Maya Bay, Krabi, Thailand. Krabi lies just a 45-minute boat ride across the Andaman Sea from Phuket. But you can spare yourself the trip to Phuket — plenty of riches lie here, and you don’t have to fight the crowds to enjoy them. Krabi sits next to the Mu Koh Lanta National Park, a prime spot for hiking, rock climbing and elephant trekking. -there are about 130 pristine islands nearby that are ripe for exploration and virtually undeveloped save for a few ancient monasteries.