As a coastal town, Krabi, Thailand doesn’t offer much for tourists on a rainy day. Visit during the sunny season, however, and you’ll be rewarded with pristine, white sandy beaches, isolated islands, and clear, calm waters perfect for diving, snorkelling, and lounging.
Read on to discover what Krabi, Thailand has to offer. From the adventurous tourist to the relaxed traveller, Krabi has something for everyone!
Railay Beach is a small peninsula about 25 minutes (by boat) from Krabi town pier. Because Railay is flanked on either side by water, there are 2 sides, a west and an east side.
From this map, you can see the two beaches labelled: Railay Beach West and Railay Beach East. This whole peninsula is bordered by Limestone cliffs, making boating in from a neighbouring port the only way to access the beach. Once there, however, you will find luxury resorts, spas, restaurants, and most importantly, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Railay Beach West is home to a white beach that is more conducive to laying out and relaxing, while Railay Beach East has a dense mangrove forest and minimal flat sand to lay out on. Still, the East side of the beach provides a good docking point for long boats to come into the peninsula and has a commercial boardwalk/ promenade good for browsing, shopping, and finding a quick bite to eat.
While you’re here, Railay beach also has great access to climbing, so feel free to contact a local agency to set you up (beginners highly encouraged, and experts, a must!!).
There is no cost for visiting Railay Beach, although it does cost some to get there (because of the boat). There are a couple different piers offering boat rides to get to Railay Beach, so check with a local agency before planning to go there for a day.
The Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool (or Sra Morakot in Thai) is a natural swimming pool located about 50 metres from Krabi. Since it is a bit far from Krabi town, it is highly recommended to rent a scooter, motorcycle, or car to get there. The road is easy to follow, and plenty of people should be able to help point you in the right direction should you get lost. While you’re there, don’t forget to also visit the “blue pool”! It is located about 600 metres from the Emerald Pool and is also a brilliant sight to see.
Costs to visit the Emerald Pool can be found here. Check a local rental agency for the current price on renting a scooter, motorbike, or car.
Krabi Night Market
The Krabi Night Market, or Thanon Khon Dern as it is in Thai, is a bustling late night activity that gives both locals and tourists an opportunity to chow down on authentic street food and support local artisans. Open from 17:00- 22:00 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at Soj Maharaj 8 and the nearby 2,000 sq. metre plaza behind the Vogue Department Store, the market is a bustling epicentre of sights, sounds, and smells. While you’re there, make sure to try some of the local street food like chicken satay or grilled fish, and check out some of the paintings and tchotchkes made by local craftspeople.
Phi Phi Island
If you’re feeling like you want to see something a little bit further, but still close enough for a day trip from Krabi, Phi Phi Island is a great option. Only 45- 90 minutes away (depending on if you take a normal boat or speedboat), Phi Phi Island is perfect for those who want to explore a bit of the surrounding islands of Thailand. An archipelago of – islands, Phi Phi Island contains 2 main islands: Ko Phi-Phi-Don and Ko Phi-Phi-Le. Phi-Phi-Don is where the accoùodations are, and the only place where tourists are able to find the right hotel, hostel, or resort to fit their needs. Just because you can’t stay on Phi-Phi- Le, however, doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit! While Phi-Phi-Don is the one that contains all the accommodations, Phi-Phi- Le is where the Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Beach”, was filmed. It is home to a beautiful expanse of white sand and calm, blue waters. A little tip, try to get to Phi-Phi- Le earlier in the morning in order to avoid some of the larger tourist-filled boats that arrive later in the day.
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