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Ko Phi Phi, a small archipelago of six islands is the most beautiful and widely popular tourist destination in Andaman. Beautiful bondage of two islands together by a narrow isthmus is something that makes this place this pretty.
The postcard picture-perfect beaches, unending thickets and craggy cliffs of this island have been known for seducing people from all over the world. Often visitors find it a herculean task to detach themselves from the just flawless beauty that this place offers. Planning a holiday in Krabi? Add this in your list of places to visit in Krabi.
Highlights: While in Phi Phi Islands, you just cannot miss the viewpoint which is around 186m above sea level and allures you with the breathtaking views of the entire region. Relax and unwind yourself at Lane Beach, take a leisure walk in Yao Beach and enjoy some spectacular views at Hin Kho Beach.
Location: Phi Phi Islands, Krabi
Getting There: The best possible way to reach Ko Phi Phi islands is by a ferry from Phuket, Ao Nag, RaiLeh, Krabi Town, KoLAnta s per the nearest location. Tonsai Pier is the island’s main pier and supports good frequency of boats from all the mentioned places.
Rejuvenate each and every segment of your body at the emerald pool, where the water comes from the hot springs and the entire zone is hot bedded. From all the four corners it is surrounded by the trails of greens and hails out to nature lovers.
Highlights: The key features of this emerald pool is its location, which is, it is seated right in the heart of lush green forests and is surrounded by a wooden track which adds up to the charm of the place.
Location: Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom District, Krabi 81120, Thailand
Getting There: Reaching out to the emerald pool is very easy, one can take a private cab to the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, from here you have to take a small walk of 10 minutes to reach to the exact point.
The kind of place that demands some efforts, and then rewards you with pretty sights in return, Tiger Cave Temple is a revered Buddhist temple in Krabi. The name of this temple is attributed to the prominent tiger paw prints inside the cave. In order to reach the summit, one must climb up a staircase having 1237 steps which makes a visit all the more exciting.
If you want to soak in a 360 degree panoramic view of Krabi, this summit offers you that – a visual treat indeed. All in all, Tiger Cave Temple is undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Krabi.
Highlights: Apart from breathtaking views of Krabi and tiger paw impressions, the site also features a giant statue of Lord Buddha.
Location: Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
Timings: 12 am to 12 pm (open all days)
Getting there: There are sharing and private taxis are available to reach the base from where the hiking starts.
Marking its place in one of the most serene places to visit in Krabi, Klong Thom Hot springs stretches all over and is an epitome tranquil settings. Here you can take a dip in the hot springs and refresh each and every vertical of the mind and soul.
Highlights: The most impressive feature of these hot springs is that here you can feel close to nature and this place extends ideal surroundings, which are a blend of greens and soothing environs.
Location: Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom District, Krabi 81120, ThailandGetting There: Reaching out to the Klong Thom Hot springs is very easy, one can take a private cab to the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, from here you have to take a small walk of 5 minutes to reach to the exact point.
There are several ways to enjoy an intimate experience with nature in Krabi, and trekking at Tab Kak Hang Nak is one of them. Hang Kak is a mountain park teeming with rich collection of tropical flora and offering spectacular views of the sweeping landscapes around. Due to its lavish verdure, the park is one of the most enticing places to see in Krabi.
Tab Kak Hang Nak is well-known for its hiking trail that leads one to a point where photography becomes a heavenly affair. There are several stretches with steep ascent on the trail but the path is paved in most parts and can be considered by novice hikers.
Highlights: The most fascinating thing about the nature trail is a vantage point presenting exceptional views of Krabi and the bay.
Location: 4024, Sao. Krabi 2007, Nong Thale, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
Timings: 8 am - 3 pm
Getting there: You can either hire a cab or rent a motorbike from any part of Krabi to reach the base.
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- Be wary of the touts here.
- Keep your license, passport, and visa in a safe place.
- A copy of a license must always be present with you at all time.
- Monkeys here are very notorious. They tend to snatch away the food from you. So, make sure when there is a monkey around you hide the food in a safe place.
