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15 Best Things to do in Krabi Thailand in 2024

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By         : RJ Fisher
Last update: January 2024

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Things to do in Krabi Thailand

Krabi is a province in the South of Thailand. The provincial capital is also named Krabi and the river that runs through it is named Krabi as well. Confused much?

There aren’t many destinations in South East Asia that can top Krabi Thailand. Call it presumptuous, but that doesn’t make it less true. Krabi has everything from white sand beaches to turquoise seas and incredible scenery. There’s also ample nature, great nightlife and easy access to some of the most beautiful tropical Islands. The list goes on.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Krabi Thailand as a destination is popular with package tours travelers and independent travelers alike. Above all, Krabi is versatile and caters to any type of traveler’s need. Here’s my list of 15 fun things to do in Krabi Thailand.

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Krabi Town – Things to do in Krabi Thailand

1. Khao Khanab Nam Rocks and Caves

2hr activity

The riverfront along the Pak Nam Krabi river certainly makes for an enjoyable stroll. Catch the river breeze and explore the mangroves. There’s even a 600m (1.1) elevated walkway through the mangroves with easy access from Krabi town.

Khao Khanab Nam rocks is one of the things to do in Krabi Thailand
Khao Khanab Nam twin rocks

Towering 100m high above the river, two massive limestone rocks that go by the name Khao Khanab Nam are visible from the river front. For a close up look you can charter a boat at the (1.2) Chao Fah Park pier where boatmen will approach you.

It’s a 10 min boat ride to reach the caves under the rocks. While the caves are interesting enough, the boat ride can be rather expensive. A boat is rented for a fixed price of THB300, regardless of the amount of people, so the trick is to find a group to share the cost. Cave admission is THB30 p/p.

Things to do in Krabi Thailand - Khao Khanab Nam cave
Excavating the famous Krabi giant in the Khao Khanab Nam cave

It’s possible to combine your Khao Khanab Nam trip with a visit to Koh Klang (see “things to do in Krabi Thailand” activity #2 below), since you’re paying for the boat already. The extra boat fee is a mere THB100, so in total THB400 if you visit both sites.

2. Koh Klang

Anywhere between a 2 hour and multiple day activity

If you’re wondering what to do in Krabi to to escape the hustle and bustle that is Krabi Town, then give Koh Klang a go. It’s a car free, Thai Muslim community Island in the Krabi river, just 5 minutes Southeast of Krabi town. Although within earshot from hedonistic icons such as Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi, rural Koh Klang still manages to preserve its traditional Thai Muslim culture. It’s a completely different world, where you can experience authentic Southern village life at its best with only a handful of tourists around.

As said, there a no cars, but once off the boat you can charter a motorized rickshaw to take you around. Going rate seems to be about THB200 for the first hour. Your driver will know the best artisanal places to visit, such as wood carvers, fishing farms, fabric painters and bee keepers. If you need your driver for a longer period, then “bargain” is the magic word.

There’s one resort on the Island, but you can also opt for an authentic homestay. Just ask around in one of the many seafood restaurants where the boats dock. People are so personable there that they will certainly help you find a good homestay.

Rice field workers - Things to do in Krabi
Koh Klang community working in the rice fields

Make sure to dress modestly with covered shoulders and knees as Koh Klang is a Muslim community. You can get to Koh Klang by jumping on one of the long tail ferries at the Chao Fah Park Pier. Expect a price anywhere between THB10 and THB80 depending on how full (or empty) the boat is.

Khao Khanab Nam and Koh Klang tour

Are you staying outside of Krabi Town, but you want to visit the twin rocks and Ko Klang? Why not, unburden yourself and join a tour. No transport hassle, but pick-up from your hotel to the pier in Krabi town where your boat awaits. See the mangrove forest, the rocks and the prehistoric cave.

Onward to Ko Klang to witness traditional Southern Thai life. Take part in rice drip (irrigation) making, boat head modeling, batik painting, rubber cutting and more. These workshops are not meant to sell you stuff, just to have good clean fun and lunch at the famous Baan Mah Ying seafood restaurant.

Book your Khao Khanab Nam and Koh Klang tour here.

3. Andaman Art Museum & Cultural Center

2 hour activity

This museum will surprise you. I certainly didn’t expect such a wonderful display of Thai contemporary art in Krabi. Paintings, carvings and many other fascinating art works by (Southern) Thai artists can be found in the Art Museum section.

Another part of the cultural center houses the Klong Thom Beads Museum. The history and special significance of the “Klong Thom” beads in Krabi society is explained in this museum, along with displays of ancient and colorful examples.

The Andaman Art Museum & Cultural Center is well worth a visit for those willing to look beyond beach and sunshine. Admission fee is a steep THB200 (it used to be free), but well worth it.

Art statue in front of the Andaman art center - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Andaman art museum & Cultural center

4. Wat Kaew Korawaram

1 to 2 hour activity

Wat Kaew Korawaram is situated near the city center, perched on top of a small hill. It’s the largest and most important Buddhist temple in the town of Krabi. The white colored temple with an unusual blue tiled roof is quite beautiful and peaceful. A gold painted naga stairway leads up to the main temple and is definitely an instagrammer’s dream. Once inside, mural paintings depict the life of Buddha from birth to enlightenment in 7 steps.

The temple is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Entrance is free.

Wat Kaew Korawaram temple - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Wat Kaew Korawaram

5. Markets

2 hour to a half day activity

Markets are a thing in Thailand and Krabi is no exception. Always lively and full of local charm, the markets are good to spend a few interesting hours. Of course you’ll find the unavoidable t-shirts, souvenirs, trinkets and rattletraps. My favorite part however, is always the wet market.

Multi colored vegetables and fruits stacked 3 feet high. Fish, fresh and straight from the sea, as well as baskets brimming with pungently smelling sun dried exemplars. Plucked poultry, still complete with their head and feet, displayed in a row like a bunch of beat and worn out dancers. Gory cuts of meat and even half pigs, hanging from a hook with a strategically placed bowl underneath to catch the excess blood and other secretions.

All of your senses are challenged to the max, but it’s authentic and real. In the end, isn’t that exactly what we want out of travel?

Poultry stall at the Maharaj market in Krabi Thailand
Maharaj fresh market in Krabi, Thailand

Fresh Markets

  • Maharaj Market (5.1) at Maharaj road, soi 7 is probably the most authentic and most popular market. All kinds of fresh produce, some of which I’m sure you have never seen before. Come early, for a local authentic breakfast and most vendors are out of there by 11am anyway. Best time to visit is probably between 7am-8am. By 10am the market starts to empty to finally close at 12pm. Be forewarned though, the pungent smells and uncensored sights of bloody meat cuts might put you off breakfast altogether.

  • Continue your market adventures at the City Market (5.2) just off Maharaj soi 10. Fresh fruits, tropical smoothies and the best Thai curries this side of the Mississippi. It opens at 10am, but things don’t really get going until 4pm. Closing time is around 9pm.

Market food stall at the Krabi Market - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Market Food Stall

Night Markets

  • Next! Yes, you can keep on going. Head for the Chao Fah Night Market (5.3) at the Chao Fah pier. This is a local street food market that features delicious barbecued seafood and meats. The market starts at 5pm when the day starts to cool down and continues until late at night.

  • And of course there’s the inevitable night market or “Krabi Walking Street” (5.4) at Maharaj soi 8, this is Thailand after all. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening the market draws a crowd from as far as Ao Nang. T-shirt and souvenir stands, comfort street food and beer bars all make this “Chiang Mai Night Markt lookalike” into an entertaining must-visit attraction.

Krabi Province – Things to do in Krabi Thailand

6. Ao Nang Night Life

Half day/night activity

Ao Nang is a package tour beach destination on the mainland in Krabi province. As a result there are abundant restaurants and bars that are all well visited. Not quite the notorious and rowdy party scene like on Koh Phi Phi or Patong on Phuket, but nevertheless, night crawlers will not be bored here.

