Top Things to Do in Krabi

Top Things to Do in Krabi

By Chris QuanUpdated Aug. 12, 2021

Krabi province is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Classic beaches fringed with towering limestone formations create a stunningly beautiful area of Thailand. With more than 130 islands, it takes at least 3 days to explore the main highlights in Krabi.

Krabi is a great place to relax. With beautiful and amazing scenery, it offers an adventure playground for those who like to get "out and about." Kayaking, sailing, bird-watching, snorkeling, island-hopping, and sightseeing, you can do it all here.


  • Krabi has a tropical monsoon climate. It's warm all year round, but the periods April-May and September-October are the hottest. The September-October period is wettest
  • The best time to visit Krabi is during the cool NE monsoon season, from November through March, when it isn't so humid, and the cool breezes keep things comfortable.
  • Much of the coastal area is covered by mangrove forest, which serves as a natural breeding ground for Krabi's diverse aquatic life. Inland, Krabi's extensive deciduous forest area is mainly protected and features high biodiversity in flora and fauna.
  • It takes at least 5 days to explore all the highlights in Krabi.
  • Kayaking, rock climbing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, island-hopping, and sightseeing, are the most popular activities in Krabi.
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Snorkeling to discover the Marine life around Phi Phi Islands

Recommended length of visit: one day

Phi Phi is a stunning archipelago, located in the Andaman Sea between Krabi and Phuket. The islands rank as some of the most naturally beautiful in the world. Despite the rapid growth in tourism, the surrounding waters are still home to a huge amount of coral and sea life.

The islands’ sandy beaches, caves and tropical-forest-covered limestone mountains are wonderful sights.

Phi Phi Island can be reached from Phuket or Krabi only by boat. Public ferries depart 3-4 times a day from Phuket or 5-6 times a day from Krabi, and take around 2 hours from either place. Once at the island, you can swim, snorkel or scuba dive. You can easily rent equipment.

Calm waters and warm sea temperatures allow you to snorkel and scuba-dive, and you can see the marine life up close since the water is clear. Snorkeling is done in protected and sheltered bay areas, and it is suitable for non-divers.

Rock-Climbing at Railay Beach

Recommended length of visit: one day

You can find gorgeous white sandy beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, and caves in the Railay area. Rock-climbing, however, is one of the most popular attractions there.

East Railay Beach is the docking point for boats arriving from Krabi, while the west side, connected to the east by paths through the large resorts or by trails through thin jungle cover, is the primary destination for beach-goers.

Railay Beach can be reached from Krabi by taking a long-tail boat, as there is a direct ferry connection to Railay from the islands of Phi Phi, Lanta and Phuket. The only way around Railay peninsula is on foot (there are no cars or roads). When arriving in the area, you will be given a lesson in rock-climbing.

Railay is the most famous destination for rock-climbing in southern Thailand. Do rock-climbing and stand-up paddle boarding at Railay on a full-day adventure that combines two exciting sports in a spectacular location with stunning views.

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Sea-Kayaking Adventures at Ao Nang Beach

Recommended length of visit: half-a-day

Ao Nang has semi-clear waters and is a calm beach great for kayaking, swimming and relaxing. The beach has beautiful views of limestone cliffs and a memorable sunset experience. There are plenty of restaurants and vendors along the beach path, offering fresh young coconuts, smoothies, and snacks galore.

There is a taxi service or private car service to Ao Nang. You should plan on a journey of 15 to 20 minutes by car, or twice as long by bus. There are direct passenger-ferry connections to Ao Nang from the islands of Phi Phi and Lanta, as well as from Phuket.

Sea-kayaking is a great way to explore Ao Nang’s dramatic scenery without damaging the environment. If you have never kayaked before, don’t worry. Instruction is given and the routes followed are relatively easy. This is really a must-do activity in Ao Nang.

Enjoy a Thai Spa Treatment

Recommended length of visit: half-a-day

Thai massage can help you relax, relieve aching muscles, and temporarily boost your mood. However, many therapists make claims that go far beyond what massage can accomplish. It does increase circulation, gives temporary relief from pain, provides a sense of well-being, and promotes relaxation.

Escape the crowds for half-a-day at a Thai spa and enjoy a traditional massage treatment from an expert. Massage techniques are commonly applied by hand, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or with a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain

Complete your perfect Krabi holiday experience with a full- or half-day spa at Waree Raksa. Explore a steaming-hot natural waterfall and a lush tropical garden, soak in mineral-rich hot and cold pools, and join a Thai yoga class on the award-winning spa’s manicured grounds.

After your treatment, enjoy a healthy Thai lunch with fruit and unlimited tea — the all-natural ingredients are grown in the spa’s onsite organic garden and orchard.

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Learn to cook traditional Thai Cuisine

Recommended length of visit: half-a-day

With magnificent beaches nearby and an impressive cultural heritage, Krabi in the south of Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in the country. There are 130 large and small islands dotted around.

Enjoy your day by learning how to cook Thai meals using fresh ingredients. You will be taught how to cook a complete meal from scratch. 3 classes are available, in the morning, afternoon and evening. They are conducted using a warm, open and interactive format, while taking you on an exotic Thai culinary adventure.

Meet up with the chefs at the Cooking School in Krabi Town and start your class with an introduction to traditional Thai cuisine. Participants are given hands-on experience in cooking while also gaining inside knowledge of local ingredients, all under the watchful eye of a friendly Thai cooking instructor.

Relax at a beach resort

Recommended length of visit: one day

The luxurious beach front resorts in Krabi provide various facilities for in-house guests including spa, jacuzzi, pool, and private tours. Escape from the crowded tourist spots and enjoy your day at a resort.

Do yoga in the morning to experience inner-peace or go to the fully equipped fitness center, sauna and steam room, for your next exercise and relaxation. Enter one of the sound-proof rooms with a large screen TV for karaoke or video games.

After a full day of sunbathing or exercising, have a drink and snack at the fireplace with your family. The fireplace is furnished in classic style with comfortable sofas and large chairs. Quiet and cozy, this is the perfect place to relax.

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