Are you crazy for Krabi? So are we! Krabi Province, which lies along the coast of the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination boasting plentiful natural attractions including white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, numerous caves and waterfalls, and over 130 islands.
While not the top destination in and of itself, Krabi Town is a charming provincial capital located along the banks of a river that leads to the nearby Andaman Sea. Consequently, Krabi is an important port city for both local fisherman as well as boats ferrying visitors to the nearby attractions, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railey Beach, one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.
The best time to visit Krabi is November through May for the clearest skies and warm but moderate temperatures. Visitors are advised to make early reservations (up to a year in advance) for accommodation during the peak season from late December to early January. If you’re looking to beat the crowds or score discounted rates, June through October is still a fine time to visit, but will be a gamble since it is during monsoon season. The typical rainy season pattern is of sunny days punctuated by short, heavy showers, however it’s not uncommon to experience stretches of sunny days, but be prepared for stretches of rainy days too!
As you can see, Krabi is packed full of fun things to do, but here are 6 of our favorite activities in Krabi:
1. Go Island Hopping
With so many pristine beaches and more than 130 islands just within reach of Krabi Town, no trip would be complete without at least one or two days set aside for exploring all that they have to offer. You can speedboat, longtail boat, take a ferry, or take one of the many guided tours that stop at 4 or more islands and include time to snorkel, kayak or jump ashore and make some friends with the local monkeys. Below are some of the most popular island trips:
- The fabulous Phi Phi Islands are only 45 minutes away from Krabi by speedboat. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight. Plus, few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry. There are also a couple great spots for snorkeling.
- The Hong Islands are a must for nature lovers as this area offers the best wildlife and snorkeling close to the coast. Belonging to the National Marine Park, the four superb islands of the Koh Hong group can be reached within twenty minutes from Ao Nang by speedboat, or 45 mins by longtail. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Phang Nga Bay, with its countless rocky outcrops, the islands are rightly considered to be among the most beautiful in Krabi province.
- The 4 Islands are a popular day trip from Ao Nang, taking in the group of islands closest to the coast – the ones that can be seen on the horizon from the beach. The four islands are Koh Poda, Koh Gai (Chicken Island), Koh Tub and Koh Mor; and tours also stop off at the beautiful Phra Nang Cave Beach on the Railay peninsula. This beach, inaccessible by road, is considered to be one of the most beautiful strips of sand in the world.
- James Bond Island off the shores of Koh Khao Phing Kanwas virtually unknown to tourists until it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974. James Bond Island and has become one of the main draws to the Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park and a must-see attraction if you are visiting Krabi or Phuket. The marine park is comprised of over 40 islands with huge vertical cliffs, some with caves that are accessible at low tide and lead into hidden lagoons surrounded by solid rock walls.
2. Trek the Nature Trail
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If you feel you have spent a little too much time lying on the beach and want to put those legs of yours to work, then consider heading out on the Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail. It is a fantastic way to get your blood pumping and simply take in the incredible natural beauty that surrounds Krabi. On the way up you will find yourself amongst diverse flora and fauna and be rewarded by the fantastic views once reaching the top.
3. Explore Pranang Cave
Just a short walk away from Railay Beach (another must) you can find the popular and well worth the visit Pranang Cave. Locals believe that the princess goddess looks after all those who pay a visit to her, which is why so many offerings of little trinkets and treasures can be found in front of the shrine inside the cave. This won’t take long to explore but is the perfect place to stop by and get glimpse along with watching the many rock climbers go about their days on the nearby cliffs.
4. Take a Cooking Class
Who doesn’t love Thai food? If you find yourself exploring the many incredible restaurants of Krabi like Chalita Café, Gecko Cabane or Bussaba all located right in the heart of town and find you simply won’t be able to part with all the mouth watering delicacies once your holiday is complete, then consider taking a cooking class! You will get the chance to learn how the Thais cook, taste what you make, meet new people and walk away with a cookbook you can use back home! Try the Thai Charm Cooking School or Krabi Thai Cookery School.
5. Take a Dip in a Hot Spring
Although it may seem a little strange being in such a hot place, this is the perfect chance to head out on a peaceful journey where you can relax and rejuvenate. The Saline Hot Spring Khlong Thom, also known at the Emerald Pool, is a fantastic way to end your day of sightseeing and exploring, and allows for you to not only relax but also be surrounded by beautiful sceneries and lush jungles while doing so. Bring along your favorite beverage of choice and you may just find you never want to get out of this beautiful natural wonder.
6. Krabi Walking Street (Night Market)
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The best way to enjoy a fascinating insight into the local culture and to sample local food is to visit the night market and walking street. Krabi’s Thanon Khon Dern is a heaven for those looking to shop for handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs while enjoying street performances from children and artists. There are also over 100 Thai food stalls for you to try delicious Thai and Southern specialties such as Somtam served with rice noodles, spicy young bamboo boiled salad, and a variety of desserts. You will also find lots of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls at affordable prices. Don’t forget that you are allowed to barter for goods!
The market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm and located behind the Vogue Department Store.
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