Enjoy the town
Published/Last edited or updated: 14th October, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Krabi’s riverfront walkway stretches for four kilometres and all of it affords splendid views of longtail boats, mangroves, limestone massifs and mountains—making for fertile grounds for exploration.
If you’ve just hit the Andaman Cultural Centre, head back south and take the first left (east) followed by another left (north) on Uttarakit, and cross the street. After a few hundred metres you’ll see a small boat yard on the right at the point where Uttarakit starts bending inland. Stroll through the car park to find a 300-metre-long stilted walkway that shoots you into a mangrove forest. Look down and you might spot crabs and a type of fish that can crawl around on the mud. At the end is a pier where you’ll usually find a boatman; rouse him for a quick lift across the river to the cave, ancient burial site and cliffs of Khao Kanab Nam.
From the mangrove walkway it’s a kilometre walk south to Krabi’s famous black crab sculpture, a favourite of Thai tourists. A little further south and you’ll hit Chao Fah Park, where the riverside promenade cuts away from the road and leads past the Ko Klang pier before ending at Thara Park. This large green space includes a jogging lane, basketball court, soccer field and vendors dishing out som tam and fried chicken for a picnic.
Streets with little traffic continue from Thara Park further down into Krabi’s sleepy southern reaches, taking you all the way to an outdoor museum of old naval ships and planes near Khlong Jilad Pier. Alternately you could head back north from Thara Park and catch the local ferry across the river to enjoy terrific seafood on Ko Klang, or pay 500 baht for a longtail boat to Khao Kanab Nam.
Wrap it all up with a graze of the curries and other eats at Talad City, and you’d have made the most of a day in Krabi town.
Andaman Cultural Centre: Maharaj Rd (just north of Maharaj Soi 28); T: (075) 631 031; open daily 10:00-16:30
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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