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Krabi & Ao Nang: a complete guide

Sander & MariskaSpectacular beaches, idyllic islands, and scenery that’s as green as it is mesmerizing. Experts on Thailand consider Krabi to be “Thailand’s most beautiful province”, a statement we wholeheartedly agree with. However, the word on Krabi’s beauty has spread, and every year the province is flooded with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Soon, you’ll be one of them!

Krabi province is mostly on the mainland but also consists of several islands, among them Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. The information on this page will only pertain to three important mainland locations: Ao Nang, a beach resort (and, for us, the best place from which to explore Krabi), nearby peninsula Railay and, finally, Krabi Town, about 25 kilometers away from Ao Nang. For more information on Krabi province’s islands, please visit their respective pages on this website.
– Sander & Mariska

Sights in Krabi & Ao Nang

Krabi has a lot to offer for adventurers and nature lovers. You can climb steep cliffs, go amazing jungle hikes and kayak through mangrove forests full of wildlife. But for those seeking peace and quiet, there’s a lot to enjoy as well. Allow us to show you, in random order, the highlights of Krabi.

Railay Pra Nang Beach

The beaches are a great reason to visit Krabi. The ones on the Railay Beach peninsula are especially worth a visit. It’s like walking through a real life postcard!

Hiking to the Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint in Krabi

This neat two-hour jungle hike will take you to the top of Ngon Nak Mountain, where you’ll be treated to an exceptional view of the landscape.

Blue Pool in Krabi

A natural swimming pool in the middle of nature. Take a refreshing dip in the Emerald Pool. Afterwards, walk a bit further ahead and check out the Blue Pool as well!

Shrine of the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi

Take a beautiful walk over wooden piers, right in front of a mangrove forest. The water is so clear you can spot fish with the naked eye.

Taking pictures at the Crystal Stream

Take a beautiful walk over wooden piers of the Crystal Stream (Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam), right in front of a mangrove forest. The water is so clear you can spot fish with the naked eye.

6. Rent a long tail boat

Long-tailboats at Railay

Rent a private long tail boat with a driver to go visit the islands. We recommend Poda Island, Koh Tub and Koh Hong.

The narrow mangrove waterways were a lot of fun - Tha Lane Bay in Krabi

Go to Tha Lane Bay, a unique mangrove forest full of wildlife, either with a group or by hiring a private tour guide.

8. Krabi Night Market

Krabi Weekend Night Market

Every night in Krabi Town, there’s a night market where you can buy Thai food like fresh seafood straight off the barbecue, for next to nothing.

9. Rock climbing at Ton Sai Beach

Climbing at Ton Sai, Railay

Ton Sai Beach is one of the most popular rock climbing hotspots in the world. Here, whether they’re beginners or more advanced, rock climbers can devote themselves to their passion for days on end.

Krabi Sunset Cruise

One of the best ways to explore the beaches and the islands off the coast of Krabi is by taking a Sunset Cruise. The sunset is included for free!

11. Krabi Hot Springs

Namtok Ron Hot Springs in Krabi

Feel like a warm bath early in the morning? Then visit the Namtok Ron Hot Springs and enjoy the water’s therapeutic effects.

12. Railay Viewpoint & Lagoon

Railay Viewpoint

This adventurous climb over some slippery rocks and tree roots will take you to the Railay Viewpoint. Real daredevils can go even farther, to the secret lagoon.

13. A day at the spa

Massage Corner in Ao Nang

Is it raining? Why not spend the day at the spa?! Two highly rated (and affordable) spas are the Massage Corner in Ao Nang and Savanna Massage & Spa in Krabi Town.

14. Go island hopping!

Ao Nuy Beach in Koh Lanta

Once you’ve checked all of Krabi’s mainland’s highlights off your list, it’s time to explore the islands. First stop: Koh Lanta.

Beaches in Krabi & Ao Nang

You’ve seen them before, those postcards with pictures of stunningly beautiful beaches. Chances are, at least one of those photos was taken on one Krabi’s gorgeous beaches. Although Krabi province has dozens of amazing beaches, we’ll be focusing on the beaches on its mainland.

1. Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang Beach in Krabi

Ao Nang Beach is situated on the boulevard of the beach resort of Ao Nang. This is the best place to hop on a long tail boat and go in search of small island paradises.

Railay West

You can take the long tail boat to the Railay peninsula from the mainland. You’ll arrive at Railay Beach West and what a great first impression it will be!

Ao Phra Nang in Krabi

A fantastic beach! Not just because of the powdery sand, but mainly because of the enormous rock formations in and around the beach. Ideal for watching the sun go down.

Ton Sai Beach, Railay

At Krabi’s undisputed backpackers’ beach, you can stay the night in a basic bungalow, paying next to nothing, within walking distance of the beach. It’s also a hotspot for hippies.

Railay Beach East

Railay’s least appealing beach. This pebble beach has been overgrown by a mangrove forest meaning you can’t even take a dip in the sea.

