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Things to do in Krabi

Things to do in  Krabi

Welcome to Krabi

Small, provincial capital turned international travel hub, Krabi serves up a slice of everything Southern Thailand is famous for: emerald seas, palm-fringed beaches, soaring karst cliffs, excellent food, and a laid-back culture. With an international airport, quick access from Bangkok or Phuket, and so many island getaways close at hand, you probably won't spent much time in Krabi Town itself. But if you're arriving direct from an international flight, you might want to pull up a beach chair and stay awhile. Ao Nang, Krabi's main resort beach, can remedy any jet lag with a healthy dose of sun-and-sea. Once you're ready for action, explore the nearby Ao Luk sea caves and mangrove lagoons by kayak, or learn how to rock climb at legendary Railay Beach. Visit Tiger Cave Temple for a dash of traditional culture; or head inland to Waree Raksa Hot Spring and Spa, set in a peaceful rainforest. For all its creature comforts, Krabi mainly serves as a gateway to the Andaman Islands, particularly the popular Phi Phi Islands and the divers' paradise of Koh Lanta. Heading toward Phuket from Krabi, cruise beneath the dramatic limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay, taking in Koh Tapu (aka James Bond Island), Hong Island, and Koh Phanak. You could get to most of these by ferry, but a private speedboat tour ensures you receive top-notch service and makes the most of your vacation time. As a bonus, your guide will know the best—and least-crowded—snorkeling spots along the way.

Top 15 attractions in Krabi

Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

From the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the jungle-shrouded limestone cliffs of Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands rise majestically, giving way to white-sand beaches and lush green jungles further inland. Longtail boats putter between the islands, collectively known as Koh Phi Phi or Ko Phi Phi, surrounded by turquoise waters and colorful marine life.More

Hong Islands (Mu Ko Hong)

The Hong Islands (Mu Ko Hong or Mu Koh Hong) are a group of rocky blips in the Andaman Sea, located just off the coast of Krabi in southern Thailand. A popular day trip destination from Ao Nang or Krabi, the islands are fringed with rain forests, hidden lagoons, and white-sand beaches.More

Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

With limestone rock formations jutting out of the emerald green sea, Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga) in Thailand is famous the world over for its natural beauty. Many visitors to Thailand will find themselves crossing the bay on the way to popular tourist spots, such as Phuket or Krabi, but this place deserves some dedicated exploration time of its own.More

Tup Island (Koh Tup)

Tiny Tup Island (also written Tub Island, Koh Tup, Ko Tup, Koh Tub, or Ko Tub sits just 500 feet (150 meters from neighboring Mor Island (Mo Island, Koh Mor, Ko Mor, Koh Mo, or Ko Mo, offshore from Ao Nang. When the tide is right, you can walk between the rocky islets on a picture-perfect white sandbar, framed by warm turquoise waters.More

Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot)

With blue-green waters that can turn a vivid emerald when the light is right, the Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot or Sra Morakot in Thai), is a natural travertine swimming pool set in a protected evergreen forest. A pretty path lined with smaller pools runs through the trees to the Emerald Pool, then continues to the Blue Pool further on.More

Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

Krabi’s Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) is a spiritual center that’s famed for its 1,237 steps which lead to the massive, gilded Buddha statue which dominates the peak. While the climb is not for the faint of heart, the spectacular views of Krabi, the surrounding countryside, and the Andaman Sea make the effort worthwhile.More

Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang beach sits along the edge of the town of Ao Nang, Krabi’s main tourist hub. Fine sand, clear waters, beautiful views, and cluster of bustling bars and restaurants make the beach a popular spot to spend a day relaxing in the sun or swimming in the Andaman Sea.More

Koh Panyee (Koh Panyi)

Koh Panyi is a charming Muslim fishing village built on stilts over the water. Visit to see the 18th-century houses, the mosque, and the floating market. The area is a popular stop on tours of the region that also take in well-known sights such as James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan) and Hong Island.More

Railay Beach

Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and backed by thick forest, the interconnected fairy-tale beaches of Railay (Rai Leh) are accessible only by boat. The four beaches—Tonsai, Phra Nang, East Railay, and West Railay—offer powder-soft white sand, clear calm waters, and a decidedly bohemian vibe perfect for those looking to get away from it all.More

Phra Nang Beach (Phranang Beach)

Phranang Beach is a sweeping curve of pale gold sand that’s backed by limestone cliffs and overlooked by the distinctly-shaped Chicken Island. Phra Nang Cave (Princess Cave) features a one-of-a-kind fertility shrine, while bioluminescent plankton create spectacular night-time effects when conditions are right.More

Poda Island (Koh Poda)

Part of the tiny Poday archipelago off the coast of Krabi, Poda Island (Koh Poda) ranks among the most pristine of the islands that line the coast. Dramatic limestone formations are visible from the white sands of the beach and a nearby coral reef provides excellent snorkeling.More

Koh Yao Yai (Ko Yao Yai)

Sister island to Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai (also written Ko Yao Yai) is an unspoiled gem that sprawls amid the karst seascapes of Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga). The coast offers white sand beaches, fishing villages (many on stilts), and mangrove forests; inland are timeless landscapes of orchards, rice fields, and rubber plantations.More

Ao Thalane (Thalane Bay)

The Krabi area is famous for its towering limestone cliffs, idyllic beaches, and peaceful mangrove forests, and Ao Thalane (Thalane Bay represents one of the most beautiful mangrove forests in all of Thailand. On this stretch of coast, dense mangroves shroud the karsts and cliffs, hiding caves, small inlets, and secluded lagoons.More

Wareerak Hot Spring Spa

With hot spring pools flowing through landscaped grounds in graceful cascades, Wareerak Hot Spring Spa (formally, Wareerak Hot Spring & Wellness is a serene haven for relaxation. Available treatments range from hot-stone massage to Thai traditional medicine at the day spa or check in for a multi-day detox, yoga, or wellness retreat.More

Pa Phru Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam

Not far from Krabi sits Pa Phru Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam (Thai for “canal of two waters”, a natural area where freshwater springs meet saltwater mangrove forests. It’s popular with kayakers, but worth visiting even if you just want to take a stroll, with boardwalks lined with wooden chairs above the water offering great views.More
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Phi Phi Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi
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Full-Day Tour to Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park from Krabi
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Island Hopping from Hong to James Bond Islands from Krabi with Speedboat
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Ya's Thai Cookery School Class in Krabi
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One Day Tour Khao Sok Cheow Lan Lake from Krabi
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Full-Day Phi Phi Islands Tour with Lunch from Krabi
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Deep mangrove and canyon Kayak Tour in Krabi
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Krabi Private Catamaran Sunset Tour with Lunch and Night Snorkel
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Krabi Horse Riding at Ao Nam Mao Beach
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Ao Nang to Phuket by Ao Nang Princess Ferry
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People Also Ask

What is Krabi known for?

Krabi refers both to a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast and to its capital, Krabi. It’s known for islands, sea caves, white sand beaches, and dramatic karst cliffs, as well as bustling resort towns like Ao Nang. Highlights include Hong Islands (Mu Ko Hong) and the cliffs of Railay Beach.

How many days in Krabi is enough?

If you’re planning to spend a few days on the ever-popular Phi Phi Islands, four days is enough for Krabi’s main sights. You can climb on Railay Beach, take a boat trip to the Hong Islands, and head inland for national parks and temples. Add an extra day for a Phi Phi Islands speedboat trip.

Is Krabi or Phuket better?

Phuket, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) across the water, is Thailand’s largest island and a tourist destination since the 70s. It is more developed with a larger choice of accommodation and dining, including luxury options, and notorious nightlife. Krabi is more beautiful, better for budget travelers, and, in some parts, more authentic.

Does Krabi have good nightlife?

Yes and no. Railay Beach has a lively backpacker scene, with beach bars and fire shows. Ao Nang offers much what you’d expect in a Thai resort town: pubs, bars, clubs, go-go joints, and transgender cabarets. Krabi town has an authentic live music scene alongside bars, clubs, and karaoke joints.

Which is the best part of Krabi to stay in?

Krabi has different areas to suit different types of traveler. Bustling Ao Nang has probably the widest choice of accommodation. Railay Beach is great for backpackers and active travelers; Krabi Town is good for budget travelers who want to explore independently; the Klong Muang and Tubkaek areas draw luxury lovers.

Is Krabi touristy?

Krabi is less touristy than Phuket. But Thailand’s Andaman Coast is far from undiscovered, and with the Phi Phi Islands just offshore and Phuket just to the west, Krabi draws plenty of visitors. Ao Nang is probably the most touristy area: travelers in search of tranquility should head inland or to the ultra-luxe resorts.


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