The province of Krabi is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, beaches and climbing spots. When it comes to choosing between Krabi and Phuket, we believe Krabi offers an ideal destination for backpackers, beach enthusiasts, and adventure seekers. Whether you’re in the mood for nightlife or seeking authenticity, Krabi has something for everyone. Here are our top 10 places to visit in Krabi.
How to get to Krabi
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Krabi can be easily reached from major cities like Bangkok (a 19-hour bus ride for approximately 1,000THB), Phuket (250-300THB), or Hat Yai (360THB). Upon arrival at Krabi Terminal, you can hop on a songthaew, a shared local pickup truck taxi, for under 100THB to reach your final destination, typically Krabi Town or Ao Nang.
If you are coming from Malaysia, here is our guide on how to cross the border to Hat Yai or Satun.
Top 10 places to visit in Krabi
Krabi is a very diverse province where you will find beaches, temples, hikes and climbing sites. Here are our top 10 places to visit in Krabi
We stayed for 1 week in Ao Nang because it’s well-positioned to visit all the top touristy spots around Krabi. It’s best to rent a scooter anywhere along the main street (200-250THB per day). Ao Nang is a good city to eat some delicious food, relax at the many beaches or just walk around. In the evenings, you can watch the sunset while enjoying one of the many fire shows.
From Ao Nang, you can easily access the Monkey Trail leading to Pai Plong Beach. Along the path, you will find dozens of monkeys. Watch out if you have any food on you. Once you are at Monkey Beach, you will realize that it is much calmer than Ao Nang Beach. If you are hungry, there are also a few places to eat there.
Koh Lanta is only about 2 hours away from Krabi. It’s an idyllic destination if you want to relax away from tourists. There are plenty of beaches, snorkelling spots and places to visit.
If you’re going to Krabi, you’ve likely heard of Railay Beach. It is only accessible by longtail boat from Ao Nang. A one-way trip costs 100THB before 6pm. Many tourists will spend a few days there to party and spend some time at the beaches. Railay Beach is one of the best mainstream beaches in all of Thailand.
Railay Beach is a little more expensive than Ao Nang and the rest of Krabi, but it won’t break your bank.
Phra Nang Beach
On the other side of Railay Beach, you will find Phra Nang Beach. You can either take a longtail boat from Ao Nang for 100THB or walk around 20 minutes from Railay Beach. Along the way, you will find limestone cliffs and a few monkeys.
On Phra Nang Beach, you will notice many tourists climbing up the surrounding limestone cliffs. Regardless of your level, it’s the perfect opportunity to polish your climbing skills and have a great view of the beach from the top.
Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi gained a lot of popularity after the movie The Beach (2000) was filmed there, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a very affordable island, but full of tourists. It’s home to Maya Bay, one of the most stunning places in Asia. Koh Phi Phi isn’t only a tropical paradise, but also a great place to party.
Dragon Crest Mountain
Less than 30 minutes drive from Ao Nang, you will find the beginning of the trail. Look for signs saying ‘’Ngon Nak’’. I suggest arriving early (before 9am) to beat the masses of tourists and especially the heat. The hike up shouldn’t last more than 2 hours. The trail is very well-maintained.
Price: 200THB per person, no parking fees
Tiger Cave Temple
Closer to Krabi Town, you will find the Tiger Cave Temple, around 30 minutes drive from Ao Nang. I suggest arriving as early as possible. If you can, be there for 7am. Thank me later. You will avoid all the tourists and the heat. If you’re a fan of monkeys, there should be plenty when you begin the ascent.
To reach the top, you must climb 1260 steps. Make sure you have plenty of water because it gets hot very quickly. Once you’ve conquered this massive stairway, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Krabi and its surroundings. There is also a giant Buddha looking into the distance. Now it’s time to go back down!
Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot)
Emerald Pool is located in the far east of Krabi, close to the provincial border with Trang. It’s over an hour’s drive, so make sure you leave from Ao Nang or Krabi Town early enough. As the name suggests, the colour of the hot spring pool is emerald. There is also a Blue Lagoon nearby. If you arrive early enough, you will be able to swim in this natural wonder without too many tourists around!
Price: 200THB per person + 30THB per car, 10THB per scooter
Krabi has many rock climbing locations thanks to its towering limestone cliffs. It’s the best place in Thailand to conquer your fear of heights by your own means. Railay Beach, Ton Sai and Phra Nang are among the most popular. You will find dozens of routes suitable for all levels.
Price: At least 2000THB per day
Island hopping is one of the most popular activities in the South of Thailand, especially if your budget allows it. Every island is a paradise and every beach is relaxing and unique. If your goal is to visit as many islands as possible, your best place to start is Ao Nang. From there, you can visit Koh Phi Phi, Koh Poda, Chicken Island, Koh Ngai, Koh Pu, Koh Jum and many more.
Price: Varies for private boat or longtail boat, depending on the islands and if it is part of a National Park