6. Klong Muang Beach

Drinks at Klong Muang Beach

Krabi’s hidden surprise and a great place to stay. The beach lies just outside the most touristic areas, but that doesn’t mean it is any less stunning.

7. Nopparat Thara Beach

Nopparat Thara Beach in Krabi

This beach follows on from Ao Nang Beach and is divided in two by a river. At low tide, it’s possible to walk to nearby islands you can see on the horizon.

8. Tub Kaek Beach

Tub Kaek Beach in Krabp

A hidden beach with a jungle vibe in Krabi’s northwest. The beach is surrounded mainly by luxury resorts.

Hotels in Krabi & Ao Nang

Krabi is considered by many to be Thailand’s most beautiful province and we wholeheartedly agree! Its gorgeous beaches, huge rock formations, and green jungle make it a truly spectacular destination. With so many hostels, guest houses, hotels and resorts to choose from, finding an accommodation in Krabi can be cumbersome at times. We managed to list 10 of the best places to stay. Have an amazing stay in Krabi!

Ao Nang Glur Hostel

1. Glur Hostel

Stylish rooms Chilled out vibe Swimming pool

$ – The Glur Hostel offers both private and communal sleeping spaces – among which a dormitory exclusively for female travelers. It’s located in a quiet area and has a nice swimming pool in a spacious garden. Great for flashpackers!

Jasmine Resort Ao Nang

2. The Jasmine Resort

Clean rooms Friendly staff Nature all around

$ – A small oasis 10 kilometers from Ao Nang Beach. The accommodations are clean and look out over a green garden. The best part of staying here is the staff, who organize free trips to a nearby cave. We stayed here for 4 nights.

Ao Nang Home Stay

3. Ao Nang Homestay

Friendly owner Comfortable rooms Quiet location

$$ – Friendly Mr. Chang is the perfect host for your stay in Ao Nang and he’ll do anything to make your time in his home stay as pleasant as possible. It’s located in a quiet alley, within walking distance from the center of town.

Ancora Blu Boutique Hotel

4. Ancora Blu Boutique Hotel

Brand new hotel Breakfast included Lovely view

$$ – This new hotel is comfortable, clean, has a stylish interior and a stunning balcony view of the cliffs of Ao Nang. It’s a bed & breakfast, so breakfast is included in the price.

Ao Nang Lodge Hotel

5. Ao Nang Lodge

Comfy beds Swimming Pool Fantastic owners

$$ – Modern hotel with super comfortable beds and its own swimming pool. Owners Pat and Laurence (and their daughter Natascha) run an awesome business! The food’s amazing as well.

Ban Sainai Ao Nang Resort

6. Ban Sainai Resort

Gorgeous location Family friendly bungalows Swimming pool

$$ – 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!

Ao Nang Phu Petra Resort

7. Ao Nang Phu Petra Resort

Luxury resort Large swimming pool Amazing bungalows

$$$ – Surrounded by nature and looking out over huge rock formations, Ao Nang Phu Petra Resort comes highly recommended for families. The resort has a jungle gym, spacious family bungalows, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Centara Krabi Resort

8. Centara Grand Beach Resort

Amazing location Private beach Priceless view from the villa

$$$ – If you’re looking for luxury, Centara Grand Beach Resort is your best choice! Though located at the end of Ao Nang Beach it’s hard to reach, which means the beach is mostly used by guests.

Pak Hostel Krabi

9. Pack-Up Hostel

Cheap rooms Chilled out vibe Krabi Town center

$ – The Pack-Up Hostel in Krabi Town is the best place to meet new people. Its rooms are top drawer and its location is ideal; in the center and near the night market, where the food is cheap and cheerful. Plus there’s a rooftop bar!

Beyond Resort Krabi

10. Beyond Resort Krabi

Luxury Resort Child friendly Outdoor swimming pool

$$$ – 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.

11. Rent a Private Villa

Luxury Houses Beachfront Freedom

$$$ – Frenchman Sebastian rents out all kinds of luxurious villas near Klong Muang Beach; one of the best-kept secrets of the Krabi region. Are you traveling in a group or with a family? This is exactly what you are looking for!

Restaurants in Krabi & Ao Nang

In Krabi, and Ao Nang in particular, you can indulge yourself in the culinary arts. It offers a wide variety of international cuisine, so you can enjoy meals from different countries at any given moment of the day. We’ve made a selection of our favorite places to eat in Krabi, in random order.

1. Café 8.98

143/7-8 Muang Ao Nang
An excellent spot for a nice breakfast or lunch. It provides fresh salads, good coffee, great bread and equally great service. It’s located along Ao Nang’s main street.

2. Cuckoo’s Nest Bar and Restaurant

116 Moo.3 Nopparat Tara Beach
A quiet place with a sea view that serves great curries. Many great vegetarian options too.

3. Govinda’s

115 Moo 3 Ao Nang
This is a vegetarian and vegan food Valhalla. It’s run by a spirited woman from Chile who serves small dishes with love. Great place for a takeaway!

4. TJs Sportsbar

328/2 Tambon Ao Nang
A great spot for those who enjoy watching live sports. It serves beer and burgers as well. Cheers!

