When dreaming of tropical travel, we imagine miles of white sand beaches, pristine waters, lush jungles, and extraordinary islands with vast opportunities for exploration. Luckily, one Thailand destination has it all. On the west coast of southern Thailand, Krabi province boasts over 200 islands, massive limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more hidden gems that will leave you feeling completely relaxed and invigorated at the same time!
While you may have heard of Railay Beach and the Phi Phi Islands, Krabi offers many hidden gems that are waiting to be explored during your next vacation to Thailand. Krabi is beautiful year-round with the sun always shining, even during green season after the rain passes. To get you ready for your Krabi getaway, we are providing a list of all the amazing activities and sights to see. Let’s take a look!
Before your trip to Ko Poda, arrive at Ao Nang beach, a relaxed atmosphere with a charming shopping center and opportunities for a quick stroll of only 30 minutes from one end of the beach to the other. From there, hop on a long-tail boat ride, and in 25 minutes you’ll be in beach paradise. As one of the most infamous islands in Krabi, Ko Poda is filled with palm trees that sway in the breeze above the white sand beach as the waves wash over the shore.
Beneath the crystal blue waters, you’ll find vibrant sea life perfect for snorkeling. If you prefer to stay above water, kayak over the calm waters and admire the cliffs around you. It’s the island paradise you’ve been waiting for. We recommend bringing a small lunch with you as you partake in all the outdoor activities Ko Poda has to offer. One thing to know is that the island has rules and regulations set that any trash you bring in, you must also take with you upon leaving.
Deep in the lush forest of Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is a crystal clear pond known as Emerald Pool. Surrounded by flora and fauna, this hidden gem is wonderfully warm, making it perfect for taking a refreshing swim or simply dipping your toes in.
What’s more, the journey there is filled with exploration. Venture through the unforgettable tropical rain forest for a nature trek where you’ll witness some of the park’s most exquisite wildlife. The best time to visit Emerald Pool is during the morning hours when there are fewer crowds!
Ko Phi Phi
Just 45 minutes by speedboat from Krabi Town, Ko Phi Phi awaits you with pristine beaches, clear waters, exceptional dining, and a festive atmosphere. The two islands are made up of Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh, both with activities on land and sea.
Snorkel below the sea witnessing the exotic marine life by day and walk along the shoreline, then dine on the water by night. The natural environment is protected by national park status, leaving you with nothing but nature’s untouched beauty. Hidden near the southeastern tip of Phi Phi Islands is Moo Dee Bay, a little gem that’s 300 meters long. Bordering the bay is a coconut grove and thick rain forest. After snorkeling, visit the nearby restaurant run by locals!
Wat Tham Sua
Wat Tham Sua, or ‘Tiger Cave,’ is a natural wonder of Krabi with famous caves that are part of the temple complex surrounded by the jungle. Monks live and worship within Wat Tham Sua. The nickname Tiger Cave originates from a legend that a tiger once lived inside the caves. Inside you will discover what appears to be paw prints of a tiger embedded into the stone.
The most spectacular view is 1,237 steps up the temple, where you’ll find the ‘footprint of Buddha’ and panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. Keep in mind that the steps are very steep with monkeys along the way that will grab loose objects, so we recommend bringing a bottle of water and keeping your things close by or enclosed.
Tranquility rests on the beaches of Railay. As one small peninsula made up of four beaches, Railay Beach boasts stretches of sand, soaring limestone cliffs, remarkable views, and hidden adventures within and on the cliffs around the peninsula. During low tide, the long-tail boats are docked on the beach appearing as if they’re stuck in the sand painting a lovely vista.
For the adventure-seeker, rock climbing opportunities allow you to climb as high as you’d like, even if you’re a beginner. As you’re up in the sky, you can admire the turquoise waters below you. For an even more phenomenal view, hike up to the Railay Beach Viewpoint, and don’t forget to wear sensible shoes!
Ao Luk Mangroves & Caves
Ao Luk mangroves and caves are a sightseeing wonder that is unknown to most tourists. Inside the mangroves are three caves, including Tham Phi Hua To, Tham Lod Neua, and Tham Lod Tai. Tham Phi Hua To serves as a burial site over 3,000 years ago, with paintings and exquisite rock formations lining the cave.
Venture through Tham Lod Tai by way of a long-tail boat ride through the narrow limestone tunnel. Uniquely-formed stalactites and stalagmites surround you as you make your way through the tunnel.
Across twenty kilometers of sandy beach, calm waters, and a serene atmosphere, Ko Lanta is a peaceful respite with fewer crowds making it absolutely lovely for a quiet and peaceful getaway. Diving schools across the island are certified in taking locals and visitors out into the open sea to explore the beautiful coral reefs and marine life.
Freshly caught seafood is served day and night. Jungle-covered mountains offer opportunities for adventure. Each evening is met with a brilliant sunset for you to lay back and admire the orange and pink skies that reflect off the water.
Ko Tup & Ko Mor
Ko Tup and Ko Mor are two breathtaking islands connected by a sandbar that you can stroll along during low tide. On either island, you’ll find crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling and swimming with aquatic life. After adventuring in the water all day, lay on the warm sandy beach and feel the stress melt away.
To get there, take a 30-minute long-tail boat ride from Ao Nang to reach these remarkable islands. You can also head to Ko Poda after your stay in Ko Tup & Ko Mor, as Ko Poda is the boat’s next stop!
Klong Thom Hot Springs
Within the jungle near Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, relaxing and warm waters await you at Klong Thom Hot Springs. Bathe in the temperate water as the sounds of nature surround you. The origins of the springs came from ancient volcanic chambers, creating this natural wonder.
Plan Your Krabi Vacation Today!
Now that you have an excellent travel itinerary for your trip to Krabi, it’s time to start planning! Whether you’re an island lover or a jungle adventurer, Krabi has many opportunities for you. Plan your Krabi vacation between November and April when the sun is shining brightest, and there won’t be any rain on your parade!