Best Things To Do In Krabi
Krabi, a coastal province, abounds with countless natural attractions that never fail to impress tourists. These areas of interest include natural attractions include National Park Noppharat Thara Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, Koh Lanta, Khao Khanap Nam (Twin Mountains), Koh Poda, Ao Nang, Koh Ngai, Ao Maya, Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Emerald Lake, and Khlong Thom Hot Spring Waterfall.
Both Krabi and neighboring Phang Nga are characterized by the large calcareous karsts, growing vertiginously from the flat rice paddies on land as well as from the sea as islands. Add to those gorgeous beaches and outstanding scuba diving and climbing and it’s no wonder that the area’s tourism has boomed.
25 Best Things To Do In Krabi
01 Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple)
Tiger Cave Temple, is a Buddhist temple about 9 km Northeast of Krabi Town. There is a staircase with 1260 steps to the top of the mountain which is about 278 meters height. There is a large golden Buddha statue on top of the mountain and the view there is absolutely spectacular.
A monk named Jumnean Seelasettho (Ajahn Jumnean) had previously been going to meditate in the cave. He saw tigers roaming around the cave as he was meditating. The finding led to the naming of the Wat Tham Seua temple. Another legend claims an actual huge tiger used to live and roam in the cave.
02 Khao Khanab Nam – Best Thing to do in Krabi Town
Khao Khanab Nam, is accessible within 15 minutes by long-tail boat from Chao Fa Pier, Krabi Town. There are two hills, approximately 100 meters high, flank the Krabi River which runs between them to form a distinctive view and the most prominent landmark of the town. Khanap Nam has a stunning cave worth exploring with spectacular stalagmites. It is also an perfect location for lovers of canoeing, because it is fringed by mangrove forests and the water is calm. – Best thing to do in Krabi for canoeing lovers.
03 Susan Hoi (Shell Cemetary)
Susan Hoi (Fossil Shell Beach), is about 17 km from Krabi town. Once a large freshwater swamp, the habitat of diverse mollusks of about 2 cm in size, Su-san Hoi features a slab built from a huge number of embedded mollusks of various types that can be dated to about 40 million years ago. With changes on the surface of the earth, seawater flooded the freshwater swamp and the limestone elements in the seawater enveloped the submerged mollusks resulting in a homogenous layer of fossilized mollusk shells forty centimetres thick known as Shelley Limestone.
04 Krabi Hot Springs (Namtok Ron Khlong Thom)
Namtok Ron Khlong Thom, is situated at Ban Bang Khram about 53 km away from Krabi Town. The area is full of hot springs in a shady forest. The temperature is not too hot at 40-50°C. The hot springs and cool streams converge on a slope to form lovely cascades with warm water. There are many hollowed-out ‘bathtubs’ which are caused by the running water from the thermal springs. Relax in one of the many natural hollows in the creek and slowly watch the water flow into the cool pools.
05 Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot)
Emerald pool, is a bluish green lake filled with clear water from a warm stream between 30 – 50 °C. The pool is surrounded by a forest and it is about 63 km from Krabi Town. There are two walking routes from the car park to the pool. The first route is the 800 meter shortcut path that can walk straight to the pool. The other route is the nature trail road, which is about 1400 meters above sea level, this path is a wooden bridge road, surrounded by the forest to the lake.
06 Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram or Wat Kaew, is situated just within 1 km from Krabi Town & it is one of the largest Buddhist Temples in Krabi. The temple is located on a hill overlooking Krabi Town & it is accessible through the entrance plaza off one of the city’s main streets and a grand staircase lined by 2 Golden Dragon. You’ll find Wat Kaew Holy Amulets & Souvenir Shop on the temple terrace, as well as food and drink stalls. There are also many interesting information & history about Buddhism displayed around the temple.
07 Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, is about 25 km North of Krabi Town covers a total area of 50 square kilometers including some parts of Amphoe Ao Luk, Amphoe Khao Phanom, and Amphoe Mueang. The park is covered by an umbrella of forest and multi layered Huay To Waterfall. Each layer will stun you with an ultimate natural beauty of Thailand national park.
Huay To Waterfall is located 500 meters away from the national park’s office. It originates on Phanom Bencha mountain. The fall consists of 11 layers. Some of them stands with majestic height of 70-80 meters and ponds that are available for your happy dip.
Phanom Bencha’s Peak-It is absolutely a destination for those who love hiking. There are two routes to go the peak. Both routes give you a good sight of natural vegetation, wild animals, caves, waterfalls, streams, and even a sea of cloud. You can see the whole Krabi city from its view point. The temperature of this place is considered cool all year long. – Best thing to do in Krabi for mountain hiker.
