing. If you have to get your outdoor pursuit fix during your Krabi holiday, this is one of the most interesting and scenically beautiful ways.
#5 – World-Class Scuba Diving
Did you know that the Krabi and Phang Nga regions have some of the most desirable scuba diving and snorkeling sights in the world? Spectacular dives sites in Krabi and Ao Nang Bay include the King Cruiser wreck, Shark Point Marine Sanctuary, Anemone Reef, and even cavern diving at Ko Ha Yai. There are also many world-class scuba spots around Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.
Whether you are looking to scuba dive for the first time or already have certification and want to explore the dive sites and wrecks in the region, there is a multitude of dive agents in Krabi Town and Ao Nang that can help you out. If you are a first-timer, you can get a starter PADI certificate in just 1 or 2 days. The Krabi scuba diving scene is literally one of the best in the world!
#6 – Experiencing Railay Beach
Although Krabi beaches such as Tubkaek Beach, Klong Muang Beach, Nopparat Beach and Aonang Beach are some of the finest in Thailand, there is one stretch of sand in the region that is on some next level tip. Railay beach is known as not only the most impressive beach in the Krabi region, but in Thailand, which is some claim. Located on a small peninsula between Krabi and Ao Nang, only accessed via a boat and surrounded by limestone cliffs, if you want to have your mind blown, you simply need to visit Railay beach while you are in Krabi, no excuses!
#7 – Day Trip to James Bond Island
James Bond Island, as the name might suggest, is one of the most famous islands in Thailand and was immortalized as the set for the 1974 James Bond blockbuster, ‘The Man With A Golden Gun’. When we mentioned about the postcard photos of limestone karsts jutting out of the ocean and being the most photographed spot in Thailand, this is on James Bond Island. The island is located in the Phang Nga region of Southern Thailand, which is in itself a very stunning part of the world and home to lots of national parks and Thailand attractions.
A day trip to James Bond Island can be booked directly from any tour kiosk in Ao Nang and usually costs in the region of 1,400 THB for adults and 1,000 THB for kids for a trip to the island with a canoeing tour around the coast, which is pretty spectacular and explores lots of hidden caves and secluded bays. Alternatively, you can book a simple sightseeing tour of James Bond Island for approximately 1,100 THB for adults and 900 THB for kids.
#8 – Exploring Krabi Town
Although most people coming to enjoy a Krabi holiday usually stay in Ao Nang, while you are here, you really need to explore Krabi Town for an afternoon. For the best shopping experience, you can visit the Krabi Weekend Night Market that takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and is home to some of the cheapest local handicrafts and fashion goods imaginable.
We would recommend that while you are here in the town you should visit Wat Kaew, which is close to Thanon Maharat and Th. Pattana, and also visit the stunning Contemporary Art Museum of Krabi if you are a fan of art. With lots of transportation in the city and a population of less than 375,000, exploring Krabi Town is an interesting experience.
As you can see, there are lots to see and do in Krabi and Ao Nang. Just make sure you organize your Krabi holiday properly, so you get to see everything.
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