Incredible karst mountains jetting out of azure waters, epic sunsets on an island, fire shows, adventure activities, awesome food, and swimming with fish. What else would you want out of a beach holiday?
In Krabi, there are numerous mainland beaches and island oases to bliss out on. The province has its fair share of things to do like beach bumming, waterfall adventuring, hikes and climbs with phenomenal viewpoint rewards, and of course, beautiful islands beckoning you to visit.
Get lost on Koh Lanta, rage on Koh Phi Phi, or feel like a castaway when you visit Tonsai. Take snorkel tours or get up even closer with a dive. If you’d rather be on land, why not get up high by rock climbing on some of the most sought after rock climbing locations in the world.
With all of the gorgeous beaches and adventurous activities, it’s not much of a surprise that Krabi is flocked to by many. Despite its popularity, it still remains a beautiful place and a must visit. This is not the spot to skip!
Places to stay:
- Blue Juice and Good Dream are two excellent budget choices in Krabi Town with rooms under 200-300B.
- Yellow Sun Backpackers is a nice social hostel not too far from Ao Nang Beach.
Most move right along passed Krabi Town and its surroundings and beeline it to Ao Nang for the beaches, but staying in Krabi Town will make some of the excursions a bit easier to get to as it is closer, so it’s your choice where to post up. If you’re very short on time, I’d recommend Ao Nang as your base, if you’re a bit more flexible, I’d recommended sprinkling your stay throughout the area to get to know the different spots depending on that day’s activity.
Things to Do and See:
- Phanom Bencha National Park – Hiking and waterfalls.
- Tup Kaek – Climb this mountain for unprecedented views of Krabi.
- Tiger Cave Temple – A temple on top of a mountain. You can catch some amazing views from up here but you’ll work for it, there’s over 1,000 steps up. No tigers.
- Ao Thalane – This is a great spot for kayaking. Get a guide to go through the mangroves, or just kayak out to sea and around the rock mountains to find a secret beach.
- Ao Luk – Check out some waterfalls and caves.
- Diving – Book a dive almost anywhere and say hello to the fish.
- Hot springs – They are hot, so don’t go at the hottest point of the day.
- Emerald pool – Can be better enjoyed when not on a tour.
- Rock climbing – Literally some of the most epic rock climbing in the world. Tonsai and Railay are where it’s at.
- Ao Nang – Main beach area and the spot to party.
- Nopparattara – Next to Ao Nang, and has a quieter vibe.
- Tup Kaek, Klong Muang – Other mainland beaches, even more quiet.
Railay and Tonsai
These gems are my favourite! These are also mainland beaches, but considering you need a boat to get here, it feels like you’re on an island. These idyllic beaches are by no means off the path, but are certainly a must while you’re in the area. Whether you’re here to man the rock climbing scene or just need to sun those buns, your location couldn’t get any more beautiful. Check out more information about them here.
Islands and Tours
There are many different options for island tours. You can book them essentially anywhere around Krabi. The Hong Island Tour, 4 Island Tour, and really any excursion out on a longtail boat will bring you to beautiful islands to either chill or snorkel at. The karst islands make for a dramatic scene as you plunge into the refreshing water.
Pro tip: For a snorkel trip, get a group of friends together and ask one of the longtail boat dudes to take you all out for an island tour. It won’t be much more or less than booking a tour depending on the amount of people in your group, and you’ll have way more freedom and flexibility.
- Bus: From Bangkok’s southern bus terminal, take the bus to Krabi Town.
After arriving at the bus station just outside of Krabi town, take the songthaew (white truck taxi), to town.
- Plane: Krabi has an airport, with some international flights available. After landing, you can take the bus to town.
If you’re moving right along to Ao Nang, the buses and songthaews will take you there after riding through Krabi Town.
Where to go next?
Go north to the Phang Nga province, or check out the last of the karst mountains as you move south towards Trang. Getting to Malaysia in the south is easy from Krabi Town, and you can also take a bus and ferry combo to the islands on the east.
The Krabi Province and all of its attractions is a happening spot for any backpacker meandering around the south of Thailand. Although it is well developed, wandering around the gorgeous coastlines by motorbike or hiring your own longtail boat will bring you to more secluded spots in the area. It’s definitely a must stop on the backpacker trail for Thailand.
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