Krabi Attractions - You Cannot Miss

by Guest

Tourists come to Krabi for the beautiful limestone karsts, turquoise waters, golden sand beaches and scuba diving opportunities. Though it may feel tempting to spend your days sunbathing on the beach, there are plenty of Krabi attractions to keep you busy, from spectacular temples, to interesting fishing villages. Here’s a rundown of the best attractions in Krabi and the surrounding area.

Ride an elephant through the forest

Over the years, elephants have been treated badly, many having been taken from the wild and transported to other parts of Thailand. The Krabi Elephant Camp was set up many years ago with the aim of protecting the elephants of the region. It’s possible to ride these beautiful creatures on jungle treks up into the hilly interior. When you return, you have the chance to wash, feed and get up close to these gentle giants, a hugely rewarding experience.

Krabi snorkeling - four islands trip

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Photo by Phalinn Ooi

Arguably the most famous thing to do in Krabi is a snorkeling trip to the nearby four island Koh Poda, Mawr, Tup and Gai. There isn’t a shortage of tour operators running the excursion and it can get very busy at the snorkelling sites. Most depart in the early morning and takes guests to each location to snorkel with the marine life and swim through to a beautiful hidden cave beach. They colourful coral here is simply beautiful. The cost for a day trip including lunch is around US $50.

Check out 30 million year old fossils

If you are staying nearby Krabi Town, it is well worth a visit to see 30 million year old fish that have been fossilized inside a huge 180 metre long piece of limestone. It’s truly a geological wonder and well worth a visit. The site is free to visit and just a short taxi ride away. You will need at least an hour of two at the site to fully appreciate all the fossils. There is also a very interesting temple nearby to see.

Take a dip in the Emerald Pool

One of the biggest attractions of Krabi is the Emerald Pool. This crystal clear green pool located in the Thung Teao Forest is staggeringly beautiful. Surrounded by the forest and wildlife, this little hideaway is an amazing place to spend an afternoon. A short hike through the national park is required to reach the spot and there are daily tours offering excursions there.

Visit the Tiger’s Cave Temple

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Temple at Tiger Cave in Ao Nang.

Another amazing attraction is the Tiger’s Cave Temple which found further inland, away from the beach. The temple is different from others as it’s built into a series of caves in hill. To reach the huge golden Buddha at the top, you must first walk up over a thousand steps. It’s well worth the effort, even just for the 360 degree views down over the forest and the ocean. There are guided tours running daily to the temple every day and can be booked from local travel agencies or via the tour desk at the reception of your hotel.

Eat in Koh Klang

The nearby fishing village of Koh Klang is not often visited by tourists, but those who do go are treated to some fine Southern Thai Muslim cuisine, as well as getting a little more understanding of rural Thai culture. There is a lovely little market here selling fresh produce like vegetables and daily catches and is easy to get to from Ao Nang or Krabi Town by taxi. Street food galore, sit down to a feast of mouth watering southern Thai cuisine.

Take a hike up to Khao Ngon Nak

If you’re not a natural beach dweller, and you are looking for something to do, we highly recommend a hike up to Khao Nhon Nak. It doesn’t need to be done with a guide and it’s easy to reach the starting point at Nong Thale. The trek is about two hours up to the summit, more difficult than you might think in the Thai midday heat, from which point you can look down over the coastline. Set off early so you have plenty of time to return.

Hit Krabi beaches

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Krabi beaches are wonderful!

Krabi’s main attractions are the beaches. There are many to see from the Ao Nang Beach to Railay, you’ll never be far away. Don’t settle for one. Rent a scooter and head off to find the secluded beaches of Noppharat Thara and beyond. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, many have the picture postcard views of colourful long-tailed boats and towering limestone karsts that jut out the sea. An attraction in themselves, these cliffs provide some of the best climbing in Thailand.

Dip in the hot springs

The hot springs of Klong Thom and nestled up in the forested interior. The pools and cascades that fill with bubbling thermal waters of which the minerals are supposed to be good for you. Lie in the hot springs surrounded by the sounds of exotic birds and the tropical jungle. It’s truly a natural wonder. The trip to the hot springs is often combined with a visit to the Emerald Pool attraction. If beach life is getting a little tiresome, this is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Explore Krabi Town

Most backpackers arrive in Krabi Airport and make their way straight to Ao Nang , bypassing Krabi Town. This is a shame. The town provides a glimpse into southern Thai life and has some excellent things to do and see including local produce markets, temples, and museums. The seafood in Krabi, unsurprisingly, is very good quality with fresh catches being fried and steamed in all sorts of ways. It’s worth the trip for the food alone. Temples that are worth a visit include Wat Kaew and Wat Kaew Korawaram which overlooks the town from its hilltop location. It’s worth remembering that whenever you visit a temple in Thailand, be respectful and always cover yourself.

So, what are you waiting for? The beaches, temples, and food of Krabi await you! Here is a list of most recommended Krabi hotels and locations to stay in.

Cover image by Reinhard Link.

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