Krabi is a paradise of limestone karsts, golden beaches, and miles of beautiful mangrove forests — three features that are attracting millions of travelers every year. If you’re looking for things to do in this extraordinary province of Thailand, look no further! Here are 36 things to do in Krabi.
1. Do the Monkey Trail to Pai Plong Beach
Pai Plong Beach is a small beach hidden in a bay between Ao Nang Beach and Railay Peninsula which can be reached via a 10-minute trail over the mountain called the Monkey Trail from Ao Nang Beach’s south end. The beach is very exotic-looking with lovely greenish water surrounded by limestone mountains and lush greenery.
2. Take in the dramatic scenery of Railay Beach
Krabi is full of karst formations with Railay Beach as the number one must-see place. This slice of paradise with dramatic mountains cutting off the mainland is only reachable with boat giving it an island feel.
3. Climb the rocks at Phra Nang Beach
Situated next to Railay Beach on the Railay Peninsula, Phra Nang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi, and for as little as 1,000 baht you can try out some rock climbing.
4. Check out Ao Nang Beach
While Ao Nang Beach is not the most ideal beach, it still is a pretty gorgeous beach you most likely will go check out. And from here, you can jump on a longtail boat to Railay and the nearby islands.
5. Grab a drink at this rooftop bar
There’s no better place to see the town of Ao Nang than from the rooftop bar at Aonang Cliff Beach Resort. Even though this resort is located on a hill just above the hustle and bustle, it feels like you are miles away.
6. Kayak in Ao Thalanes amazing mangroves
Ao Thalane about 20 km north of Krabi Town is a bay with incredibly beautiful mangrove forest (perhaps one the most beautiful in all of Thailand) with limestone karsts, canyons, and hidden lagoons.
7. Walk on boardwalks through this mangrove forest
Above I mentioned Ao Thalane as one of the most beautiful mangrove forests in Thailand, but Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam with its crystal-clear greenish water is unbeatable! The stream is fresh water springs mixed with the salty Andaman Sea water which is why Tha Pom is called Khlong Song Nam meaning “two water canal”.
8. Visit Nong Thale Lake in the early morning
Nong Thale Lake 15 minutes north of Ao Nang is the most beautiful lake in Krabi and a visit in the early morning when there is a light mist over the lake and a golden light from the rising sun is highly recommended. This is one of those spots where tourists hardly find their way to.
9. Climb up to Phi Phi Viewpoint
Koh Phi Phi Don is one of the most incredible geological creations in Thailand with a narrow stretch of land connecting two mountainous islands. A 20-30 minute walk uphill from Loh Dalum Bay takes you to the Phi Phi Viewpoint with a fantastic view. From a picture-taking point of view, don’t come here late afternoon as we did; the intense sun will be right in front you with the beautiful water retreating at the north-facing beach.
10. Enjoy the crystal clear water of Pileh Lagoon
A 30-minute longtail boat trip from Koh Phi Phi Don is the uninhabited Koh Phi Phi Leh with the famous Maya Bay and the Pileh Lagoon with spectacular limestone mountains and turquoise crystal clear water.
11. Visit the famous Maya Bay
Thailand’s most popular beach, famous by The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is closed indefinitely to let the ecosystem recover from the damage caused by tourist activities. When re-opened, a visit to Maya Bay is a must.
12. Hiking up to Khao Ngon Nak
If you want to see Krabi’s spectacular limestone landscape from above, there is no better place than Khao Ngon Nak 565 meters above sea level. You just have to be ready to hike two hours through steep jungle terrain. It’s worth it!
13. Grab a coconut and chill on Koh Lanta
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.
14. Snorkel in the Andaman Sea
There are plenty of good spots to snorkel among tropical fish in Krabi. The best, however, is Koh Rok and Koh Haa — two tiny paradise-like islands outside Koh Lanta in the Andaman Sea.
15. Go for a walk with your loved one at Klong Muang Beach
Klong Muang Beach is a nice and quiet beach in a secluded area north of the larger tourist area Ao Nang. The beach is several kilometers long with amazing sea view, and a walk here during sunset before taking a seat at Sunset Bar is really something great! Klong Muang Beach is also home to the fantastic Beyond Resort Krabi.
16. Swim alone in the early morning at Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool in the middle of Khao Phra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist spot, and if you come here early (opens at 08:00) on a weekday you can have the stunning pool by yourself.
17. Clap your hands at Blue Pool
A few hundred meters from the Emerald Pool is the Blue Pool which was formed from the hot spring under the earth crust which is indigo blue, and if you clap your hands, you might see bubbles coming up from the bottom. Please note that you’re not allowed to swim here.
18. Explore Chicken Island and the sandbar of Talay Waek
Koh Gai, meaning Chicken Island in Thai, has got its name from the chicken-shaped rock formation on the islands southern tip. During low tide, a unique sandbar called Talay Waek connects Chicken Island with two small islands visitors can walk between.
