Krabi is one of the southern-most regions of Thailand and it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Besides the beaches, islands, and entertainment, many of them come to visit the walking street, also known as the Krabi Night Market. Night markets are popular all over Thailand, but this one is special. It has everything you could ask for- great food, good prices, and amazing people.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Krabi Night Market.
1. Where is the Krabi Night Market? How Do I Get There?
The Krabi Night Market is in the Mueang Krabi district of Krabi, Thailand. The downtown core of Krabi is nestled against the Pak Nam Krabi River and stretches south to Thara Park. There are two main highways that travel to and from downtown Krabi, the 411 and the 4034.
If you’re staying outside the city, finding your way to the night market is quite easy. Simply follow either of those two highways south until you find signs for the downtown core.
You can choose to drive your vehicle into Krabi and search for parking. However, it’s more convenient to use one of the transportation options available. There are taxis, tuk-tuks, motor bikes, scooters, songthaews, buses, and ferries. You can also walk around the core quite easily using the Walking Street behind Vogue Department Store.
The night market Krabi is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 6-9:30PM.
2. What is there to do in Krabi at night?
The night market is one of the must-see nighttime attractions in Krabi. However, there are lots of other things to do and see, both at night and during the day.
During the day, browse through the local markets and stores. Here are some of the top nighttime Krabi attractions:
– Party at Soi RCA
– Enjoy a romantic river cruise during sunset
– Dine at Grotto, a restaurant inside a cave
– Watch a local ladyboy show at The Blue Dragon Cabaret
– Go kayaking through the mangroves at sunset
One of the top attractions you should check out in Krabi Town is the Vogue Department Store. It is located on Maharaj Road and occupies an entire three-storey block. Inside, you’ll find all the brand name stores your heart desires. They include Levis, Adidas, Elle, Camel, and more. There’s also a food court with classic staples: KFC, The Pizza Company, and more.
Behind the Vogue Department Store is the Walking Street, also known as the night market.
3. What can I buy at the Night Market?
Like other Thai night markets, you can buy everything and anything. Although it’s not a massive market, there are plenty of stalls to explore. Over 50, in fact. There are vendors selling shoes, clothing, accessories, electronics, home décor, and more. Of course, you can find lots of small souvenir items to take back home with you.
Interested in buying something to put in your home when you return? The Krabi Night Market is also home to dozens of local artists selling their masterpieces. You can find hand-painted canvases, postcards, and prints. Some of the artists will even set up shop in the middle of the market and begin painting. You can see your souvenir being created in real-time.
Dining in the Night Market
The most popular reason to visit night markets is the food. There are dozens of food vendor stalls waiting to blow your taste buds away. Street food is notoriously good (and cheap) in Thailand, but especially here in Krabi Town. The central plaza in the market has a makeshift roof and plenty of plastic tables and chairs. Buy some samples from the various vendors and sit down and enjoy.
Locals recommend trying the grilled satay chicken, beef, or pork with the chili and peanut butter sauce. You can also get barbecued fish, steamed crab, and lots of kanom (sweets). If you arrive at the market hungry and are searching for something hearty, order a dish of fried rice and shrimp paste (kao cluk ka pi). Atop the fried rice you’ll get shredded mango, red onions, long beans, fried eggs, and shrimp or chicken (or both!). Head over to another stall and you’ll find the best street food barbecue you’ve ever had. You can get every type of local meat on a stick, barbecued and glazed to perfection.
Of course, you can’t enjoy a mouth-watering meal of street food without a beverage. Luckily, there are tons of cocktail and juice stalls to choose from. One of the most popular with tourists is Cocktail in the Bamboo. As the name suggests, this stall serves a wide array of tropical cocktails from a hollow bamboo. Enjoy everything from Muay Thais to Tequila Sunrises to Pina Coladas and Long Island Iced Teas.
4. What are things to do near the Night Market?
If you’re looking for things to do before or after the night market, you’re in luck. Krabi Town is vibrant and bustling with entertainment. There are tons of amazing restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to dance the night away. Since it’s known as the Walking Street, almost everything is within walking distance.
