Krabi the gem of the Andaman Sea, is abundant with picturesque landscapes. Only the pictures of stunning limestone cliffs, beautiful beaches, refreshing waterfalls, breathtaking inland and sea caves, riveting underwater, spectacular islands such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and plentiful activities continually invite those who have never visited as well as those who have been to come back. It is a home to several National Parks with over 130 surrounding islands waiting to be explored. Railay beach is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand and is only accessible by sea. Others worth a visit include Ao Nang, Nopparat Thara and Tubkaak beaches. Kayaking, snorkelling, parasailing, scuba diving, rock climbing; choices of adventure activities are plenty. While the beaches and islands in Krabi are some of the best diving spots in the world, rock climbing at the limestone cliffs of Railay beach can be quite a unique experience.
Consequently, Krabi is an important port city for both local fisherman as well as boats ferrying visitors to the nearby attractions, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railay Beach, one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.Imagine a gorgeous bouquet of different flowers, each one of them more beautiful than the other. Krabi is somewhat like that motley bunch. Brimming with numerous white sand beaches and islands that are both emerald and azure, Krabi has all the right ingredients for the ultimate beach destination.
Food is an important ingredient of a delightful holiday in Krabi. Being a coastal region, fresh, delicious seafood adorns the menus of all eateries in Krabi. Much like Bangkok and Phuket, one can find a number of street food stalls all over the province serving local Thai food. Transport and facilities are no troublesome. They are available almost at every hour of the day.
The best time to visit Krabi is between November and March, which is also the peak tourist season. June to October Krabi experiences heavy rainfall and is therefore not frequented by too many tourists.
November to mid-March: This is the coolest season in Krabi after the rains are over. With the best weather, naturally, this is also the busiest time with most tourists planning their trips around this period. This is the perfect time to spend the day relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches in Krabi and enjoying water sports in the calm sea.
Mid-March to May: These are considered as the hottest months in Krabi just before monsoon hits Thailand. The temperatures vary in the mid-thirties, with humidity levels steadily on the rise. One of the reasons why you should plan a trip in April is to witness the Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year, when people sprinkle water on each other!
June to October: Monsoon season in Phuket lasts from May to October. While the weather is humid, the prices are at an all-time low, making this one of the cheapest seasons to plan a trip. Apart from being cost effective, it’s also a peaceful time to visit because it’s not as crowded as the high season. The wettest months are May, September and October, but continuous days of heavy rainfall are rare.
GETTING AROUND IN KRABI
The Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city limits, 15 km from the city center, and 40km from Ao Nang. Krabi is serviced by Thai Airways,from Bangkok, Bangkok Airways from Koh Samui, and Thai AirAsia from both Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Direct buses to Krabi operate daily from the Southern Bus Terminal of Bangkok and take up to 10 hours to reach Krabi. There are also daily buses plying between Phuket and Krabi and take up to 3-4 hours to reach. Options include air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned, deluxe and luxury coaches.
One can rent cars to travel between Krabi and other parts of Thailand such as Bangkok and Phuket and also for travelling within Krabi. Thailand is a left-hand drive country and it is also a must to have an international driving license to drive in Thailand. Renting motor bikes is another good way to explore Krabi. Bikes are available for hire on a daily basis; however, one has to pay for gasoline.
Must see in krabi
Phi Phi islands
The Phi Phi islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. Featuring classic tropical beaches, stunning rock formations and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life, it is paradise perfected. Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh.The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The Islands are reachable by speedboats or long tail boat most often from Krabi Town or from various piers in phuket province. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
Paka Show Park
The first and only glowing illumination Manorah show in Krabi Thailand. Associating with an authentic traditional Thai dancing and modern performance style creating a world class innovation stage show as well as a powerful choreograph, a delicate dancing, and a myth story of legendary forming a great show. Illumanorah, A Light Glowing technique with a spectacular performance.The story of the show based on the real legendary myth of Southern part of Thailand mixed with modern technique. The first 360 degree permanently stage in Thailand allows you to watch the show clearly.The show performed by the real Southern performers more than 40 lives Whose all was cast and trained for years to get ready for the show.All the costumes used in the show were inspired from the Menorah costume presenting the different arts of Southern culture.Don't miss this unique show and cultural experience under the starry sky of Krabi.
Krabi’s fairytale limestone crags come to a dramatic climax at Railay (also spelled Rai Leh), the ultimate jungle gym for rock-climbing fanatics. Accessible only by boat, this slice of paradise fills in the sandy gaps between each craggy flourish. It’s just around the bend from Ao Nang, so the tourist hustle sometimes spills over, but the atmosphere here remains one of laid-back, Thai-Rasta bliss.The four main areas of Railay consist of Phra Nang, West Railay, East Railay, and Ton Sai. Ton Sai caters to climbers and the backpacker set and is more rustic in character than the glitz of West Railay and the shops and restaurants of the East Railay boardwalk.
Tiger Cave Temlpe
"Tiger Cave" is located about 3 kilometres from Krabi Town. Inside the cave there are what appear to be tiger paw prints in the stone. The Tiger Cave 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.The main tourist attraction in the temple complex is the 1,272 step climb up a limestone tower to see the "footprint of the Buddha".Tiger Cave temple, also known as Wat Tham Sua.
Rain Forest Tour
The famous Krabi rainforest sanctuary features naturally hollowed-out “bathtubs jacuzzi” filled to the brim with running spring water at a pleasant 35-40C for you to relax in the jungle spa. The pool area was shady and a nice place to relieve stress, tension and soothing aching muscles.Along the jungle tracks to the hotspring, watch out for the tall swaying bamboo trees that grows among other plants with their built-in defense systems; observe closely their big sharp thorns that protect themselves from danger. Species of insects, spiders, birds, flowers, rattan creepers and hermit mountain crabs can be found here. This place is rich in tropical fora and fauna. Here one can observe the intricacy growth of the climbing rattan or the marching black jungle ants among the pitcher plants growing under the forest canopy shade.When you are in Krabi for a holiday, don’t miss Krabi Rainforest as it is all fun and exciting, good for a group or family-oriented trip.