Top 10 Things To Do In Krabi
Whether you’re looking for some of Thailand’s most scenic beaches, pristine jungles, or secluded coves, Krabi, in Southern Thailand, hits the mark. At the heart of Krabi Province, Krabi Town provides an affordable and welcoming place to stay with low-key nightlife and access to some amazing temples. Visit Krabi for all this and more. Find more inspiration in our top 10 list of things to do in Krabi…
10. Wat Kaew Ko Wararam
If you want the full Thai tourism experience you must go to a temple when you visit Krabi! Wat Kaew Ko Wararam is right in the heart of Krabi Town and offers a peaceful place to spend an hour or two on a hot afternoon. Not as well known as Krabi’s most famous temple, Tiger Cave Temple, this wat is less crowded with tourists so it could be argued that you’ll get a more authentic temple experience when visiting this one. The lovely architecture is mostly finished in a gleaming white color which gives the temple a pure and clean ambiance while features such as the golden dragons lining the staircase add interest and color.
Inside there are beautiful wall murals and a golden Buddha to see, and if you’re looking for somewhere to cool down you can often feel a lovely breeze blowing through the temple if you stand in the right spot. This, combined with the lack of other tourists gives this temple a relaxing and serene atmosphere. Granted, Wat Kaew Ko Wararam may not be as spectacular as other temples, but if you enjoy experiencing the Buddhist culture a visit to this Krabi attraction is still highly recommended.
9. Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are one of the best known groups of islands in Thailand. They’re situated between Phuket and the mainland, and they’re part of the province of Krabi hence why they’re included in this list of top things to do in Krabi. Take a speedboat or long-tail boat out from Krabi Town to reach the Phi Phi Islands and enjoy the beautiful beaches and limestone karsts that rise steeply and majestically out of the sea. There are two main islands: Ko Phi Pji Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee, while most of the other islands are essentially limestone cliffs.
One of the biggest reasons why the Phi Phi Islands are so well known is that they were used as a filing location for the 2000 movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The popularity of the movie brought an increased number of tourists but also increased development on the islands, but some parts are protected as a national park which has helped to keep the waters crystal clear and the scenery relatively untouched. Today come to this Krabi attraction for the snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving and to spend time on the beaches or exploring the islands by boat.
8. Krabi Weekend Night Market
No list of what do in Krabi would be complete without at least one market or shopping destination included. Walking Street in Krabi is popular, but we decided to feature the Weekend Night Market because it features some amazing local foods, great souvenirs and a variety of items to buy. The many different foods on offer help to make this Krabi attraction somewhere you could happily spend the entire evening. Local dishes, all at amazingly cheap prices than you might have experienced elsewhere in Thailand, are served in the market and the best way to try as many things as possible is to ask for small servings so you don’t fill up on the first thing you eat!
As well as the food there are many places to buy souvenirs and other items including handicrafts and clothing, again at great prices, and if you’re making an evening of it you can sit in the food court area and enjoy the entertainment that’s often on. This could be a fire show, live music or dancing. The Krabi Weekend Market is held on Fridays and Saturdays and starts around 6pm.
7. Railay Beach
If you’re a rock climber you probably will have heard of Railay Beach already. It’s a renowned rock climbing destination because the beach is surrounded by those steep limestone cliffs that Krabi is so famous for. If you’re not a rock climber but are wondering what to do in Krabi, Railay Beach is a beautiful place to visit. Set on a small peninsula between Krabi Town and Ao Nang, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, however, there are still places to stay and to buy food and drinks here so it’s not as quiet a beach as you might expect. Even so, it’s known as a relaxing place to spend some time and when you want to get active you can hike the relatively strenuous climb up to Railay Beach Viewpoint. The path is well signposted and you’ll need to bring water with you and wear decent shoes to be able to make the climb safely and comfortably.
Back on the beach there are restaurants and bars on both the east and west side beaches, and you’ll find that the beach and facilities on the east side tend to be a little more lively.
6. Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail
If you’re an energetic tourist looking for things to do in Krabi, a hike up Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill should be on your list. This hike is definitely not for the unprepared or unfit as it is challenging in the heat of the day with such high humidity, but, as with many climbs the reason for doing it is to enjoy a spectacular view and spectacular it is when you finally reach the top!
The trail takes you 3.8 kilometers (2.3 miles) up hill and it’s suggested that it will take around 2 hours to get up and maybe a little less to come back down so you’ll need to allow plenty of time. Sections of it are steep and because of the humidity you’ll get sweaty very quickly so must bring ample water with you. At the entrance to the trail there are guards who will take your entry fee and are usually happy to answer any questions you might have about the hike. Of course, the best thing about the nature trail is the view from the top – it’s uninterrupted and you can see for miles!
