Neither as busy as Bangkok, nor as “touristy” as Phuket, Krabi gives tourist a completely different vibe. Krabi gives out something private, gentle and peaceful, comparable to a gentle retreat trip to a quiet shore. Beautiful islands, endless beaches with white smooth sand, hospitable and honest people, all spell a perfect retreat trip in Southern Thailand. Aside from beaches and stunning islands, the food, the temples, the cultural artefacts all point to a perfectly balanced and gentle trip to Southern Thailand.
As same as the rest of Thailand, Krabi lies in the tropical region, where temperature rarely goes below 86°F. In hot days, temperature can easily goes above 100°F, in addition with the humid ocean air will certainly create an arduous trip and confine you to your hotel, blasting the air-conditioner. It is best to visit Krabi, or Thailand as a whole in around January to March. However, this may pose some inconveniences as other tourists will come as well, and it can be quite crowded. Best activities to do in Krabi that Wanderlust Tips magazine is happy to suggest to you.
James Bond Island
Featured in the 1974 James Bond movie “The man with the golden gun”, the island has become one of the must visit destinations, not just in Krabi, but in Thailand. Spy movie aside, the island boasts a spectacular view, with smooth, white and clean sand, perfect for a day of relaxation by the beach. To get there, you need to hire a speedboat, and it is advisable to go on with a tour.
A beautiful lagoon, not too far from James Bond Island and part of a tour (if you go by tour). In Thai, Hong means “room”, which you will have pretty much of when setting foot on the island. The water is not too high, and it is clean, making it ideal to have fun in the water.
Phi Phi Island
Famous by the film “The Beach”, Phi Phi Island is a major tourist attraction in Krabi. It takes only 45 minutes by speedboat or 90 minutes by ferry to reach a fantastic tropical holiday. From diving, snorkelling to rock climbing, or even simply wandering on the beach, Phi Phi Island has it.
Thung Teao Forest National Park
An environmental feast in Krabi, Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is indeed heaven for all nature lovers. Home to many rare and spectacular plants and animals, the park offers an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Wat Tham Sua
A Thai’s natural wonder, Wat Tham Sua is certainly worth a visit. Minus 1237 steps to climb to the temple, the reward of an unobstructed, 360 degree view of the Andaman Sea, and the iconic cultural relics within the cave will certainly worth the time.
Unlike Phuket or Pattaya, where have been changed to cater to tourists’ needs, Krabi on the other hand chose not to do so. Visiting and staying at Krabi town brings about the feeling of coming back home, to the ordinary day to day live, and also mingle with the locals. The bars and restaurants in Krabi serve locals and visitors alike, and there is no designated place for tourists.
Like any large cities in Thailand, Krabi has its own night market. It is large, crowded, full of vendors selling all types of things. Seeking a souvenir to give someone at home? Want to fill your belly with authentic Thai food? Or just want to be immersed in the bustling atmosphere? The night market has it all.
Ao Nang beach
Absolutely great for party-goers. Not as tranquil and not as pretty as the mentioned lagoons and islands, but that is only for the day. At night, bars and restaurants on the beach will give you a lively atmosphere, suitable for a night out with friends.