19. Take a longtail boat trip to Hong Island
With a gorgeous lagoon with greenish water, a twin bay with fine white sand and clear waters, Hong Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Krabi and can be reached by longtail boat in 45 minutes from Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang.
20. Swing at Koh Lao Lading
Koh Lao Lading, or “Paradise Island,” is a tiny island with stunning limestone cliffs and caves in blue-green waters. The Hong Island trip usually include a stop here letting visitors take a dip in the lovely sea. There is also cool swing hanging from one of the trees — perfect for that Instagram shot.
21. Walk in the soft white sand at Koh Poda
Poda Island 8 km from Ao Nang is one of the most postcard-perfect islands in Krabi. Here you can walk on soft white sand, picnic in the shade of the trees, snorkel in the clear water and snapping pictures of tropical fish. Come early, and don’t stay where the boats are mooring — take a walk and find a quiet spot.
22. Climb 1,237 steps up to Tiger Cave Temple
Wat Tham Suea, or better known as the Tiger Cave Temple, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Krabi. It’s famous for the tiger paw prints in the cave and the stairway with 1,237 steps leading to the top of the mountain where a large golden Buddha statue sits looking out over the breathtaking scenery.
23. Watch a Railay sunset with a drink in your hand
The sunset hour at Railay Beach is truly magical. Take a seat at one of the beach mats, order a drink from a bar right behind you and just love your life!
24. Take a walk in Krabi Town and check out the traffic lights
Parts of Krabi are thought to be among the oldest human settlements in Thailand dating back to approximately 30,000 BC, which is what the cavemen/neanderthal traffic lights in Krabi Town are symbolizing.
25. Snap a picture of the white temple in Krabi Town
Wat Kaew Korawaram or just the white temple is located on a hill with an impressive staircase with golden Naga sculptures in the middle of Krabi Town. This unusual white temple with blue roofs is not a big tourist attraction, but a popular spot to take pre-wedding pictures.
→ Recommend hotel in Krabi Town: Just Fine Krabi (cheap)
26. Eat the best Moo Hong at Bankolek Riverside
If you love pork belly like me, you just have to go to Bankolek Riverside serving the best Moo Hong I’ve ever had. Situated along a river outside Ao Nang, the atmosphere at Bankolek Riverside is very relaxed.
27. Explore the caves of Khao Khanab Nam
The Krabi River separates the two stunning limestone mountains called Khao Khanab Nam and acts like a gateway into Krabi Town. You can take a longtail boat trip up the river and explore the caves.
28. Eat authentic southern Thai food in lovely ambiance
Ruan Thip is one of the best restaurants in Krabi when it comes to southern Thai food. Most people would go to the well-known restaurant located in Krabi Town, but I recommend the newer restaurant situated in Nong Thale north of Ao Nang because of the ambiance.
29. Having a fun night out in Ao Nang
Ao Nang is not as crazy as Koh Phi Phi Don and Phuket but has plenty of nice bars and the atmosphere is often very good. I particularly like the bars with live bands playing rock covers attracting both young and older people.
30. Take a soak in nature’s own hot tub
Hot Springs (Nam Tok Rawn) is a small waterfall with fresh spring water pouring down into a natural pool at a pleasant 40°C (104°F). The Hot Spring is located in the jungle of the Klong Thom district, around 70 km from Krabi Town. Come early to avoid the crowd.
31. Walk out to the small islands of Nopparat Thara Beach during low tide
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 attracting Thais who like to come here for a picnic in the shades of the casuarina trees.
32. Visit the popular Walking Street Market in Krabi Town
The Walking Street Market in Krabi Town is a must-do when holidaying in Krabi. The stalls are lined up around a square with small tables, usually so full, you have to queue up for a seat. There is a nice atmosphere here combined with excellent, cheap local food. Don’t miss the handmade ice cream made on an iced grill.
33. Eat the best seafood at Lae Lay Grill in Ao Nang
Why walk the main street in Ao Nang where restaurant employees call out to passersby to eat in their restaurant? Instead, go to Lae Lay Grill with a beautiful hilltop view, serving the best seafood in town. Come here just before the sunset.
34. Experience peacefulness at Tubkaek Beach
Tubkaek Beach is located in Nong Thale, a quiet area north of Ao Nang. This beach is home to some of the best resorts in Krabi and attracts honeymooners and families seeking full relaxation.
35. Admire this tall golden pagoda
Wat Bang Thong is a temple complex in Ao Luek, northern Krabi, a few kilometers from Phang Nga Province with a new temple/pagoda called Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol. This Putthakaya-style temple is said to be one of the highest golden pagodas in Thailand.
36. Take a trip to Krabi’s neighbor Phang Nga
Phang Nga Bay, easily accessible from Krabi, is one of the most breathtaking areas in Thailand with hundreds of stunning limestone mountains jutting out of the water with James Bond Island as the main attraction after it was featured in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.