Krabi is an incredible part of Thailand, it’s packed with things to do and it’s a popular stop when backpacking the Banana Pancake Trail.
As one of the provinces of Thailand, Krabi covers a large area and as such offers so many things to do that it can be hard to choose what to actually do.
To make your life easier, here are 15 of the best things to do in Krabi.
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Visit Tiger Cave Temple
Whether you’re backpacking Thailand or visiting on a honeymoon, the number one must-do in Krabi is to visit Tiger Cave Temple. Tiger Cave Temple (officially called Wat Tham Suea) is a Buddhist temple located just outside Krabi Town. It is named after the tigers that were once said to roam the area. You can climb the staircase to reach the top of the temple, it’s a pretty steep climb and physically taxing but it is worth it. You will find stunning views of the surrounding jungle and the Andaman Sea.
Go island hopping in Krabi
Krabi is surrounded by over 100 small islands, many of which are popular tourist destinations. Island hopping is a great way to explore this stunning part of Thailand, and visitors can take boat tours to visit several islands in one day. Most tours will take you to between 4 and 6 islands. Some of the most popular island destinations include Phi Phi Islands, Chicken Island, Poda Island, and Bamboo Island.
Relax at Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang Beach is one of Krabi’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. With its clear waters, white sand, and stunning views of the nearby cliffs, Ao Nang Beach is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. It’s a real-life Pandora. Ao Nang is one of the most popular destinations for a reason, it’s an incredible place and without a doubt one of the best things to do in Krabi. If you are visiting Thailand for a relaxing trip, Ao Nang is the place to go.
Explore Railay Beach
Another famous beach in Krabi is Railay Beach. It’s one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in all of Thailand. Located on a narrow strip of land between two cliffs, Railay is only accessible by boat, which makes it a peaceful and uncrowded escape from the bustling beaches of the mainland. There are lots of opportunities to get active at Railay Beach as you can go kayaking and even go rock climbing on the cliffs. Once you see it for yourself, you’ll understand why it’s such a popular stop for all Thailand backpacking tours.
Go jungle trekking in Mu Ko Lanta National Park
Krabi is one of the best parts of Thailand for outdoor adventure, so a lot of the things to do in Krabi are outdoors. Mu Ko Lanta National Park is a large protected area in the south of Krabi that is home to a diverse range of wildlife. You can go jungle trekking in the park to see the stunning landscapes and of course, the wildlife or visit one of the many beaches for a swim. With its dense jungle and towering cliffs, Mu Ko Lanta is a true nature lover’s paradise.
Visit the hot springs at Thara Park
Thara Park is a beautiful park located near Krabi Town, which is known for its hot springs. You can relax in the warm waters, which are believed to have healing properties. You can also take a walk through the surrounding park to see the gorgeous gardens. There are also some small but attractive, nonetheless, waterfalls.
See the waterfalls at Parc National de Than Bok Khorani
Speaking of waterfalls, Than Bok Khorani National Park is a stunning park known for its beautiful waterfalls. You can go for a hike through the jungle to see the falls, which are surrounded by lush vegetation and tropical wildlife. If you’ve been researching Krabi, you’ve more than likely seen pictures of these waterfalls before.
Visit Krabi Town Night Market
One of the best things to do in Krabi is to visit the town of Krabi. Krabi Town Night Market is a bustling street market that opens every night in the heart of Krabi Town. You can browse the stalls selling everything from handmade souvenirs to Thai street food. Eating street food is a great way to save money when backpacking Krabi. The vibrant atmosphere of this lively market is second to none!
Take a Thai cooking class in Krabi
Krabi offers the ideal opportunity to learn the art of Thai cooking. Thai cuisine is famous globally and learning how to cook the dishes will be a valuable skill and allow you to impress people anywhere in the world. By taking a cooking class, you can master the creation of classic Thai dishes like green curry, pad Thai, and mango sticky rice.
Spend a sunset at Chao Fa Pier
Chao Fa Pier is a popular spot for watching the sunset over the Andaman Sea. Watching the sun dip below the horizon and simultaneously casting a golden glow over the water is a sight never to forget. Chao Fa Pier is the perfect place in Krabi to enjoy a peaceful evening by the sea.
Kayak through the mangrove forests around Krabi
Krabi is surrounded by stunning mangrove forests, which as said previously are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and reptiles. You can take a kayaking tour through the forests, explore the waterways and observe the wildlife up close. It’s one of the most unique yet incredible things to do in Krabi.
Hike to the Diamond Cave Krabi
Diamond Cave is a stunning cave located on the outskirts of Krabi and is known for its sparkling rock formations. You can hike to the cave and explore the underground chambers, admiring the unique rock formations and stalactites. Although Krabi isn’t exactly known for its caves, Diamond Cave is a must-visit during any trip to Krabi.
Take a Thai language class in Krabi
One of the most authentic things you can do anywhere in Thailand is to learn the language. Krabi is a great place to learn Thai, and you have lots of opportunities to take a language class to learn the basics. With its friendly local population and laid-back atmosphere, Krabi is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Thai culture and language. But just a heads up, Thai isn’t easy to learn!
Go snorkelling and diving in Krabi
As you know by now, the region of Krabi is naturally beautiful and extremely picturesque. This is no different along the coast. Krabi is surrounded by the Andaman Sea, which is known for its rich marine life and colourful coral reefs. You can go snorkelling or diving to explore the underwater world, observing the diverse marine life and admiring the stunning coral formations. Thailand, and Krabi, are some of the best places to get a PADI certificate as it’s so cheap compared to other places in the world.
Admire the Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot)
Last but by no means least is the Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) in Krabi. It’s less popular and less known but it’s still worth a visit. The Emerald Pool is a stunning natural pool with clear yet emerald waters and lush vegetation. You are allowed to swim in the pool too! It provides the opportunity to get some amazing photos, the water is simply unbelievable.
Things to do in Krabi: Conclusion
And there you have it, 15 of the best things to do in Krabi. Krabi is an extraordinary part of Thailand, both in terms of natural beauty and things to do, especially when the two combine. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have a great time in Krabi and want to stay forever. It’s a special place in the world and lifelong memories will be created. Hopefully, you have an amazing trip, enjoy Krabi!
This post was written by Josh Band from A Backpacker’s World. Josh loves to write about backpacking all around the world. From Southeast Asia to Europe, and everything in between, Josh loves to explore and spend as little as possible while doing so. Who doesn’t love budget travelling, right?
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