Ao Nang Center Point (6.1) is a multi-story entertainment complex good for drinking and late night dining. Conveniently close to several night markets for pre- or after shopping. The Smile bar is most popular with Ao Nang party-goers. Be aware that the 2nd and 3rd storey feature some of the notorious Krabi go-go bars. Maybe best to not bring your in-laws here.

Center Point entertainment venue in Ao Nang - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Ao Nang Center Point
Soi RCA entertainment venue in Ao Nang - Things to do in Krabi Thailand

Soi RCA (6.2) is more or less the smaller equivalent of the sois at Bangla road in Patong and Soi Cowboy in Bangkok. Numerous girlie bars at RCA as well, but on a much smaller scale, as is the level of raunchiness. I would say that RCA is a perfectly good place to have a few drinks and laughs with the locals. The overlapping music from the different bars can be eardrum ripping loud, but the atmosphere is lively and friendly.

For music, drinks and dance, try these two bars: Boogie Bar (6.3), live bands playing pop rock every night, great food as well. Tribe Beach Bar (6.4) has a dj playing techno music after 7pm.

7. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

Half day to multiple days activity

One of my personal favorite things to do in Krabi Thailand is to explore the beautiful nature. A mere 30km North of Krabi town, the Khao Phanom Bench National Park with the 1350m high namesake peak will satisfy your every nature desire. For starters there’s the Huay To waterfall (7.1), cascading down 11-tiers with some of them over 80m high. It’s situated just a few hundred meters from the park’s visitor center, but such a wonderful short hike!

Most tiers have natural pools and provide an excellent opportunity to cool down from the Thai heat. However, getting up there requires hard work. The first few tiers are easy, so at least everyone gets to swim. After that, climbing up becomes more difficult by each tier. Most people make it to tier three so the higher you get the better your chances to swim without any other people around.

The Huay To waterfall is truly gorgeous. No photo can do it justice, since it’s impossible to get more than a few cascades in one shot. Come and see it for yourself, I do recommend.

View of Huay To waterfall in Krabi Thailand
Huay To waterfall in Krabi Thailand


Another attraction of the National Park is Khao Pheung (7.2), a large cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. To get to the cave requires a 2km (easy) hike from the visitor center. Although not mandatory, it’s advisable to make use of a guide.

The visitor center is also the starting point for several circular trails in the park. Some of the trails involve mild climbing, but they are never long, as the whole park is only 50kmsq. Don’t underestimate it though, you can still get lost. Always let someone know that you’re hiking in the park and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Visit the park on a day trip or stay the night in a tent on the camping grounds. Air-conditioned or fan bungalows are also available. The park opens every day from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Entrance fee is THB100 for adults and THB50 for children. If you arrive by car/scooter they will charge you another THB30/20 for the parking.

Go to the park’s website for more info about accommodation rates and trail maps.

Khao Phanom Bencha - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

8. Dragon Crest Mountain Viewpoint

Half day activity including transport

Another highlight of things to do in Krabi Thailand is situated just North of Tub Kaek beach. Look for the entrance to Hang Nak Hill. An uphill trail leads to two viewpoints and a waterfall. Entrance is free, but you have to register with the rangers since they would like to keep track of who is up there.

The trail goes uphill for just under 4km and most hikers take a little over an hour to reach it. At the peak there are multiple viewpoints, including an incredible overhanging platform with photo opportunities that will blow the roof off your instagram.

Either drive up to the entrance at Tub Kaek with a rental motorbike or charter a tuk-tuk. The latter will probably cost you an arm and a leg. After you come down from the hill don’t leave just yet. Collect your well deserved reward by taking a refreshing dip in the ocean at the stunning Tub Kaek beach.

Dragon Crest viewpoint - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Dragon Crest viewpoint

From time to time they close the last bit of route to the platform for safety reasons, but plenty of photographers risk life and limbs to get up there anyway. I’m not advocating that, please be careful!

9. Wat Tham Seua – Tiger cave temple

3 hours to half day activity including transport

No tigers anymore, but the cave temple now holds a shrine with a stone tiger paw. Also on the lower level a beautiful Chinese pagoda is situated. The higher levels on top of the hill boast incredible views of green mountains and a blue sea, a golden chedi, a giant golden Buddha and….Buddha’s footprint!

