The Best Things To Do In Krabi

Written By: Sofia Jackson

The very image of a secluded, sedate getaway, Krabi is actually several paradises all rolled into one. This haven of tranquility comes with its very own archipelago of 200 islands making it an excellent spot for going on an adventure or even putting your sailing skills to good use. This unspoilt town in southern Thailand sits facing its closest rival and firm tourist favorite, Phuket across Phang Nga Bay. Surat Thani, Ranong and Chumphon, lie to its north while Trang, Songhkla and Satun are located to its south.

If your dream getaway is made up of white beaches, hot springs, leisurely boat rides and secret caves, every second spent vacationing in this quiet coastal town is guaranteed to be extremely enjoyable. Krabi’s soothing ambience make it the ideal spot for unwinding away from the crowds. If you have been enjoying the joyful mayhem of Bangkok and want to indulge in a touch of tranquility instead, you will be able to alight at Krabi International Airport following a 75-minute flight. Chiang Mai with its many delights is a bit further with flight trips lasting about 2 hours on average. However, traveling from arch rival Phuket may take 75 minutes and even as long as 5 hours in some instances. One of the most popular options for exploring this seaside town are the public transport vehicles known as songthaews. Renting a car and driving yourself around is also a quite convenient means of navigating the town while long tailed boats are extremely handy for getting from island to island.

One of the best ways of unwinding from your trip to Krabi is by enjoying a thoroughly relaxing soak at its Klong Thom Hot Springs. Warm and cozy with waters enriched by mineral salts, the springs also boast lush, tropical greenery all around, making it one of the most picturesque spots to treat yourself to a touch of pampering by nature. For a truly sedate experience, Koh Lanta Yai is the place to visit. Especially since it boasts its own lovely beaches which rival any found in the region meaning you don’t have to forgo lovely beaches to enjoy a bit of tranquility. Best of all, a visit to this tiny island also means loads of diving and the opportunity to explore its surrounding coral reefs and beautiful marine life.


Hong Islands

In the province of Krabi, take a break to relax, and take a tour to the magnificent Hong Islands. The fun starts with the boat trip, and once there, you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful beaches and pristine surrounding rainforests. Spend the day relaxing and admiring the scenery, take to the kayaks and explore the sea caves, or snorkel in the crystal clear waters!


Phra Nang Beach

One of the most scenic beaches in Thailand is Phra Nang Beach; a great spot to spend the day. Relax on the brilliant white sand or go snorkelling out off the rocks. Rock climbers flock here for the limestones cliffs, and provide interesting viewing as they climb towards the top. There are also some beautiful hiking trails to explore, and plenty of food on offer for when you want to take a break. What more could you want!


Tup Island

When you take a day trip to the Krabi offshore islands, Tup Island will most likely be included. Its brilliant white sands and abundance of marine life make it a great place to relax, swim, and go snorkelling. And if one island is not enough for you, at low tide a sandbar emerges and links it with both Chicken Island and Mor Island, so you explore even further!


Phang Nga Bay

Take a break from Phuket and take a day tour of the beautiful islands dotted around Phang Nga Bay; including the island made famous by the James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun!” Each island has its own unique attractions, whether it is a traditional fishing village to visit, beautiful beaches to relax on, crystal clear waters for snorkelling, or magnificent scenery and cliffs to photograph. Take a tour, you won’t be disappointed!


Maya Bay

Offshore from Phuket and Krabi, the beautiful Maya Bay was made famous as the site where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. It remains a great place to head for swimming and snorkelling, a paradise with brilliant white sand, and crystal-clear waters brimming with marine life. Meander along the trails and explore the stunning scenery of this magic island today.


Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

Take a trip to the truly stunning Tiger Cave Temple, built in a pristine lush forest setting and only a short drive from Krabi. The 1200 step climb to the summit is strenuous, and takes time with a few rests along the way, but the sense of achievement and the beauty that rewards you is well worth the effort. Explore the main hall and the rooms built into the cliffs, take in the magnificent Buddha statue, and witness the breathtaking views that are just supreme.


Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot)

Take a picturesque drive from Aonang or Krabi – and then one of three walking trails – to reach the magnificent Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot), a beautiful natural pool located in the middle of the rainforest. Stretching over 100 metres long and 200 metres wide, the pool is both unique and refreshing. To get there, you can take a direct path of around 800 metres, or choose a longer but more scenic option.


Phi Phi Islands

Koh Phi Phi is a group of islands, but most of them are just limestone spires. The only ones of any size are Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Ley. When you come to visit these heavenly islands, you’ll be coming into the port on Koh Phi Phi Don.


Ao Nang Beach

Luxury beach resorts with pampering garden pools and high-end add-ons attract a jet-set crowd to Ao Nang Beach on the Andaman Sea. Ao Nang is an ideal base for island-hopping trips, sea-kayaking adventures and day tours to local attractions like snake farms, pineapple plantations and hot springs. Diving excursions head off from Ao Nang to nearby Raillay or further afield to Koh Phi Phi. The seafront promenade at Ao Nang is lined with souvenir shops, tailors and restaurants.


Ko Poda

Ko Poda, part of a tiny archipelago in Krabi province off the west coast of Thailand, ranks among the most picturesque of the many uninhabited and semi-inhabited islands that line the coast. Longtail boats drop visitors off along a stretch of sugar soft, white sand beach, famous for its clear waters and stunning views off offshore limestone formations. Thanks to its west-facing beach, the area is particularly lovely around sunset.


Railay Beach

Railay Beach sits on a peninsula between the busy tourist centers of Krabi and Ao Nang, but because of its fairytale limestone cliffs, it’s only accessible by boat. The four interconnected beaches that make up Railay Beach (West Railay, East Railay, Phra Nang and Tonsai) have a distinctly bohemian, easy-going vibe.

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