Krabi Province is one of the top destinations to visit in Thailand. It has the quintessential elements of a perfect vacation: adventure, scenery, beaches, amazing food and a range of accommodation options. You can swim, sunbathe, party, and relax in this stunning region. Whether you’re here for a weekend or a month, you can’t get bored in the beautiful province of Krabi.
To help you plan your stay, here are the top attractions to see in Krabi.
Klong Tom Hot Springs
If you’re looking for a highly relaxing, one-of-a-kind experience, check out Klong Tom. These natural hot tubs belong to the same reserve as the Emerald Pool and are only 70 kilometres outside Krabi Town. Visitors rave about the clarity and warmth of the water (up to 40 degrees Celsius!), not to mention the healing properties in the water. Some claim these natural minerals can treat various illnesses and diseases. Hop on a chartered bus from Krabi or Ao Nang to get to the reserve or drive yourself on a rented motorbike.
Visit The Krabi Night Market
Krabi Town is known for its markets and shopping. The most popular market to visit is the Krabi Night Market, located on Walking Street right behind the Vogue Department Store. Here you’ll find over 50 street vendors selling everything from art to shoes to food and drinks. The street food in the night market is legendary, so make sure you bring your appetite. It has some of the best Thai food in town. The market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 6-9.
Go Rock Climbing
Rock climbing isn’t something tourists automatically think of when planning a Thai vacation, but it should be. Krabi’s limestone cliffs attract climbers from all over the world, from beginners to professionals. If you’re not an experienced climber, there are numerous climbing schools to take lessons with before hitting the rocks. You’ll learn all the key safety procedures as well as beginner climbing techniques. Sections of the limestone cliffs have permanently installed hooks to make it easier for beginners. Of course, come prepared with active clothing, sturdy shoes, and a positive attitude!
Sunbath At Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang is one of the crown jewels of Krabi province. More laid back than downtown Krabi, Ao Nang is the perfect destination for sunbathing on the beach and exploring the nearby islands. Plan your visit to include lots of lounging on the white sand and time for multiple tours. You’ll want to experience local snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Considered one of the friendliest tourist centres of Thailand, Ao Nang has everything you need for your stay. You’ll have ample access to dining, accommodation, tours, and transportation.
Explore Koh Lanta
Have you ever wished you could own a private island? Koh Lanta gives you that experience at a fraction of the cost. Take a ferry from Ao Nang or downtown Krabi and stay at one of the gorgeous resorts on the island. Enjoy the peaceful, nearly empty beaches. For 20 kilometres, there’s only white sand and clear water. This isn’t the island to visit if you want hustle, bustle, and partying. It’s best for those seeking quiet relaxation and tranquility. Perhaps not the best for the partying crowd, but families and older adults will love this jewel of Krabi province.
Koh Hong Lagoon
Koh Hong is another island off the coast of Krabi that offers relaxation as well as adventure. The rugged cliffs emerging from the water create a stunning backdrop to your sunbathing. Go exploring the interior of the island and you’ll find hiking trails and the biggest attraction of Hong: the lagoon. Here, you can snorkel to explore the aquamarine water. Tourists often rave about the clarity of the water and how friendly the tour guides in the area are. This is the best destination for an all-day trip from Krabi.
Visit The Tiger Cave Temple
You read that right. Krabi has a Tiger Cave Temple that has what appears to be tiger paw prints inside the cave. Legend has it that a tiger once lived inside. Krabi locals and visitors alike visit this majestic temple set at the base of a cave to pray, meditate, and explore. The lower level of this cave is beautiful, albeit slightly spooky. Remember to be respectful of locals who come to the temple to worship or pray. If you have the physical strength, climb the 1,237 steps to the top of the temple where the golden Buddha statue lies. You’ll get a workout as well as a 360° panoramic view of the area.
Four Islands Tour
There are many awesome tours to consider when visiting Krabi, but one of the best is by far the Four Islands Tour. This boat tour takes off from Ao Nang and the Krabi coast and lets visitors explore four of the main nearby islands: Tup, Phra Nang, Poda, and Chicken Island. The last one is named after the chicken-shape of the island. Most tours give you ample time to enjoy the scenery: you’ll have time to swim, lounge, and explore each island. In Phra Nang, you can explore the mysterious and enchanting island cave. And when you’re ready for the next spot, the tour boat will be waiting on the beach.
