Southern Thailand's West Coast, Krabi, has been gaining popularity ever since there has been a gradual over-commercialisation of islands Phuket and Koh Samui. Now a popular tourist destination with its own airport that welcomes international flights, feast your eyes on the many wonders that have made Krabi what it is today: the many off-shore islands, the dense mangrove forests, the craggy, sheer limestone cliffs. A quirky compact town that provides you with the ultimate idyllic getaway, be awestruck by the number of things you can do in this peaceful small town. With an exciting list all planned out, we recommend you the top 30 things to do in Krabi for the perfect islander adventure:
1. Island hopping in Koh Poda, Chicken island, Tup island and Phranang Cave beach
With more than 100 islands to choose from, island hopping is probably on the top of the list for any first time visitor in Krabi. Discover Krabi's hidden gems by going on an island hopping tour by experiencing some of Krabi's top islands including the Koh Poda, the Chicken Island, Tup Island and the Phranang Cave beach. Alternatively, if you are a keen adventurer, feel free to rent a boat from Krabi Town and explore the islands yourself!
Island Hopping Tours
Price: from 43 USD
Duration: about 4.5 hours
Website: Book Now
Private Speed Boat Charter
Price: from 251 USD (depending on the itinerary chosen)
Duration: 6-8 hours
Website: Book Now
2. Visit the sacred Tiger Cave Temple
The Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the province. Legend has it that a tiger once made the main cave his home, and hence there are still tiger footprints on the floor of the lower temple which is surrounded by mountains and a rich tropical forest. Climb up 1,272 steps to see the "footprint of the Buddha", the main highlight of the temple. Be sure to also bring along some bananas for the cheeky monkey occupants that swing around the temple.
Tiger Cave Temple
Address: Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Price: a donation of 0.56 USD is required to enter the temple
Opening Hours: open 24/7
Access: about three kilometres from Krabi town and easiest reached by mini-bus, taxi or tuk-tuk
Contact: +66 87 889 5600
Website: Tiger Cave Temple
3. Hiking expedition at Khao Ngon Nak
Khao Ngon Nak, or the Dragon Crest Mountain provides you with a view that is 565 metres above sea level; one of the best panoramic views in the area, as well as hands down the best opportunity for an aesthetic photo. However, in order to get to the top, brace yourself for a 3.7km trek that goes through a very steep terrain. Wear good shoes, and remember to bring a lot of water because it gets pretty rough heading up. Don't give up, for the scenic landscape and photogenic cliff ledge definitely makes up for it!
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Khao Ngon Nak
Address: Khao Ngon Nak is part of the Tub Kaek National Park
Price: free admission for all
Opening Hours: open 24/7
Duration: trek takes about 2-2.5 hours to get to the top
Access: about 30 minutes north of the famous beach town of Ao Nang and nestled into the hilly jungle roughly 5 km behind the Four Seasons Resort at Thap Khaek Beach
Website: Khao Ngon Nak
4. Honeymoon at Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands, pronounced as 'PP Islands', is one of the most famous islands in Krabi with the most number of tourists each year. Consisting of 6 other islands including Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Islands shot to fame when it was being used as a location for the movie 'The Beach'. Known for its limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the emerald green waters, white powdery beaches and its many coral reefs offering great diving and snorkelling opportunities, many couples have flocked to Phi Phi Islands as it proves to be a romantic spot with a lots of activities to be done.
Phi Phi Islands
5. Good food awaits at Chao Fah Night Market
One of Krabi's largest night markets which features outdoor food stands and stalls along the road side, enjoy barbecued seafood and meat, authentic Thai dishes such as Phad Thai, Tom Yam soup, and many more - all in a lively Thai market atmosphere. With 30 food stalls to choose from and hundreds of plastic tables and chairs placed haphazardly in between the smokey and noisy atmosphere, the scene may look a little chaotic and frantic at first. Still, this authentic market is worth the visit if you would like a taste the flavours of genuine Thailand.
