10 Best Things to do in Krabi

The province of Krabi is located on Southern Thailand's West Coast. Home to impressive limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, white sand beaches, and more than 100 offshore islands, Krabi is one of Thailand's most beautiful beach destinations. In my experience, Ao Nang is the best place to base yourself as it offers opportunities for exploring the mainland as well as island hopping. In this article, we'll Highlight 10 of the best things to do in Krabi. 


Here is the list of the 10 best things to do in Krabi

10 Best Things to Do in Krabi

10.  Enjoy Ao Nang Beaches & Sunset

The laid-back town of Ao Nang has some pretty beaches to relax on and Ao Nang Beach is the most popular one. But it can get crowded and noisy because of the long tail boats that cruise by. Still, it's a great place to admire the Andaman Sea, take a dip, and watch the sunset. And if you're lucky, a mesmerizing fire show might be awaiting you after the sun goes down.

9. Explore Ao Nang Food & Nightlife

Even though Ao Nang is a small town, it has a vibrant nightlife and diverse food scene. Sample the Thai cuisine at one of the local restaurants or night markets, catch a live show at one of the local bars, or dance the night away at one of the nightclubs. The Soi RCA Entertainment area is the place to go if you're looking for a late-night party. But you can also find many other bars in Ao Nang's main road as well.

8. Island- Hopping Tour

If you want to explore Krabi's most picturesque islands, joining an island hopping tour is the easiest way to do that. I did a day trip by long tail boat covering for islands. There were multiple stops for swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue waters, as well as a short stopover at Railay Beach, which we'll highlight later in this article. And if you arrive at Koh Tub when the tide is low, you can walk a sandbar that connects it to Koh Mor and Chicken Island.

7. Hike the Tiger Cave Temple

Sitting right outside of Krabi Town, the Tiger Cave Temple is certainly worth a visit. Legend has it that a tiger once lived in the cave here, which explains the name of the temple. But besides the caves in the complex, most visitors come to climb the 1,260 steps to reach the top of the hill. It's a steep but rewarding trek, and you can see some spectacular 360-degree views of the Andaman Sea from the top.

6. Explore Thung Teao Forest Natural Park

Another place worth visiting is the lush natural park located in the south of Krabi. There's a short boardwalk trail that takes you to their different pools in the middle of the jungle. Crystal Pool is the first one that you'll see and you'll be blown away by its green colors. Next, you'll come across the Emerald Pool where you can actually swim. It's usually busy but the water has a perfect temperature. I highly recommend walking the extra 600 meters to reach the Blue Pool. It's the most beautiful one but you're not allowed to swim here.

5. Dip into the Krabi Hot Springs

Near the natural park in Krabi, you can find the Krabi Hot Springs. Cut into smooth rocks, the water flows from deep-rooted thermal springs that are located inside volcanic chambers. Each pool has a different temperature which is indicated by a color marking, ranging from cool to very hot. It's a great place to relax and rejuvenate as the water is said to have many healing properties. And since it's close to the Emerald Pool, you can easily combine the two in one trip. I joined a day tour from Ao Nang, which combined both areas as well as the Tiger Cave Temple.

4. Krabi Town Weekend Night Market

Krabi Town is the capital of Krabi, and like many other big towns in Thailand, there's a local night market here. Every Friday to Sunday from 4 to 10 pm the market is set up next to the Chao Fah Pier. It's only a 30-minute drive from Ao Nang and can be easily accessed by taxi or Songthaew. Local food stalls here sell a variety of Thai dishes and souvenirs. The food you should try to include durian, steamed dumplings, skewers, takoyaki, and Khao tom mat.

3. Boat Tour to Koh Phi

Koh Phi is undoubtedly Krabi's most popular island to visit. From Ao Nang, you can join a full-day speed boat tour to the islands, which are encircled by sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and spectacular natural scenery. Made famous by the blockbuster movie “The Beach", Phi Phi is a true paradise destination. Phi Phi Don is the largest of the two islands and has a range of tourist facilities, whereas Phi Phi Ley is the most pristine and includes the beautiful Maya Bay.

2. Relax for A Few Days at Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is an island about a three-hour drive away from Ao Nang. Stretching 20 Kilometers or 12 miles from end to end, it's a fairly small and laid-back Island. And with a variety of unspoiled beaches, it's a great place to relax. They're also certified diving schools offering diving and snorkeling trips to nearby islands and reefs. I joined a tour of Koh Haa, where I saw beautiful corals and tons of marine life. Koh Lanta hasn't reached the tourism levels of the Phi Phi Islands or Ao Nang yet, so it's generally less crowded and more affordable.

1. Discover the Magic of Railay Beach 

Railay Beach is likely the most beautiful beach in all of Krabi. It's only accessible by boat due to the towering cliffs that cut it off from the mainland. Long tail boats leave Ao Nang very frequently and take only about 10 minutes. In addition to its white sand beaches, you can visit the cute bars and restaurants as well as spectacular caves, such as Phra Nang and Diamond Cave. Railay is also a world-renowned rock climbing destination for both beginners and advanced climbers. I joined a half-day climbing course for beginners, which was a fun introduction to the spot. All in all, it's worth spending more than just a day at Railay if time allows it. 


rabi offers a diverse range of experiences amidst its stunning natural landscapes and vibrant culture. From the serene beaches of Ao Nang to the adventurous hikes up to the Tiger Cave Temple, there's something for every traveler's taste. Island-hopping tours provide an opportunity to explore the region's picturesque islands, while the tranquil waters of the Krabi Hot Springs offer relaxation and rejuvenation. The bustling night markets of Krabi Town and the lively nightlife of Ao Nang add a dynamic flair to the province's charm.

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