- Ladyboys are a common site here. If you do not want to get in an awkward position, keep away from them.
- Dress according to the code of conduct applicable.
- Be alert and never let anyone mislead you.
- Try and learn a few words from the local language. This can be particularly helpful and seem friendly to locals.
- Purchase only bottled mineral water. Check the seal before making a purchase.
- Thefts are a common sight in Krabi so make sure you keep your cash and valuables at a safe place.
- Do not drink beyond what you can handle.
In Krabi and Thailand as a whole, the legal age for having a drink in the bar is 20 years.
In Krabi and Thailand as a whole, the legal age for having a drink in the bar is 20 years.
The best time to visit Krabi is between November to March which is when most of the tourists flock this area. Although hot throughout the year, these months are relatively pleasant, characterised by slow sea breeze.
During June to October Krabi experiences heavy rains, beaches tend to get mucky and the waters are unsafe to sail through, which is why this isn’t as popular a time to visit this region. Based on the below monthly information, you can plan your trip to Krabi.
November to February: Following the withdrawal of monsoons you can experience the coolest season in Krabi. This is the peak season, owing to the wonderful weather. All the activities are easily accessible, especially the water sports, and this is a great time to relax on the beaches, soaking in the beauty, and doing absolutely nothing.
March to May: These are the hottest months when Krabi is relatively empty. It is extremely humid because monsoon is on its way and temperatures are within the range of 30-40°C. Although, not a great time to visit, April is the month of the Thai New Year, just in case you’d want to experience the festivities.
June to October: Being the months of monsoon, the weather isn’t as hot, as the monsoon winds make it pleasant. however, most of the water activities are shut and so are many of the markets, depending upon the weather conditions. This is why most people don’t prefer this destination during monsoon.
By Air: There aren’t many direct flights from India to Krabi. You have to hop onto a flight that drops you off at major cities like Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
From here, you can board a connecting flight to Krabi International Airport, which is barely an hour or two away. There are a number of reasonably priced flights operating through the day.
By Bus: Buses are the cheapest and most commonly used mode of transport to travel from major cities in Thailand to Krabi. The journey takes approximately 2-3 hours, and you also enjoy glimpses of the scenery as you pass through the quaint villages.
There are a number of buses plying throughout the day, however, you will need to travel quite a distance to reach the main city bus stand, depending on where you’re residing. If you’re travelling with a group, you can also book a minibus that gives you the advantage of being picked up right from your hotel and being dropped off right to your hotel in Krabi.
By Ferry: If you’re travelling from Phuket, you can choose to go by ferry to Krabi, which is one of the best ways to reach your destination. The journey is a scenic one and you aren’t confined to a seat for too long.
Although the journey is 8.5 hours long, it includes a 5-hour stopover at the Phi Phi Islands, so you can enjoy half a day there as well.
1. Explore the Railay Beaches and Caves: One of the most attractive beaches of Krabi, Railway Beach tops the Krabi tourism list. It has splendid white sands, enthralling limestone structures and a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset. You can explore the area via boats and spend your evenings at the bars nearby.
2. Walk through the woods at Thung Teao Forest Natural Park: The Crystal Lagoon, the warm Emerald Pool and nature’s lush beauty as a backdrop. Hike through the trails of this Natural Park, take a dip, and be charmed by the rare fauna here.
3. Go Mountain climbing: The Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are a natural wonder that can be spotted on either side of the river flowing through Krabi. If you’re a geology lover, you’ll be in awe of the stalagmites and stalactites here.
Be prepared for an eerie face-to-face with the human skeletons too, that are present here. Climb the mountains for some amazing photos as you feel on top of the world.
4.Shop at the Night Markets: Krabi has a host of night markets to choose from, including the popular ones like Catalunya Walking Street and the Krabi Night Market. Rest assured, you’ll find everything here, from clothes to bags and spices to handicrafts. Don’t miss out on the local foods here!
5. Be a Party Animal at Ao Nang Beach: This pristine beach has some of the best bars and restaurants that play some really good tunes to kickstart the evening. A melange of tranquil meets energetic is what you can look forward to.