Wat Tham Seua - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Wat Tham Seua top levelphotocredit

Wat Tham Seua is a cultural highlight and definitely one of the must things to do in Krabi Thailand. To reach the top you’ll have to conquer a challenging 1260 steps up and dodge the monkey troop. Also, don’t forget that this is a temple, so you should cover your shoulders and knees.

You can get to the temple by rented motorbike or chartered tuk-tuk. I’m not sure about the tuk-tuk fare, but the temple is only 8km from Krabi town. Admission to the tiger cave temple is free, but donations are welcome.

Tiger cave temple - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Main hall of the tiger cave

Day Trip!

Visit the Tiger Cave Temple, swim in the Emerald Pool, see the Blue Lagoon and bathe in the Hot Springs on a fantastic day trip! Including pick-up from your accommodation in Ao Nang with an air-conditioned vehicle. Book now, pay later!

10. Krabi 4 Islands

Half day activity

The Iconic Krabi 4 Islands tour. A traditional longtail boat takes you to Tub Island (10.1), Chicken Island (10.2), Poda Island (10.3) and Mor Island (10.4). Each of the Islands has its own specific attraction, but sunbathing/swimming/snorkeling is the common denominator of this tour.

Some tours also make a stop at the Phra Nang Cave Beach (10.5), which technically is on a peninsula, preventing operators from naming the tour “5 Islands tour”, duh.

You won’t be alone, as this is a popular tour, and so it should be, because despite the crowds, the tour nevertheless offers beautiful sights and lot’s of fun.

Poda Island - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Poda Island

Krabi 4 Islands Tour

Join the Nr. 1 tour in Krabi Thailand and see for yourself what the hype is about. Board a traditional longtail boat on your way to white powder beaches. Snorkel in crystal clear waters with abundant marine life and visit the famous Phra Nang beach cave on Railay beach. Pickup from your accommodation and a boxed lunch are included. This is an experience that you will remember long after. Book now, pay later

11. Rock climbing at Railay

Half day to whole day activity

Railay is a Peninsula near Ao Nang. Steep hills and dense jungle prevent Railay from being accessible by land, so boat transport is the only way to go. It’s that same difficult access that ensures that Railay has remained tranquil and serene. Ah well, traffic wise that is. In the tourism department, some party of Railay can be anything but tranquil, although it’s nothing like nearby Ao Nang.

4 gorgeous beaches and the natural beauty of Railay ensure a steady flow of visitors. One of the main things to do is adventurous rock climbing. Beginner and professional rock climbers alike will find challenging rock climbing routes among the impressive and steep limestone cliffs at Railay.

Unless you are very experienced it’s never a good idea to go climbing by yourself. Instead, find one of the many professional outfits that offer supervised climbing on secured routes with quality equipment.

Rock climbing at Railay
Rock climbing at Railay

Krabi: Rock Climbing Tour at Railay Beach

Experience the thrill of rock climbing in Krabi. Enjoy an introduction to climbing, caving, and abseiling from a viewpoint over Railay Beach with an English speaking instructor. Pickup from your Ao Nang accommodation included. Book now, pay later.

12. Kayaking at Ao Thalane

Half day activity

Similar to Railay, which is known for the world class rock climbing, Ao Thalane to the North of Tub Kaek has the reputation for adventurous sea kayaking. This area in Krabi Thailand is still undeveloped and boasts spectacular scenery. Explore the limestone sea canyons and a network of canals through the mangroves. Be careful though, don’t go in without a guide. You could get lost in the maze and with the changing of the tides you could get stuck in the mangroves.

The unique and vulnerable eco-system is still untouched and the absolute serenity of the area really made me feel one with nature. Fortunately most kayak operators at Ao Thalane understand the importance of sustainability and run their operations accordingly.

Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Thai longtail boat
Kayaking at Ao Thalane - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Kayaking at Ao Thalane

Krabi: Kayak tour at Ao Thalane

Explore the beautiful Krabi landscapes, without damaging the environment. Observe wildlife in its natural habitat, and keep an eye out for native birds and monkeys. Discover the diverse ecosystem far away from the crowds.

