Krabi is known for its epic views, gorgeous beaches, and island hopping. It’s a vacationers paradise while offering the off-the-beaten-path aspects that backpackers love.
One of the best aspects of traveling is waking up and not knowing what the day will hold. It could be a new adventure kind of day, or it could be a relax by the beach while you listen to the waves crash kind of day.
You won’t leave Krabi feeling unfulfilled, and this list of Krabi must-do’s will make the travel planning even easier.
We’ve laid it all out for you — so there’s no excuse for not seeing the best of what Krabi has to offer.
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1. Have a bewitching swim in the glowing Krabi waters – Bioluminescent Plankton
Picture the water glowing around you, like little fireflies in the water. Whether it feels like you’re swimming amongst stars or pixie dust – you’ll surely feel like a kid again, euphoric in this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Bioluminescent plankton are present in waters around Krabi, and can be seen especially well during darker nights with a new moon. (We’ve heard that the best time to see the plankton is between November to May around the new moon phase!)
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If you’re lucky enough to experience this bewitching phenomena, you’ll never forget it!
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If you’re heading down, try to do a sunset trip here. It’ll be one of the most amazing swimming experiences you’ll ever have in a lifetime!
Editor’s Note: Do note that this is a private area for paying guests of Bananas Bungalows. If you’re here, enjoy the plankton and be sure to keep your volume down and the area clean – so others may enjoy the experience too.
2. A secret beach, limestone mountains, mangrove forests and more! – Devil’s Valley (Ao Luek Noi)
When directly translated, Thais have named this remarkably scenic location Devil’s Valley. It’s not hard to figure out why when you see the devilishly spooky face that naturally occurs in the rock surface of the towering limestone rock cliffs.
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This little known spot is a great place to kayak through, and even stop for a swim! There’s a little bay where you can wade out into the waters for a swim, or to chill by the beach.
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Otherwise, venture into the cave and take some memorable photos. There’s also a mangrove forest around here where locals enjoy touring through.
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PS: Devil’s Valley is starting to become a pre-wedding photoshoot location with Thais, due to the different vantage points which provide startlingly different backdrops!
PPS: As you kayak around the Devil’s Valley area, if you’re interested in some cave exploration – do check with your local guide if it’s possible to make a stop at Bor Thor Caves. There’s a really interesting cave in the area called Tham Pee Hua Toh with a fossilised seashell floor and prehistoric paintings dating 2000-3000 years ago!
3. The glowing blue lagoon fit for water nymphs – Sra Nam Pud, Krabi
What would you do if you were trekking in a dark dense foliage jungle full of big tall trees with twisting roots turning on the ground like big snakes – and suddenly you discover a small opening of trees leading to a pool of crystal clear blue water?
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The sun shines down on the surface of the water, and it makes the pool look like it were almost glowing. You might think in just a few seconds, a magical water nymph would slowly emerge from the water.
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The bad news is you might not find fairies frolicking here, but the good news is that you’ll be able to visit this Blue Lagoon at Khao Phra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, just 70km from Krabi City Center.
Also a part of the sanctuary is the Emerald Pool, a large natural pool filled with pure spring water running down the stream. The water is extremely crystal clear and reflects intense emerald hues.
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Unlike the Blue Lagoon which cannot be swum in due to the surrounding dangerous quicksand, you can swim in the Emerald Pool. Just make sure to get there before 2 p.m. before it starts to get crowded!
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PS: Looking for a simple way to get here? The easiest choice to make is to try Klook’s Emerald Pool package that includes a trip to Tiger Cave Temple too!
4. Take a walk through a phallus-filled cave and hike to the Princess Lagoon – Phra Nang Beach
4-a. Take steep strides up to the secret Lagoon – Princess Lagoon
If you’re up for a challenge, put your hiking shoes on and bring a walking stick if you can find one. Pack enough perseverance and water, and you’ll make it the top with ease and accomplishment!
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Depending which season you’re in Thailand, the hike up may be slippery and the lagoon may be filled with mud. Either way, the top offers some incredible views over the ocean.
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If the lagoon is filled with water, successors can take a nice swim in the lagoon before heading back down the steep terrain.
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Don’t be one of the travelers turning back at the halfway mark. Continue on, and you’ll be rewarded with views and solace.
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PS: If you’d like to check out Phra Nang Beach, and more – Klook has a fantastic 4 Islands day tour package that’ll give you the best of everything!
4-b. Just at the end of the Phra Nang beach sits a cave covered in penis-shaped offerings – Phra Nang Cave
As strange as it may sound but such a place exists!
