With tall cliffs that jut out to the sea, their rocky faces covered in green moss and surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Andaman Sea, the beautiful town province of Krabi is truly a gem on the western coast of South Thailand. It is a charming town that dates its existence as a settlement back to prehistoric times. Today, Krabi has emerged on the globetrotter’s list of must-visit places for the perfect vacation. It has an ideal blend of relaxing and adventurous activities that will leave you re-energized.
Krabi is the most relaxing part to be in all of Thailand, it is a province that has the most stunning scenery imaginable, beautiful white beaches that stretch on for miles, a jungle and over 200 islands just of the coast. Krabi covers quite a large area so a lot of the attractions require a fair bit of traveling but when everywhere you look is beautiful it is no hardship at all.
The best time to visit is between November and April as the weather in the South of Thailand can be unpredictable but with many places now opening all year you will always find something to do.
1. Railay Beaches & Caves
Railay beach is potentially the most attractive beach in Thailand, accessible only by boat due to the large cliffs on each side cutting it off from the mainland. Here you will find stunning white sand, breath taking views and fantastic limestone cliffs. When you arrive at Railay you will not find any roads or cars because of its cut off location, just a few long tail boats and a couple of bars to spend your evenings in. If you want to really feel away from the world this might just be as good as it gets.
Highlights: If you are in a search of a lazy and peaceful day or chilled-out evenings, heading on to Railay beach will be a good option. All the lagoons, caves, and cliffs are within walking distance so that you can enjoy anywhere on the beach.
Getting There: With no roads, no buses, no cars, the only way to reach the Railay beach is via longtail boats because the beach is accessible only by sea.
2. Temple In A Cave At Wat Tham Sua
One of Thailand’s natural wonders and certainly worth a visit is this warren of caves that sit within the jungle and house many monks that live and worship here, legend has it that a tiger once lived in the cave which is where the name of the temple originated. The caves can be explored and you will find many icons and relics to take a look at. When you are at the caves you need to make sure you visit the ‘footprint of the Buddha’ it is a climb up 1,237 steps which is no small task but when you get to the top you are rewarded with 360 degree views on the Andaman Sea and the beautiful islands that fall within it.
Highlights: ’ Reaching to the top of the Temple Cave is not an easy task. You have to climb 1,237 steps up to the limestone tower, which is daunting, especially in the Thai climate. Reaching the top, you can witness the panoramic 360-degree views of the tropical islands, limestone cliff formations, the Andaman Sea and rainforests.
Getting There: The Tiger cave temple is just three km from the Krabi town and can be reached via a mini-bus, taxi or tuk-tuk.
3. Phi Phi Islands
After being used as the film location for the movie ‘The Beach’ The Phi Phi islands shot to fame and the tourists have never stopped coming, you can get there by speedboat which takes about forty five minutes from Krabi mainland. There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Don is inhabited and is the one where all the tourists flock. Known for its turquoise water and stunning beaches the island really is a tropical paradise. If you are planning on taking a trip leave early in the morning to beat the crowds as it gets very busy.
4. Ao Nang Beach
Dotted with restaurants and food stalls, the tranquil Ao Nang beach offers you a relaxing time, mouth-watering and authentic Thai cuisine as well as a glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals, especially the fishermen. Nurse an exotic drink in your hand and watch as the sun sinks beneath the horizon. Let the gentle breeze carry away your worries.
Ao Nang Beach is not the prettiest beach in the area and if you are after white sand and a tranquil setting you are better off at Railay Beach, but if you are looking for some nightlife and a lively atmosphere this is a good place to start. There are many bars and restaurants in the area selling plenty of varieties of cocktails as well as all the food types you would expect in a tourist hotspot. It is also a great place to book your tours from as there are a lot of operators in the area fighting for business keeping the prices slightly lower than some areas.
5. Than Bok Khorani National Park
Get set for an adventure of a lifetime, trekking through Than Bok Khorani National Park, one of the most sought after attractions in Krabi. Take a dip in the emerald pools in the park, surrounded by exotic flora. It is also home to many limestone caves, where remains of prehistoric people and ancient drawings have been found.
6. Robinson Crusoe Island
Hidden from the tourist masses, just off the coast in Southern Thailand, lies the hidden treasure of Trang Archipelago and Ko Hai Island. The stunning archipelago comprises of as many as 47 tiny islands, each one differing from the other and offering something new and beautiful to its admirers.
Ko Hai Island, (also called Ko Ngai) earns the reputation of being the perfect island of South Thailand. The bright white sandy beaches lined by the swaying palm trees provide perfect escapade experience.
Things to Do: While here, relax on the white sandy beaches – a peaceful nap is something that you just cannot miss while here. For those who are seeking thrill can embark on an exciting snorkeling adventure that provides you with some of the stunning views of the aquatic life here.
Getting There: There exists a speedboat connection between Koh Lanta and Koh Ngai during peak season. Board your boat at around 09:00 AM from Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta, enjoy this 90-minute journey while admiring the stunning coastal beauty. From the southern coast of Koh Lanta, another 1-hour boat ride will take you to Koh Ngai.
