Located on the west coast South of Thailand, Krabi is one of the more popular destinations in the country thanks to its proximity to the famous Phi Phi Islands. If you’re looking for powdery soft white sand, turquoise warm waters, and adventure, this is the right place indeed.
But don’t just come here to soak under the sun or enjoy a beer at sunset. Krabi, Thailand has more to offer than that. Just take a look at the other things you could be enjoying on your next tropical getaway.
1. Walk through Krabi Town
Take in your surroundings as you walk through the old-world charm of Krabi Town. This town might be receiving hordes of tourists, but it hasn’t changed much in years. Start here to get in touch with locals and get a feel of authentic Thailand living.
Get your breakfast at a small cafe, maybe chat with fishermen by the docks, or check out the beautiful Wat Kaew Temple. Love shopping? This town has got that covered, too. By day, there are plenty of stalls selling fragrant flowers, trinkets, and fresh fruits.
Then eat to your heart’s delight at their Night Market; let your taste buds discover spicy green papaya salad, grilled snapper, wok-fried noodles, and more.
2. Relax at Klong Thom Hot Springs
If you had been planning a trip to the legendary Emerald Pool at Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, then why not swing by this natural hot springs, too?
These thermal springs feature warm healing waters that go up to 42° to 43° Celsius. Enclosed by natural green vegetation, it’s the best spot to lose your worries. There are cooler pools too, so you can definitely alternate between the two and feel the difference!
Even if you don’t fancy a dip, you can still hike here to simply be in the company of nature. Pack some food and be in for a fun picnic!
3. Kayak through Ao Thalane Canyons
Kayaking is a fun yet laid-back activity anyone can enjoy. From friends, families, to couples, kayaking in the quiet village of Ao Thalane and its network of canals amid thick mangroves is highly recommended. Sit back on your sturdy kayak, and paddle gently through narrow canyons and mangrove forests. Be sure to keep an eye out for crab-eating macaques or monitor lizards!
Depending on your itinerary, you can end the kayaking tour with a dip at the lesser known mineral pools of Tha Pom Klong Song Nam, or with a BBQ dinner at the small beach of Laem Jaa Mook Kway. Go in the late afternoon so you can catch that famous Thai sunset!
4. Climb Up Wat Tham Sua
A trip to Thailand just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of their hundreds of sacred temples. One of the more interesting ones is in Krabi: the Tiger Cave Temple. More commonly known as Wat Tham Sua, it is said that it got its name from a tiger that used to live there.
This temple sits high above thick jungles and hundred-year-old trees, embraced by mountains on all sides. Feel free to explore the smaller cave complexes, where many monks still dwell today to study the Buddhism teaching of Vipassana. Then climb up the 1,237 steps and be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the azure Andaman Sea.
5. Visit Phi Phi Islands
If you’ve ever fancied yourself going on an exotic once-in-a-lifetime vacation just like Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2000 movie, The Beach, then you should definitely go to Phi Phi Islands. Consisting of six islands, the most visited are Phi Phi Leh (thanks to the movie) and Phi Phi Don (with secluded white sand beaches).
So plan your tour, get a boat – or rent a yacht! – and bring your environmentally-safe sun tan lotion. You’re going to need it for all the swimming and snorkelling that you’ll be doing.
6. White Water Rafting at Songprak River
A fairly new activity, you can’t miss this if you’re an adrenaline junkie! Paddle your way through class II to IV rapids along the mighty Songprak River flowing through verdant forests. But don’t worry – you will be guided by professionals who will make sure you get out of this adventure safe and well.
Depending on the tour you’ve booked, you may also have the option of an off-road ATV ride after that heart-pumping action!
7. Rock Climbing at Ton Sai Bay
Sometimes referred to as the climbing Mecca of South East Asia, Ton Sai Bay is flocked by international climbers all year round. Even if you’re a solo climber, you can easily find a partner here, especially during high season (November to March).
With small bars and eateries, white-sand beach, warm waters, and gorgeous views, it’s definitely every climber’s paradise. All you need is a guide plus your gear, and you’re ready to scale stalactites and tufa with other adrenalin junkies.
8. Chill at Railay Beach
When all is said and done, head on over to Railay Beach to simply chill. For those who want to squeeze a few extra hours to enjoy their Thailand trip, this is one of the best final stops. Visit the Tham Phra Nang shrine, possibly dine at Mama’s Chicken one last time, or check out the Viewpoint for breathtaking vistas.
Grab a cold beer, maybe a friend or two, and just sit back to watch the awe-inspiring golden Thai sunset by the beach.