Chao Fah Night Market
Address: Chao Fah Pier, on Kongka Road, Krabi Town
Price: dishes from 1 USD, drinks from 0.28 USD
Opening Hours: 5pm - 3am daily
6. Rock climbing because you only live once!
If you are a keen adventurer craving for an adrenaline rush, head down to Ao Nang Beach where it is surrounded beautifully by amazing limestone cliffs along sandy beaches. Join the Ao Nang Climbers as they offer you a wide range of courses to meet your climbing abilities. Unfit or inexperienced, it doesn't matter; for there are even classes for nervous beginners to get them started. Only children above the age of 7 are allowed to take part. Instructors are English speaking and very well-trained when it comes to the safety procedures, so worry not and let's hit the rocks!
Rock Climbing Thailand
Address: Ao Nang 81000 Krabi, Thailand
Price: from 28.20 USD per person for a half day course
Contact: +66 (0) 866 899 461
Website: Rock Climbing Thailand
7. Underwater activities at Koh Lanta
Just two hours from Krabi Town, Koh Lanta is a small peaceful island that stretches about 20km from end to end. Ever wondered how The Little Mermaid felt like underwater? Koh Lanta is the best place if you have the feel for a snorkelling adventure. No, you don't have to be a good swimmer to want to explore the ocean waters, the friendly instructors will be there to help and assist you throughout your little adventure. Observe Koh Lanta’s beautiful coral reefs and stunning underwater life in a natural setting without the equipment and training required for scuba diving, and decide if you prefer being on land or under the sea!
Snorkelling at Koh Lanta
Contact: 083 644 1333
Website: Snorkelling at Koh Lanta
8. Be one with nature at Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
This 50 square metre park protects a dramatic area of virgin rainforest along the spine of 1350m-high Khao Phanom Bencha. Be one with nature and enjoy the companionship of the marvellous scenery enhanced by streams, waterfalls, and wild animals. Some major highlights of this nature park is the Tham Pheung, a dramatic cave with shimmering mineral stalactites and stalagmites. The numerous trails that wend through the area are excellent for hiking. See also the Namtok Huai To, a graceful waterfall that runs down over rocks onto 11 huge pools.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Address: Thab Prik, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Price: from 2.82 USD for tourists
Opening Hours: 8am - 4.30pm daily
Access: 20km north of Krabi
Contact: +66 75 660 717
Website: Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
9. Rent a bike and get lost in Klong Muang and Tub Kaek
Getting lost in Krabi doesn't necessarily mean that it is a bad thing, for there is so much more to discover than the normal popular tourist destinations that will blow your mind. Hire a bike, you don't need a powerful dirt bike, the humble 125cc moped is the perfect transport; they are easy to ride, just twist-and-go, and economical (a full tank of fuel for about 2.82 USD). Travel inland, where there are thousands of small dirt roads waiting to be explored, or follow the coast road along to Klong Muang and Tub Kaek beaches, where you might just arrive at a picture postcard beach with not a single footprint to be seen - talk about romantic!
Rent a bike and get lost!
Price: from 5.64 USD for a small bike per day
Website: Rent a bike!
10. Kayak Tour at Ban Bor Thor
Ban Bor Thor is an area in a National Park with complex system of rivers, inlets and limestone caves. Admire Thailand's archeological treasures, artefacts and cave drawings; all in this fun and eye-opening kayaking tour at Ban Bor Thor. Paddle down this beautiful place and keep a lookout for the wildlife that inhabits the water and banks - many brightly coloured birds, and even otters. The tour is suitable for beginners, so fret not if you have never kayaked before!
Kayak Tour at Ban Bor Thor
Address: Ban Bor Thor, Thailand
Price: from 25.38 USD for adults and 19.74 USD for children (half day tour)
Opening Hours: tour starts at 8am
Duration: around 3.5 hours for half day tour
Access: 40-50 minute minibus ride north of Krabi and Ao Nang
Contact: +66 (0) 87 274 4011
Website: Kayak Tour at Ban Bor Thor
11. It's time to party at Ao Nang Beach
Krabi's vibrant tourist centre, Ao Nang Beach, is ready to start partying every time the sun says goodbye. A vibrant place that welcomes the crazy nightlife, head down to the many bars and restaurants that line the most 'Westernised' beach in Krabi. Compact and exciting, choose from the wide array of alcohol and food types in this tourist hot spot, the never-ending selection of booze is the best start to any wild night.
