Lush tropical forests, sparkling white beaches, massive limestone cliffs and two-hundred nearby islands to choose from- Krabi is definitely somewhere you don’t want to miss on your visit to Thailand. From relaxing beach fronts to busy night markets, there’s tons of exciting and adventurous things to do in Krabi.
A chance to kick back on an island, the opportunity to explore temples or nature, and a photogenic view to appreciate around every bend will make Krabi an unforgettable destination to add to your itinerary.
With every turn being stunningly beautiful, you may find it hard to decide what things to do in Krabi. I definitely ran into that experience during my stay there. There’s so many things to choose from and they’re all so inviting, it feels impossible to choose what to do with your time there!
I’ve put together a list of what I think will be the most memorable and worthwhile experiences you can have while you’re there. It was a bit tough to narrow down, but if you can cross off all 20 items on this Krabi specific bucket-list, you’ll be livin’ your best life and have tons of photos to reminisce on.
Railay Beach & Caves
First and foremost, you have to check out Railay Beach. There’s food boats, glittering white sand, turquoise waters and plenty of sun to soak up there. One of the best things to do in Krabi for sure.
Not to mention you have to take a long-tail boat to get there! How fun is that?
From Ao Nang beach, you can purchase a ticket for the long-tail boats and get to Railay in less than 10 minutes.
For 100 baht each way, you can experience a fun ride on the long tail boats, and make your way to the one and only Railay Beach.
You’ll be happy to know there’s plenty of food boats pulled up onto the beachfront… this was pretty much my favorite part. Who wants to have to leave the beach for a smoothie or a snack?!
Note: If you happen to be staying at Rayavadee Hotel during high season, you’ll be able to dine at The Grotto Restaurant, which is a the beautiful cave restaurant that you’ve probably seen in photos all over instagram!
We were there during high season so unfortunately they were not taking any walk-ins at that time. But, good to know.
Wat Thum Sua (Tiger cave temple)
This is one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. Also, it is one of the most challenging adventures I’ve ever been on… physically and mentally.
1,237 steep, uphill (then back down) steps require some determination, or lots of time for breaks. However, if you want to feel like you’ve accomplished something memorable during your stay in Krabi- Wat Thum Sua is something you’ll never forget.
- Arrive as early as possible and you may just get the place to yourself!
- Bring a daypack (I love this techy one that has an electronics charger! -or- this cute and simple one)
- Do not forget your water bottle!
- Recommend to wear workout clothes, or something cool and comfortable! These versatile pants from prana are moisture wicking and super comfortable.
- Comfy shoes
With the right attitude and a comfortable outfit, you can make it to the top of the temple. The views along the way up are worth it alone, but once you get to the top- you’ll understand why it’s worth it.
Visit the Phi Phi Islands
45 minutes away by speedboat, a Phi Phi Islands tour is one of the best things to do in Krabi!
Limestone cliffs, beachfront jungle, and famous panoramas. All reasons why crowds flock to these islands. That being said, you may want to book your speedboat ticket or tour in advance, they can get crowded.
Since crowds and over-tourism have become immense and detrimental, Maya Bay (the famous island from The Beach with Leonardo Dicaprio) has since been closed.
The Thai government decided that protecting their land was more important than tourism and I commend them for that! Livability and preservation are incredibly important (way more important than tourism) so I have the utmost respect for this decision. Land and wildlife protection should be everyone’s priority, so compliments to the Thai government.
Now, Maya Bay may be closed, but you still may be able to “stop by” when on a Phi Phi Islands tour. Some tours will take you to the entrance of Maya Bay for a photo-op, but you won’t be able to hop off or even swim in the area.
Looking for the best area to swim while visiting the Phi Phi Islands?
Head to Phi Phi Leh! Most trips/tours will include this area, and you’ll be glad they did. Phi Phi Leh is surrounded by magnificent limestone cliffs, has an incredible sparkling bay and a beautiful lagoon. It truly is an amazing place to swim and soak up some island beauty.
Don’t miss Mosquito Island or Monkey Beach either!
Klong Thom Hot Springs
If you’re anything like me, you’ll love the healing properties of this amazing place in Thailand.
Flowing from volcanic chambers, these hot springs will warm your soul at around 90 degrees fahrenheit (35-42 celsius). This water flows into natural tubs creating the perfect space for you to relax and get some healing on your Krabi vacation.
To experience the hot springs full potential of healing properties, you’ll need to be immersed in this therapeutic mineral salt water for at least 25 minutes.
If your worried about getting too hot and needing to cool off, the springs overlook the river below where you can go to cool off. I love the temperature therapy of going back and forth between hot water and cool. It’s a great way to destress and calm your nervous system.
Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot)
Also located inside of Thung Teao Forest National Park, the Emerald Pool is a gift from nature that you have to see during your visit to Krabi!
Emerald Pool is exactly as it sounds, a beautiful natural spring water pool that sparkles from an emerald green to soothing turquoise. The temperature is perfect for swimming. Visit near closing time for a better chance at getting the place to yourself!