Check Out Railay Beach
Among all the beaches in the Krabi Province, Railay Beach is the one you must see. It looks straight off of a postcard and offers tranquility and peaceful relaxation. Unlike Ao Nang beach, there are fewer crowds and wandering tourists here. To access the island you must take a boat due to the surrounding cliffs (which you can rock climb!). You will feel completely removed from the rest of the world, save the few bars nearby. There are no roads, no traffic, just you, the island, and the water. It’s an excellent destination for a day of reading, napping, and picnic on the beach.
Swim at the Emerald Pool
Thung Teao Forest Park is one of Krabi’s natural wonders. It has extensive walking paths through the forest, which is full of birds and other wildlife. You will likely come across waterfalls, lagoons, and native plant species you can’t find back home. Make sure you bring proper hiking shoes and attire, as well as a bathing suit for when you want to hop in the lagoon for a swim! While the trails are man made and quite level-surfaced, some areas can get steep and rugged.
Meet the Elephants
There’s some controversy over where to see elephants in Thailand. They seem to be everywhere, but not all elephant tourism companies are kind or ethical. Avoid any company that offers elephant rides as this practice is often quite abusive on the animals. Instead, visit The Krabi Elephant Sanctuary. This organisation, doesn’t allow elephant rides, but you will get to interact with these majestic beasts through mud baths and feeding. The money the organisation receive by tourists goes directly to their conservation and rescue efforts. If you have a heart for animals and endangered species, this is the perfect Krabi attraction.
Learn How To Cook Thai Cuisine
Thai cuisine is unlike any other Asian style of cooking. It has its own unique flavours and cooking techniques. Now you can learn all about it at a private Thai cooking class! There are dozens of cooking schools around Ao Nang and Krabi Town that offer group and private classes. Learn how to perfect your homemade Pad Thai or experiment with authentic Thailand spices like galangal or green peppercorns, then bring the lessons you learnt here back home with you.
Get A Thai Massage
You haven’t experienced true relaxation if you haven’t received a proper Thai massage. Krabi and Ao Nang have multiple 5-star spas and resorts that will make you never want to leave. Start with a soak in the hot spring followed by a natural body wrap and exfoliating treatment. Finish with a Thai massage using locally sourced massage oils and creams. Thai massages are said to stimulate your organs and help purge the toxins from your body. Thailand is known for its healing and rejuvenating massages, and Krabi has some of the best.
Enjoy Phi Phi Islands
The six islands that belong to Phi Phi Island archipelago are among the best in all of Thailand. You can reach them by boat from Krabi or Phuket, and there are various tours available. Not only do these islands attract visitors from all over the world, but they have also been the filming locations for Hollywood movies such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. You definitely want to snorkel when exploring the Phi Phi Islands as the coral and marine life are incredibly colourful and vibrant. In the village of Ton Sai, order a cocktail and enjoy the tropical beach paradise.
Explore The Ao Luk Mangroves
The Ao Luk District has tons of amazing natural attractions to cover, not in the least the mangroves. The lush mangrove forest breaks fills in the landscape between cliffs, waterfalls, beaches, and the sea. Only 40 kilometres from Krabi Town, Ao Luk also has two stunning parks to explore. While there aren’t any big restaurants or bars, there are authentic Thai food stalls along the road. After a long day of swimming, lounging on the beach, and exploring the forests, there’s nothing like some barbecue pork or chicken with chili peanut sauce.
Hike To Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
Amateur photographers always have one key place in mind when visiting Krabi province: Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint. Nong Thale is a district 30 kilometres from Krabi Town that has a magnificent four kilometres hiking trail. Follow this trail for a couple hours and you’ll find yourself at the top of the summit: here, you’ll witness some of the best views of the Krabi province. Bring your camera, hiking boots, and plenty of water.
Visit Koh Klang
Are you looking for a unique, off the beaten path version of Thailand and Krabi? Then take a boat to the island of Koh Klang. This is not a tourist destination, but a small authentic fishing village where people live and work. It’s been inhabited for over 100 years by some of Thailand’s best fishing families. That means buying some locally-caught fish and seafood is a must. However, remember to be extra respectful of the residents here and their home.
Check Out Susan Hoi
Did you know that Krabi is also massively significant to natural history and biology? Geology and history buffs will drop their jaws when they hear about Susan Hoi in Krabi. This geological wonder has historic and cultural importance in Thailand and around the world. On the 200-meter beach you’ll find fossilized shellfish and limestone that’s over 40 million years old. It isn’t the best beach for swimming or lounging, but has amazing historic significance.