Ao Nang Beach
Address: Ao Nang Beach, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81180, Thailand
Opening Hours: open 24/7
Access: 40 minutes away from Krabi airport
12. Shopping spree at Krabi Town Walking Street
The provincial capital of Krabi, Krabi Town is great if you are craving for a shopping spree. Visit the 'walking street' markets, held by closing certain roads to traffic and setting up stalls for pedestrians (hence the name). Unlike the beach areas, get ready to see a wider range of goods, often at lower prices. Feast your eyes on the wide array of handicrafts, clothing and souvenir stalls, as well as a great selection of street food if you are still craving for more. A popular destination for both tourists and locals alike, spend your evening shopping for affordable unique Thai souvenirs in a lively bustling happening atmosphere.
Krabi Town Walking Street
Address: Krabi Town, Thailand
Price: from 9.87 USD per person if you sign up for the Krabi Town Walking Street Tour
Opening Hours: 6pm – 9.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Access: behind the famous Vogue Department Store in Krabi Town
Website: Krabi Town Walking Street
13. Enjoy the Parka Show Park
And what better way to immerse yourself in the Thai culture than to catch a Thai show depicting the traditional Thai folk tales of the Kinnaree (half bird, half woman figures). The Parka Showpark is a brand new cultural venue in Krabi where it follows the tried and tested concept of Phuket Fantasea and Siam Niramit, offering a buffet dinner, cultural spectacle and shopping experience, but with a unique southern Thai flavour. Take the time to catch the show of the day, usually a spectacular light and sound show with intense lighting, costumes, music and choreography.
Parka Show Park
Address: 196/1 Sritrang Road,Sub-district Krabi Yai, District Mueng, Krabi Province 810000 Thailand
Price: from 31 USD per person
Opening Hours: Thursday to Tuesday (closed Wednesdays) daily, except 13-14 April
Duration: buffet is served from 6.30 – 7.30pm; show is from 7.45 – 8.45pm
Access: short 5-minute drive from Krabi’s International Airport.
Contact: (+66) 75 656 853
Website: Parka Show Park
14. Take a chill pill at Koh Poda Island
Another tranquil and peaceful beach is located in Koh Poda island, just 25 minutes away from its busy and crowded neighbour Ao Nang Beach. Covered with palm trees and almost entirely circled by soft white sand, this surprisingly quiet beach has everything from excellent snorkeling, a beautiful scenery and a wide variety of sea life. If you are tired of the crowds and wish for some alone time, Koh Poda is the best option for you! Take a stroll along the azure waters, who knows you might (or most probably) arrive at a spot without a soul to be found.
Koh Poda Island
Price: 1.47 USD admission fee per person if you enter the island by a public boat (9 USD for a one-way trip)
Opening Hours: open 24/7
Access: 25 minute boat ride from Ao Nang
Website: Koh Poda Island
15. Get up close and personal with the elephants!
Elephants have been a significant part of Krabi's history far before tourism ever was. In the past, elephants were used like modern tractors in some inaccessible places to help drag logs and wild elephants would be caught here and sent to Bangkok or the east coast to work. Experience how delicate these massive creatures are as you embark on a one-in-a-lifetime trek on an elephant's back! Most of the elephants used on the tours are aged between 20-40 years old and are extremely comfortable with humans around them, so it is really very safe!
Although elephant rides are available in Krabi, Trip101 strongly advocate against elephant rides.
Elephant rides can cause long-term harm as their spines are not made to support the weight of humans
Elephants are often orphaned, mistreated and kept in ill conditions. Please try to avoid taking elephant rides as it is actually harmful to these majestic animals.
