Photo: Climb the stairs to Wat Kaew.

A day in Krabi town

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For many, the allure of Krabi town comes mainly from convenience and affordability. This does not mean there’s nothing to do. Though we’d get bored before long if not launching day trips to outlying attractions, the town has enough minor sights and river scenery to keep you busy for a day.

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Set atop a hill reached by a naga-lined stairway, the modern white ordination hall of Wat Kaew appears to float above the centre of town, making it a good place to start your day. Murals depicting heavenly beings, Hindu gods and the moment of Buddha’s enlightenment adorn the interior of this modern example of Thai Buddhist architecture, which we think resembles a wedding cake.

Take a wander through Maharaj Market. Photo taken in or around A day in Krabi town , Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Take a wander through Maharaj Market. Photo: David Luekens

From there you could head north up Maharaj Road, perhaps stopping at Maharaj Market on Soi 7 before continuing to the Andaman Cultural Centre just north of Soi 28. Opened in recent years, this royally funded museum starts with a large exhibition on ancient gems found in the area, including several exquisite examples that are thousands of years old.

Our favourite part of this evolving cultural centre is the Andaman Art Museum, where several galleries display intriguing works mainly by artists from the five provinces bordering Thailand’s share of the Andaman Sea. Paintings by regional artists like Thong Udompol and Wisan Congsagul grabbed our attention, and one gallery features original works by famous Thai national artists. Kids will appreciate the giant T-Rex and saber-toothed tiger statues out front.

A hit with the kids. Photo taken in or around A day in Krabi town , Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

A hit with the kids. Photo: David Luekens

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