You can treat yourself to an authentic Thai massage near the market. First Lady Thai Massage is one of the most popular in the area and consistently gets raving reviews. If your feet are sore from all that walking and exploring, book a massage here to get rejuvenated.
In the mornings, you might not find the establishments you’re used to at home. But, you will find some exquisite local coffee roasters and cafes in Krabi Town. Check out Zoo Coffee or Easy Café for some amazing brews.
Being so close to the river is another benefit of visiting Krabi Town. There are lots of green spaces and parks along the river, not to mention water sports to try. Hop onboard a river cruise or boat tour and explore the mangroves, cliffs, and more. Visitors love going snorkeling and scuba diving on guided tours.
Near the night market and along the river is Chaofah Park. This park is special because of all the strange yet beautiful sculptures that dot its green grass. There are well-kept walking paths that wind around the park and along the waterfront.
5. Where should I stay in near the Night Market?
If you’re interested in staying in Krabi Town for a few days or more, there are plenty of hotels and hostels to choose from. Most are centrally located near the night markets.
If you’re on a budget (like the many backpackers traveling through Thailand), then hostels are for you. Although you won’t experience 5-star luxury, you will have somewhere safe and clean to rest your head. Some of the highest-rated hostels in the area are Orange Tree House, Hollywood Guesthouse, and Hogwortz Hotel Krabi.
Perhaps you’re traveling with your family and can afford a little more than a hostel. There are many mid-range hotels and guesthouses to suit your needs. The Brown Hotel has excellent reviews, as does U Residence Hotel and Krabi Golden Hill Hotel.
Now, if you’re looking for high-end luxury, Krabi Town also has centrally-located accommodation for you. The Pineapple Hotel is just north of the downtown core and the night market, but it’s still well-located to explore the rest of the city. Otter House is closer to the downtown core and is surprisingly spacious.
6. How many days do you need in Krabi Town?
You may be wondering how many days to plan for your stay in Krabi Town. Since there are so many amazing things to do and see, it’s recommended to come for at least 3 days. You want to reserve at least one weekend night for night markets. Keep in mind, there are tons of fantastic daytrips surrounding Krabi Town, so it makes a perfect home base as you explore neighboring towns.
7. How do you get from Krabi Town to Ao Nang?
In the southern region of Krabi is the tourist center of the city, Ao Nang. Here you’ll find eclectic beach shops, dive schools, night markets, and water getaways. It also includes the Phi Phi islands. If you’re coming to Krabi for the stunning cliffs and marine life, then Ao Nang is a stop you’ll regret not making.
To get to Ao Nang, take the 4034 west and then head south on the 4204. That will take you to the Ao Nam Mao Beach and all the other tourist stops you want to see.
Almost all the accommodations in Ao Nang are on the waterfront, so expect amazing views and easy access to the water. You can go horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, boating, and more. Or, simply lay on the soft white sand and suntan. Make sure you spend a day or two exploring the Phi Phi islands. Not only is the landscape breathtaking, but the fun and lively atmosphere on the islands guarantees a wild time.
8. What are some good day trips from Krabi?
Besides spending a day or two in Ao Nang, you should also consider going on a Four Island tour. This tour takes guests to four of the most stunning islands in the region: Koh Poda, Koh Tub, Chicken Island, and Railay. These islands are great for experiencing different beaches and different snorkeling environments. Expect to see colorful fish, jagged cliffs, and clear blue waters. If you sign up for a private tour, you can see all four islands and return back to Krabi within 9 hours.
Another exciting daytrip to take from Krabi is to Hong Island. Among its impressive cliffs and beaches is the lagoon in the center of the island. You can kayak through the lagoon and notice signs of wildlife, like lizards and moneys. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Hong Island from Ao Nang via long boat, but on a speedboat it’s even shorter.
Ready to Experience the Night Market for Yourself?
Krabi is an amazing region on southern Thailand and has something for everyone. The top destination you must check out when you’re here is the market in Krabi. The food, souvenirs, ambiance, and prices won’t disappoint.