The top 10 attractions in Krabi

Krabi is located on the Andaman coast of Thailand, only a couple of hours away from Phuket. However, unlike its more famous neighbour, Krabi still has some hidden attractions that have not been overrun by tourists.

Perched up high at the Tiger Temple in Krabi
Perched up high at the Tiger Temple in Krabi

10. Wat Tham Suea (otherwise known as “the Tiger Temple”) is a Buddhist temple northeast of Krabi, Thailand. One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the province, it is well known for the tiger paw prints in the cave, tall Buddha statues and the strenuous flight of stairs to reach the summit.

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9. Phra Nang Beach must surely rank as one of Thailand’s best beaches, and no trip to Krabi would be complete without soaking up the sunrays beside the iconic limestone karsts. Phra Nang Beach is located on the same stretch of the coast as Railay Beach, but nowhere near as touristy.

Kayaking your way around Ao Thalane
Kayaking your way around Ao Thalane

8. Ao Thalane is known as the kayaking capital of Krabi. This area of Krabi is perfect for cruising around in a Kayak. The small inlets, caves and hidden lagoons can be discovered on this kayaking tour, the shade from the jungle all around you keeping it cool. A really immersive experience.

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7. Krabi Weekend Night Market is the perfect place to find some local Thai food, including I-dtim mat phrao and plenty of seafood specialities! The atmosphere in the market easily makes it one of the top things to experience in the town.

khaophanom

6. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is named for Khao Phanom Bencha mountain and protects an area of virgin rainforest and rare wildlife, including the clouded leopard and the black bear! It is a great place for hiking among the jungle foliage.

Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands

5. Koh Phi Phi Leh is the second largest island of the Phi Phi Islands archipelago. It consists of a ring of steep limestone hills surrounding two shallow bays, known as Maya Bay and Loh Samah. Maya Bay cannot be accessed directly from the sea via boat, due to shallow waters and coral, which adds to the wonder of the location. Koh Phi Phi Leh is also a great place for diving.

Railay Beach, Krabi
Railay Beach, Krabi

4. Railay Beach is situated on a small peninsula between Krabi Town and Ao Nang. It is accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. The iconic Thai longboats will be waiting for you ashore!

Hidden beauty at Ko Lao La Ding
Hidden beauty at Ko Lao La Ding

3. Ko Lao Lading forms part of the Hong Islands, and it is an archetypal paradise island secluded away from the mainland of Thailand’s west coast. Awaiting you here are sandy beaches and rustic landscape like you have never imagined.

The Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool

2. Sra Morakot (commonly called “The Emerald Pool”) is part of the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve and is undoubtedly one of the major highlights of southern Thailand. The beautiful pools and lagoons here are perfect for a scenic dip to escape the heat and humidity.

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1. Tab Kak Hang Nak is a beautiful hiking trail around Krabi Province which gives incredible panoramic views of the entire peninsula. It takes about 1 hour to reach to the top via a semi-challenging trek, so remember to take enough water to last for the return journey! The views from up the top of this hike guarantee its ranking of the number one thing to do when in Krabi!

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16 thoughts on “The top 10 attractions in Krabi

  1. Krabi looks quieter and more natural than its neighbour Phuket. I do remember when I visited Maya bay, as one of bay we visited in Phi phi islands tour, imagined it as quite beach as I saw from Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie and a bit disappointed once I arrived there, it was full with hundreds, man thousand people around. My imagination to lay on the beach as I saw from the movie was gone immediately 🙂 .. Thanks for sharing, Lee. Krabi could be on my list if I have chances to visit Thailand again ☺☺

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    1. I agree Nurul – Krabi is more natural than Phuket. I don’t know for how long that will last though due to more and more tourists (like me). Maya Bay is indeed spoilt by the crowds. That is why I couldn’t rank it (koh phi phi leh) any higher than I did in this list. I hope you visit Thailand in the near future! Costs are always cheap, so no excuse 😛

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, Lee! Never been to Krabi, but it’s already on my bucket list 😉

    But I have visited Trang, the neighboring province of Krabi, and it’s as beautiful as Krabi, but far less crowded. The beauty of Andaman Sea is incomparable, right? 🙂

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  3. I personally like Hong Island the most. It’s like Maya Bay with less crowd. Spectacular, big, perfect for an afternoon beach time. I think a side trip to Phang Nga Bay would be memorable too.

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  4. i have heard about krabi for a long time now and have seen many beautiful pictures, like the ones you posted here. yet, i rarely make a trip to thailand, let alone to krabi. i guess my preference for a cooler climate always sway me from visiting a beach town.

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