08 Than Bok Khorani National Park
Than Bok Khorani National Park, about 45 km Northwest of Krabi Town with total area of 121 square kilometres consists of various type of jungles and many interesting flora and fauna and undersea vegetation. A series of limestone mountains, evergreen forests, mangrove forests and numerous islands dominate the landscape. Evergreen forest, peat swamp forest, strand forest, and mangrove forest as well as different forms of marine flora are the dominant flora. There are two popular hiking trails. First, within the National Park, a 1-kilometer road. Second, a 3-4-kilometer trail from the park to the mangrove forest.
09 Khao Ngon Nak (Dragon Crest Mountain) – Best View Point of Krabi
Khao Ngon Nak or Dragon Crest Mountain, is a mountain of 565 meters above sea level. The footpath to the top of the hill is about 3700 metres. Located at about 30 minutes drive from Ao Nang Beach & about 30 km away from Krabi Town. Sometime, it is also known as Krabi’s Mythical Mountains since the mountain offers many viewpoints and a waterfall along the hiking trail. At the peak of Khao Ngon Nak, you will be simply impressed with green picturesque valley interrupted with towering limestone cliffs and Rivers that run into the Andaman Sea.
10 Krabi Adventure
11 Krabi SPA & Massage
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12 Noppharat Thara Beach
Noppharat Thara Beach is among the most popular beaches in Krabi. The beach is situated only within 5 km from Ao Nang Bay and features a 3-km white sandy beach full of rows of casuarinas and coconut trees. The beach was previously known as ‘Khlong Haeng Beach,’ which in Thai means a dried-canal beach. The word was taken when the water dries up during low tide and exposes long, seashell-paved seashore.
Noppharat Thara Beach is actually part of the Marine National Park, which means visitors who wish to stay overnight are required to contact the office of the national park for reservations and accommodation options in advance.
13 Rock Climbing
Best Thing to do in Krabi - For Rock Climbers
14 Phra Nang Cave
Phra Nang Cave, also known as Diamond Cave, on the eastern side of the peninsula north of Railay East, is an fascinating place to explore and one of the few purely sight-seeing destinations at Railay. A nominal entrance fee pays for a brief walk along the illuminated boardwalk through formations that shine as if full of diamonds. It’s pretty beautiful though not incredibly big (and thus easily viewed in about fifteen minutes). The cave is a common stop away from Phuket and Ao Nang for day trips.
15 Phra Nang Princess Cave (Phra Nang Cave Shrine)
Phra Nang Shrine, north end of Phra Nang Beach. Dedicated to the spirit of the drowned princess (Phra Nang) who gave the beach her name, this small shrine in a small cave is notable primarily for the dozens of carved red-tipped phalluses donated by fishermen seeking her favor. There is a collection of strange phallic symbols, offerings and objects believed to help with fertility inside the cave.
16 Princess Lagoon (Sa Phra Nang)
Princess Lagoon, usually called as hidden or secret lagoon is a famous view point in Krabi. Walking along the road from East Railay to Phra Nang Beach, there is a sign pointing upward to the Railay and Ton Sai view points. The climb to the top takes 10 to 25 minutes everywhere (note that you are going up by rocks and tree roots, and although there is a rope-it’s still steep, so consider wearing something better than sandals) and another 10 minutes to the viewpoint.
There is another path from the top of the trail which leads down towards the jungle for about 15-25 minutes to the lagoon. The lagoon path is steep, stony, slimy and dangerous. – Best thing to do in Krabi for adventurers.
17 Railay View Point
Railay view point, set in stunning natural surroundings with spectacular views of Railay Beach and beyond the hanging calcareous crags. Through the natural forest over the mountain, then back down to West Beach for 30 minute sunset to Railay’s sandy white beaches. Even though the path to the top is rather tough but the view is definitely worth it. For safety purposes, please wear appropriate trekking shoes (no sandal) & the place is not suitable for children & seniors. – Best thing to do in Railay, Krabi for photographer.
18 Ko Hong
Ko Hong, is located at the edge of Than Bok Khorani National Park is about 25 minutes from Ao Nang Beach by speedboat, or 1 hour by longtail boat. The island has been called ‘The Emerald of Krabi’s Sea’ because it has stunning scenery and clear water and is surrounded by coral reefs. Other attractions on these islands include fine beaches, shallow and deep water and various kinds of fish while popular activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, sea-canoeing and nature studies on the 400-meter hiking trail around Ko Hong.
