Co-written by Grace Oktaviani
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.
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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.
Perfect beachside resort for couples & families – Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach
When I’m travelling, I always make sure to book a comfy stay at a strategic location with good service. So imagine my delight when I found Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach!
It not only offers spa services by The Tea Tree Spa, there’s also a fun swimming pool with slides and a swim-up bar. Want the beach? You can also walk to the beach from here – the resort is right by Noppharat Thara Beach!
Want something more thrilling? Learn some Muay Thai with a professional trainer at the resort’s boxing stadium.
And if you’re travelling as a couple, no worries. The resort is separated into couple and family wings, so couples can have more privacy (only adults are allowed in the couple wing) and families can enjoy family-oriented services (family suites & kids’ club!!).
PS: If you’re on a budget, you might want to check out Holiday Inn Express Hotel too!
1. Pamper yourself to a full-day hotsprings spa treatment! – Wareerak Hot Spring Retreat
After a day or two of walking, swimming and adventuring around the city, it’s time to relax and rid all your muscle pains. As such, treat yourself to an ENTIRE DAY of spa treatments at Wareerak’s mineral hot spring!
Their signature full-day program includes lunch and 6 activities such as body exfoliation, hydrotherapy and Thai massage – perfect for rejuvenating your tired body.
But if you don’t want to dedicate 1 day only for massage, opt for their half-day program or individual treatments instead. You can even just get a hot spring pass if you only want to use the pool.
Wareerak Hot Spring Retreat
Price: from 450 Baht / approx. USD $14.70 (Spa prices) Website
Address: 18 Moo7, Khlong Tom Nua, Tambon Khlong Thom Nuea, Amphoe Khlong Thom, Chang Wat Krabi 81120, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 75 637 130
Opening hours: depends on the treatment package
2. Traditional Thai meal in a bamboo dining room – Ruen Mai Restaurant Krabi
Looking for an authentic Thai meal? Well… It definitely doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
This bamboo-themed restaurant serves Thai favourites like curries and crispy pork belly (served with dipping sauce) – best eaten with a bowl of steaming rice. It’s also surrounded by trees, making the dining experience feel even more traditional.
The eatery is located in an off-beaten location (and it’s surrounded by soooo many trees!), so remember to use your navigation app to find the place!
3. See the tallest chedi in Southern Thailand! – Wat Mahathat Wachiramongkhol
One word to describe this place – Wow! The tall golden chedi standing in the middle of the complex is so majestic that it feels like it’s overwhelming the entire complex. And as you come closer, you’ll discover small statues of giants and Buddha statues in every “window”.
One thing you’ll notice though is the temple isn’t styled in the usual Thai architecture we often see with temples in Bangkok. It’s more traditional – in fact, it reminds me of those Indian temples we see at Little India.
Beautiful paintings of mythical creatures also adorn the inside walls of the temple – a sight you shouldn’t miss if you’re into mythology. There’s also a Buddha statue inside, in case you want to pray.
Wat Mahathat Wachiramongkhol
Price: 50 Baht / approx. USD $1.63
Address: Moo 3, Tambon Na Nuea, Amphoe Ao Luek, Krabi, 81110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 93 647 6063
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 6pm
4. Enjoy water activities before having a barbeque dinner – M/Y Lalida Sunset Cruise by Aonang Fiore
There’s one thing I always do when I’m at a beautiful beach city for the first time – ride a cruise. Of course, you can do this in Krabi too!
Not only will you be brought to well-known spots like Phranang Cave and Railay Beach, but you’ll also be given time to do some swimming and snorkelling at Poda Island and Chicken Island.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a barbeque feast on board as the sun sets (it is a sunset cruise after all!). What a lovely way to spend the day!
5. 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.
Address: 54 Moo 2, Tambon Khao Thong, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand, Bananas Bungalows
Getting there: Head to Bananas Bungalows and make your way to the waterfront. (This is a private area for paying guests of Bananas Bungalows.)
Opening hours: Head down after sunset to catch the glowing plankton!
6. 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!
Devil’s Valley (Ao Luek Noi)
Entrance fee/price: From USD $11.70-17.60 / approx. 400-600 Baht
Getting there: Head to Bor Thor Pier in Ao Luek District and hire kayaks to get around (do ask for a local guide too!)