Address: Nong Thale, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Price: from 23 USD for adults and 13 USD for children
Duration: elephant trek lasts for 1 hour
Contact: +66 87 884 0394
Website: Elephant Trek
16. Take up a Thai cooking class!
Thailand is known for its mouth-watering and strong flavoured dishes, and Krabi is no exception to that. Learn the secret ways of the master Thai chefs at Krabi Cookery School, as it introduces students to the typical Thai ingredients - spices, vegetables and fruits. Feel free to pick the type of dishes you would like to cook, but remember that you will have to prepare your own ingredients! Receive hands on training and learn to cook like a pro. Wok and stove are provided for your use.
Krabi Cookery School
Address: 269 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000
Price: from 34 USD per person for the most basic course
Duration: 4hr 30min for the most basic course
Contact: +66 81 979-06-77
Website: Krabi Cookery School
17. Visit the picturesque Wat Kaew Temple
Dating back to 1782 when Bangkok was first founded, the Wat Kaew Temple is filled with 100 brightly coloured buildings at the top of a hill overlooking Krabi Town. Climb up the Golden Dragon stairs to enter the temple compound, the murals on the interior walls depicting jataka stories. Some of the temple highlights include the Emerald Buddha, the adjoined Grand Palace, and the Model of Angkor Wat.
Wat Kaew Temple
Address: 81000 Pak Nam, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Price: from 14 USD per person for admission fee
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Access: opposite Soi 6 off Maharaj Road in Krabi downtown
Contact: +66 75 611 252
Website: Wat Kaew Temple
18. A refreshing soak at Klong Thom Hot Springs
Experience nature's very own hot tub at the Klong Thom Hot Springs, the water at a pleasant temperature of 34-40 degree Celsius, perfect for a relaxing soak with nature as your sturdy companion. Located in the jungle, this site features naturally hollowed-out ‘bathtubs’ in the smooth stone, the mineral salts contained in the hot spring water are said to ease a number of ailments, including rheumatism, sciatica and skin complaints.
Klong Thom Hot Springs
Address: Ban Bang Khram, Khlong Thom, Thailand
Price: from 2.54 USD per person as admission fee
Opening Hours: 7am - 6pm daily
Access: around 70km from town and near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve
Contact: +66 87 889 5600
Website: Klong Thom Hot Springs
19. Hollow Mountain Extreme Adventure Park awaits!
Warning, this next activity is not for the faint hearted! In fact, this thrilling adventure park is not suitable for children or anyone unfit - only reasonably fit people above the age of 21 and less than 100kg are welcomed to join. Hollow Mountain is Southeast Asia's most thrilling adventure park, and we will tell you why. Try these three exhilarating activities - the Ziplines, Rope Swings and the Via Ferrata - designed specially in an extreme and intense way meant to terrify you, but also with your safety in mind.
Hollow Mountain Extreme Adventure Park
Address: Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand, 81180
Price: from 84.60 USD per person for the most basic package
Opening Hours: always open
Contact: +(66) 81 477 6543
20. Stop for some drinks at the Old West Bar
Owner of the Old West Bar Charlie has been in Krabi for some time now, and knows the place by heart. The only wild west themed bar in the whole of Krabi, expect rock music, dimmed lights, and plenty of Western accessories and decorations. Popular with tourists and locals because of the lively and laid-back atmosphere, head up to the terrace for a beer and an exchange of travel tales from people you have never met before. There is also a pool table and an exclusive menu of cocktails, together with Thai and Western dishes.
Old West Bar
Address: 9/1, Chao Fa Rd., Muang Krabi, Krabi 81000 Thailand
Price: from 3 USD for a drink during Happy Hour (from 4:30pm - 10.30pm)
Opening Hours: 12pm - late
Access: Utharakit Road diagonally opposite Choke Dee Restaurant
Contact: +667561 1350
Website: Old West Bar
21. A different kind of beautiful at Koh Klang Island
Across the river from Krabi Town but a world away from mass tourism, spend a day at Koh Klang Island, where the old ways of Southern Thai Muslim culture have been preserved. Home to nearly 5,000 residents with a rural background very different from the other islands in Krabi, have a rare insight into the truly local life the fishermen and rice farmers live. Also a prime bird-watching destination, observe the villagers as they make a longtail boat, eat at the floating dining rooms, and laze around the coarse tan-sand beach which usually has no one lurking around.
