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Railay Beach at Sunrise | © Mark Fischer/Flickr
Railay Beach at Sunrise | © Mark Fischer/Flickr
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The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Krabi, Thailand

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Located in southern Thailand along the Andaman Sea, Krabi is one of the country’s most idyllic provinces. This coastal area is a haven for nature lovers and travelers seeking to get away from it all. From lounging on white sand beaches and kayaking through sea caves to climbing limestone peaks and touring sacred temples. Read The Culture Trip guide to the top things to do and see in the beautiful province of Krabi.
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Check out Tiger Cave Temple

Tiger Cave Temple, known as ‘Wat Tham Seua’ in Thai, is one of Krabi’s most popular religious structures. Surrounded by lush rainforests, green valleys, and limestone caves, this Buddhist site is frequently sought out by monks and nuns who travel from all over the country to meditate in the temple. Travelers can wander the temple grounds, spot wild monkeys in the trees, and climb the steep 1,237 steps to the view the famous gilded Buddha statue.

Tiger Cave Temple, Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand

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Head to Railay Beach

Marked by dramatic limestone rocks jutting from the ocean, Railay Beach is one of Thailand’s most picturesque destinations. This beach has been winning the hearts of travelers for decades, and is a favorite among rock climbers who travel to the area to climb the jagged peaks along its coast. Travelers to Railay can also enjoy the white sand beaches, hidden lagoons, and caves sprinkled throughout. Railay can only be reached by boat, making it an ideal choice for anyone seeking a gorgeous, tranquil paradise.

Railay Beach, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand

Go kayaking

While lounging on the beach is a given for any trip to Krabi, exploring the island’s clear waters is also a must. Travelers seeking a bit of adventure out on the water can go on a kayaking tour. There are several tour companies to choose from, with many offering day trips into sea caves and nearby national parks. Some tours also include snorkeling, allowing travelers to get up close and personal with the island’s marine life. While there are many tour companies available, only some practice Eco-tourism, and so discerning travelers may wish to do some research before making a selection.

Krabi Mangroves Caves
Krabi Mangroves Caves | ©
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Wander through a market

To find the prefect Thailand souvenir, visit the Krabi Walking Street. This bustling, crowded, and colorful outdoor market, also known as Krabi Weekend Market, offers a glimpse into authentic Thai culture. Vendors line the streets hawking their wares, from beaded necklaces and handicrafts to clothes and cheap electronics. The market is also home to a variety of food stalls where travelers can sample tasty Thai street food like fresh spring rolls and BBQ sausage skewers. The market is open from 6:30pm to 9:30pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Krabi Walking Street, Soi Maharaj 8, Krabi, Thailand

Go island hopping

Hundreds of islands are scattered throughout the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, and Krabi’s position on the coast of Thailand makes it a perfect kick-off point for an island hopping tour. The most convenient way to see Krabi’s neighboring islands is by going on the popular four island tour. This daytrip often includes visits to Koh Poda, Koh Tub, Koh Mor, and Chicken Island. The islands can be reached by speedboat or by traditional long-tail boat, and tours typically include snorkeling and a picnic lunch. Overall, the excursion is an ideal way to cheaply and quickly sample Thailand’s island offerings.

The beach of Poda island with long-tail boats, Krabi, Thailand.
The beach of Poda island with long-tail boats, Krabi, Thailand. | © kallerna/WikiCommons

Take a cooking class

Thailand’s internationally renowned cuisine is the highlight of any trip. Krabi offers several well-reviewed cooking schools, including Krabi Thai Cookery School, Thai Charm Cooking School and Smart Cook Thai Cookery School. All three of these are located in Ao Nang and are recipients of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. Classes typically include a tour of a local market, where students learn the intricacies of Thai spices, and are followed by an instructor-led session where students craft a variety of home-made Thai dishes.

Krabi Thai Cookery School, 269 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Thailand +66 75 662 155

Thai Charm Cooking School, 355 Moo 5, Sai Thai subdistrict, Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Thailand +66 87 032 0320

Smart Cook Thai Cookery School, 19 Moo 5, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang, Krabi, Thailand +66 75 661 147

Thai Beef Noodle Soup – Spicy Noodle
Thai Beef Noodle Soup – Spicy Noodle | © Alpha/Flickr

Hike in a National Park

Krabi is a haven for nature lovers, with a plethora of caves, lagoons, and waterfalls sprinkled throughout the province. Travelers looking to get lost in nature can check out one of Krabi’s national parks. Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is teeming with exotic wildlife and lush foliage, but the park’s surreal Crystal Lagoon is the real gem. The pool’s warm, emerald waters make for a relaxing pause after a long jungle trek. Another well-known park in Krabi is Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, famous for its idyllic waterfalls.

Crystal Pool, Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom District, Krabi, Thailand

Khao Phanombencha National Park, Thailand +66 75 660 716

Thaïlande – Krabi – Railay Beach
Thaïlande – Krabi – Railay Beach | © Nicolas Vollmer/Flickr

Wander through Krabi Town

As the capital of Krabi Province, Krabi Town draws travelers with its rustic charms and laid-back atmosphere. This small town of only 25,000 is popular among backpackers and offers an array of guesthouses, temples, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and trinket shops. Tired travelers can soothe their sore muscles with an authentic and cheap Thai massage from one of the town’s spas. Though it lacks Thailand’s idyllic beaches, Krabi Town is worth a stop for adventurers seeking a glimpse into Thai culture away from the more expensive resort areas.

Krabi Town, Krabi Province, Thailand

Krabi Town night market
Krabi Town night market | © Madeleine Deaton/Flickr
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Drive a go-kart

Take a break from hiking and swimming and opt for an afternoon at the Krabi Kart Speedway. Owned by the same company as the well-known Phuket Kart Speedway, this park is located near Ao Nang Beach and offers an outdoor kilometer-long track. This destination also features Krabi Paintball Park, where travelers can test their shooting skills. The park provides all the necessary paintball equipment, as well as jumpsuits, so travelers won’t have to worry about ruining their own clothes. The speedway and paintball park are an excellent option for a fun family day out.

Krabi Kart Speedway, 4034 Road, Aonang, Krabi Thailand Muang Krabi, Thailand +66 75 700 522

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Check out Fossil Shell Beach

The layers of fossilized shells covering the length of Fossil Shell Beach make it unlike any other sandy stretch in Thailand. The beach’s Thai name is Susaan Hoi, which literally translates to ‘Seashell Graveyard.’ This name makes sense for anyone viewing the odd expanse of ancient rock slabs. Thought to be more than 25 million years old, the rocks were created from limestone deposits that fossilized small sea creatures along the beach’s surface. The end result of the process is a geological oddity, and is apparently one of only a handful of similar sites in the entire world. With its strange, intriguing beauty, Fossil Shell Beach is a perfect stop for nature-lovers and geology gurus.

Fossil Shell Beach, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand