Just one and a half hours away from Singapore, at the southern end of Thailand on the Andaman sea, lies the coastal province of Krabi.
A tropical paradise, Krabi boasts spectacular natural scenery, notably limestone cliffs that juts majestically out of emerald green waters as well as outstanding white sand beaches.
My first trip to Krabi has left a deep imprint on my memory. I find my thoughts wandering, reliving the moments where I sat on a speedboat with glorious wind in my hair and endless blue sea in front of me.
It sure won't be long before I cruise through the skies aboard an AirAsia flight again, en route to Krabi.
I finally understand why travellers keep going back to Krabi again and again and again, and again.
#1 154 Islands - take your pick!
Krabi is widely known as a haven for island-hopping, with numerous gorgeous islands just off the coast. Travellers can opt to traverse the sea on the traditional long-tail boats, speed boats or cruises to visit these islands.
My entourage kicked off our island hopping adventure with Tup Island.
I inhaled sharply as we approached the shore-it was Krabi as beautiful as I'd always imagined it to be, with lime green water fading out to ultramarine blue. It took just a few minutes to circle Tup Island on foot, after which I waded along a strip of elevated sand to the neighbouring Chicken Island.
Along the way, I was fascinated by the school of the yellow-striped sergeant major fishes swimming around my legs.
I remember diving straight into the inviting clear waters in Poda Island, failing at my attempt to swim to the iconic outcrop that is further from the shore than I had gauged.
Our boat manoeuvered into an opening to enter the secret lagoon in Hong Island, and for a few minutes the world just disappeared-I was surrounded by towering cliffs and the stillness of the lagoon engulfed me.
#2 Famed white sandy beaches
The abundance of accessible islands featuring breathtaking coastlines translate into plenty of splendid beaches to enjoy.
On the more crowded beaches, long-tail boats line the sandy shore, their colourful ribbons fluttering in the wind.
There are also opportunities to find quiet-even deserted-beaches if you visit those that are not frequented by tour boats, or if you arrive at the right time when the throngs of tourists have left for the day.
Your best bet for a deserted beach is to hire a private boat and head down to these beaches early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
#3 Well-preserved and diverse natural environment
Other than the beaches and islands that visitors passionately rave about, Krabi is also home to tranquil mangrove forests, limestone canyons and caves perfect to coast through on a kayak.
Tucked deep in the tropical rainforests, one can also find thermal springs and waterfalls.