5. Floating Muslim Village
Quite a unique Krabi attraction, the Floating Muslim Village (known locally as Koh Panyi) comes highly recommended for a half day trip out of Krabi. This floating village was established around the end of the 18th century by nomadic Malay fishermen and has stuck to its fishing routes for hundreds of years. Today fishing is still a way of life for the 360 or so families who live here year-round, but there’s also an emphasis on tourism now to help the residents survive financially. Visit the floating village to experience this unique way if life – it’s quite a remote place with a collection of floating structures set against the cliff face. There are plenty of places to buy souvenirs and other items and there are restaurants here too if you’re stopping for a meal. The main criticism of this Krabi attraction is the cost of everything if you do buy souvenirs or food here – prices are marked up well above the Krabi average, but if you appreciate that you’re paying to support the fishermen’s traditional way of life it doesn’t seem so bad. Be sure to see the village’s floating football pitch and hear the unique story behind it!
4. Emerald Pool
Known as Sa Morakot in Thai, and also as Crystal Pool in English, Emerald Pool is a beautiful natural pool that’s filled with pure spring water. Located within Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve this large natural pool is two rewards in one: a great photographic opportunity and a place you can swim! Take a hike to get here on the trails winding through the Khao Nor Chu Chi Forest. It’s not an especially long way but in the heat of the day the hike can be quite demanding if you’re not used to exercise. It’s less than a kilometer and you get to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle as you go. When the jungle opens out to Emerald Pool you’ll be treated to an amazing sight – a large natural pool that looks almost unnatural because the color of the water is so vibrant. There is an entry price to pay for access to the site, including swimming in the pool, but it’s a reasonable fee. It becomes more affordable if you’re able to spend half a day or more here, exploring the other trails and the numerous mini pools and streams nearby. In the parking lot close to Emerald Pool there are changing rooms and toilets.
3. Phra Nang Beach
While Krabi Town is the main town in the region, Ao Nang is also another popular place for tourists to stay. The town itself is much smaller but what many visitors come here for is Phra Nang Beach. If you’re looking for one of those secluded beaches with barely any people on it, this isn’t it! Being accessible makes Phra Nang Beach easy to get to, but this also means it’s busy. Even so, the remarkable scenery sets this beach apart from others, making it one of the top things to do in Krabi.
There are several caves to explore, set into the rocks of the surrounding formations, and if you’re an experienced rock climber this is an amazing place to put your skills to the test. The beach itself is filled with soft white sand while the waters are crystal clear, making this the perfect place to swim and snorkel. Although the beach is busy it’s still not as packed as some of Thailand’s other beaches, and if you visit earlier or later in the day it will be far quieter.
2. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Around Krabi there are several different national parks, marine and land based. We choose to feature Khao Phanom Bencha National Park on our list of things to do in Krabi because it’s an excellent “dry land” park that protects a virgin rainforest and is home to plenty of wildlife. You can take an organized tour out of Krabi or make your way here yourself – guided tours are not essential for visiting. Keep your eyes peeled for the 200 or so different species of birds that live within the rainforest of this national park, plus there are many different animal species too that you may be lucky enough to see, including clouded leopard and several different monkey species.
The park is also well known for its waterfalls which are large though not particularly high. Huai To Falls is impressive with its five cascades and drop of around 75 meters. Other features include caves and plenty of trails to hike, and this is also a popular place to come for an elephant trek. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is around 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Krabi Town.
1. Tiger Cave Temple
The top thing to do in Krabi is not a beach or a boat trip but a temple. Tiger Cave Temple is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the province and Krabi’s most popular tourist attraction. Despite this, a visit to Tiger Cave Temple is not for everyone due to the strenuous hike to get to it. Officially named Wat Tham Suea, this temple is reached by climbing 1,237 steps up the mountain so you’ll need to be relatively fit to make it. But, as with most climbs the reward is well worth the effort! Panoramic views over the surrounding region, including Krabi Town will greet you, and of course there’s the temple to see too. As the English name suggests, there are caves at the top including one with tiger paw prints on the cave walls. There is also a large Buddha statue on the top of the mountain and several other temple buildings as well.
If you’re planning a visit to this Krabi attraction bring lots of water with you and remember that this is a religious site. No short clothing or shoulderless clothing for women is allowed. You can rent a sarong if you’re not appropriately dressed. As you climb you’ll see lots of monkeys and while they may look cute, it’s best not to approach them.