Phra Nang Cave is a stone’s throw away from Railay town and is located in Phra Nang Beach. The beach itself is a paradise within a paradise with its finely grained white sand, and surrounding limestone cliffs.
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For the curious ones who’d like to get a glimpse of another facet of Phra Nang aside from its famous beach – then Phra Nang Cave is the place to go.
Filled with hundreds of penises (no pun intended), one might feel overwhelmed with all the penises scattered around.
There’s a story behind which explains the presence of phallic symbols inside the cave. Legend tells that Thai fisherfolk would often offer a penis-shaped offering to Phranang – which is believed to be the Princess Goddess who lives inside the cave, in exchange for a bountiful catch.
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5. Go on a hike and be rewarded with panoramic views – Dragon Crest Mountain
The mountains are calling! With its picturesque and Instagram-worthy views – the 2 to 2 and a half hour trail would definitely make you want to pack your hiking shoes, and head to this gem of a mountain.
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Khao Ngon Nak Trail, famously known as Dragon Crest Mountain, is a natural playground for mountain lovers. You can easily hike up this trail as it is located near Phuket.
Beginners on the other hand, shouldn’t fear the trail as it is a relatively easy one and only totals a distance of 3.7 km!
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If you search Instagram for Dragon Crest Mountain or Khao Ngon Nak Trail – you’ll likely come across some epic photos of people sitting, or posing on the edge of a large cliff with incredible panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, Krabi, and Phuket.
This wonderful lookout goes by the name of Viewpoint Tup Kaek. You won’t be left with any cliffhangers after this fulfilling and adventurous day.
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Don’t stop there! Tup Kaek Beach is just steps away from the Dragon Crest Mountain trailhead. Here you’ll find solice.
Pack a towel, a book, snacks, and water for the, as there are no restaurants or shopping establishments. Tup Kaek beach is the perfect spot for the traveler who long for a lonesome beach, off-the-beaten-path with a perfect view of the islands on the horizon.
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6. Where are the best beaches in Krabi? – Tonsai Beach & Railay Beach
Krabi is home to a collection of beaches with a variety of shoreline activities.
From scaling the side of a limestone cliff on Tonsai Beach to basking in the white sandy beaches of Railay — there’s something for everyone to satisfy their wanderlust.
6-a. Enjoy rock climbing? – Tonsai Beach
Now you no longer have an excuse not to work out while you’re on vacation. If you’re a lover of nature and a fitness enthusiast, you should head to Tonsai Beach which is famed for being a rock climbing haven!
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Aside from the thrill and the full body workout, you’ll also get the chance to be rewarded with a picturesque view while you’re on top.
Dubbed to be a rock climber’s paradise, Tonsai Beach has a number of towering limestone cliffs that you can choose from. So what are you waiting for? Don that gear, buckle up, and you’ll be on your way to conquering those cliffs! You might even spot a monkey or two on your way up!
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PS: Tonsai Beach is more for experienced climbers. We highly recommend getting a local climbing guide to guide you on your rock climbing adventure – have fun safely with an experienced instructor!
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6-b. Enjoy lazy moments – Railay Beach
If you’d like to experience the quintessential summer paradise, head to Railay Beach!
It’s perfect for people who would like to bask under the sun and enjoy the beach minus the crowd.
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A must-see place, Railay Beach is everything you could ever ask for a perfect summer escapade! With its lofty limestone cliffs, pristine beach, clear blue waters and powdery sand, Railay is definitely the place to be!
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If you’re up for a little adventure and some minor trekking, make your way to Railay Beach Viewpoint. Once you’re up there, soak in the view as this is the best place to enjoy an unobstructed 360 degree view of this tropical paradise.
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You’ll definitely fall in love with this beach even more after seeing it in a whole new different perspective!
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7. Go island-hopping – Ko Poda, Hong Lagoon
There are a slew of limestone islands you can reach by longtail boat from Krabi. From Ko Poda to Hong Lagoon, there are lots of fish to see and plenty of sunbathing to do.
You’re going to have a lot of options when it comes to island-hopping, and unless you’re planning on spending a decent amount of baht on a tour – each company’s island hopping tours are relatively going to be the exact same.
With this in mind, you can either splurge on a longer island tour with lunch included, or you can do the island hopping on your one.
Note: If you decide to take the adventure on without a tour guide/service, I would recommend giving each island it’s own day. This will make it easy to buy longtail boat tickets, and you won’t be rushed to leave an island before you’re ready.
