Things to Do in Krabi
Seen as the more laid-back alternative to the popular Phuket, Krabi is a province located on the west coast of southern Thailand. The region is beloved for its spectacular landscape of sheer limestone cliffs, turquoise lagoons and scattered islands. It’s here you can find the world-famous Phi Phi Islands, as well as other notable spots such as Koh Lanta and Railay Beach. Beautiful beaches aside, Krabi offers the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure, with remote resorts located a boat ride away from adventure activities.
Embrace the resort lifestyle
When I visited Krabi on my first visit to Thailand, this was my main aim, especially as I was staying at the beautiful and lush Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. I was there four nights but could have easily stayed for longer, relaxing by the pool, paddling around karsts on a kayak, joining the morning yoga classes and watching the sunset on the beach with a cocktail in hand. Krabi’s picturesque location and laid-back life means it's home to some of Thailand’s best resorts. Places we recommend to stay include:
Visit the remote islands and beaches
Even while experiencing resort life, it’s still possible to get out there and explore the rest of what Krabi has to offer. In fact, most resorts will have a direct pick up for island-hopping excursions. During my stay at Centara Grand, there was a longtail boat that could transport guests to Railay Beach every hour. We opted to do this one early morning, arriving with practically all of Railay Beach to ourselves. The same unfortunately can’t be said for the famous Phi Phi Islands. No matter what time you go, unless you do a private boat tour , the islands will be busy. Nevertheless, they are still stunning and worth a visit.
To visit the islands, your Travel Expert can add some island-hopping excursions to your Krabi holiday, or you could opt for an island-hopping holiday like our Thailand Island Explorer itinerary.
Go Rock Climbing
In addition to the water sports on offer at most Krabi resorts, another adventure you can take part in is rock climbing. With plenty of craggy cliffs, Krabi is world famous for its rock climbing. The province is home to a number of reputable rock-climbing schools, which typically offer sport climbing (using a rope) and classes for different types of experience levels, from beginners to advanced.
The capital of the province, Krabi Town, is a small town located around a 30-minute drive from Ao Nang. While it’s very touristy and full of guestouses and travel agents, if you’re seeking a taste of cultural Krabi, you’ll also be able to find it here. Krabi Town is home to two famous temples; Wat Kaew and the Tiger Temple. The Tiger Temple in particular is one of the most famous in southern Thailand, and features a spectacular location on top of a mountain. If you’re willing to climb the 1,237 steps to the top you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic views overlooking the town and out to the sea.
Most resorts in Krabi will have their own on-site spa, offering incredibly luxurious treatments and massages. While these are well worth spoiling yourself with, if you’re also looking to go for a stroll and get a cheap and cheerful massage along the way, Ao Nang is the perfect spot. More of a backpacker-style area, Ao Nang is lined with cocktail bars, restaurants and local massage spots. A simple neck or foot massage will only cost you a few pounds, as will a cocktail.