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
7. A cafe next to a cliff?! – C’More Mount Bar
The first thing you’ll notice once you arrived is the disparity between the cafe’s geometric shape and the hugeee cliff towering over the cafe. However, this contrast is what makes this cafe so Instagrammable! 😀
Here, you’ll find a wide array of drinks and Western delights like Caramel Macchiato and Hawaiian pizza. And if you enjoy baked goodies, do try their cakes and macaroons. Yummy!
Remember to take pictures before you leave too. My favourite spot? In front of the cafe where the cliff and the cafe intersects.
8. 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!
Khao Phra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
Entrance fee/price: USD $6.50 / approx. 200 Baht (Adult), USD $2.90 / approx. 100 Baht (Children) Find out more on Klook
Address: Mu 2 Ban Bang Tiao, Tambon Khlong Thom, Amphoe Khlong Thom, Krabi
Getting there: Many tour operators offers a tour package to visit the sanctuary. By car from Krabi City Center, take Highway 4 toward Khlong Thom District. Then to Highway 4038 and 4021 and follow the signage toward the Emerald Pool
Opening hours: January to April, November to December; From 10am to 3pm
9. 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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Dragon Crest Mountain
Entrance Fee/Price: Free!
Address: Nong Thale, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
10. Design and paint your own batik handkerchief – Batik activity by The Nature House Aonang Krabi Thailand
Due to Malay influences brought into Thailand, one of the most famous Krabi products is batik. So buying a batik cloth or two is kinda the norm here, especially since they’re so vibrant and pretty! But what if you can make your own?
Here, you can batik paint your own square handkerchief (13×13”). Choose your design (fish, seashells and whatever you can think of) before painting them with the colours of your choice.
And when you’re done (and it has dried), you can bring it home! It’s a great keepsake, and you can even frame it up for new art in your home!
PS: The batik will be shipped to your hotel the following day due to drying and other necessary processes.
11. Discover beautiful handmade beads (and its history!) – Andaman Bead Museum
Believe it or not, these beads weren’t just for decorations. They were actually valuable – used and traded for years!!
At the Andaman Bead Museum, you’ll discover the history of the silk road trade route for handmade beads made by indigenous people of this area. You’ll also learn how these beads were used, traded and made in the past.
Other than history, you can also see actual beads and ancient artefacts found in the area! How cool is that?!
PS: The Bead Museum is actually opposite the Andaman Cultural Center (an art gallery), so stop by if you have time.
12. 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.
12-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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Price:From USD $30.50 / 1000 Baht (for Half-day Climbing Course, inclusive of pick-up from hotel) Website
Address: Ton Sai Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Getting there: The people from Krabi Rock Climbing will pick you up from your hotel! Do note that they usually take 4 people with 1 instructor. If you have more than 4 people, please email them to double check regarding logistics and prices according to your needs. A husband and wife duo runs the company and they’re very willing to accommodate any of your needs.
Contact: 095 028 3143
12-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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Address: Railay Beach, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
Getting there: Take a 15min longtail boat ride from Ao Nang Beach or Noppharat Thara Beach to get here. The regular boat fare is USD $3 / 100 Baht per person each way. You can also choose to catch the boat from Chao Fah Pier, which costs USD $4.60 / 150 Baht.
13. 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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Entrance fee/price: USD $8.80 / approx. 300 Baht round-trip longtail boat ticket (from Ao Nang) USD $3 / approx. 100 baht entrance fee (National Park fee)
Address: Ko Poda Krabi, Thailand
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (longtail boat hours)
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!
Entrance fee/price: From USD $19 / approx. 581 Baht (for longtail boat) Find out more on Klook
Address: Ko Hong Krabi, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
14. 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.
Hot Spring Waterfall (Krabi Hot Springs)
Entrance fee/price: USD $5.23 / approx. 160 Baht
Address: Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom District, Krabi 81120, Thailand
Contact: +66 87 889 5600
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm
15. 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!
Tree Top Adventure Park
Entrance fee/price: From USD $52.25 / approx. 1598 Baht Find out more on Klook
Address: Aoluek, Krabi , Thailand, Krabi, Amphoe Ao Luek, Chang Wat Krabi 81110, Thailand
Contact: +66 84 462 3443
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
16. 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.