7. Hike Your Way To Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
About 30 kilometers to the north of Krabi Town is a place called Nong Thale, here is where you begin your hike to the summit, and the trail itself is about four kilometers long and should take about two and a half hours to reach the summit. Khao Ngon Nak translates to mean Dragon Crest Mountain and feels like a real adventure as you slowly make your way uphill.
8. Make A Visit To Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a very large Buddhist Temple that sits at the top of a hill overlooking Krabi Town, you climb up a gold lined staircase that leads you right to the very top, here sits a 2,500sqm terrace upon which the temple itself stands. Instead of the usual red and gold that you see in many Thai temple this one has been decorated with white walls and a roof made of dark blue tiles. The walls of the temple are decorated in beautiful paintings and many relics can be seen.
For those looking to do something a little less exhilarating than white water rafting but still wanting to get out on the water might like the option of kayaking. There are several sites in Krabi to go kayaking each with different benefits.
9. Visit an Elephant Sanctuary
Visit an the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary and learn why you should NEVER ride one (although this is unfortunately offered all over Krabi). The elephants are well treated and you’re going to be amazed how nice the sanctuary looks. You can take part in the feeding and washing process and have a walk with elephants.
10. Admire The Beauty At Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang beach is part of a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang beach. Phra Nang beach is also beside Railay beach which is accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access.
There is the famous “Princess Cave” or Tham Phra Nang Nok in Phra Nang beach. It is believed by local fishermen to be the home of a mythical sea princess.
11. Shop At The Night market
Krabi Town like so many other big owns in Thailand has a night market. This market is open every Friday to Sunday in the evening and is not to be missed. There are over seventy food stalls here as well as lots of local sellers selling souvenirs. Sometimes local school children put on a show as they collect money for their school or another charity. There is one particular stall that is worth a special mention it is the one that sells coconut ice-cream, most markets have a stall selling the same things but this ice-cream is famous throughout the markets for its impeccable taste.
12. Step Back In Time At Krabi Town
Unlike many places that you visit on holiday Krabi Town is different, it still receives many tourists but it has not changed itself to pamper to the tourists needs. It has still managed to retain its ‘local’ feel. The river running though the town is always full of fishing boats bringing in their days catches ready for the restaurant tables. The town has a genuine feel to it with its local bars and eating spots to it is worth visiting for that authentic taste of Thailand.
13. Khao Khanab Nam – The Landmarks Of Krabi
The Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are the most famous landmarks in Krabi, they sit either side of the river and are a real natural wonder. The two mountains sit on top of a large series of caves that have many stalagmites and Stalactites, there are also a large number of human skeletons that could have been from people stranded during a flood.
14. Take A Dip At Klong Thom Hot Springs
Set inside beautiful rainforest surroundings are the Krabi Hot Springs. They have been cut into the smooth rocks and the water is provided from deep rooted thermal springs that are located inside volcanic chambers. The water get up to temperatures of forty degrees Celsius and contains natural mineral salts that have many healing properties. You will feel totally relaxed here and if you fancy a cooling swim after there is a stream that you can do this in. The springs are quite close to the Emarald Pool so it is worth combining the two.
15. See Outstanding Beauty At Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
Home to many spectacular plants and animals The Natural Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty, one part that is particularly inspiring is the Crystal Lagoon. Also known as the Emerald Pool, the water is naturally warm and completely clear, you can go for a swim and escape to another world whilst admiring the waterfall.
16. Koh Lanta Island
Stretching from Klong Dao on the northern side and Bamboo Bay on the southern, Koh Lanta is probably amongst the most favoured beaches in Thailand. The sheer size of the coastline is what attracts most beach bums to this stunning getaway.
Highlights: Visit the Ban Saladan Tourist Centre, Khao Mai Kaew Caves, Visit Ko Lanta Noi and the Lanta Old Town, a diverse and culturally rich village.
Getting there: There are no direct regular ferries from Phuket to Krabi although it is possible to charter a speedboat or similar transportation. Daily ferries operate between Phuket and Krabi via Phi Phi Island
17. Chicken Island or Kai Island
Based on the southern part of Poda and Tup islands, Kai Island is also been popularly known as Poda Nuk Island or Hua Khawan Island. The rooster shaped rock on the island is a symbol of the beautiful Krabi Sea. The pleasant climate and the harmonious ambience, fascinating coral reefs and white sandy beaches are key attractions of this island.
18. Geological Wonder At Susan Hoi
Dating back to sometime between 25 and 40 million years and sitting on a 200 meters long stretch is a fossilized shell fish cemetery, Limestone deposits in the surrounding water covered the shell fish and fossilized them, it is one of only three cemetery’s like this discovered in the world today. If you like geology then this has to be visited whilst you are in Krabi. There is also a Chinese temple which you can visit as well as mangrove forests in the area.