Krabi is located on the western coast of Thailand, facing the Andaman Sea. Krabi Town is the capital of the province of Krabi with the Krabi River falling into the Phang Nga Bay. The picturesque Phi Phi Islands are also part of the Krabi province which is famous for its tropical beaches, limestone cliffs, and blue waters. Whether you want to spend some alone time or party at night, try out traditional Thai dishes or go surfing on crystal blue waters, you are definitely going to love Krabi. Below is our guide on how to spend your vacation days in Krabi.
Koh Poda is the most iconic island of the Krabi archipelago and is located around 6 km off the coast of Ao Nang. Surrounded by three other small islands equally blessed with natural beauty, Koh Poda offers Longboat tours for as low as 300 Baht to take visitors for a peaceful and scenic journey of the islands with sparkly waters and cliffs. The crystal clear waters would force you to take a dip and enjoy a refreshing swim, and that is a must if you are in Krabi, isn’t it?
Krabi Tiger Cave Temple
Wat Tham Sua, also known as the Tiger Cave Temple, is located 5 km northeast of Krabi town on limestone cliffs and also hosts a footprint of the Buddha. You will need to climb 1237 steps to reach to the top of the cliff and experience the famous Tiger Cave. It is better to prepare yourself for the climb as it can be a bit harsh in the summer. Bring your shades and water bottles along because you wouldn’t want to miss an adventure of a lifetime. Watch out for the monkeys on the steps and they are there for the food – feed them if you have any eatable in your backpack. The view from the top is totally worth the struggle and it definitely refreshes your senses.
Railay Beaches and Caves
Railay Beach is famous for its pristine and relaxing environment. The cliffs offer climbing opportunities while the caves boast a breathtaking view. The water around the caves is warmer than usual and dripping water from the limestone cliffs is a scene to behold. The white sandy beaches are cut off from the mainland by limestone cliffs and are only accessible by boats. The Longboats also serve as mobile restaurants and with plenty of food items on offer.
Emerald Pool at Thung Teo Forest
The Thung Teo Forest Natural Park is a protected forest with hundreds of plants and animal species. A natural trail through the forest leads to the mesmerizing Emerald Pool which is well looked after by the Thai government. The view stuns the visitors with its breathtaking beauty as pool water almost feels like glass and the bottom is visible.
Krabi Hot Spring
The Klong Thom Hot Spring is close to the Emerald Pool and is the most relaxing place to take a dip. Water temperature can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius and is warmed constantly by the volcanic activity inside the rocky cliffs. It’s practically a relaxing natural hot tub in the middle of a lush green natural forest. The place is crowded in the evening and you have to pay a nominal fee to enter the springs. Riding through the lush green forest on a bike to reach the springs is a surreal experience in itself.
The small island of Koh Lanta is the perfect getaway place for backpackers and couples looking for a less crowded place. The island is relatively uninhabited meaning that the natural views are still preserved and unspoiled by tourists. Famous for its coral-fringes beaches and mangrove forests, the island is a relaxing treat for families and couples enjoying their honeymoon.
The town has a very slightly different appearance as compared to other tourist cities in Thailand and it highlights authentic Thai culture. Travelers can visit the town for shopping, dining and nightlife. While in Krabi town, you can also plan a visit to Krabi cart speedway and paintball park which is a thrilling place for the action sports lovers. Wat Kaew Korawaram – a temple on a hill overlooking the town – is an archeological marvel and has been there since 1887.
Krabi Town Night Market
Night shopping at Krabi Town is something that everyone should experience in his or her visit to Thailand. Local food stalls, street vendors and hawkers gather at the night market and the visitors can shop for souvenirs while enjoying live music, amazing street food, and authentic Thai delicacies. From hand-painted cards, floral bags, and hard carved soaps, you can find almost everything in the market and inexpensive shopping can make you feel lively.
Phi Phi Islands
About one and a half-hour boat ride away from Krabi town are the famous Phi Phi islands offering diving, snorkeling, and swimming experiences in the subtropical crystal waters of its beaches. The islands offer several activities for tourists who turn out in great numbers every year. You can also enjoy romantic walks, luxury restaurants, and great hotels. The island is relaxing in the day time and has plenty of opportunities for party lovers at night.
Koh Hong Islands
The island of Hong, also known as Koh Hong, is another getaway in Krabi and is a perfect spot to enjoy coral reefs, swimming, long boating and spending leisure time on sunny beaches. It is a group of 12 islands offering snorkeling activities with tropical fish and awesome long-tail boat rides that can make your visit unforgettable. You can also enjoy speed boat trips, making your tour a memorable one.
Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang beach is not a typical Thai beach as it doesn’t have the white sands or scenic views, however, it is famous for its nightlife. It is the best place to party in the entire Krabi as the beach is all about cocktail bars, loud music, and night parties. The beach is linked with a road coming from the town and restaurants remain open till late at night. If you have a thing for sunsets, Ao Nang beach is the place to witness one.
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary
Krabi Elephant Sanctuary has some well-treated giants in their natural habitat and you can pet them, feed them, wash them, and take photos with them. You can also get your pictures taken from their photographer and then view them on their Facebook page. The best thing about the sanctuary is that all the elephants are free to roam around are comfortable in the sanctuary. The facility also offers clean showers, restrooms, and lockers for visitors. You can also enjoy fresh tropical fruits and juices while playing with these friendly elephants.
Just So You Know:
- Railey Beach has no land access and is only accessible by boat.
- Ko Lanta National Park has a large number of islands covered with corals and is a perfect spot for scuba diving.
Get Some Culture:
- The Krabi Contemporary Art Museum: The art museum brings Thai and international artists’ works almost every month for display while also offering painting and art classes.
- Dao Art Gallery: Located in Krabi Town, the gallery has a sophisticated atmosphere for displaying some of the most amazing pieces of art.
Grab A Bite:
- Street Food at Krabi Night Market: Savor your tastebuds with the street food at the Maharat Road including soups, shellfish salads, and catfish curry.
- Southern Dry Thai Fry Curries: The inexpensive yet mouthwatering dishes are served with rice and the aroma around can make you fall in love with Thai food.