Choose between a morning tour or an evening tour and start with an introductory training session. Then, kayak through the different coastal zones, and pass through mangrove forests, canyons, caves and lagoons. Book now, pay later!

Beaches – Things to do in Krabi Thailand

I know, you’re here for the beaches. While the Islands around Krabi boast some of the best beaches that Thailand has to offer, don’t be too quick to dismiss the mainland beaches just yet. There are plenty in Krabi and most of them are also quite the find.

Ao Nang Beach (13.1)

The mother of all Krabi mainland beaches. To be completely honest, it’s not the best in Krabi Thailand, because some parts can be rather dirty and crowded in high season. However, Ao Nang sunsets are spectacular and then again the beach stretches out for 3 kilometers in total so you’ll always find a nice spot. Especially the Western side behind the Krabi Resort tends to see less crowds. Also, you have the notorious nightlife and shopping at your feet, which all make Ao Nang a good choice to spend your beach time.

Ao nang sunset - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Ao Nang sunsets are spectacular

Because of the fierce competition, Ao Nang is where the best accommodation deals can be found. Like the mid range Hula Hula Resort, perfectly situated in a quiet part of Ao Nang, though close enough to all amenities with the beach is just a 15min stroll away. For your convenience the resort also offers a free shuttle service.

Hula Hula Resort - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Hula Hula Resort in Krabi Thailand

Railay Beach (11)

Similar to Ao Nang, Railay is a destination in itself. This small peninsula is nothing short of spectacular. The land side is bordered by jungle and impressive limestone rocks, making Railay only accessible by boat. Four stunning beaches await you:

Railay Beach - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Railay Phra Nang Beach

1. Tonsai Beach, which is rather subdued and still manages to hold on to its hippie atmosphere.

2. Railay West, the beach with the larger resorts, but still utterly incredible. Fine dining at “the Grotto restaurant” and plenty of secluded spots on the beach for your towel.

3. Railay Beach East, surrounded by lush green and mangrove. Maybe not perfect for swimming, as it’s rather shallow and low tide displaces the shoreline by quite a bit. Nevertheless, it has great atmosphere with plenty of affordable accommodations, restaurants and cozy bars.

4. Phra Nang Beach, the picture perfect white sand, turquoise sea, limestone cliff beach. Also famous for the “Princess Cave” with a fertility shrine displaying hundreds of wooden phallus symbols.

West and East Railay are connected by a “Walking Street” with numerous restaurants and bars. This street is really buzzing after dark. The other beaches require short jungle hikes or a boat ride. Next to beach bumming and beach night life, rock climbing is the main activity on Railay. recommends

If you would like to stay close to the beach, how about mid range Tonsai Bay Resort? This is a real value for money accommodation that is also right smack on a secluded beach of the Railay peninsula.

Tonsai Bay Resort - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Tonsai Bay Resort in Krabi Thailand

Is it luxury that you seek? The Rayavadee on Railay West beach will fulfill all your luxury wishes. Relax to the max in this atmospheric resort. From the breakfast to the swimming pool, the staff, the beds, the room and the environment, it’s all fantastic.

The Rayavadee - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
The Rayavadee in Krabi Thailand

Ao Nopparat Thara Beach (13.2)

Right next to Ao Nang beach, but without the crowds. The beach is quiet and laid back with plenty of shade from casuarina trees. You won’t be completely alone as it’s so close to Ao Nang and sometimes boat tours anchor here to unload sunbathers. However, for the most time Ao Nopparat Thara is very peaceful and has room enough to never be closer than 25 meters from the next beach towel. At low tide you can walk from the beach to a couple of small Islands.

Nopparat Thara Beach in Krabi Thailand
Nopparat Thara Beach in Krabi Thailand

Klong Muang Beach (13.3)

This is where it starts to get more interesting. Situated 10km West of Nopparat Thara, this is a low key beach and for the life of me, I have no idea why. It’s a picture perfect beach near to some of the busiest tourist hubs of Thailand! But ok, don’t ask questions, just enjoy. A few large resorts that pretty much keep to themselves. No shopping and no rowdy nightlife here. Instead, expect modest facilities and tranquility for miles on end..

