The capital of the province with the same name, Krabi is your gateway to a paradise island holiday. But wait, there’s more! Besides the main draw of sun, sea and sand, Krabi has also earned the reputation of being a top-notch destination amongst tourists for its wonderful national parks, cave monasteries, temples, sacred archaeology and world-class rock-climbing terrains.
Best of Krabi
1. Beach-hopping around Ao Nang, Railay and Phra Nang
Clear waters coupled with soft fine sand, Krabi’s beaches guarantee a day of sheer fun in the sun. Ao Nang is the most convenient and centrally located but a short drive out is the less touristy Nopparat Beach, where the sands stretch out to an island reachable during low tide. Hop on a longtail boat to the nearby beaches of Railay and Phra Nang, where even more fun on the beach awaits!
2. Khao Khanab Nam
The journey to Khao Khanab Nam is an experience on its own. A longtail boat via Krabi River will lead to two limestone peaks, Krabi’s natural landmarks that open up to a cave boasting magnificent stalagmites and stalactites.
3. Crystal Lagoon
Have a fun day of dipping and splashing around at Sa-Morakot, a natural pool of crystal clear waters. The colour of the water changes according to the temperature of its surroundings — greenish-blue when hot and pale green when cold!
4. Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua)
The sprawling complex comprises a main temple, a pagoda built in honour the Goddess of Mercy, a library, and quaint little shops. If you have the stamina, climb the 1,237 steps leading to Khao Kaeo Peak where you’ll be greeted by amazing 360-degree views of the town, shore and islands in the distance, a replica of Buddha’s footprint, the Pagoda of the Holy Relic, and a magnificent statue of Lord Buddha.
5. Koh Klang
Enjoy the simple life of southern Thailand with a visit to the charming village island of Koh Klang. A tuk tuk ride is the best way to see and experience the colourful wooden houses, blooming paddy fields, smiling local kids and endless greenery.
6. Krabi Night Market
Authentic traditional style Thai fare can be found at dozens of stalls lined up at this bustling night market. From pesticide-free produces to delicious local snacks and noodles, this is definitely a food haven that comes with very cheap prices.
7. Tom Kha Gai
A classic soup synonymous with southern Thailand, the beauty of Tom Kha Gai lies on the wonderful fusion of coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal, herbs and of course, chicken breast chunks.
Koh Phi Phi
Made famous by movie ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Koh Phi Phi’s allure lies in its perfect confluence of beautiful shores and vibrant night life. While the sun is up, sun-kissed beaches and cooling sea breezes call for a glass of pina colada under the palm trees. Come nightfall, prepare to party with beach lovers whilst watching nightly fire performers brighten up the atmosphere.
Perfect for families and those seeking a tranquil island holiday away from over-commercialism. Koh Lanta packs a punch of quiet charm by its own, with attractions such as the lush greenery of Mu Koh Lanta National Park, Koh Lanta’s stunning beaches, and Koh Lanta Old Town where Chinese, Muslim and sea gypsy elements co-exist harmoniously.