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)Photo 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!
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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!
6. 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!
7. 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!
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. 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.