Klong Muang - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
I hope I’m not boring you with all the beach photos

Tub Kaek Beach (13.4)

Yes, now we’re talking! Tub Kaek is one of those gorgeous beaches with stunning views that earned Krabi its name as a top beach destination. About 8km North of Klong Muang this beach is quiet, but not remote. There are a few upscale resorts, as well as a few independent bars and restaurants. The views from the beach towards the small limestone Islands in an emerald sea are nothing short of fantastic.

Tub Kaek beach - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Tub Kaek beachphotocredit:

For absolute luxury you might want to try out The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort on Tub Kaek beach. Truth be told, I haven’t had the pleasure of staying here, because of budget reasons, but this resort is among the best and most luxurious in the whole of Krabi Thailand.

The Tubkaak -Things to do in Krabi Thailand
The Tubkaak in Krabi Thailand

Had Yao – Long Beach (13.5)

There’s just no end to the beautiful beaches in Krabi. Had Yao, to the South East of Krabi town is next on our list. There are no major developments here yet, which makes it the perfect getaway for tranquility seeking beach lovers. Contrary to most other Krabi beaches, Had Yao lacks the spectacular limestone formations, but makes up for it with pristine mangrove forest and a peek into traditional local life. Two Muslim fishing villages are located at either side of Had Yao.

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Beyond Krabi – Things to do in Krabi Thailand

There’s enough to see and do in Krabi to keep you busy for quite a while and you probably won’t feel the need to go beyond. However, you are so close to some of Thailand’s other wonders it would be a shame to not take a peek.

14. Phang Nga Bay

Whole day activity

Visiting Phang Nga Bay was a dream. Thinking back I’m still in awe by the overwhelming beauty of it. Seeing the green clad, sharp pointed limestone formations popping out of the turquoise waters was everything I hoped it would be.

If ever you get the chance you shouldn’t hesitate as Phang Nga Bay is an absolute must-see, go for it!

Phang Nga Bay - Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Phang Nga Bay – need we say more?

Visit Phang Nga Bay from Krabi

Although it’s a long day it’s possible to visit Phang Nga Bay from Krabi on a day trip by fast speedboat. Includes pick-up and drop off from your place of stay in Krabi Thailand. You will see several caves, the famous James Bond Island and the full grandeur of Phang Nga. Canoeing on Koh Hong is also on the itinerary, as is lunch and exploration of the stilted fishing village on Koh Pan Yee. Book your Phang Nga tour now and pay later.

15. Islands

Whole day to multiple days activity

Krabi is a main jump off point for some of the most beautiful Islands in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi (15.1), Koh Lanta (15.2) and Koh Jum (15.3) are all in the Krabi province and easy to reach by ferry and/or speedboat from Krabi.

Day trips from Krabi to the Islands are certainly possible. Koh Lanta is just an hour away by ferry while Koh Phi Phi will take approximately 2h. Book your ferry tickets or join a speed boat tour to reach Phi Phi in 45 min.

Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi
Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi by Speed Boat

Experience the barefoot lifestyle and tropical landscape of the Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea on a full-day tour from Krabi. Swim with colorful fish at Lohsamah and Monkey Bay, snorkel among coral gardens and laze on white sand beaches at Maya Bay.

Pickup and lunch are included in this affordable speed boat day trip to the Phi Phi Islands. Book now, pay later!

Why joining a tour in Krabi Thailand is a good idea

You don’t necessarily need an organized tour for some of the activities mentioned in this article. With a bit of boldness and ingenuity it’s perfectly possible to do by yourself. But think about it, you are trying to save a buck, but instead you end up paying serious dollars for transport.

Renting a boat all by your lonesome is a lot more expensive than sharing it with a group. Renting a motorbike involves the rental fee and the gasoline. Moreover, you have to give up your passport as a deposit. Next to finding and buying your own lunch it all really adds up.

Although exploring by yourself certainly has it perks, joining an organized tour can be a good idea at times. You won’t loose time checking directions all the time and you won’t get lost. I guarantee that you will cover a lot more ground in a condensed time frame as part of a tour.