5. Sunset Bar

Klong Muang Beach
Awesome place on the beach to spend a late afternoon, where you can enjoy the sunset while having a drink. Afterwards, you can order some food as well!

6. Krabi Town Nightmarket

In the direction of Krabi Town Pier
Various stands where you can order street food and fresh seafood. Very cheap, very fresh and lots of fun.

7. Sandwich me

186 Moo 2 Khlong Muang Plaza
People queue for a table in this small-scale restaurant. What’s so special about it? Thai Food!

8. Umberto

Klong Haeng road 125 Ao Nang
Umberto is a high-end restaurant that serves fresh pizza and pasta. It has a comprehensive wine menu, the tiramisu is homemade and it’s usually packed.

9. Massaman Restaurant

249/2 4203, Ao Nang
Three guesses as to what you should order. Right, the Massaman Chicken. Success guaranteed.

10. Ton Ma Yom Thai Food Restaurant

Soi 11 Ao Nang
Would you like some truly excellent Thai food? You can in Ao Nang. Have your fill at Ton Ma Restaurant. It’s also very cheap!

11. Lion & Shark

459/2 4203 Tambon Ao Nang
Hip breakfast spot with a view of Ao Nang center. Smoothie bowls, omelets, croissants and fruit shakes.

Transport in Krabi & Ao Nang

From Bangkok

Most travelers visiting Krabi will arrive from Bangkok. The easiest way to reach Krabi is by air.

Domestic flight

  • Travel time: 1 hour
  • Cost: ฿ 750-2,000 pp

From Bangkok (Don Muang Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport) you can fly to Krabi in under an hour. The airport is only fifteen minutes away from Krabi Town and about half an hour from Ao Nang.

Bus

  • Travel time: 12 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 700 pp

Although we wouldn’t recommend it (flying is fast and cheap), it is possible to travel from Bangkok to Krabi by bus. At the southern bus stations, you can take one morning bus and multiple night buses that will take at least 12 hours to get to Krabi.

From other destinations

Chiang Mai

  • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 1600 pp

The distance between Chiang Mai and Krabi is huge, making a domestic flight south the only realistic recommendation. The flight will take about two hours and prices are around 1,600 Thai Baht per person.

Surat Thani

  • Travel time: 3-4 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 250 pp

Surat Thani is the main transport hub in southern Thailand. Buses leave from Surat Thani to Krabi bus station every hour, from the bus and train station or the airport. The trip takes 3 or 4 hours.

Koh Samui

  • Travel time: 5-6 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 500-900 pp

From Koh Samui, it’s possible to buy combined tickets. First, you’ll travel by ferry to the mainland, after which you’ll be taken to Krabi by minivan. It’s best to take this trip in the morning. You’ll be traveling for 5 or 6 hours.

Phuket

  • Travel time: 4 hours
  • Cost: ฿ 1,000-1,500 pp

There’s a bus that leaves from Phuket’s bus station to Krabi Town every hour. At 11:00 AM you can take the boat from Rassada Pier to Krabi Pier. In both cases, you’ll be traveling 4 hours.

Getting around in Krabi & Ao Nang

Songthaew

The songthaew (shared) taxi has a fixed route between Krabi Town and Ao Nang. You will be getting around among the locals and can hop on and off anywhere you like. The ride from Krabi Town to Ao Nang costs 100-200 Thai Baht.

Tuk tuk

The tuk tuk is the ideal mode of transport for short distances within the city (from your hotel to the beach, for instance). Count on 50-150 Thai Baht per ride, but always negotiate the price.

Taxi

Take a taxi if you want to go from Krabi’s airport to Krabi Town or Ao Nang, which will set you back about 400 Thai Baht. You can also rent a taxi, with a driver, for the entire day for about 2,500 Thai Baht.

Motorbike

Rent a motorbike if you would like to explore Krabi’s surrounding area on your own. Be careful, however, as people tend to drive quite fast on the main roads. Rent is 200-300 Thai Baht for 24 hrs.

Long tail boat

You can rent a long tail boat to take you to a tropical paradise on both sides of Ao Nang Beach. Prices start from 100 Thai Baht for a ride, up to 3,000 Thai Baht for an entire day.

Rental Car

It’s possible to rent a car at Krabi’s airport, where there are several offices of well-known, international car rentals. Rent is about 1,000 Thai Baht per day.

Weather in Krabi & Ao Nang

The best time to visit Krabi & Ao Nang is during the cool season from November – February.

November – February

Regarding the weather, the cool season is the best time to visit Krabi. Sunny days, agreeable temperatures (not too hot) and relatively little rainfall. This is Krabi’s high season, so it will be busy.

March – May

The hot season in Krabi means bright sunshine. Make sure you apply sunscreen before you go outside. However, the end of this period will also bring with it the first really heavy showers. Less and less tourists will arrive.

June – October

In Krabi, during the rainy season, it really rains… a lot. The months of August, September, and October especially are soaking wet. Still, there will always be a few nice sunny days in between.

Map of Krabi & Ao Nang

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