Krabi is known for its picturesque landscape and limestone cliffs, the surrouding islands with breathtaking beaches and explore-worthy sea caves. After some eventful days in Bangkok, I made my way to Krabi, which is located in the south of Thailand and not too far away from Phuket. This Thai beach paradise was one of my favorite destinations during my journey in Thailand and I definetly can say that I will revisit this place in the future. This quick guide covers everything you need to know about Krabi!
What to do
There is much more to do in Krabi than just lounging on the white beaches (although there’s nothing wrong with that!). It offers plentiful activities for every type of traveller.
A must-do is visiting some of the beautiful islands around Krabi. Rent a long tail boat or book a tour and head out to Hong Island, Koh Phi Phi or Chicken Island. Relax at isolated bays, snorkel in the turquoise water and explore the scenery.
There is a view point and a lagoon between Rayavadee Pier and Phragnang Cave Beach that needs some steep hiking in order to enjoy the view over the whole area. The Diamond Cave between Railay Beach and the Phragnang Cave Beach is quite impressive, too. It is basically a small cave where formations sparkle like diamonds, hence the name. Occasionally, you can also spot monkeys (especially around Railay Beach) eating their way through the area.
If you’re more the adventurous kind of traveller, then go climbing. Krabi is one of the best destinations in Thailand to climb rock formations at all levels. Another popular activity is kayaking as it is a fun way to explore the incredible caves near the beaches.
At the end of the day treat yourself to an hour-long Thai or oil massage. You will spot numerous massage salons in Ao Nang. There is no better way to end your day!
Where to go
The best beaches that are easy to reach around Krabi are Railay beach and the Phrangnang Cave Beach. If you are not staying at Railay, you can take a longtail boat that departs every couple of minutes from Ao Nang to this remarkable place.
The Phragnang Cave is a short walk away from Railay and is a much smaller beach. The Princess Cave at the end of the beach is dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess. It’s a place where people come to pray for fertility and prosperity.
Quick Tip: Ask locals at what time the tides occur, so that you can enjoy the beach to the fullest!
Where to eat
The place where you could find me literally every single day for dinner was the street food market in Ao Nang. I’m obsessed with Thai street food! They had a great choice of everything: From delicious Pad Thai, to fried chicken and shrimp, to refreshing smoothies, fresh fruits and yummy pancakes. My favorites: Pad Thai and Papaya Salad!
Where to stay
There are basically two options: Krabi Town and Ao Nang. Krabi Town is a lively city with night markets and cheap accommodation. If you are not keen to be at the beach each day, then this should be your choice. I stayed in the area of Ao Nang, which is, in my opinion, the ideal starting point to explore Krabi. It is right at the beach and just a quick longtail boat ride away from the beautiful beach Railay (my favorite beach!). In addition, Ao Nang has a great selection of resturants, bars and street food stalls.
If you’re looking for a luxurious property, I would recommend you to stay in the Holiday Inn Resort in Ao Nang. This hotel offers idyllic and lush scenery, great scenery and is the perfect place to relax.
A good-value budget alternative is the Morning Minihouse in Ao Nang that has opened recently. It’s a modern and minimalistic hotel with the most genuine owners. It offers all necessities including Wifi and breakfast.
How to get there
Krabi is located in the south of Thailand and a three hours drive away from Phuket. Getting to Krabi is quite easy and you have several options to arrive there: by air, bus or boat. I flew from Bangkok directly to Krabi Airport, which takes about one and half hours. However, you can also take a bus from almost any city or enjoy your journey on the water from Koh Phi Phi and a few other places.
Over to you! Do you have any recommendations and tips for Krabi?