Many travellers pass through Krabi town as quickly as possible, seeing it as nothing more than a jumping off point for Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta. Before (or after) you dash off to the beach though, we recommend a day or two to let this riverside town work its magic. Those who linger are rewarded with cheap yet fabulous food, a relaxed atmosphere and several worthwhile ... Read more about An extra day in Krabi .
Encompassing a vast limestone eminence near Krabi town, Wat Tham Seua is a forest temple founded by the famous Thai meditation monk, Ajahn Jumnien. Translating as “Tiger Cave Temple,” the name comes from a small cave where wild tigers used to sleep, and also a rock outcrop that resembles a tiger ... Read more about Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) .
Women in handmade batik skirts crack open roasted cashews. An old man teaches his grandson how to carve a boat. Fresh fish are laid out to dry under a heavy sun, goats and water buffalo grazing in the fields. Across the river from Krabi town but a world away from mass tourism, Ko Klang has preserved the old ways of Southern Thai Muslim ... Read more about Ko Klang .
The pair of 100-metre-high limestone outcrops known as Khao Kanab Nam rise from alongside the Krabi river to form a key part of the area’s natural scenery. Virtually any visitor to Krabi town will glimpse the rocks and their signature tilted shapes from afar, but a boat trip to explore the cave and surrounding mangroves is worth the ... Read more about Khao Kanab Nam .
The most popular spot for kayaking in Krabi province, Ao Tha Len (also spelt Thalane) is a small bay that puts you within easy paddling distance of a network of canals meandering amid mangroves, sea caves and vertical limestone cliffs. Most visit as part of a tour from Ao Nang or Krabi town, but those who are comfortable on a motorbike can do it all independently. Kayaks can be rented for 500 ... Read more about Kayaking Ao Tha Len .
Up in the northern reaches of Krabi province, Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, or “Two Water Canal,” is a refreshing dose of natural beauty that’s far off the usual tourist trail. The park’s ecology includes abundant mangrove and banyan trees and a wide range of crabs and lizards. Crystal-clear water pours off a nearby limestone mountain, mixing with seawater and turning emerald as you head ... Read more about Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam .
The modern white wihaan of Wat Kaewkorawaram floats over the centre of Maharaj Road like something out of a fantasy novel. Lined by long and colourful statues of guardian naga serpents, a long stairway takes you up to a blue-roofed hilltop structure that will challenge your preconceptions about Thai temple architecture. We arrived to find a gang of rag-tag kid monks running about at the top ... Read more about Wat Kaew .
This 50-square-km national park is named after Khao Phanom Bencha mountain, a rugged 1,350-metre-high peak that's the source of many of the area's rivers and tributaries. If you need a taste of dense old-growth jungle after the islands and beaches, this is your place. The main attraction is Nam Tok Huay To, a spectacular 11-tier waterfall. On the largest tier, water cascades for some 70 ... Read more about Khao Phanom Bencha National Park .
Visitors to Than Bok Khorani National Park can take a dip in an emerald waterfall before kayaking to view haunting 3,000-year-old cave paintings. Spanning a sharp ridge of limestone mountains and coastal mangrove forest in northern Krabi province, the park makes for a worthwhile day ... Read more about Than Bok Khorani National Park .