Koh Klang Island
Website: Koh Klang Island Package Tour
22. Pamper yourself at the Rayavadee Spa
Indulge yourself in style by visiting one of the best spas in Krabi - Rayavadee Spa located at Railay Beach. With an extensive range of therapies draw from ancient Thai healing traditions to help improve your mind, body and spirit in terms of relaxation and mediation, choose between revitalising facials and scrubs, energising body wraps, soothing massages and a variety of salon treatments or combine several offerings into a package individually-tailored to your needs.
Address: 214 Moo 2, Tumbon Ao-Nang, Amphur Muang 81000 Krabi Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm daily
Contact: +66 2 301 1861-3
Website: Rayavadee Spa
23. Try white-water rafting on Songprak river
A fairly new sport to Krabi is white-water rafting, a thrilling and extreme activity that even though has a relatively low difficulty level, has a minimum required age of six years and above. Full training is provided and safety procedures will be carried out to ensure no serious accident occurs when the sport is being carried out. There will always be one or two guides on the boat, to make sure everyone is safe and having a good time. The rapids are on the Songprak River where a seven kilometre stretch of the river is used, but people usually opt for a five kilometre route, as it is much easier and less tiring.
Address: rafting base camp on the Songpak River, located at Phang Nga
Price: from 28 USD per person
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm daily
Duration: 40 minutes for the 5km course & 80 minutes for the 7km course
Access: departure at Krabi Town with the use of a mini van
Website: White-Water Rafting
24. First look at the Susaan Hoi (Seashell Graveyard)
Located on a 200 metre stretch along Ban Laem Pho, visit this seashell graveyard that was said to be dated back 40-25 million years ago. This is a great place to go to if you are interested in geology and historic artefacts, as this cemetery only came to life when limestone deposits in the water covered and fossilised shellfish, snails and a variety of other sea creatures, creating slabs of intricate geological relics. The Susaan Hoi is claimed to be a one-of-a-kind attraction exclusively only in Krabi, so it is definitely worth a visit.
Address: Ban Laem Pho Rd., Sai Thai, Muang Krabi, Krabi 81000 Thailand
Price: from 3 USD for children & 6 USD for adults (foreigners)
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm daily
Access: 17 kilometres southwest of Krabi Town
Contact: +667562 2163
Website: Susaan Hoi
25. Take a sunset cruise near Railay
What better way to watch the beautiful sunset in Krabi then from a boat in the middle of the sea? From the boat, you get a splendid vantage point. One of the last remaining Siamese sailing junk boats, have a buffet dinner on this antique baby while the sun sets in front of your eyes, the colours a brilliant burst of crimson and orange. The cruise also provides other water activities such as snorkelling and kayaking in the islands near Railay; or if you are feeling lazy, take a nap at the glorious deck with the azure waters and blue skies just within your reach!
Krabi Sunset Cruises
Address: meeting points are at Railay and Ao Nang
Price: prices depend on the type of tours. Check the website for more details
Opening Hours:meet-ups at 2pm daily before the tour commences
Website: Krabi Sunset Cruises
26. Discover the iconic symbol of Krabi, the Khao Khanap Nam
Regarded as an iconic symbol of Krabi, the Khao Khanap Nam are two mountains that are roughly 100 metres tall which sit on both banks of Maenam Krabi River at the entrance to Krabi city. Located inside the Khao Khanap Nam are several magnificent caves with impressive clusters of stalactites and stalagmites, a mesmerising sight. A large number of skeletons have been found here and legend has it that there were a group of people trying to settle here, only to be killed by a terrible flood. One of the mountains are accessible and provides you with a wonderful view from the top.
