Whether you're looking for some of Thailand's most scenic beaches, pristine jungles, or secluded coves, Krabi, in Southern Thailand, hits the mark. At the heart of Krabi Province, Krabi Town provides an affordable and welcoming place to stay with low-key nightlife and access to some amazing temples. Visit Krabi for all this and more. Find more inspiration in our top 10 list of things to do in Krabi.
The night market
Like many Thai towns, Krabi has a night market with street food stalls, cheap clothes and plenty of trinkets. With every step, a new whiff tickles your nose and invites you to taste this, and this, and this... Everything is prepared in front of your eyes. In the high season (December-February) you can come across live performances and traditional local festivals. Open: Friday-Sunday.
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
The Tiger Temple is the historical highlight of Krabi, with its legend of a tiger living in the cave where Buddhist hermits sheltered for years, and the amazing view from its top. Climb the 1000+ steps, try your best to avoid the cheeky monkeys (don't leave anything on the ground - anything!) and enjoy the fresh wind and the landscape at the top.
Floating Muslim Village
Visit the floating village to experience this unique way if life - it's quite a remote place with a collection of floating structures set against the cliff face. There are plenty of places to buy souvenirs and other items and there are restaurants here too if you're stopping for a meal. The main criticism of this Krabi attraction is the cost of everything if you do buy souvenirs or food here - prices are marked up well above the Krabi average, but if you appreciate that you're paying to support the fishermen's traditional way of life it doesn't seem so bad. Be sure to see the village's floating football pitch and hear the unique story behind it!
Kayaking among flying fish in a mangrove forest
Tha Lane Bay is an amazing slice of nature that buzzes with life, and there's no better way to explore it than to grab a kayak and paddle out into the blue. Flying fish are hard to capture in a photo, but simply seeing them leap out of the water with fill your heart with joy. If you come at sunset, the tide is low and sand islands emerge from the water, leaving the walking fish and starfish exposed and posing for your camera. Monkeys searching for food also join the party, together with monitor lizards and hundreds of birds. The sunset at Tha Lane Bay is one of the most beautiful in Thailand.
Now this is a beach that looks perfect even without Photoshop. Come here to admire the cliffs, which look as if they've been thrown into the water by a giant, then laze on the white sand and glide through the turquoise water. The beach is quite small and tends to get overcrowded during high season.
Ao Nang is a beach close to Krabi (with a regular bus and songthaew connection between the two towns). It's a tourist area, full of resorts and bars. The beach is average - nothing like what you've seen on Pinterest photos of Thailand - but the area is well-connected as a base for day tours into the surrounding nature.
Rock climbing at Railay
You can begin your ascent of the coastal cliffs by taking a rock climbing course for beginners (there are several climbing schools, just follow the signs). However, if you're a bit more experienced, you can embark on an unguided climb that is definitely not for the fainthearted; while at the beach, just look for the miniature red dots that mark out the climbing trails along the cliffs. Bring your own gear or rent some equipment for the day.
Hot springs and the Emerald Pool
These natural hot tubs in the rainforest have been carved into soft rocks and are directly fueled by a thermal spring.
Enjoy the salt-rich water and finish with a refreshing dip into the nearby cool stream. The hot springs are located 43 mi (70 km) from Krabi Town. The nearby Emerald Pool is another natural spa where you can swim in warm mineral water and enjoy the serenity of the forest.
Phi Phi Islands
It takes 45 minutes to get to the six Phi Phi Islands by boat. The scenery made famous by the 2000 movie The Beach is truly amazing and protected as part of a marine national park.
Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is a piece of wild jungle with the amazing Cheow Lan Lake - where you can spend the night in a floating bungalow -within its borders. Enough said. Oh, and it's also home to the Rafflesia - the biggest flower in the world.