Krabi is a province with a spectacular coastline formed by a mix of natural features including limestone cliffs, mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, and outstanding islands like Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and now has an airport which serves international as well as domestic flights. The following is a list of the best places to stay in Krabi Province.
1. Ao Nang
The majority of people vacationing in Krabi Province choose to stay in Ao Nang — a vibrant resort town dominated by restaurants, bars, and shops. One of the reasons for Ao Nang’s popularity is the easy access to the nearby islands.
2. Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is a lovely island with rainforest-covered mountains and a long coastline with beautiful beaches. You might think that this is yet another busy island — but it’s not! Koh Lanta is known for its chill vibes and families come here to relax, sunbathe and swim. Make sure to come here during high season (December – April) as the island pretty much shuts down during low season leaving the beaches uncleaned.
3. Nong Thale
Nong Thale is a secluded area west of the larger tourist area Ao Nang with two pristine beaches; Klong Muang Beach (pictured above) and Tubkaek Beach. These two beaches boast a fantastic sea view over the Hong Islands, and some of the most romantic resorts in Krabi are located here.
4. Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are truly one of the world’s most beautiful places, but it’s also very crowded. The largest island of the group — Phi Phi Don — is well known for its nightlife, so this place may not suit everyone but it’s still worth a visit.
Recommended Hotel: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort (Excellent)
5. Krabi Town
Krabi Town is the capital of Krabi Province. Set along a river surrounded by limestone cliffs and mangroves, the town offers a different side of Krabi and should not be missed. Some attractions include the weekend night market and Tiger Cave Temple.
Recommended Hotel: Just Fine Krabi Hotel (Low Price)
6. Railay (Rai Leh)
Railay is a is a small peninsula just around the corner of Ao Nang. Accessible only by boat, this slice of paradise with high limestone cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world. The famous luxury 5-star Rayavadee Hotel with a restaurant inside a cave is located here at Railay.
Recommended Hotel: Railay Village Resort (Excellent)
7. Nopparat Thara Beach
Nopparat Thara Beach is a 5 km long beach split into two halves by a river a few minutes drive from Ao Nang Beach. During low tide, it’s possible to walk all the way out to the small limestone islands. Nopparat Thara Beach is a quiet beach with mostly Thais who like to picnic in the shades of the casuarina trees.
The best time to visit Krabi is between the months November to March when the area’s climate is less hot than usual. April is the hottest month with an average temperature of 30°C (86°F), average high at 34°C (93°F) and the coldest month is January at 27°C (81°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in February. Facing the Andaman Sea, Krabi is subject to a 6-month rainy season between May and November.
The sea is coldest in January with an average sea temperature of 28°C (86°F) and the hottest months are April – August with an average sea temperature of 30°C (86°F).
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