Khao Khanap Nam
Address: Pak Nam, Muang Krabi, Krabi 81000 Thailand
Price: free admission to enter
Opening Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily
Access: 15 minutes on long-tailed boat from Chao Fa Pier
Contact: +662250 5500
Website: Khao Khanap Nam
27. Beauty is all around at Thung Teao Forest National Park
With an abundance of beauty in this stunning attraction, one must-see attraction in Krabi is the Thung Teao Forest National Park, home to the beautiful Crystal Lagoon. Apart from the 2.7km trail that provides you with a superb vantage point, the wonderfully warm and clear waters in the Crystal Lagoon are great for soaking yourself in; there is even a small ladder to help you get out when you are done. This stunning eco-tourist spot is also a great spot for keen bird watchers, as it is said that the Pita Gurney bird - once thought to be extinct - have been spotted within the park!
Thung Teao Forest National Park
Address: Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is situated in the Khao Pra-Bang Khram area which is located next to the Bang Teao Village
Price: from 3 USD for children and 6 USD for adults
Opening Hours: open everyday so long the sun is shining
Access: about one hour's drive from Ao Nang
28. Soft-adventure to Ao Luk Mangroves & Caves
Nature lovers would be thrilled to get the chance to explore the three caves in the mangroves - Tham Phi Hua Toh, Tham Lod Neua, and Tham Lod Tai. We recommend you hire a long-tail boat for your cave expedition, so that the caves are easily accessible for exploration. For example, the Tham Lod Tai is a long narrow limestone tunnel with stalactites and stalagmites which is best visited by a long-tail boat at low tide. Apart from that, the Phi Hua To is large cave which was used as a burial site 3,000 years back. The cave also displays some strangely shaped rocks: a dragon's head and a crocodile head, which sounds quite creepy if you ask us.
Ao Luk Mangroves & Caves
Address: 2/2 Moo 2 Tambon Ao Luek Tai, Amphoe Ao Luek, Krabi
Price: free admission for all
Opening Hours: open 24/7, daytime visits are recommended
Access: approximately 40km north of Krabi Town on the road to Phang Nga Town
Contact: +66 7568 1071, +66 7568 2058, +66 2562 0760
Website: Ao Luk Mangroves & Caves
29. Hidden Lagoon: Holy Princess Pool
As dainty and gentle as this hidden lagoon sounds, we are sorry to say that the Holy Princess Pool is the complete opposite of what you think it is. This hidden spot is difficult to reach - and tidal, so ensure that it is at high tide when you start to climb. If you are fit and young, we give you the green light to give it a try, but be sure to dress appropriately as it can get pretty muddy. You will have to climb up muddy slopes then down a rocky ravine. The mud is slippery and there's more scrambling than climbing involved so think twice about it after rain. Once you reach it you will find a pool surrounded by sheer cliffs; some find it beautiful, but most find it a little disappointing after that tiring 45 minutes climb up.
Holy Princess Pool
Address: Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Price: free admission for all
Opening Hours: open 24/7, early morning visits are recommended
30. Coffee at May & Mark's
A classic traveller's spot which has played a large part in Krabi's history of tourism, May & Mark's was opened in 1990 and named after their children. May & Mark used to serve curry and rice, but as the number of foreign visitors started to increase, they have widened their spread of dishes and learnt how to bake bread and cook ‘farang’ food (taught to them by passing-through travellers). Now, there are two branches of May & Mark in Krabi and both serve similar food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ambience is pretty quiet and calm, which proves to be a good spot for chilling. It serves several cuisines, such as French, Italian, Thai, Mexican and Indian - a hearty spread for any foreign traveller.
May & Mark's
Address: Maharaj Soi 2 and Maharaj Soi 8
Price: from 4 USD for an English Breakfast set, and 1 USD for a fruit juice
Opening Hours: 8am - 11pm daily
Contact: +66 (0)75-612562
Website: May & Mark's
There's still so much more to see!
The list of things to do may be long but it is definitely not over, for there is just so much more to discover and see in this small beachside bliss! With beauty overflowing from every corner and the natural and authentic Thai flavour still omnipresent, it's hard to not fall in love with Krabi, this down-to-earth carefree island. The waves might crash and the wind might blow, but the original Krabi flavour stays here forever - waiting for you to visit it again.