Krabi is a lively town popular with travellers as a gateway to nearby islands and beaches. A destination in its own right for great local food (especially authentic curries) and cool bars to visit. Nature provides limestone karsts jutting out of the sea and a mountainous landscape around you; mangrove lined rivers to explore; with the surrounding province offering some good national parks bursting with rare and diverse wildlife, waterfalls and hot springs to take a dip.
Krabi town has no beaches, so if you’re looking for tropical beaches, you may just want to pass through.
Krabi provides a local feel you won’t find so much on some of the nearby islands and beaches; the most popular of which are Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta and Railay. The central focal point of the town is the Maharaj Market, where you will find local Thai Muslims cooking up some super tasty authentic curries, many restaurants and cool bars. At night out on the streets around Chao Fa Pier, grills fire up to cook up freshly caught seafood and a delicious variety of wok dishes. Thara Park down by Krabi River is a great place for a run or to get a shaded view of the river. Further up river you will see the iconic Khao Khanab Nam, two 100m karsts with caves and mangroves to be explored. The surrounding Krabi Province contains the natural beauty of lush rainforests bursting with rare species of wildlife, famously used in the filming of The Beach.
When To Go
The dry season is November to April.
A day or two will give you a chance to sample Krabi's lively atmosphere and surroundings. Although cheap accommodation and tasty local food may keep you longer.