Krabi, Thailand is a paradise: really, there’s nothing less to it. Wondering what to do in Krabi? From the best parties at Ao Nang to the most delicious food selections at night markets and islands all around, Krabi finds a way to surprise anyone who comes here again and again. Include these 15 bucket list items on your next trip to this Thai province!

1. The famous Railay Beach

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Railay Beach is where you go when you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s city streets. It’s a small peninsula with four beaches, each boasting of tranquil scenes and gorgeous white sand, topped with limestone cliffs, caves and an enchanting lagoon. There are no roads here (a testament to its serenity), and what’s better is that there are rows upon rows of restaurants and various accommodation options despite this.

  • Location: Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Rate: N/A

2. Phi Phi Islands

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Phi Phi Islands is another must-see destination for beach bums: you may actually recognize this quaint group of islands as one of them, Maya Bay, was featured in The Beach (starring Leonardo DiCaprio). It’s so peaceful here that one island is in fact completely rid of humans, and another island doesn’t have any roads – instead, you’re surrounded by breath-taking rock formations, marine life, and a ton of activities like snorkeling, diving, beachfront dining and drinks and shark-watching tours.

Getting to Phi Phi is easy, and you have two options: to take a ferry or a speedboat. Ferries are more popular because of how affordable they are, and going to Phi Phi from Krabi only takes about 90 minutes from the Koh Lanta pier in Krabi. Ferry schedules vary.

  • Location: Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Rate: SG $21 for a one-way ferry ticket

3. Tiger Cave Temple

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It takes all 1,237 steps to get to Tiger Cave Temple (and yes, that’s upwards), but let us tell you that it’s very much worth it – this temple is gorgeous and a feast for the adventurer in you. It has tiger paw prints on the stone (hence the name), and is surrounded by large trees and mountains that are over a hundred years old. It’s originally a meditation center where you can spot stone tools and pottery, and you’ll notice that there are photos of internal organs plastered on its walls

  • Location: Krabi, Thailand
  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Rate: Entrance is free

4. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

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Thick forests run abound in Khao Phanom Bencha National Park. This natural gem plays host to the majestic Hauy Toe Fall, and it’s filled with natural streams, wildlife, woodland and more than 200 types of birds. The falls itself has 11 layers and stands tall at 80 meters – perfect for a quick dip or an exhilarating dive. The park has other attractions too, like the Huay Sa-ke (a 3-storey waterfall with crystal clear pond), and Phanom Bencha’s peak, for those who love hiking and who want to see a breath-taking view of all of Krabi.

  • Location: Tambon Khao Phanom, Amphoe Mueang, Krabi 81000
  • Operating hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM every day
  • Rate: N/A

5. Ko Lanta Yai

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A secluded getaway on a miles-long stretch of fine sand amidst clear crystal waves: what more can you ask for? Ko Lanta Yai is the perfect backdrop for your next beach vacation because it’s a mix of a quiet shoreline and buzzing rural life. You can go for any of the diving spots here for a bit of adventure, or you can tour around the island on motorbike and explore street food stalls and villages on stilts. You can also go snorkeling, sailing and island hopping, so although the beach is serene, it’s certainly not boring.

  • Location: Ko Lanta, Ko Lanta District, Krabi
  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Rate: Varies, starts at SG $42.23 per day for a low-end room, streetfood meal, a bottle of beer and public transport

6. Thung Teao Forest Natural Park

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With treetops reaching out as far as the sky, and with so many kinds of flora and fauna running about, it’s easy to feel like you’re in a different world when you’re here. Aside from being a great hideaway spot, there’s a crystal lagoon in the park too where you can take a relaxing swim by the waterfalls! This park is also one of Southern Thailand’s last remaining tropical forests, so travelers and managers alike take great care in preserving this area.

  • Location: Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is situated in the Khao Pra-Bang Khram area, next to the Bang Teao Village
  • Operating hours: Open from sunrise to sunset
  • Rate: SG $8.45 for adults, SG $4.22 for children

7. Khao Khanab Nam

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This mountain range is one of the most well-known landmarks in Krabi, and it’s with good reason: it’s a natural wonder to behold in its own merit. These mountains sit atop a series of caves that, we confess, is pretty creepy (what with all the human skeletons inside them), but nevertheless, are beautiful. Avid hikers can also climb atop one of Khao Khanab Nam’s mountains.

  • Location: Khlong Prasong, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Budget: SG $1.27 entrance fee

8. Klong Thom Hot Springs

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Bathe in hot springs au naturale. These natural hot springs were carved from smooth rock, with water streaming in from thermal springs situated in volcanic chambers. Its waters are said to contain mineral salts that pose a lot of health benefits too. The hot springs are surrounded by rainforest, so it’s clearly much better and relaxing than the usual hot-tub-bath-at-home, and if you want to shake off the heat, there’s a cool stream nearby where you can do so.