7-a) Swim, snorkel, and sunbathe – Ko Poda
If you’re doing a solo island tour, be sure to bring some snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and snorkel gear. Bringing all of this in tow will save you money and hassle. There are options to purchase these items on the island, but you’ll be paying an extra island fee.
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Did I mention a hat and sunscreen? Shade is a rare find on Ko Poda, so be prepared to bask in the sun’s rays. Wonder to the ends of the shoreline for more privacy and unobstructed views of the neighbouring islands.
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7-b. Explore or kayak amongst the Hong Islands – Hong Lagoon
You’ll want to take your time exploring the Hong Islands, and it’s great to leave your worries behind and travel on a boat here.
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You can spend a whole day exploring, snorkeling through crystal clear waters, and relaxing. Hong Lagoon is another one of those place where you go to get away. It’s also another pack-in, pack-out place (you bring everything you need, and you take it all with you when you leave). This type of experience is when off-the-beaten-path meets tranquility.
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PS: It’s easy to plan a trip around the Hong Islands to Hong Lagoon with Klook’s customisable private boat tour services! Whether it’s a longtail boat or speedboat, or snorkelling gear rental – they have you covered!
8. Relax and recuperate in Namtok Ron – Hot Spring Waterfall (Krabi Hot Springs)
Namtok Run (Khlong Thom) hot spring waterfall is an attraction you wouldn’t assume people would enjoy going to in high temperatures and humidity.
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However, despite the high temperatures of the water, it’s a relaxing and serene place to spend an early morning. Arriving in the morning will not only enable you to beat the crowd that comes to take a dip in the naturally occurring springs, but it will allow you to enjoy the water during the cooler part of the day.
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It’s located in southern Krabi, about 70km from town, so plan ahead for your timely arrival. Motorbike travel can take up to two hours, but the springs are worth the relaxation and recuperation your body needs.
9. Playing Quidditch in Krabi??? – Tree Top Adventure Park
Harry Potter fans, listen up!
Your Quidditch dreams might very well come true in Krabi, at Tree Top Adventure Park. Here is where you’ll be able to “Accio Broom!”, and experience riding a broomstick high up in the jungle canopy.
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Tree Top Adventure Park Krabi is pretty creative. It seems like you’ll get to ‘fly’ just about anything from a broom, to skateboards, magic carpets and bicycles – all high up in the air above the trees.
Of course, you’ll get to go ziplining, try your hand at walking on a tightrope and everything. This is the place for daredevils, or even for those who might want to try their hand at conquering a fear of heights perhaps.
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It’s great fun, and apart from experiencing what it might feel like to fly a broom in a Quidditch match, you’ll get to experience how it feels to go on an Indiana Jones-worthy adventure – with all the adrenaline-pumping features and activities available!
PS: Klook makes life easy with an inclusive package for Tree Top Adventure Park that provides not only hotel pick-up and drop off, but lunch, admission to the park and more!
10. Jump off a cliff into a cave and experience the Emperor Swing! – Hollow Mountain
Considered one of the scariest activities in all of Southeast Asia, The Emperor Swing at Hollow Mountain is 100% thrill and 0% chill. It’s your very own Fear Factor where courageous swingers are left dangling in the air after freefalling for 30 meters.
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Two 40-meter ropes hold jumpers brave enough to dangle between the mountain’s main cave – leaving thrill seekers with the leap of a lifetime, and unbeatable views of the Andaman Sea and greenery of Krabi.
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For jumpers who get cold feet, don’t worry – the lovely people of Hollow Mountain will slowly rappel you down to the platform (this sounds like an experience in itself!). The adventure is a little on the pricey end, but if you’re a thrill seeker you just can’t pass this one up.
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PS: Hollow Mountain is currently closed, but will be reopening near the end of July 2017!
11. Take a trek through one of the most famous landmarks of Krabi – Khao Khanap Nam Mountains
Forest, caves, stalagmites stalactites and more – take journey through the forested mountains of Khao Khanap Nam and discover ethereal views.
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Here you’ll find untouched caves with actively growing stalagmites and stalactites as you hike through the mountains. Be sure to bring along some mosquito spray and a light jacket – it can get buggy in those trees and chilly in the caves!
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The mountains are only reachable by longtail boat at Chao Fa Pier in Krabi. The ride takes about 15 minutes and boasts gorgeous views. Take a stop at the the fishing village and mangrove forests.
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Note: Remember to pack the essentials: water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats, and sunglasses.
