Yes, it’s Krabi time! This beautiful Thai province has so much to offer: from idyllic islands to spectacular limestone cliffs, Krabi has it all. Krabi has truly stolen our hearts – and we find ourselves coming back again and again. Which is why we put together this top 10 list of all of our personal favorite places, experiences and sights in Krabi. Let’s go!

1. Be a beach bum at Railay Beach

Yes! When you’re in Krabi you simply MUST visit the famous Railay peninsula, which has some of the most beautiful beaches in the WORLD. Towering limestone cliffs arise from the clear sea water – which puts Krabi’s pure beauty on full display. THIS is what the province of Krabi is known for, and THIS is why you have to visit Railay Beach.

(Apologies for the caps, we’re just THAT excited)

You can read everything you need to know about Railay Beach here.
Railay BeachLong-tailboats at RailayPhoto credit: Connie & Gemma Amor

2. Climb to the top of Krabi

For the adventurers amongst us, the climb of the ‘Hang Nak Mountain’ is a must. A two-hour jungle path brings you to Krabi’s most beautiful viewpoint: Khao Ngon Nak. The climb is challenging, but the reward is worth it. Get an early start and pack sturdy hiking boots, snacks, plenty of water and your camera – and you’re all set for the most beautiful view ever!

Curious about our experience and want to see more pictures? Then click here to read all about the Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint!

Sander at Khao Ngon Nak Trail Viewpoint in KrabiPosing at Khao Ngon Nak Trail in Krabi3. Chill on Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is definitely one of our favorite islands in Thailand. From Krabi Airport you can get there within three hours. The island has beautiful, endless beaches, a chilled-out atmosphere and a true island feel. Rent a motorbike and explore every corner of the island – from the small, unspoiled beaches in the south to the authentic ‘Old Town’ on the east coast.

Grab your bathing suit and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta!

Ao Nuy Beach in Koh LantaBamboo Bay Beach in Koh Lanta4. Swim in nature

Be sure to visit the Emerald Pool, a natural swimming pool located about 60 kilometers from Krabi Town. Here you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the early morning. And after the Emerald Pool you can walk over to the Blue Pool, deep in the jungle. Despite not being able to swim in the pool, you probably won’t mind the hike because it’s simply stunning!

Click here to read more about the Emerald and Blue Pool in Krabi!

Blue Pool in KrabiMariska at the Emerald Pool in Krabi5. Boat trip to your tropical paradise

On either side of Ao Nang Beach you can rent your own long-tail boat and be swept away to the tropical island of your choice. An early departure is best so that you can get ahead of the masses. And by early we mean as early as 6:00 AM– but you’ll see that it’s worth it!

Which uninhabited islands you should explore? Poda Island, Koh Tub and the Hong Islands (image below) are our favorites!

Hong Islands Viewpoint - Khao Ngon Nak Trail in KrabiBoattrip to Koh Yao Yai6. Climb over 1,000 steps

Another cool hike in Krabi is the climb to the Tiger Cave Temple. After 1,237 steps and a 600 meter ascent you’ll arrive at the temple top. Leave in the afternoon so that you can enjoy the sunset when you’re at the summit – it’s one of the best we have ever seen! The only downside is the tricky descent (and curious monkeys hungry for snacks) that await – so be sure to leave before it’s completely dark!

Want to see photos from our trip to Tiger Cave Temple? You’ll find them here!

The Tiger Cave TempleSunset from the Tiger Cave Temple7. A mangrove forest with crystal clear water

We discovered the Crystal Stream (Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam) by chance. In this small mangrove forest, there is a kilometer-long path that runs above a pond with crystal clear water. The water is so clear that you can see tree roots and tropical fish with the naked eye. Tourist hardly visit the stream, but you’ll find many Thai families here coming for a swim. A lovely outing for an hour or so if you’re in the neighborhood!

The Crystal Stream is 30 kilometers north of Ao Nang Beach. Entrance fee is only 50 baht per person.

Taking pictures at the Crystal StreamThai boy going snorkeling at the Crystal Stream8. Walk along ‘The Beach’

Koh Phi Phi became world famous in 2000 after the premiere of the movie ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role. And rightly so, because Koh Phi Phi is stunningly beautiful with its spectacular caves, white beaches, tropical fish and amazing viewpoints. Although it is one of Thailand’s busiest islands, there are still a number of unique places that are not to be missed!

Be sure to check out our top 10 with cool tips for Koh Phi Phi!

Maya Bay - Koh Phi PhiKoh Phi Phi Leh Lagoon9. Kayak in Tha Lane Bay

Always wanted to rent a kayak? Well, Tha Lane Bay is the place to paddle! Hire a guide or join a group to see the mangrove forests, cave systems and curious monkeys. Pack your waterproof camera – and everyone back home will be jealous of your photos!

Check out our experience at Tha Lane Bay!

Kayaking at Tha Lane BayMonkeys at the Tha Lane Bay10. Island hop to some ‘forgotten islands’

No idea what your next destination should be? Why not visit Koh Jum, a small island where tourism and local life go hand in hand. You’ll have the beautiful, peaceful beaches all to yourself. And what about the uninhabited Koh Ngai, also known as Koh Hai… ?! There are no roads or cars on the island; just powder white sand, luxury resorts and the most beautiful accessible straight from the beach.

Click here to read more about Koh Ngai, and here about Koh Jum!
Coconut Beach in Koh Jum

Coconut Beach in Koh Jum

Catching Koh Jum's sunset at Long Beach

Catching Koh Jum’s sunset at Long Beach

Koh Ngai's main beach

Koh Ngai’s main beach

Deserted beach in Koh Ngai

Deserted beach in Koh Ngai

Best Hotels Krabi & Ao Nang

Ban Sainai Resort - $$

We believe Ban Sainai Resort is the pearl of Krabi. It’s a wonderful resort with different (family) bungalows. The outdoor pool is a great perk, as are the resort’s employees, who were some of the friendliest and most attentive we’ve come across!

Rambuttri Village - $$$

Luxurious Beyond Resort Krabi is Krabi’s tropical paradise. It has a private beach, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant. The rooms have modern interiors and come with views of the garden, the swimming pool or the sea.

What’s your number 1 sight in Krabi?

Mariska

Author Mariska

Traveler, entrepreneur, book lover, foodie. In Thailand, you'll find me driving around on my motorbike, on the lookout for new hotspots.

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