Krabi Travel Guide – 8 Things To Do in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi Travel Guide – 8 Things To Do in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi Travel Guide – 8 Things To Do in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is a postcard-worthy region in Thailand, with scenes of limestone karsts rising out of crystal clear oceans, and sandy white beaches that border thick green forests. Spend your days, island hopping with a long tail boat or make longer trips to popular islands Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. However, Krabi isn’t just about beaches. Discover its stunning temples, phenomenal food, and other natural treasures. Here are the best things to do in Krabi, Thailand.

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Things To Do In Krabi

Krabi is a region of Thailand. The main towns to spend your time are Ao Nang and Krabi Town, though Ao Nang is the most popular.

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1. Wat Kaew Korawaram

One of the biggest temples in Krabi, Wat Kaew Korawaram sits within the center of Krabi Town and is a must-see attraction. The white temple features a beautiful staircase that leads in, with ornate carvings and gold dragons. Because of the decoration, during the sunset hours, the temple turns golden, making it look even better.

Tip: Combine visiting the temple with the nearby located Krabi Night Market. 

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things to do krabi Wat Kaew Korawaram

2. Tour: Hong islands

There are numerous daily island tours and one of the best things to do in Krabi is the Hong Islands Tour. Take a traditional long-tail boat to this beautiful group of islands and visit its stunning lagoons, limestone cliffs, and glorious beaches.

things to do krabi hong island

A bonus is that the Hong Islands are far lesser known than Koh Phi Phi. As a result, there are far fewer people.

A great way to visit outside the peak hours is by arranging a private tour via Thalassa Tours. See the tour details here.

things to do krabi koh hong island

3. Tiger cave temple (Wat Tham Sua)

Challenge yourself to climb the 1237 steps that take you up the limestone rock, where you can visit the imposing golden Buddha that sits at the peak. The challenging climb of the Tiger Cave Temple will be rewarded with an incredible 360-degrees view over the valley of Krabi.

best things to do krabi Tiger cave temple

Legend has it that within the limestone caves that are located at the bottom of the rock formation, lived a tiger, which gave the temple its name. Now there are no tigers, but there are plenty of cheeky monkeys, so make sure to keep your belongings close to you at all times. A great time to visit is at sunrise or sunset, to experience the magic colors of the sky set against the gold of the buddha. 

Tip: Make sure that if you’re visiting at sunset you bring a light with you so that you can make your way down safely as it gets dark.

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4. Railay Beach

Railay is a secluded peninsula, which has some of the most stunning strips of coastline in Thailand. It is famed for its incredible limestone karsts that rise out of the emerald green water. As a result, it is one of the most popular areas to visit and can only be visited by boat, giving it an exclusive feel.

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As Railay is so small, crossing by foot from one side to the other just takes 10 minutes. The best parts are Railay Beach and Phra Nang Beach. 

Due to its continual popularity, it is best to visit first thing in the morning, outside of the peak hours. Because Phra Nang Beach is small, it will begin to feel crowded quickly.

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Tip: Buy a drink inside one of the cafes so you don’t have to use a plastic cup.

krabi railay beach cafe

5. Krabi Night Market

The night market in Krabi Town is one of the best in the country! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 PM, the market opens its doors, featuring stalls selling traditional Thai street foods and goods. Get a delicious dinner at one, or multiple, stalls and enjoy it in the center court with live music.

best-things to do krabi night market

The local songtaew buses drive between Krabi and Ao Nang the entire day. A one-way ticket costs 50 Bath and takes about 40 minutes.

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6. Koh Lanta

Of all the Thai Islands, Koh Lanta is less visited and so is generally far more peaceful. Its main draw is its animal-loving nature, with stunning snorkeling spots and the well-known animal welfare center. The center is open from 9 AM-5 PM every day and is home to many stray cats and dogs, who are now being looked after by volunteers.

By visiting and donating, you are helping to support the rehoming and care of these beautiful animals. Koh Lanta is just a 2-hour ferry ride from Krabi.

Things To Do at Koh Lanta, Thailand

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7. Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a popular thing to do in Krabi, due to the endless supply of cliff faces and caves. A great place to start is at Railay Bay, as the natural rock formations and caves make it a perfect playground for both novice and experienced climbers. Spend your morning climbing and cool off in the ocean waters.

➳ Also, read Khao Sok National Park

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8. Koh Lipe 

Koh Lipe might be Thailand’s best-kept secret. The small, but perfectly formed, white-sand beached island is a 7-hour journey from Krabi, so it is recommended to visit for a few days. Spend your days walking along the beaches stretching over the length of the island and enjoying island vibes. Koh Lipe is well worth the trip. 

Paradise Island Koh Lipe, Thailand

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How to get to Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is very well connected by bus, boat or airplane to the major spots in Thailand. It is recommended to book tickets for your travels a bit in advance due to Krabi’s popularity.

Bangkok to Krabi
Get a direct 1.5-hour flight from Bangkok to Krabi. Alternatively, you can take the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, followed by a 2-hour van ride.

Koh Lanta to Krabi
Either hop on a 2-hour ferry from Koh Lanta to Krabi Town or a 2-hour van ride. 

Koh Lipe to Krabi
From Krabi, take a minivan (5 hours) to Pak Bara Pier and a ferry (2 hours) to Koh Lipe. Alternatively, you can take a direct ferry (7 hours) from Krabi Town. ➳ Get tickets here

Krabi Hotels

Krabi has three main areas to stay: Ao Nang, Krabi Town, and Railay. Ao Nang is a developed town heavily focused on tourism, with the best beaches. As such, it is where the majority of good restaurants and hotels are situated. ➳ Find the best hotels in Krabi

Krabi Town has more of a backpacker feel to it, with cheaper accommodation and a lot of great street food on the weekend.

The last one is Railay, where there are no roads and pavements, stunning beaches but where the prices are at its highest. 

Best restaurants in Krabi

Krabi has great places to eat, at any price, category, and cuisine. These are our favorites:

  • Jungle Kitchen (Thai)
  • TAN Cafe (International)
  • KoDam Kitchen (Thai)
  • Ton Ma Yom (Thai)
  • Crazy Gringo’s (Mexican)
  • Krabi Town Night Market (Thai)
  • The Tavern (Italian)

Best time to visit Krabi

The best time to visit Krabi, weather-wise, is between November and March. Expect an average temperature of 28 degrees, no rain, and a comfortable climate. However, if you don’t mind encountering one or two short showers, April to June is perfect in avoiding the tourism peak.

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  • When we were in Krabi, we visited the Railay Beach. It was beautiful but there were just too many people on the beach. How was it with you back then? :)

    • Salt in our Hair

      Yes it did get really crowded in the day. But we took the first boat and for the first hour it was very quiet-which was lovely 🤩

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