Best Things To Do in Krabi - For Kayaking Lovers
20 Sunset Yacht Sailing & Cruise Tour
Best Things To Do in Krabi - For Photographers
21 Thale Waek (Separated Sea)
Thale Waek or Separated Sea, is small island situated in between Koh Poda & Koh Poda Nok. During the lowest tide of the day, the white sand and limestone beach gradually separate the sea, which appears to connect two islands in amazing way. The shallow, clean & clear water making it one of the best place for snorkelling. The best time to visit is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May. The only way to reach here is either by tour package or rent a boat which can accommodate 8 – 10 passengers.
22 Ko Poda & Ko Kai (Chicken Island)
Ko Poda also known as Four Islands is situated 8 km off shore South of Ao Nang Beach. The Four Islands are a group of semi-uninhabited islands between Ao Nang/Railay and Ko Phi Phi, but closer to Ao Nang. The islands are swarming during high season with tourists arriving on longtail boats. Because of its crystal clear waters, Ko Poda is famous for swimming, while Ko Kai (Chicken Island), with its characteristic chicken-shaped mountain, is a good snorkelling area.
23 Ko Pu (Ko Jum)
Ko Pu or Ko Jum, is approximately 25 km South of Krabi Town. The South end of the island is known as Ko Jum & the Northern part is called Ko Pu by local Thai. Ko Pu has three main villages (Ban Ko Pu, Ban Ting Rai, and Ban Ko Jum) and is permanent home of about 1,500 people. On the west side of the island, about 30 plus resorts provide very simple bungalows. Most travelers arrive via the ferries that connect Ko Lanta and Krabi. This beautiful small island is definitely perfect for those who want to enjoy the holidays with less crowd.
24 Ko Phi Phi (Phi Phi Islands)
Ko Phi Phi
About 42 km South of Krabi Town is one of the most unique and attractive clusters of Islands in the world. You could reach the islands in just 50 minutes speedboat journey or a 90 minutes ferry ride from Phuket or Krabi. Known as the “jewels of the Andaman Sea”, there are 6 islands in Ko Phi Phi: Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh, Bamboo Island, Yung Island, Bida Nok, and Bida Nai. Only Phi Phi Don is inhabited and the rest are undeveloped and protected by their National Park status and are frequently visited as day trips from Phuket, Krabi, and Phi Phi Don.
Ko Phi Phi Don
The center of Phi Phi Islands where the pier is located at Aow Ton Sai. There are many restaurants, shops, and other facilities in this area. Travelers should walk from Aow Ton Sai to the viewpoint at the mountain top, where they can see the spectacular flanks of Aow Ton Sai and Aow Lo Dalam’s narrow isthmus. One of the world’s famous dive sites and snorkeling sites is located around the island.
Ko Phi Phi Leh
An island with an area of 6.6 square kilometers South of Ko Phi Phi Don. The island consists of a ring of steep limestone hills surrounding two shallow bays, Maya Bay and Loh Samah. The sea is 20 meters deep and the island’s deepest point is about 34 meters to the south. The famous Viking Cave is situated at the North of this island.
Ko Bida Nok & Ko Bida Nai
Two small adjacent limestone karsts to the south of Phi Phi Leh, with near-vertical cliff walls rising from the sea. This is one of the most popular hot spot for divers around the world. – Best thing to do in Ko Phi Phi, Krabi for divers.
25 Ko Lanta
Ko Lanta, about 70 km South of Krabi Town comprising of Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi with an island in the middle of the two islands. Koh Lanta Noi is a location where the Lanta District Office is situated while the majority of tourist attractions, hotels, diving shops, banks, internet cafes, rental bikes and souvenir shops in Koh Lanta Yai are gathered. Because of being remote from the mainland, Koh Lanta still keeps its beauty and richness of Beaches, clear water, and amazing underwater world.
Ko Lanta is a wide island with a width of 6 km and a length of more than 30 km, along the sunset coast 9 beaches lie from North to South. The island boasts spectacular scenery, beautiful white sandy beaches, coastlines dotted with over 70 small islands and plenty of forests, coral reefs and aquatic life.
Koh Lanta’s main attractions are its long beaches, clear water, and laid back atmosphere. Even after a decade of growth that culminated in the construction of some of Thailand ‘s finest beach resorts, the sheer scale of the west coast of Koh Lanta ensures plenty of space for tourists to enjoy a relaxing holiday even at peak season in late December and early January.
Another popular attraction on the island is Ko Lanta National Park, it covers 134 square kilometres at the most Southern part on the island. It is rich of natural resource, beach forest, mangrove forest, plentiful coral reefs and beaches around the islands. Moreover, it is abundant of various kinds of animals which can be categorized into 6 main groups. The mammal which can be found in this area is manatee which is wildlife preservation. Another 2 types of mammals which are going to be extinct soon are barking deer and fishing cats. One rare animal is Marshalls’ horseshoe bats and some birds such as Brahminy kite, whiskered terns and emerald doves.