A scenic province in the south of Thailand, there’s a wide variety of things to do in Krabi beyond lazing on its world famous beaches. From climbing mountains to soaking in hot springs, here are five incredible things to do when you’re in Krabi.
Known as Sra Morakot in the local tongue, Krabi’s Emerald Pool 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 extremely emerald in colour, crystal clear in its composition 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.
Only 90 minutes from mainland Krabi by ferry, a day trip to Koh Phi Phi is a popular adventure 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 Krabi’s best natural features and beaches, and you could always extend your stay on the island without breaking the bank.
Tub Kaek’s National Park area 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 trail, which is also known as the Dragon Crest mountain. A tough climb up a mountain through the jungle in the glaring heat, those who complete the trek 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.
Located to the west of the province beyond Ao Nang and Tub Kaek Beach is Ao Thalane. Whilst Krabi might be famous for its crystal-clear seas, Ao Thalane is a little different. Rather than frolicking in the sea, it’s the perfect place to hop aboard a kayak 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.
With plenty of islands to choose from in Krabi, there’s little surprise that hopping between them is popular for tourists and locals alike. Popular tours include the Four Islands Tour, where travelers take in several gorgeous islands and enjoy activities such as snorkeling, yet 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.