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Awesome Day Trips in Krabi, Thailand

Kayaking is a great way of exploring Ao Thalane in Krabi, Thailand
Kayaking is a great way of exploring Ao Thalane in Krabi, Thailand | © Shisanu Tongchim / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Kyle Hulme
2 September 2021
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There’s a wide variety of things to do in Krabi, a scenic province in the south of Thailand, beyond lazing on its world-famous beaches. From climbing mountains to soaking in hot springs, here are some incredible things to do when you’re in Krabi.

If you want a shortcut to the best sights outside of Krabi and beyond, let Culture Trip take you there – on this carefully curated 10-day adventure.

Swim in the Emerald Pool

Known as Sra Morakot in the local tongue, the Emerald Pool in Krabi makes for a fantastic alternative to a pool or the beach if you’re looking for a spot to swim in. Located about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Krabi Town, the Emerald Pool is a natural spring pool that’s, as the name suggests, emerald in colour, crystal clear and perfectly temperate for a swim. But whilst it may be the first big pool you come across on the scenic walk from the entrance, it isn’t the only one. There are a number of other beautiful pools in the area, as well as natural hot springs, too, making it a perfect day trip for nature lovers in Krabi.

Go for a swim in Sra Morakot in Krabi | © vasa / Alamy Stock Photo

Enjoy a Whistle-Stop Tour of Koh Phi Phi

Only 90 minutes from mainland Krabi by ferry, Koh Phi Phi is a popular day-trip destination for many who visit the province. Taking the first ferry in the morning gives you plenty of time to see the sights, such as Maya Bay, Pileh Bay and the stunning Phi Phi viewpoint before returning back to Krabi in time for dinner. Whilst you may miss out on Phi Phi’s famous nightlife, you’ll still get to enjoy some of the best natural features and beaches in Krabi, and you could always extend your stay on the island without breaking the bank.

The mountains of Koh Phi Phi provide a scenic backdrop to Tonsai Village | © Nick Fox / Alamy Stock Photo

Explore Tub Kaek National Park

Tub Kaek National Park is a perfect microcosm of everything Krabi has to offer. From a gorgeous beach to dramatic cliffs and peaks, it really is Krabi in a nutshell. The main attraction of the park is the Khao Ngon Nak, which is also known as the Dragon Crest Mountain. Those who complete the tough climb up the mountain through the jungle in the glaring heat are greeted with stunning views over the province from the viewpoint, making it well worth the effort. For those wanting to cool off, gorgeous Tub Kaek Beach is located nearby, alongside a few bars and restaurants, so you can really make a day of it.

Tub Kaek Beach is a particularly scenic spot in Krabi | © Andreas Prott / Alamy Stock Photo

Kayak through the Mangroves

Located to the west of the province, beyond Ao Nang and Tub Kaek Beach, is Ao Thalane. While Krabi might be famous for its crystal-clear seas, Ao Thalane is a little different. Rather than frolicking in the sea, you’ll want to hop aboard a kayak here and navigate your way through the stunning mangroves. A serene and beautiful experience, with a wide variety of wildlife and natural features waiting to be discovered, it’s something a little different that makes for a perfect day trip.

Explore Ao Thalane via kayak | © RM Asia / Alamy Stock Photo

Hop between the islands

With plenty of islands to choose from in Krabi, there’s little surprise that hopping between them is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Popular tours include the Four Islands Tour, where travellers take in several gorgeous islands and enjoy activities such as snorkelling, but it’s also possible to talk to a longtail boat driver and rent his services for a day to go wherever you want. Whether it’s a pre-booked island tour or a DIY tour of your own, you’re bound to have the time of your life and the Instagram feed to prove it, whatever you do.

Tup Island is surrounded by crystal-clear water | © Justin Black / Alamy Stock Photo

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