6. Experience Geological Beauty at Susan Hoi: This fossilised shellfish cemetery dates back 30-40 million years ago. Limestone deposits enveloped the shellfish and gradually fossilised them. In close proximity, there is also a Chinese temple that you can visit.
7. Visit an Elephant Sanctuary: Playing with these adorably gentle creatures is a wonderful way to spend your holiday in Krabi. You can feed them, bathe them and walk to the river with them and understand how well they are kept in their natural habitat.
8. Take a dip at the Hot Springs: Most of the hot springs of Krabi are said to have medicinal properties that are believed to cure a number of ailments. The picturesque location of these hot springs simply add to the beauty of taking a relaxing dip in the water.
9. Visit the famous Wat Kaew Temple: Right in the middle of Krabi town, this gorgeous temple has some beautifully intricate art adorning the walls. Most of them are Buddhist paintings in tones of blue with a large golden Buddha statue resting right in the centre of the temple.
10. Travel back in time at the Old Town: Amidst all the fancy shopping and modern architecture, lies this gem in Krabi which is frequented for its old-world charm. You’re sure to find the authentic taste of Thailand here, in terms of food, as well as the feel of the area.
11. Try your hand at Cooking Local Thai Cuisine: There are numerous schools in Krabi that give you an opportunity to understand what goes into cooking delicious Thai cuisine. You learn from experienced chefs and cook hands-in with the freshest ingredients available. Return home with some great recipes and show-off your skills to your loved ones once you’re back.
12. Pamper yourself at the Spa: Your trip to Krabi is incomplete without indulging in a relaxing spa. Enjoy a good scrub, a body wrap or a good massage, with local, natural ingredients that will rejuvenate your senses. This is a great activity to experience if you’re on honeymoon in Krabi or even if you’re travelling solo.
13. Go white Water Rafting: Try to stay afloat amidst the gushing rapids and treat yourself to some thrill. Rafting on the pearly white waters is a great activity for all, whether you’re travelling with family or with friends. You’ll be accompanied by a guide as you make your way, rowing through the rapids.
14. Hike To Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint: At a short distance from Krabi town, in Nong Thale, is the Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint. It is a short 3-hours trek which is approximately 4 kms long, leading up to the summit. Once at the top you are treated to enthralling views of the stream and the waterfall, and the splendid beauty all around.
15. Visit the unique Koh Klang: This is an island unlike any other that you’d find in Krabi. Koh Klang has a population of merely 5000 people, all of whom survive on the fish in the ocean.
This is primarily a fishing island where the folks work as fishermen or rice farmers. If you’re looking for something apart from sprawling sparkling sands and clean blue waters, this is the place to be.
Krabi has extremely beautiful beaches and lovely resorts on these beaches that offer great views to people who come to explore. Here is a list of the best resorts to stay in Krabi:
- Rayavadee Resort
- Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa
- The Tubkaak Krabi Krabi Boutique Resort
- Pimalai Resort and Spa
- Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach
- Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
- Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort
- Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Reserve
- Amari Vogue Krabi
- Nakamanda Resort and Spa
- Poonsiri Resort
- Beyond Resort
- Aonang Cliff Beach Resort
- Sand Sea Resort
- Krabi Heritage Hotel
There are various modes of transport that one can use to commute in Krabi. You can travel in all budgets and it is extremely fun to explore Krabi through the sea and the roads.
By Taxi: On Krabi island, the best option is to go for a Songthaew. You can share a Songthaew with other passengers and is one of the best modes of transport. There are taxis available as well. However, Songthaew is a more affordable option.
By Bike: Most tourists rent a bike in Krabi. There are various bike renting facilities available in Krabi.
By Ferries: If you want to make the most of the sea, then travel by the ferries which will help you get from one beach to another.
1. Krabi Night Market: Spread across 2000 sq.m., this lively place has some of the best street food, artisanal handicraft products and cheap shopping. There’s a plethora of stalls to shop at and musical performances to watch in the centre of it all.
Opening Hours: Fri, Sat & Sun from 17:00-22:00
2. Ao Nang’s Catalunya Walking Street: A wide L-shaped lane selling products including traditional fabrics, clothing, statues, candle-holders, and much more. There's also an art gallery of a popular portrait artist and modern restaurants that add an enthusiastic vibe to the street.
3. Maharaja Market: Maharaja Market is set up at sunrise and goes on throughout the day. It is a popular spot for local produce, herbs, spices and curry pastes that you can take back home. There’s a good range of exotic fruit to bite on as you beat the heat, and like every other Krabi market, there is no dearth of food here.
Opening Hours: 06:00 - 13:00
4. Chock Dee: If you’re a jewellery aficionado, this place is a must-visit on your trip to Krabi. The elegant boutique has some great options for bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more, intricately handmade with semi-precious and rare materials.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
5. Nopparat Thara: This is the latest addition to Krabi’s extensive shopping options. The area is home to 20 shops and a modernly styled food court with plants and a pond, that make for a great visual treat while shopping.
6. Klong Muang Plaza: Some of the finest antique items of Krabi can be found here. Along with it, you’ll also find a host of handicraft shops, massage parlours and a whole lot of food, which is an absolute must at any Krabi market.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
1. Scuba diving: If you want to make the most of what Krabi tourism has to offer, scuba diving here is a must! Swim about coral reefs and limestone towers, explore the unique seascapes and the mesmerising marine life. Return with a certificate to mark your introductory diving course.
Where: Ao Nang Bay and Ko Ha Yai Caverns
2. Snorkelling: Snorkelling is just like Scuba, but more enthralling because there is minimum equipment involved. Go deep down under and flip around to check out the exotic sea life. Here’s your chance to Find Nemo!
Where: Koh Lanta and Koh Rok
3. Windsurfing: Can’t decide between sailing or surfing? Go windsurfing to experience it all in one package! Ride the wave while admiring the crystal-clear waters and the beauty of Krabi as you zoom past. This does require some prior experience, so make sure to work on a few practice sessions before heading out into the sea.
Where: Lanta Islands
4. Wakeboarding: One of the coolest, newest sports to explore, wakeboarding seems pretty simple. All you have to do is jump onto a board, grab the cable connected to the speedboat and zoom across the jets of water as you feel the thrill!
Where: Near Ao Nang Beaches
5. Kite Surfing: Live to feel a good adrenaline rush? Kite surfing is just what will set your heart racing, but in a good way. Grab a steerable kite and literally fly in mid-air with the giant waves leading you along a you float.
Where: Ao Nang beach
6. White Water Rafting: High speed rapids, buttermilk-like white waters and the ultimate adventure, what’s not to like? Plunge through the rapids and paddle along to make your way to the other end of the river.
Where: Songpraek River
Here is a list of beaches that you can visit while in Krabi:
1. Tham Phra Nang Beach - An extremely beautiful beach that was once home to a princess.
2. Railay Beach - Ranked as one of the World’s most beautiful beaches.
3. Koh Hong Island - Perfect for the water baby in you!
4. Koh Pak Bia - The perfect landscape to leave your footprints behind!
5. Koh Poda Beach - Boasts of the lovely sand bar.
6. Ao Nang Centara Beach - The best of rocks and the best of sands, both in one beach.
7. Tub Kaek Beach - For the traveler in you that likes tranquil secluded spaces.
8. Nopparat Thara Beach - Soak in the sun while indulging in some sand fun!
1. Boogie Bar, Ao Nang: A 70s-style bar with well laid out tables, chairs, a pool table, a bar and a stage where talented local bands belt out some great tunes!
Opening Hours: 15:00 – 02:00
2. Bamboo Bar, Railay: A fun bar with great LIVE music and a beach-style setup. This is said to be one of the best places to kickstart the weekend with a chill vibe and some great cocktails.
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
3. Roots Rock Reggae Bar, Ao Nang: A mid-sized open-air bar which offers an impeccable view of the sunset, with fire shows held quite often. If you’re looking for reasonably priced drinks accompanied by some great tunes, look no further.
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:00
4. Lucky Restaurant & Last Bar, Railay: The name is attributed to this spot literally being the last bar at the end of the street. It offers an all-day menu, LIVE music and a unique tattoo studio that tourists love!
While they get the party started late in the evening, the restaurant here is kid-friendly, just in case you’re travelling with family and looking for a good spot to dine at.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 02:00
5. Sunset Bar, Klong Muang: With a relaxed vibe, an old-school ambience, and of course, a view of the sunset, Sunset Bar is the perfect place to hang out for long hours. The bar is designed with recycled materials which look really cool, while drinks and bites are reasonably priced, offering tourists just what they are looking for.
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
6. The Irish Embassy, Klong Muang: Located between high-class resorts in Krabi, The Irish Embassy is one of the few places that offers a great dining and nightlife experience.
Opening Hours: 13:00 – 00:00
1.Rejuvenate with a Thai-special Massage: No Krabi vacation is complete without an authentic Thai massage that’ll soothe your mind, body and soul. Make sure to share your preferences with the masseuse for a calming experience.
2. Head out on a Romantic sunset Cruise: Experience luxury at its finest as you cruise across the Andaman Sea, feeling the wind in your hair. The Ao Nang Beach offers an exemplary luxury cruise where you can eat, drink, admire Krabi’s most popular landmarks and and make the most of a romantic experience while at sea.
3. Dive deep to experience Scuba: If you and your partner are thalassophilia, experiencing Krabi’s marine life is a must! There are over 30 dive sites and numerous diving schools that’ll let you live the experience of moving amidst corals, caves, rock formations and the brilliant sea-life that inhabits the waters.
4. Relax on the tranquil Ao Nang Beach: 20 minutes away from Krabi, hidden away in the small town of Ao Nang, the local beach offers a unique vibe. The atmosphere here is lively and there are a good amount of bars and restaurants to relax while enjoying a good drink with your partner by your side.
5. Enjoy a therapeutic experience at Klong Thom Hot Springs: The thermal springs here are rich with natural minerals salts that are believed to have healing powers. Energise yourself with a good soak in naturally hot water, amidst the panoramic view of lush greenery. Sounds like the perfect honeymoon plan, doesn’t it?
6. Kayak through the Mangroves: Head out to Ao Thalane Bay or Ao Luk Mangrove and Caves to enjoy a scenic experience with your partner. Hire a kayak and explore the hidden gems of Krabi, including the coastlines, caves , and hidden lagoons.
7. Go on a 4-Island Tour: Witness the famous landmarks called Koh Poda, Koh Tub and Koh Mor, and Koh Gai. While Koh Poda is popular for its pristine beaches and snorkelling amidst coral reefs, Koh More and Koh Tub are interconnected islands. End your tour with Koh Gai that has a distinct shape, owing to which it’s called the Chicken Island.
8. Take a dip at the Emerald Pool: Nestled within the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, Emerald Pool has a delightful turquoise colour and lies beyond a short dense green trekking route. Spend a day here to experience the hot spring waters and explore the rare fauna and flora here.
Phi Phi islands are roughly 40 kilometres away from Krabi distance wise. Although, there are frequent ferries and frequent speed boats that take you from Krabi to Phi Phi. One can even opt for a tour covering Krabi and spending a day at Phi Phi.
There are plenty of cruise experiences to undertake while in Krabi. You can choose from any of the experiences mentioned below:
- Opt for a Krabi Sunset Cruise.
- Take a Phi Phi Island Tour in a speedboat from Krabi.
- Go on a Longtail boat to Hong Island and undertake snorkeling as well as Kayaking on the way.
- Experience the best of everything with a luxury cruise tour bordering the Krabi coastline.
- Go on a James Bond Island Speedboat Tour.
- Go on Catamaran sunset cruise.
- Take a Phang Nga Bay Cruise Tour from Krabi
- Experience the lovely mangroves in a boat tour from Krabi.
To experience nature at it’s best, you can check out these natural parks that are a must in your Krabi itinerary:
- Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary
- Hat Nopparat Thara National Park
- Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
- Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
- Klong Thom Hot Springs
- Krabi Shell Cemetery
- Mu Koh Lanta National Park
- Than Bokkoranee National Park
- Khao Nar Chu Chi
- Khiri Wong Valley Forest
Some temples that you may visit on your trip to Krabi are:
- Wat Khlong Thom
- Wat Kaew Koravaram
- Wat Sai Thai
- Krabi Tiger Cave
- Wat Bang Riand
- Wat Suwan Kuha
1. Namtok Ron Khlong Thom: An important element of Krabi tourism are the natural Hot Springs of Krabi, owing to the area’s year-round hot temperatures. Located in a small jungle, a short distance from Krabi town, Namtok Ron Khlong Thom is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Over the years, the waterfall here created baths which are filled with natural hot spring water, often compared to an outdoor jacuzzi.
2. Krabi Emerald Pool: In close proximity to Namtok Ron Khlong Thom is the Emerald Pool which lives up to its name showcasing crystal-clear emerald coloured water. This is another popular destination for the natural hot springs and the greenery around. A short walk through the pathway reveals the lake and the setting is an eye-pleasing one.
While this pool is open to visitors interested in a good swim, just a short distance beyond is the Blue Pool which is only for viewing purposes. It’s a popular spot because the water here too, is bright blue. The Emerald Pool serves to be a good visit all through the year, because the water stays naturally hot, throughout.
3. Than Bok Khorani National Park: Along with being a national park, Than Bok Khorani reflects the beauty of Krabi like none other. It’s a rainforest with several natural hot springs and is flocked by tourists for most of the year.
Being a park, this is a great place to enjoy all day long, which is why it is such a popular attraction even amidst those who don’t plan on swimming. The park is easy to manoeuvre through and get a glimpse of the unique fauna and flora that inhabit Thailand.
1. Ao Nang Night Market: Known to be one of the most popular local markets in the Ao Nang area, this market is known for the food it offers. There’s everything here from barbecued meats and delicious desserts to refreshing juices and sweet iced teas.
Beyond the food stalls you’ll find tons of cheap clothes, bags, shoes, accessories and electronics that give the market a vibrant touch.
Location: Near 7/11, ahead of Boxing Stadium in Ao Nang
Opening hours: Wednesdays, 4pm to 7.30pm
2. Chao Fah Night Market: Sprawling across 1400 sq.m of space, the Chao Fah Night Market is the biggest food market in Krabi. There’s a whole lot of Thai, Chinese and Arabic cuisine to get your hands on. Creamy desserts and delightful beverages await after you’re done satiating your hunger.
Location: Chao Fah Pier on Kong Ka Road, Krabi Town
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm to 12.30pm
3. City Market: If you aren’t one who enjoys shopping for tangible products, but prefer to spend all your money on food, then you simply can’t miss out on the City Market in Krabi. There's a wide range of freshly cut fruit, laid out to form a colourful platter.
Apart from the healthy options here, City Market is dessert heaven! You’ll find sticky rice with mango, coconut waffles, rice cake and lots more to feast on.
Location: Sukhom Road, between Uttarakit Road and Maharaj Road, Krabi Town
Opening hours: Daily, 2pm to 8pm
4. Krabi Town Walking Street: Open only on weekends, Krabi Town Walking Street is loaded with stalls serving decadent desserts and supreme savouries, while in the centre of the square local artistes entertain you with music and dance performances.
After devouring some good food and crazy concoctions, head to the other stalls for some funky souvenirs, handicrafts and jewellery. There’s also a caricature stall here if you’d like to take home a personal souvenir.
Location: Behind Vogue Department Store, Krabi Town
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 6pm to 9.30pm
1. Krabi Jungle Trek: Spend a good amount of time riding on the backs of majestic beasts! The elephant is considered to be a sacred, national animal of Thailand and trekking through the forests, resting atop these gentle creatures is the finest way to explore the woods.
The panoramic views of limestone cliffs, lush greenery and abundant coconut palms, simply add to the beauty of this pristine area. Reward your elephants with some delightful treats, before heading back home.
2. Huay Tho Waterfall Safari: When in Krabi, do it like the locals. Experience an elephant-back ride through nature’s bounty and the dense forests. All the elephants here belong to the locals who treat them like family members, so make sure you do too.
Feed them with treats, get friendly with them and let them take you on a memorable trek, one that you’ll never forget!
3. Krabi Elephant Sanctuary and Aonang Elephant Sanctuary: Elephants that are made to do laborious tasks are rescued and brought to the sanctuaries in Krabi where they are allowed to roam freely in their natural habitat. Amidst the tranquillity of your surroundings, you’re taken on a tour by a guide who will show you around and let you explore the natural living of the elephants.
You can cook for them, feed them, play with them, and then take them for a walk to the river and the fresh water lagoons. Here, you’re allowed to bathe them and learn all about them before bidding them farewell.
There are many Krabi tourism packages that include half-day/full-day cookery classes. If not, you can always customise your package and choose to attend a cookery school.
This is a great activity if you’re looking for socialising and meeting new people while on vacation, or also if you’re travelling with friends and family. Some of the best culinary schools in Krabi are:
1. Pum Thai Cooking Classes: A teaspoon of knowledge, a tablespoon of technique, and a touch of tradition, and you’re on your way to learning the best of Thai cuisine! Pum’s Cooking Classes teaches the art of cooking with the freshest ingredients along with the use of essential herbs and spices.
2. Ya Cookery School: This isn’t just a cookery school with expertise in Thai cooking, but is also a Thai restaurant. So after a great cooking session, where you understand and explore the local flavours and cook with some of the freshest ingredients, you can choose to dine here.
They also offer a comfortable stay at their pool villa and meditation activities that you can practice the next morning.
3. Aonang Thai Cookery School: Founded in 2001, the chef guiding you at the Aonang Thai Cookery School has over 10 years of experience at some of Thailand’s most renowned 5-star restaurants.
4. Smart Cook Thai Cookery School: Introduced by Chiang Mai, this professional and globally known school in Ao Nang gives you the opportunity to cook and serve up some great Thai dishes. Cooking here is like taking back a valuable souvenir that you can gift to your friends and family back home, with a personal touch.
Krabi has a different level of beauty at every footstep. To see the best of Krabi, you should explore it through various walking trails and trekking trails. The wilderness contrasts perfectly with the deep waters and the white sands. Have a different experience with each walking trail and explore everything that Krabi has to offer to you. Here are some trekking trails in Krabi that you can explore:
- Koh Ngai and Paradise Beach
- Phanom Bencha National Park
- Tab Kak Hang Nak
- Dragon Crest Mountain Trail
- Tubkaak Beach to Peak
- Ngorn Nak Mountain
- Wat Tham Suea/Tiger Cave Temple
Krabi has a tropical climate, all year-round. Monsoon is from May to October, November to February is dry but pleasant, March to May is hot and humid owing to the oncoming rains.
1. November to February: While November may witness heavy spells of monsoon that continue from the previous months, the monsoons recede by mid-November and the weather is pleasant for the next few months. On a rare occasion, when it gets slightly cold, the temperature may drop to 20°C.
2. March to May: These are the months when Krabi is extremely hot! Owing to the onset of monsoon, the weather is very humid and the temperatures are as high as 36°C. Temperatures are still relatively low in March, which makes for a good time to visit.
You might experience some short spells of pre-monsoon showers during these months, especially in April and May.
3. June to October: Krabi witnesses monsoon in June and while there may not be heavy rainfall every day, there is still abundant rainfall accompanied by strong sea breeze. Owing to the strong winds, most of the tourist spots are shut during these months.
There are frequent high-tides and temperatures are relatively high. In fact, the temperature of Krabi rarely drops below 30°C. Krabi is also prone to tropical cyclones, which are formed near the Arabian Sea and move towards the Bay of Bengal. This happens primarily from April to June and October to December, however, there is a chance of these cyclones occurring anytime between April and December.