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See and do in Krabi Thailand – Top 12 most popular activities

There are many things to see and do in Krabi, the province does not lack activities and place to visit, so here are the 12 most popular activities.

1 – Tiger cave temple

temple of the tiger cave in Krabi

The temple of the Tiger cave (Wat Tham Suea) is located 10 km from the city center.

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 NamIt is the name of the two karst rocks located north of the city center and which are the symbol of the city of Krabi.

You can reach its rocks by taking a boat from the city pier; the journey takes 15 minutes.

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

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

Wat Kaew KrabiIt is one of the main temples of the city of Krabi, of recent construction.

It is located on Thanon (street) Maharat near Th. Pattana.

4 – The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krabi

The Andaman Art Museum is a new museum opened in 2014, where you can admire sculptures and paintings by Thai and international artists.

It is located in front of Wat Kaew, open from 10 am to 5 pm.

5 – “Hat-Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi”

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

It includes “Shell Beach fossil,” Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara.

The national park is a category II protected area, so you must be careful not to damage it, fines can be very high!

6- “Shell Beach Fossil,” the cemetery of fossil shells

Located some 7 km west of Ao Nang, Fossil Shell Beach (in Thai: Su-san Hoi) is a 40 million-year-old fossilized shell pile.

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

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

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

Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang KrabiAo Nang range on the drill side

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

It is the busiest beach in Krabi, there are many people on weekends, and during the high season, you will find many accommodations and restaurants.

It is located about 20 km from the city of Krabi and is easily accessible by pickup taxi from the bus station where vehicles leave every 20 minutes (for 50 to 100 baht the race).

plage de Ao Nang LongtailsLongtails on the beach of Ao Nang

8 – Nopparat Thara Beach

Hat-Noppharat-Thara-beach

Picturesque, calm, and shady beach, lined with Casuarina trees. It is located at the western end of Ao Nang.

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

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

9 – Railay or Rai Beach Leh

Railay Beach (Rai Leh)Railay range

A beautiful beach near Ao Nang, which can only be reached by boat or kayak.

It is on the mainland but is cut by the limestone hills.

The beach is cleaner than Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara, and there are a few caves to explore.

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

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

Ton Sai is for climbers and hikers; you will find mid-priced accommodation on Railay East and luxury complexes on Railay West.

To reach the beaches of Railway and Phra nang, it is necessary to take a longtail shuttle boat (Ruea Hang Yao), and it is on average 100 bahts the outward journey and 150 for the round trip.

In low season, it can be difficult to access because the pilots of longtails (motor dugouts) want to collect at least 800 baht for the crossing, so they expect the required number of passengers.

10 – Phra Nang Beach and Cave

Krabi (Phra Nang Cave)Phra Nang beach was recently voted one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world; it is located 20 minutes from Ao Nang by boat.

It is a good place to swim, but during the high season, there is not much space left because most of the beach is occupied by boats.

You can watch the climbers on the cliffs next to the beach, visit the cave, get a massage, or eat a delicious roasted chicken with salad.

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

Phra Nang BeachPhra Nang range

The legend of Phra Nang: the history would go back to the 3rd century BC. A royal boat, carrying an Indian princess, sank on this beach during a heavy storm.

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

Fishermen continue to deposit carved wooden phallus in it, so that Phra Nang, “the holy princess,” can give them an abundant catch.

Phra Nang cavePrincess Nang’s cellar

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-visits.

Khao Phanom Bencha ParkParc de Khao Phanom Bencha

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

Krabi DiveKayaking, sailing, karting, bird watching, snorkeling are also among Krabi’s main activities.


See also:
Krabi, a 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 Beach : Jpatokal ; Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi : Максим Улитин ; Koh Jum in 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 city from the tiger cave : kallerna; Railay Beach (Rai Leh) : kallerna ; Khao Phanom Bencha Park : Swhemma ; Diver : Phattrapornd

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