Khao Khanap Nam Mountains
Entrance fee/price: From USD $4.40-8.80 / approx. 150-300 Baht (includes sight-seeing and guide fee)
Address: Khlong Prasong, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand, Coordinates here
Getting there: Hire a longtail boat from Krabi’s Chao Fa Pier which is in the center of the town to get there!
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
17. 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.
PS: Only Rayavadee hotel guests can make a reservation and dine here.
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The Grotto @ Rayavadee
Entrance fee/price: From USD $9.40-20.60 / approx. 320-700 Baht Website
Address: 214 Tumbon Ao-Nang Tambon Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 301 1861-3
Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 8pm
18. 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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Krabi Night Market
Entrance Fee/Price: USD $1.70 / approx. 60 Baht (per songthaew ride)
Address: Krabi town at Maharat Soi 8 (behind the Vogue Department Store), Maharat Rd., Mueang, Krabi
Getting there: Krabi Night Market/Walking Street is in Krabi town, so if you’re staying in Ao Nang you’ll want to hail a songthaew off the street to give you a ride – 60 Baht at night, 50 Baht during the day. (You can also take a tuk tuk, but drivers tend to charge extra when you going to and from the market. If you go by tuk tuk, find somewhere close to the market and walk to save from getting an upcharge. )
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 5pm to 10pm
19. 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!
Entrance fee/price: From USD $16.35 / approx. 500 Baht (for 4 hours kayak rental and guide) Find out more on Klook
Address: Khao Thong, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand, Coordinates here
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 5pm
20. 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.
20-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!
Tiger Cave Temple
Entrance fees/price: Free! Find out more on Klook
Address: Tiger Temple, Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Contact: +66 87 889 5600
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
20-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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Wat Kaew Korawaram
Entrance fee/price: Free!
Address: 81000 Pak Nam, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand (opposite Soi 6 off Maharaj Road in Krabi downtown)
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm
21. 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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Dao Art Gallery
Entrance fee/price: Free! Website
Address: Nopparat Thara Road, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81180, Thailand
Contact: +66 89 294 4118
Opening hours: Daily from 1pm to 12am
22. 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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Definitely a cultural experience if it’s one you’re looking for!
PS: There are no ATMs here, so make sure you come prepared with essentials and Baht.
Entrance Fee/Price: Entrance onto the island is free, but the longtail boat ride is USD $1.10 / approx. 40 baht for a two-way ticket
Address: Khlong Prasong, Mueang Krabi District Krabi 81000 Thailand, Coordinates here
Opening hours: Boats at the pier run throughout the day. Do come earlier if you’d like more time at the island.
23. Take a walk through a phallus-filled cave and hike to the Princess Lagoon – Phra Nang Beach
[PERMANENTLY CLOSED]23-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!
Longtail boat pick-up to Princess Lagoon:
Entrance fee/price: Free
Address: Princess Lagoon, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand, Coordinates here
Getting there: Take a 15-min longtail boat from Ao Nang Beach to Phra Nang Beach and hike your way to Princess Lagoon! . Longtail boat rides are USD $3 / approx. 100 baht per person. Visitors must catch a boat back to Ao Nang by 6 p.m. or they will pay extra for a later boat. (You may also walk directly from Railay West to Phra Nang Beach if the tide is low enough!)
Contact: +66 75 695 473
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
23-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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Phra Nang Cave
Entrance fee/price: Free! Find out more on Klook
Address: Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
Contact: +66 99 407 6453
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
(From USD $14 / approx. 475 Baht for longtail boat around 4 islands!)
(Now closed) 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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Entrance Fee/Price: From USD $88.40 / approx. 3,000 Baht (per person depending on the package you choose) Website
Address: 111/2 Moo 4 ,Tambon Sai Thai Krabi, Thailand 81000
Contact: +(66) 81 477 6543
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 5pm
Krabi is one truly remarkable Thai destination.
From luxury beaches and varied dining options, to adrenaline-pumping activities and culturally-driven experiences – it satisfies the off-the-beaten-path wanderlust in all of our hearts.
Like what you see? Let us know which activity you love the most in the comments below!
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |