Krabi Town is a wonderful town in which to experience the reality of life for Thai locals. It is a fantastic base from which to explore the beaches and tiny islands nearby.
It’s a beautiful area! The Krabi River estuary stretches alongside Krabi town and there’s a great view of the quirkily shaped Kanab Nam limestone edifices and Panom Bencha mountain looms in the distance.
Here’s our guide to some fun things to do in Krabi town, an affordable, vibrant, and friendly place in beautiful Thailand.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN KRABI TOWN
Hike to Wat Tham Sua Temple
Hikers will adore the walk to the Wat Tahm Seua cave temple that lies 5 miles away from Krabi Town in the Ao Luk Thanu mountain paradise.
The name of this ancient spiritual dwelling translates to Tiger’s Claw as that is exactly what the rock formation looks like!
A visit here will reward the curious traveller with a feeling of deep peacefulness. It’s a centre for meditation and we recommend taking a moment to yourself to soak up the divine atmosphere.
This picturesque cave complex consists of a series of small limestone caves, ornate buildings in warm hues, and sets of gruelling, crumbling steps. There are stunning statues of Kuan Im, the fertility goddess, and an enormous Buddha keeping serene watch over the magnificent views of rugged mountains and lush forest.
Visit Wat Kaew Korawaram Temple
The main temple in Krabi Town is Wat Kaew Korawaram. The façade is a dazzling white which looks incredible in the tropical sunshine. The inside is a complete contrast with bold and colourful artwork illustrating interesting stories from Buddha’s life.
As with many Thai temples and monasteries, there is a gorgeous feeling of calm, and visitors are simply asked to respect a few boundaries put in place by the monks and holy men.
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Relax at Klong Thom Hot Springs
Are you the adventurous type?! 70km away from Krabi Town is an emerald green oasis of hot springs. Many tourists choose to hire a scooter and ride the sixty-mile journey. (But if you do, please wear a cycle helmet and drive carefully!)
Klong Thom hot springs is a supremely relaxing place, even at busier times. The water is mineral-rich and, combined with the muscle soothing heat, your body and mind will feel transformed.
The musicality of the spring’s bubble and flow fills the tranquil air as you sit in baths that have been created by nature. Bliss!
Discover Khao Kanab Nam
These unusual limestone giants are the mythical gateway to Krabi Town. The steep cliffs rise one hundred metres into the sky and are gently lapped at by the somnolent river.
Mystery surrounds Khao Kanab Nam, unexplained human remains have been found nearby and locals love to weave spooky stories to enthral inquisitive visitors.
Our favourite part of this trip was exploring the caves hewn into one of the mountains. The stalactite formations and prehistoric cave murals were fascinating.
The nearby village of Ko Klang is a great traditional location to chat with fishermen, watch a weaving demonstration, or buy home-made handicrafts.
Visit the Night Market in Krabi Town
People watching is one of the great joys of travelling and a mooch around the night market of Krabi Town is the perfect place to indulge!
Wandering, looking, and talking is an intrinsic part of Thai culture so you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with the majority of the local population on a weekend between 5 and 10pm.
Head to the road junction near the Vogue store to begin your investigation of the pedestrianised market square. There is plentiful shopping to be done, we bought some beautiful fabric and cute gifts.
There is live music playing on most nights and the ambiance is fantastic as you tuck into street food from one of the multitudes of stalls selling customary Thai delicacies, fresh fruit, and sweet treats.
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Take a day trip to Railay Beaches
Railay Beach is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Soft, creamy sand, sapphire blue seas, and imposing cliffs are a beach lovers dream.
One of the most breath-taking beaches in Thailand, Railay Beach boasts stunning white sands, sapphire blue water, and towering limestone cliffs. It’s a must-see if you appreciate chilling on the beach.
However, if you’re more the type of person who can’t sit still for long there is still plenty of fun to be had on Railay Beach. Snorkelling, diving into lagoons, and exploring the many secluded caves.
Take a boat from Chaofa Pier, in tourist season they leave regularly, you’ll alight on the sand after a pleasant 45-minute journey.
If a beautiful beach is your idea of nirvana, you may be undecided about which spectacular shoreline you should try out first from Tonsai or Railay beaches.
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