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What to see and do in Krabi, top 12 most popular activities

by Pierre To
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Things to see and do in Krabi, Railay Beach (Rai Leh)

There are many things to see and do in Krabi, the province has no shortage of activities and places to visit, so here are the 12 most popular activities.

1 - Tiger cave temple

Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi

The Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) is located 10 km from the city centre.

It is built in a limestone cave surrounded by forest and to reach it you will have to climb the 1237 steps!

If you reach the top, you will be rewarded for your efforts with a magnificent view of the city:

View of Krabi city from the tiger cave

View of Krabi city from the tiger caves

2 - Things to see and do in Krabi: Khao Kanab Nam

Khao Kanab Nam

This is the name of the two karst rocks located to the north of the city centre, which are the symbol of the city of Krabi.

You can reach the rocks by taking a longtail (motorboat) from the town's jetty, the journey takes 15 minutes.

Then you can take a staircase to the top and visit the caves to admire the stalactites and stalagmites and the prehistoric paintings.

3 - Things to see and do in Krabi: Wat Kaew

Wat Kaew Krabi

It is one of the main temples of the Krabi CityIt is a newly built building and looks a bit like a white wedding cake. It is located on Thanon (street) Maharat near Th. Pattana.

4 - The Krabi Museum of Contemporary Art

L'Andaman Art Museum is a new museum that opened in 2014 and features sculptures and paintings by Thai and international artists.

It is located opposite the Wat KaewOpen from 10 am to 5 pm.

5 - Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park

It is a 390 km² marine national park of limestone mountains, white sandy beaches, spectacular islands, and coral reefs.

It includes fossill Shell Beach, Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara.

The national park is a category II protected area, you must therefore be careful not to commit any damage, the fines can be very high!

6- Fossil Shell Beach, the cemetery of fossil shells

Located some 7 km west ofAo Nang, Fossil Shell Beach (Thai: Su-san Hoi) is a pile of fossilised shells that is believed to be 40 million years old.

There is a small museum and a huge number of gift shops.

Entrance to the museum is 200 baht for foreigners and 20 baht for Thais, but the visit is not interesting unless you are a student of geology.

7- Things to see and do in Krabi: Ao Nang beach (อ่าว นาง)

Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi

Ao Nang beach on the forest side

Ao Nang is a long sandy beach surrounded by impressive cliffs.

It is the most popular beach in KrabiThe area is very busy at weekends and during the high season there are many accommodations and restaurants.

It is located about 20 km from the Krabi City and is easily accessible by song taew from the bus station where vehicles leave every 20 minutes (for 50 to 100 baht a ride).

You can compare the price of hotels in Ao Nang on : Booking.com

Ao Nang Longtails beach

Longtails on Ao Nang beach

8 - Nopparat Thara Beach

A quiet, shaded, picturesque beach bordered by Casuarina trees. It is located at the western end ofAo Nang.

During low tide you can walk to some of the steep limestone islands nearby.

However, ask the locals if it is "jellyfish season" before diving! (see also : Dangerous animals to know in Thailand).

9 - Railay or Rai Leh Beach

Railay Beach (Rai Leh)

Railay Beach

A beautiful beach nearAo NangIt can only be reached by longtail boat or kayak. It is on the mainland, but is cut off by the limestone hills.

The beach is cleaner than those inAo Nang and Nopparat TharaThere are some caves to explore.

The cliffs of Railay attract climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular because of its beautiful beaches and a calm, relaxing atmosphere.

The four main sectors of Railay are Phra Nang, West Railay, East Railay and Ton Sai.

Ton Sai is aimed at climbers and hikers, you will find mid-priced accommodation on East Railay and luxury resorts on the West Railay.

To reach Railway and Phra nang beaches, you have to take a longtail boat (Ruea Hang Yao), and it's on average 100 baht one way and 150 for the return trip.

In the low season, it can be difficult to access because the long-tail pilots want to collect at least 800 baht for the crossing, so they expect the required number of passengers.

You can compare the price of hotels in Railay with Booking.com.

10 - Phra Nang beach and cave

Krabi (Phra Nang Cave)

The beach of Phra Nang was recently voted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, it is 20 minutes away from Ao Nang by longtail canoe.

It is a good place to swim but during the high season there is not much room as most of the beach is taken up by longtail.

Here you can watch the climbers on the cliffs next to the beach, visit the cave, have a massage, or eat a delicious roast chicken with salad.

Despite the crowds and the noise of the longtail boats, the beach is still pleasant.

Phra Nang Beach

Phra Nang Beach

The legend of Phra Nang : The story goes back to the 3rd century BC. A royal boat carrying an Indian princess was wrecked on this beach during a heavy storm.

It is said that the spirit of the princess took refuge in the cave on the cliff near the wreck and that she has since granted the wishes of those who come to pay their respects.

Fishermen continue to place carved wooden phalluses here so that Phra Nang, the 'holy princess', will grant them abundant fishing.

Phra Nang cave

The cellar of Princess Nang

11 - Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokkhorani National Parks

Inland there are two national parks, Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokkhorani, which offer scenic attractions including waterfalls and caves, as well as opportunities for hiking, bird watching and eco-tours.

Khao Phanom Bencha Park

Khao Phanom Bencha Park

12 - Things to see and do in Krabi: other activities

Diving in Krabi

Kayaking, sailing, go-karting, birdwatching and snorkelling are also among the main activities of the Krabi.

Paying activities

See also :
Krabi, complete guide to the city and province

Photos : Tiger Cave Temple: Frenchy 54 ; Khao Kanab Nam : Martin Wölfle ; Raylay Phra Nang Beach and Ao Nang Longtails: Jpatokal; Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi: Максим Улитин; Koh Jum to Krabi: sweijsters Koh Kradan 1 and 2: Vaclav Zrno; Krabi (Phra Nang Cave): Nick Steemans; Rock near Phra Nang Beach in Krabi: Mark Fischer Phra Nang Beach: kallerna View of Krabi town from the tiger cave: kallerna; Railay Beach (Rai Leh): kallerna; Khao Phanom Bencha Park: Swhemma; Diver : Phattrapornd

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