For those looking for a relaxing southern Thailand escape, Krabi is easily the ideal destination for beach holidays for many travellers. With over 150 islands off its lengthy coastline, crystal clear sea, magnificent white sand beaches, lush tropical hinterland, iconic limestone cliffs, caves, waterfalls and abundant native flora and fauna, Krabi’s natural beauty will leave you hungry to explore its idyllic offerings. NOt to forget its welcoming locals.
Krabi is full of attractions and is best known for being an area of outstanding natural beauty, beautiful beaches, rock climbing, caves and Tiger Cave Temple, a sacred Buddhist site and mountaintop Buddha statue and nearby islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.
EMERALD POOL KRABI
Tiger Cave Temple
PHRA NANG BEACH
KLONG MUANG BEACH
Tubkaak Beach (also spelt Tup Kaek)
KO LANTA ISLAND
WAT KAEW KORAWARAM
Ao Nam Mao Outdoor Aquarium
Things to do in Krabi province range from lazing on beaches to island hopping to trekking and rock climbing.
About 5 km northeast of Krabi Town is the prized Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua. Visitors will find monks still living here conducting daily life among this complex of natural caverns embedded in the jungle. It gets its name from tiger paw prints found to be embedded in the stone inside one of the caves. To get to this historic site you need to hike 1,237 steps up the limestone tower. Once you’ve reached the summit, you are greeted by exceptional panoramic vistas of the Andaman Sea, dramatic limestone karsts, and green rainforests.
Located about 70 kilometres from Krabi town, you will discover the Krabi Hot Springs in a small jungle nearby the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. These therapeutic natural ‘hot tubs’ channel water from deep volcanic thermal springs. The waters are as hot as 40 degrees Celsius and are brimming with natural mineral salts which are believed to be beneficial for skin and health issues. Situated in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve are the Emerald Pool and Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. The Emerald Pool and the Blue Pool are two ponds vividly coloured by the reflection of the sun. It’s a good idea to bundle all of these wonderful eco-spots together in one nature-filled day tour.
Only one hour away from the mainland, Koh Lanta is developed and yet still uncrowded enough to enjoy romantic sandy white beaches, ancient caves, dense jungle, and a myriad of waterfalls. After sundown, luminescent plankton can be found in the warm surrounding waters. This island is the perfect romantic getaway for quiet moments in nature or if you feel like dancing under the moonlight, there’s a full moon party held on Long Beach every month.
Where to stay in Krabi? There are several Krabi beaches but these are some of the best options:
Ao Nang is a very appealing small beach resort town and the lively tourist hub in Krabi. It has a good array of local favourites and Western cuisine, shops and bars where you can grab a drink and celebrate until late. There are also plenty of hotels, from budget to luxurious, that can provide you with comfortable accommodation according to your taste and wallet. Ao Nang’s location gives easy access to a wide range of gorgeous islands off the Krabi coastline.
Railay and Tonsai Beach are only accessible only by boat and offer perfect remote adventures such as trekking, rock climbing, snorkelling and diving. The high limestone caverns are spectacular and there’s a handful of accommodation options ranging from basic bungalows to luxurious resorts if you wish to stay a night or two.
Nopparat Thara is a quiet beach that lies within a National Park and features a 3 km sandy strip which is a good spot for a quiet family holiday with kids or just a peaceful stay with a few sunset walk.
Klong Muang is a charming tranquil area with three stunning beaches and one cape with a modest range of dining and shopping venues. It is much less touristy than other beaches in Krabi and is not yet overdeveloped which is part of its appeal.
Tubkaak Beach (also spelt Tup Kaek) is a very quiet beach town with a long strip of sand that hosts a handful of the higher-end resorts and not much else which makes this an ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries and perfect for a romantic couples getaway.
Krabi province is definitely worth visiting and easy to get to by flying into Krabi airport. How to get to Krabi is straightforward. From Bangkok to Krabi, it’s only a 1 hour and 20 min flight. Or alternatively, from Phuket to Krabi, it’s about a 3-hour drive overland.