  • Location: Est. around 70 km from town and near Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reseerve
  • Operating hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Rate: SG $3.80 for the hot springs

9. Susan Hoi

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For archaeology and history fans, Susan Hoi is a must-visit. Located on a 200-meter beach along Ban Lame Pho, Susan Hoi is called a “shell cemetery” because the limestone deposits in the water around the area turned shellfish and marine creatures into fossils – with the origins of this process dating back to a million years ago. Nearby, there are mangrove forests and a Chinese temple you can explore too.

  • Location: Susan Hoi, Bam Laem Pho Cape, Southwest of Krabi
  • Operating hours: 9 AM – 5 PM daily
  • Rate: N/A

10. Krabi Town Night Market

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Maybe you actually want to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city’s vibrant nightlife. If you do, explore Krabi Town Night Market. You’ll find local vendors selling handicrafts, trinkets, jewelry, paintings, decorative pieces made of recycled items, and flower bouquets for all occasions. There are also musical performances here, which you can enjoy while taking a satisfying bite out of the food being sold in the market. Try out any of their halal dishes, skewered and seafood meat, pad thai, grilled cuttlefish, mango with sticky rice and pandan custard!

  • Location: Pak Nam, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
  • Operating hours: Friday – Sunday 6 PM onwards
  • Rate: Varies

11. Ao Nang

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Ao Nang is a party-goer’s paradise: it’s a long beach with fine sand and with even finer parties. It’s filled with adult entertainment scenes and bars where you can drink the night away, and there are various bars to suit your taste, like Boogie Bar (70’s themed bar)  Soi RCA (a centerpiece in the clubbing scene) and a rooftop bar called The Deck serves up the meanest cocktails. Any ‘partyphile’ would be remiss to not visit Ao Nang! 

  • Location: Ao Nang Beach, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81180, Thailand
  • Operating hours: Varies
  • Rate: Varies

12. Phra Nang Beach

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Located on the southern tip of Railay beach, Phra Nang Beach is where you go when you want a blend of mystery and nature rolled into one: you get soft, fine sand and clear shallow waters, coral reefs, caves and limestone cliffs. On the flip side, you also get a bit of mystery: there’s a cave here called the Princess Cave, and it’s located at the bottom of the limestone cliffs. It’s said to be dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess and has a vast number of offerings dedicated to the deity.

  • Location: Phra Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand
  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Rate: You can take a boat from Ao Nang to Phra Nang Beach as well for only SG $4.22

13. Krabi Elephant Camp

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15 minutes away from Ao Nang, the Nosey Parker’s Elephant Trekking and River Camp is a jungle forest filled with lush trees, wildlife, and some of the most majestic elephants you can find. Here, guests can spot monkeys and birds living together with elephants in their natural habitats, and guests can also ride and interact with the elephants here.  

  • Location: 19 Krabi Road, Parknam, Muang Krabi 81000 Thailand
  • Operating hours: 9 AM – 12NN; 1 PM – 4 PM
  • Rate: SG $33.77 (adults) and SG $16.50 (children)  for one hour of elephant trekking

14. Vat Kaew Temple

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This vast, beautiful temple is a sight to see. Located on a hill overlooking downtown Krabi, Vat Kaew Temple traces its origins back to 1887 when monks arrived to establish a dwelling in the area. The temple stands on a 2,500 square-meter terrace that you can access using a staircase nearby. It features a large BUddha statue, several historical Buddha relics and breathtaking paintings lining the temple’s walls. There’s also store nearby that sells souvenirs, food and drinks.

  • Location: Soi 6, Maharaj Road, Krabi Downtown
  • Operating hours: 10 AM – 5 PM (Tue – Sun)
  • Rate: N/A

15. White Water Rafting at Songprak river

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Thrill-seekers would get a kick out of this one. Songprak river is filled with class II to class IV rapids paired with jungles all around, so you really feel like you’re on an adventure of a lifetime. And if you’re a newbie, don’t worry – there’s a first time for everything, and you’ll be given short instructions and a training session at the base camp before you launch into action. You’ll also have professional guides with you all the time, so you don’t have to worry about paddling the wrong way.

  • Location: Songprak River, Phang Nga province, Krabi
  • Operating hours: 10 AM – 3:30 PM (you can arrange for hotel pick up at 8 AM and drop off at 5:00 PM)
  • Rate: Starts at SG $48.75

Krabi town and beyond

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