There is no place on earth like Krabi, one of Thailand’s tourist jewels. With its jagged karst limestone islands rising from the blue sea, white sandy beaches and exotic temples on land, it is a fascinating place to visit.
The landscape is the main attraction of this corner of southern Thailand. From ancient Buddhist caves and beachfront restaurants to water sports, golf and vibrant nightlife, the coast around Krabi has a bit of everything.
Soak up the tropical sun and the friendly, welcoming people, sample Thai food and explore the beauty of a lovely city.
- Top 5 reasons to visit Krabi
- What to do in Krabi
- When to visit Krabi
- How to get to Krabi
- Where to stay in Krabi
- Getting around Krabi
- Cost of living in Krabi
- Where to eat in Krabi
Top 5 reasons to visit Krabi
Krabi’s calling card is obvious: Karst Limestone, the striking, towering limestone islands that dot the region’s coastline. These islands hide idyllic beaches and some of the best places in the world for rock climbing. Take part in cruises to their most picturesque spots, such as Koh Phi Phi and Koh Poda.
Fabulous white beaches
The islands and coast of Krabi have the softest and purest sands in Southeast Asia. You’ll find places like Railay and its warm waters, quiet neighbourhoods and stunning rock formations, as well as bays like Klong Muang, which offer incredible resort experiences.
Nightlife and restaurants
The coast around the town of Krabi is one of the most exciting holiday destinations in Thailand, especially for its nightlife. Don’t miss out on the eye-catching bars of Koh Phi Phi, the relaxing beach bars of Railay and the nightly DJ events in Ao Nang.
Buddhist temples and shrines
In addition to a destination of spectacular beaches and landscapes, Krabi is also an important Buddhist centre. Throughout Thailand, these temples and shrines are colourful and beautifully decorated.
If you want to enjoy sports activities or get closer to nature, Krabi is an ideal place. Sign up for bungee jumping in Ao Nang, mountain biking at Huay Toh waterfall, elephant rides in the city and a tour of the islands on a fishing boat. The alternatives are many.
What to do in Krabi
Diving in Ao Nang
Tourists love southern Thailand for the unparalleled coastal villages that lie along the perfect literal length of the Andaman Sea. In this area of Krabi you can rent diving equipment and immerse yourself in its wonderful waters. At both Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara Beach, boats are available to transport visitors, either to explore other coastal locations or to travel to one of the picturesque islands on the horizon.
Enjoy West Railay Beach
Only accessible by boat, this exclusive stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches in the world. The dramatic rock outcrops that shoot skyward from the ocean are the most typical postcard image of southern Thailand. To admire them live is an unforgettable experience. Do you want to live an adventure? Explore the Diamond Cave.
Discover the Phi Phi Islands
Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands are another must-see destination for tourists in Thailand, usually on a speedboat ride from the city of Krabi. The two largest islands have world-class beaches and Koh Phi Phi Lee, the smaller of the two, offers less traveled exploration. Maya Bay is particularly impressive, surrounded by limestone cliffs and inaccessible from the sea.
Admire the Tiger Cave Temple
A differential aspect of Krabi is the local devotion. A huge golden Buddha watches over the region from the top of a hill surrounded by vast landscapes. The Tiger Cave Temple is impressive and offers unbeatable panoramic views of the city.
Immerse yourself in Mu Ko Lanta National Park
Krabi province is a natural paradise, both on land and at sea. The Mu Ko Lanta National Park is located on the coast, divided between a number of large islands. It is not easy to find a better place to dive, a very popular activity in this enclave.
When to visit Krabi
Remember that Krabi is a tropical destination, with all that it entails. Try to schedule your visit during the less humid time of the year, which usually lasts from November to March. If you feel like a cultural adventure, visit in April for the Thai New Year. In general, the temperatures are pleasant: between 25 and 34 ºC.
How to get to Krabi
Most visitors to Krabi choose to fly to Bangkok and then take a connecting flight to Krabi Airport (KBV), which is 12 kilometres from the city. When you land, you can take an air-conditioned bus to the main tourist centres (its price is 90 ฿), or take a songthaew (an open-backed taxi) for around 40 ฿. You can also, if you prefer, rent cars from the National company.
Although you can travel by direct train to Krabi, it is also possible to get from Bangkok to nearby Surat Thani for about 600 ฿. From there, you can choose to take a public bus to Krabi for 140 ฿, book a taxi for around 250 ฿ or take another transport service for 200 ฿.
If you choose to rent a car at Krabi airport, the quickest route to the coastal resorts is to drive along Highway 4 northbound for about 5 kilometers. Then turn left towards the coast, and you will start to find the main resorts, such as Ao Nang and Krabi.
Anyone travelling to Krabi by bus from Bangkok can choose between first and second class VIP services. All depart from the South Bus Terminal in the capital. You will pay about 600 ฿ per trip and 120 ฿ from Phuket.
Airports near Krabi
(HKT) Phuket International Airport
(KBV) Krabi International Airport
(URT) Surat Thani
Where to stay in Krabi
Most visitors to Krabi prefer to stay in the lively coastal resorts, which offer luxury hotels within walking distance of the beach. Ao Nang offers perhaps the best selection, such as the Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort and L Resort, but at Railay you will find excellent resorts such as the Railay Bay Resort and Spa from 2340 ฿.
If you want to be near the temples of Krabi Town, there are many comfortable hotels such as Thai Hotel or River Scene. Without a doubt, the most luxurious establishments are distributed along the coast of Ao Nang, available from more than 3900 ฿.
Interesting neighborhoods in Krabi
The city of Krabi is not as beautiful as the nearby resorts, but it compensates for its vitality, cultural attractions, the impressive Wat Kaew Temple and the Temple of the Tiger Cave, located at the top of the mountain.
Ao Nang, a few kilometres from Krabi on the coast, is completely different. Modern and elegant, it has wonderful views of the karst islands, massage services and souvenir shops. It is the ideal starting point for bungee jumping and sailing to the nearby islands, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Phuket.
Railay, a short distance from Ao Nang, is more exclusive, quiet and possibly more beautiful. Its main attraction is the spectacular beaches, such as East Railay and Phra Nang Beach.
Getting around Krabi
By public transport
There is no public transport option in the city of Krabi or the surrounding region, but the bus station is well connected to other places and cities nearby.
The main transportation option for many visitors are open taxis, called songthaew, and conventional taxis, both of which have very reasonable prices. Thus, you can travel to the Tiger Cave Temple by 200 ฿ and travel by 50 ฿ in songthaew from Krabi city to Ao Nang.
Renting a car is another very practical and popular way of getting around in Krabi. You can hire it at the airport with National, Sixt or Budget. Their prices are around 250 ฿ per day.
Cost of living in Krabi
If you want to buy Thai souvenirs, prices in Krabi are lower than in the rest of the country. Visit its shopping malls, such as Tesco Lotus or Big C, and stroll through Vatchara in the city centre.
Groceries and others
If you need to buy basic foods during your stay, try local supermarkets such as Mother Marché in Makro or the Big C shopping centre. A dozen eggs will cost you approximately 50 ฿ and a national beer between 60 and 70 ฿.
Where to eat in Krabi
Seafood and spicy curry specialties are essential in Krabi, which has exceptional places to eat. In Ao Nang, visit The Crab Company and Lae Lay Grill, while Diamond Cave in Railay is ideal for curry massaman and fried squid. The Indian cuisine at Taj Palace or Ruan Thip is excellent.
Eating is usually very cheap, around 200 ฿ for the main course and 500 ฿, maximum, for a three-course meal.
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