Krabi province certainly doesn’t have a shortage of things to do, whether you prefer to laze around on the many perfect beaches, you’re more fond of physical activities or you simply wish to take as many pictures as you can in spots that will be sure to make your Instagram followers jealous. Krabi has it all, and no matter what your preference you’ll definitely find something to suit your taste.
But below I’ve listed what I believe to be the top 10 things to do while you stay here in Krabi.
1. Visit Railay Peninsula
Of course. Railay Peninsula will feature on almost any list you find about Krabi province, and is also the subject of masses of postcards. Railay is unique, it’s a landscape you’re unlikely to find anywhere else on earth with an atmosphere that compliments the surroundings in such a way that you’ll wish you never had to leave. Only accessible via boat, you are given a feeling of timelessness and euphoria, but of course you can do more than just relax here, you can visit the many restaurants and reggae bars, you can hire a canoe and explore the cave system, you can visit one the viewpoints to get that perfect photo you’ve been searching for or you can try your hand at climbing the towering limestone cliffs. What ever your reason for visiting, don’t leave Krabi without first seeing this wonderful landscape.
2. Climb the steps at Tiger Temple (Wat Tham Sua)
Although the climb isn’t easy, and you’re bound to be covered in sweat once you reach the top, it’s more than worth it for the panoramic views you will find. There’s many opportunities to take short breaks on the way up, and as long as you have water with you then it shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. Once you reach the summit you will be greeted by a golden Buddha and 360 degree views of Krabi, this is by far one of the best places to truly appreciate the Krabi landscape and you will be glad you didn’t give up on the climb – don’t worry, the way down is far easier.
3. Experience the views at Dragon Crest Mountain (Khao Ngon Nak)
Again another spot to take in the breath-taking mountainous scenery of Krabi, although this is more of a steady walk, rather than the steep steps you find at Tiger Cave Temple. There’s two viewpoints here and a waterfall along the way, however, it’s the top viewpoint that really gives you the best experience. The climb up is doable for almost anyone, just ensure you wear comfortable shoes and insect repellent. Once you reach the peak viewpoint you’ll see why so many visit this place, the photo will surely bring the compliments flooding in on social media.
4. Go on a Four Islands Tour
The Four Islands Tour is one of the most popular trips for visitors of Krabi and there are many operators of this service. The tour usually stops at Koh Poda, Koh Gai (Chicken Island), Koh Tub and Koh Mor, giving you enough time at each to swim or snorkel, or just relax on the beaches if that’s what you prefer. The tour usually takes around 6 hours so prepare for a full day, in my experience water is also provided complimentary.
Everyone loves a day out on the water so ensure you embark on this experience during your visit.
5. Watch the sunset/sunrise at Nong Thale Lake
Nong Thale Lake is beautiful at any time of day, but if you really want an unforgettable experience then it is best to witness it in all it’s glory and either sunrise or sunset when the array of colours light up the sky and reflex upon the water. You’ll be left feeling as if you’re starring in Hollywood movie with this setting, and I’m sure you will agree with me when I say there’s not many better places for the perfect wedding photos.
6. Visit Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is a large island (approx. 27km) in the South of Krabi province. It’s relatively quiet compared Ao Nang or Krabi Town, it has long beaches, tree covered mountains, quiet roads, and beautiful sunsets. You have your fair share of restaurants and bars here, however it hosts more of a laid-back atmosphere. The reason I’ve included Koh Lanta on this list is due to the bioluminescent plankton which can be found in the waters surrounding many of the beaches, this natural phenomena is a wonder in itself let alone the beautiful surroundings you’ll find yourself in.
7. Kayaking around the mangroves
There are a number of places within Krabi to undertake this activity, all of which are worthwhile. Most won’t consume an awful lot of time, however this is entirely dependant on how long you wish to take – you simply rent the kayak for a small free and you’re on your way. I highly recommend this activity as not only are you in full control and can explore as you please while in beautiful surroundings but it’s always a nice feeling to be immersed in nature isn’t it?
8. Visit Koh Phi Phi
Visiting Koh Phi Phi was probably already on your list anyway wasn’t it? Of course I had to include anyway, Koh Phi Phi is paradise, although Maya Bay remains closed (potentially permanently) and the islands are now more populated but that doesn’t change the fact that Koh Phi Phi is still one of the most beautiful places in the world, let alone Thailand. Whether you’re just visiting for the photographs or you wish to immerse yourself in the nightlife, Koh Phi Phi just shouldn’t be missed – you will only regret it!
9. Spend an evening at one of the night markets
Krabi has many night markets for you to visit, however I would recommend the Noppharathara beach night market in Ao Nang, I just found it had the best variety and atmosphere. Whether you’ve been to a night market before or not, they’re always good fun. Experience the locals indulging their usual evening activities, taste the many varieties of street food on offer, have a few drinks or watch the live band – what ever you wish to do, I believe a night market should be experienced at least once.
10. Rent a motorbike and explore
I can’t recommend this enough, although some of you may not wish to hop on a motorbike, you can rent a car, however it’s far more expensive and you won’t have that feeling of the wind hitting your face. Krabi has such a beautiful landscape and I’ve found the best way to appreciate it is to just explore myself, travelling along the long winding roads with your senses going wild. You’re bound to come across a hidden gem at some point, there’s so many locations that are still relatively unheard of.