Krabi is a province on Southern Thailand’s West coast, known for it’s beaches and islands, as well as lush jungles. The town of Krabi is the hub of the province and the launching point for many excursions into the nearby jungles and islands. Krabi airport can be reached via flights from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
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Phi Phi Islands
Perhaps the most well-known islands in Thailand, these are the islands you’ve seen on postcards. (Also in the movie The Beach) Just a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferry ride from Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest and only populated island of the two Phi Phi islands. A day here will fill your Instagram feed for weeks to come!
Koh Lanta is one of many tropical islands within the Krabi province. Less popular than places like Phuket or Koh Samui, Koh Lanta offers fewer crowds, clean water and tourist services that are becoming increasingly popular with Asian and European tourists. This island is more laid-back and family-oriented than other islands known for their nightlife and party atmosphere.
Railay Beach & Caves
Railay Beach offers picture perfect white sand beaches, but it is also a hot destination for rock climbers! There is no access from the mainland, so you must arrive by boat. Boats are available from Krabi, Phuket or Ao Nang. The beaches here are relaxed and less of a party vibe than other Thailand beaches, but hospitality services are available. There are also several caves to explore at Railay. Princess Cave, with its collection of wooden phallic symbols, is an interesting photo opp for sure, and Diamond Cave offers your more classic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang Beach is actually the southern tip of Railay Bay. You can get there by a 20-minute boat ride, or by foot if you are already at Railay Beach. Like many Thai beaches, Phra Nang Beach has fine, soft sand and clear water surrounded by sheer cliffs lined with lush jungles. Offshore is a rock island which you can swim to. There is one resort at Phra Nang Beach, but no restaurants or bars open to the public.
Four Island Tour
This popular day-trip from Krabi is a great way to sample several of Thailand’s tropical islands all in one day. Most tours visit Chicken Island, Koh Tub, Koh Poda and Koh Mor. These tours will usually include snorkeling and lunch in addition to your boat ride.
Koh Klang is a small fishing village on an island in the Andaman Sea. Just 15 minutes by boat from Krabi, Koh Klang is a very different cultural experience and will feel like a step back in time to simpler days. Koh Klang is largely a Muslim settlement, with Buddhists being a minority here. As the island hasn’t adapted for tourism like many other places in Thailand, you may want to ask around to hire a guide to accompany you if you want to visit Koh Klang.
Krabi Town is a destination of its own, and worthy of an afternoon to explore. Krabi Town has two nights markets to explore, and on weekends there is also the Walking Street market. There is also an early morning market, the largest in Thailand, if your jetlag has you wide awake in the early hours. In Krabi, you’ll also find Old West Bar, a wild-west themed bar with live music.
Cooking courses in Thailand are becoming very popular among visitors. Thai food is well-loved and who wouldn’t want to replicate some of these delicious meals back home in their own kitchen? In Krabi, you’ll have plenty of cooking schools to choose from, depending on your budget and schedule.
Shell Cemetery (Susan Hoi)
Despite the name, this isn’t an actual cemetery, but a coastal area located 17km from Krabi Town where you can find about 2km of shells that have come to rest. The area is filled with fossils that are over 40 million years old. You can learn more at the on-site visitor center and then take a stroll through the fossils.
Klong Thom Hot Springs
These natural mineral hot springs are located about 70km from Krabi Town. There are several small jacuzzi-type bathtubs carved into the rock face, where you can sit and enjoy a warm soak. Entrance fee is required. Tours are available from Krabi Town, or you can just hire a taxi to bring you. Don’t forget your swimsuit and a beach towel!
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
In the same area as the Klong Thom Hot Springs is the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, which contains lush jungles, colorful flowers and plentiful bird life, as well as the Crystal Lagoon, or Emerald Pool. Named for its emerald-colored water, the lagoon is a great place for a relaxing dip after a hike through the rainforest.
Ao Nang Beaches
Ao Nang is Krabi’s tourist center and Ao Nang has several mainland beaches, so you never have to leave the mainland if you don’t want to hop a ferry. Ao Nang Beach is the hot party spot for tourists in Krabi. You’ll find bars clustered along the main beach road. Ton Sai Beach is where you go for the all-night beach parties during the full moon and the new moon.
Hike Khao Ngon Nak (Dragon’s Crest)
Krabi’s Dragon Crest hike is a popular, and challenging hike located about 30 minutes north of Ao Nang. The trail to the peak is 3.7km with several viewpoints and a waterfall along the way. You’ll have great views of the surrounding areas at each of the viewpoints, as well as the peak. Bring water as there are no services on site.
Khao Khanab Nam
These two rock formations straddle the river near Krabi (10 minutes by boat) and contain caves filled with stalactites. You can photograph them from the riverside in Krabi town, or hire a boat to take you for a closer look.
Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple)
Wat Tham Sua is one of Krabi’s most popular religious sites, capped by a golden Buddha statue. Monks and nuns come from all over Thailand to meditate at this temple. Just 3km from Krabi town, Tiger Cave Temple is easily reachable by taxi or songthaew. As long as you’ve taken the effort to arrive, you’ll want to take the extra hour to climb to the temple on top of the mountain for extraordinary views in every direction. There are no tigers at this temple, but the name suggests they may have lived here at one time.
Wat Kaew Korawaram
This Buddhist temple is located on a hill right above downtown Krabi Town. It is easily accessed from an entrance plaza off one of the city’s main streets. It is one of the largest temples in Krabi, although not as large or as popular as Tiger Cave Temple.
There are so many great places to kayak in or around Krabi. You can kayak through mangrove tunnels, through calm water bays, sea caves and lagoons. Kayak rentals are readily available in most tourist areas, or you can book a tour with a guide if that’s more your style.
Yes, in addition to beaches and islands and hiking, you can also go whitewater rafting in Krabi. About 90 minutes from Ao Nang, you’ll hop on the Songprak River and enjoy Class II to Class IV rapids. The water and course are manmade, so the water flow is fairly consistent and shouldn’t depend on weather. Of course, this is one activity that requires the booking of a tour, and most will include transportation from town and often includes other activities since the rafting section is rather short.
No tropical Thai getaway is complete without a pampering trip to the spa. You’ll find options for every budget, from $4 foot massages to all-day luxury spa immersion. Thailand is well-known for their own massage technique, which may take you by surprise as it’s not always the most relaxing and is very physical. Foot massages are offered everywhere, and it will give you a good sense of the Thai massage style. A foot massage goes beyond the foot and usually covers the entire lower leg and can last over an hour! You’ll also find many spa resorts which offer packages to pamper you from an hour to all-day!