Krabi weather is best from November to March, during the dry season before the hottest months when the days are sunny in the high twenties and warm with pleasant evenings. However, this is also the busiest time of the year when tourism peaks with a lot of hotel and holiday deals. June to October is the wet season and the region experiences heavy rainfall so those months are not the best time to visit.
Krabi is full of attractions and is best known for being an area of outstanding natural beauty with its breathtaking karst landscapes and beautiful sandy beaches, rock climbing, caves and Tiger Cave Temple and mountaintop Buddha statue and nearby islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Located between the major hubs of Ao Nang and Krabi Town is the stunning peninsula of Railay Beach Krabi. Only accessible by longtail boat as it’s surrounded by limestone cliffs and lush rainforest, it makes for a popular day trip to snorkel its pristine atol protected waters. But if you want to stay overnight, there’s a handful of accommodation options ranging from basic bungalows to luxurious resorts. West Railay Beach is also regarded as one of the top places for rock climbing in Thailand, with a variety of routes for beginners through to advanced climbers.
Krabi has a reputation for its friendly locals and visitors being safer with fewer annoyances than in other tourist hubs like Phuket or Bangkok.
How long you stay depends on what you what to do in Krabi. A few days can suffice for some but a few weeks is also possible without being bored. Being so close to an archipelago of islands, it’s easy to venture back and forth using your hotel in Krabi as a base for your exploration. Krabi tours are varied and you will find action-packed one-day itineraries to longer tours that allow you to see many things at a relaxed pace.
Krabi has managed to remain cheaper than nearby tourist hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui. You can experience what the region has to offer without breaking your bank balance. With a valid email address, you can get all the details in passport and visa information booking hotels or making hotel reservations for your Krabi holiday. The THG has specialists in creating tailor-made holidays for world trips, especially from Australia to Thailand. In the long haul, holiday destinations determine if your choice is expensive or not.
Krabi nightlife mainly happens in Ao Nang. You’ll find a great choice of places to party until late with restaurants and bars.
Krabi to the Phi Phi islands is approximately 40 km. Ferries from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi leave from a pier located 4 km away from Krabi Town. The ferry is convenient and affordable and the trip takes about 90 minutes.
On the southwest coast of Krabi, Only 45 mins by speed boat from Phuket, this national park range made up of six islands, is most famous for its turquoise waters, abundant marine life, with the most well-known isle being Koh Phi Phi Leh with its Maya Bay which featured in the film named “The Beach”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Snorkelling the crystal-clear seas around Koh Phi Phi Le you will see a rich underwater world amid a backdrop of protruding limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches. You cant stay overnight here as the area is protected. The only inhabited island is Koh Phi Phi Don.
Krabi is a fantastic family destination with many activities in nature to enjoy for adults and kids.
Krabi is great for kids and their families to go sailing on a traditional long-tail boat with a guide to several of the nearby islands and spend the day snorkelling or kayaking these stunning waters. Kids will enjoy visiting an elephant sanctuary or wandering around Ao Nam Mao Outdoor Aquarium. Krabi Fun Park offers zip-lining through the rainforest canopy from tree to tree. Krabi also has a go-kart speedway with double-seated karts that is perfect for young children to have fun alongside one of their parents.
Krabi has a reputation for friendly locals and being safer with fewer annoyances than other tourist hubs like Phuket or Bangkok. It is a safe destination for couples and honeymooners, and also families.
Ao Nang is the lively tourist hub of Krabi.bThe main section of the beach is clean with lovely fine sand and is great for swimming. Just back from the beach is a busy strip of shops, restaurants and bars that open until late for after-dark fun. Railay and Tonsai Beach are only accessible only by boat and perfect remote adventures such as trekking, rock climbing, snorkelling and diving. The high limestone caverns are spectacular as a backdrop of sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters. For an island getaway just 6 km from Ao Nang beach, head to Koh Poda by long-tail boat. Situated within the group of four Poda Islands, Koh Poda is largest but its area is no more than a kilometre in diameter. Covered with palm and pine trees encircled by a silky white sand beach, it is a wonderous tropical paradise. An excellent spot for snorkelling with a coral reef 20 metres from the beach with a variety of sea life.
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