At least pick a tour with limited participants for a more personable experience. If there’s a guide, he/she can provide interesting context and you will make new friends that sometimes can last a lifetime (speaking from experience). Most important, you will be able to just relax, leave the stress of logistics up to the tour company and at the same time support the locals.

Overview of possible tours

1. Khao Khanab & Koh Klang Local Community Tour

2. Emerald Pool, Blue Lagoon, Hot Springs and Tiger Cave Temple

3. Four Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

5. Rock Climbing Tour at Railay Beach

6. Guided Kayaking Tour at Ao Thalane

7. Premium James Bond Island Speedboat & Canoe Trip

8. Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

Where to Eat in Krabi Thailand

Finding a place to eat will not be a problem in Krabi Thailand. In fact, you are more likely to be hit by a serious case of choice-stress. Especially Ao Nang and the town of Krabi feature an overwhelming number of eateries with the latter scoring bonus points for authentic Southern Thai cuisine.


Poo Dam Bar & Restaurant Seafood galore. They used to be at the river front, but the recent move only affected the wonderful flavors in a positive way. The menu is a bit more expensive than seafood on the street, but the quality, hygiene and atmosphere more than make up for it. Pick your own seafood and pay per weight.

Talad City Market (night market) is definitely the best place to sample the local Southern food. It even has a “curry alley”. Cauldron after cauldron, brimming with steaming curries in every possible color and flavor. Fresh fruits stacked three feet high, grilled fish and spicy roasted chicken just waiting for you to feast on. Opens Friday to Sunday from 6 pm to 11 pm.

Kainui Cuisine Krabi Great Southern Thai style home cooking in a small and unassuming place. The food here is so fresh and original. Try some of the incredibly delicious coco-nutty curries, I still dream of this from time to time.

Original Southern Thai cooking at Kainui restaurant

Ao Nang

Chomlay Restaurant (Ao Nang) From the looks of it just another dime a dozen Thai restaurant for Westerners. Looks can be deceiving though. Not the very cheapest, but still cheaper than most along Ao Nang beach. The food is outstanding, as are the friendliness and service. Seafood from the wok, great curries and smoothies to die for.

Thanya Kitchen (Ao Nang) Don’t you just love those small Thai family run eateries that conjure up the best authentic food? However, sometimes they lack a bit of atmosphere, because of the TL-lighting and plastic furniture. Well, you should really try this restaurant. The food and atmosphere are unmistakably Thai. They serve all the usual suspect dishes that you would also find at the street stalls. Only here, you can enjoy them in a clean and cozy environment. Great service with that iconic Thai smile as well.

Restaurant Thanya Kitchen dish in Ao Nang, Krabi Thailand
Fried fish with pepper and chilies

Interactive Map – Things to do in Krabi Thailand

"Things to do in Krabi Thailand"- interactive map
Things to do in Krabi Thailand – interactive map


What is Krabi best known for?

1. Countless gorgeous beaches. Well developed, as well as pristine and deserted.
2. Spectacular limestone cliffs and rocks popping out of a turquoise sea.
3. Diversity of activities. From rugged nature to bustling nightlife in Ao Nang.
4. Jump off point to some of the most beautiful Islands in the world.

How many days do you need in Krabi?

1. Krabi Town: 1 day
2. Krabi Province: 3 days
3. Greater Krabi: 5 days
4. Beach holiday: 1 week or more

Is Krabi worth going?

Krabi is absolutely worth going. Backpackers will enjoy Krabi town. Ao Nang is a dream for anyone into nightlife. Any beach location in Krabi is suitable for families, while there are many beaches that will satisfy tranquility seekers as well. In short, there is something for everyone without having to get bored and Krabi has an adequate tourism infrastructure in place.

Which month is best for Krabi?

Weather wise, November to February are the best months for Krabi. Bright sunny weather, but it’s also high season. The monsoon starts mid May with possible heavy rain in August, September and October. That leaves March and April as best months for weather and your wallet.

So, are you warming up to Krabi already? Any other things to do in Krabi Thailand that we should know of? Let us know in the comments below.

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