12. Go cave-dining (dine in a restaurant in a grotto) – The Grotto @ Rayavadee
Phra Nang Beach is full of adventurous daytime activities, but it also boasts a more elegant event – dining under a cave in a romantic grotto with a view.
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Thanks to Rayavadee Resort, The Grotto is the perfect spot they have prepared – for a sunset dinner with cocktails or a refreshing lunch under the shade.
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The dress code is casual, so you don’t have to worry about hauling that fancy dress or shirt to the beach with you. Enjoy a full meal or sip on a glass of wine, while you take in the stunning views from Phra Nang Beach.
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13. Check out the Krabi Night Market (all kinds of crazy, yummy food) – Krabi Night Market
Any night market in Thailand is going to offer delicious, new, and adventurous food. It’s just how Thailand rolls. Krabi is no exception to this and is as colourful and vibrant as it can get – so it’s a must-visit for any traveller.
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You’ll end up going for the food and staying for the Thai goods. There’s everything from handmade clothing to souvenirs and cocktails in bamboo and freshly-made smoothies.
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Get your caricature drawn here, indulge in fresh seafood and sample the best of local Thai fare – as you shop, and enjoy traditional music performances too!
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14. Kayak your way through mangrove forests – Ao Thalane
Kayaking in the mangrove forests of Ao Thalane is one of the more memorable activities travellers talk about. This is a great activity for any skill level, from first-timers to more advanced paddlers.
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You can expect to be out on the water from 4 hours onwards (depending on the length of kayak time you choose), witnessing fisherman haul in their day’s jellyfish catch.
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Kayak through towering rock cliffs, and past local stilt homes by the mangrove’s edge, you’ll get to explore the little passageways that mostly remain hidden.
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PS: If you’re not sure where to book kayak rentals, try Klook. They even provide hotel pick up and a professional guide – so you can fully relax and enjoy the experience without worrying about anything!
15. Whether it’s a golden peace or views for days, these temples have it all – Wat Kaew Korawaram, Tiger Cave Temple
Apart from the popular Tiger Temple, there’s one other temple that’s great to check out! Wat Kaew Korawaram reminds us of that other famous white temple in Thailand, Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai.
15-a. The famous Krabi temple complete with dreamscape misty views – Tiger Cave Temple
Looking much like a scene in a dream or fantasy animation from Studio Ghibli, it’s not difficult to see why people make sure to visit Tiger Temple in Krabi.
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Before you visit, be warned, there is a price to pay for the unbelievable views – and that is the 1,256 steps you will have to climb to get there. However, the rewards are more than well worth it once you reach the top.
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Don’t forget to bring water along, and light snacks to refuel!
15-b. When sunset meets a stunning temple with golden tones – Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a must-stop spot for a Krabi sunset. Located on a small hill overlooking Krabi town, the amount of photo opportunities at the white temple is overwhelming. (It’s a popular location of Thai pre-wedding photoshoots!)
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The sun’s rays perfectly reflect off the golden accents of the intricate dragons slithering down the sides of the stairs to the entrance of the Wat (Wat means ‘temple’ in Thai) – and the golden tones mixed with greenery surrounding the area, and views over Krabi town make for jaw-dropping photos.
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The temple’s intricate paintings on the interior walls make this a true gem in the heart of the town. It also seems to still be a bit of a secret with hardly anyone visiting this temple, so if you’re looking for a peaceful temple experience – there you go!
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16. Love art? You’ll love all the original works here – Dao Art Gallery
Dao Art Gallery is just off the main shopping strip in Ao Nang. It’s a cosy little artist’s haven filled with colourful paintings by the gallery owner and artist, Ratchadaporn. The grandiose art not only speaks to travellers through its vibrant colours, but through the paintings’ unique style.
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You’ll come across plenty of art shops in Ao Nang (and even Thailand), but Dao Art Gallery houses original, incredibly well done masterpieces, and at great prices! You can’t leave the gallery without purchasing a piece of work that will be the talk of your next houseparty.
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17. Explore a small and very local town that will transport you to the past – Koh Klang
The small town of Koh Khlang is situated on an island just five minutes by longtail boat from Krabi’s Chao Fah Pier. The ride will cost you a measly 20 Baht per ride, but the reward when you touch land is special.
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The longtail boat transports you to a time in the past – no cars are allowed on the tiny rice-farming, clam-digging island. Travellers have also commented on how kind and welcoming the locals are, sharing meals and inviting them into the local culture.
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