Krabi is not just known for its beaches, but also for its incredible archipelago featuring islands, limestone cliffs, caves, and mangroves — and not forgetting the forests and jungles with hot springs and natural pools. So, if you like to mix lazy days on the beach with various adventurous activities — make sure to put these seven things on your list of must-dos in Krabi.
1. Jungle Hike up to Khao Ngon Nak
Imagine hiking through steep jungle terrain while listening to amazing sounds from Gibbons. Two hours later you reach the peak 565 meters above sea level, and the reward is a stunning view of Krabi’s landscape. You can do all that at Khao Ngon Nak. Please do not forget water. Lots of water!
2. Longtail Boat Ride to an Uninhabited Island
Going for a longtail boat ride is perhaps the most obvious thing to do when visiting Krabi. But it sure is a fun experience, and knowing that you’re going to an uninhabited island makes it even more thrilling. I can recommend the Hong Island trip.
3. Rock Climbing at Railay Peninsula
Railay is a 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. If you’ve never climbed before, Phra Nang Beach is one of the best places to try it out. The half-day courses cost just 1,000 baht (around $30).
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4. Snorkeling in the Andaman Sea
The best snorkeling and diving in the Andaman Sea is around the Similan Islands and Surin Islands in Phang Nga Province, but you can find some excellent snorkeling in Krabi as well, like Koh Haa near Koh Lanta.
5. Kayaking Through Caves and Mangroves
Sea kayaking is a great way to explore Krabi’s beautiful scenery featuring mangrove forests, caves, and lagoons. I have kayaked in Ao Thalane and Bor Thor — two of the most popular kayak spots in Krabi.
6. Explore Natural Pools in the Forests
Emerald Pool and Blue Pool are two beautiful natural pools in the middle of the Khao Phra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, about one hour from Krabi Town. This sanctuary is part of Khao Nor Chu Chi — one of the richest lowland forest bird environments in the country. Come early to avoid the crowd.
7. Do the 1,237 Step Climb at Tiger Cave Temple
Wat Tham Suea, or better known as Tiger Cave Temple, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Krabi Province. It’s famous for the tiger paw prints in one of the caves, and the stairway with 1,237 steps leading to the top of the mountain 600 meters up where a large golden Buddha statue sits. A fun, tough challenge near Krabi Town.