What to do: Krabi

What to do: Krabi

Krabi province offers plenty of things to do, particularly appealing to outdoors lovers, while riverside Krabi town offers its own laidback charms and fantastic food.

In Krabi town, get yourself hungry and be sure to spend time at centrally located Maharaj Market, selecting dishes from among the hundreds of authentic curries, soups and fried seafood you’ll find—it’s a world away from the bland food on the nearby islands.

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The easily visited Wat Tham Seua is a highlight for many people staying in Krabi town. If you can manage all 1,237 steps—and the brazen water-thieving monkeys that hang around on them—a breezy platform affords magnificent views of mountains, cliffs, rivers, city and sea.

Across the river from Krabi town, bucolic Ko Klang has preserved the old ways of Southern Thai Muslim culture. This small, car-free island is surrounded by rivers, canals, mangrove forest and the Andaman Sea while its interior is blanketed in rice fields. The island is a prime birdwatching spot and the island is said to be the home of the inventors of Thailand’s iconic longtail boat.

You’ll have probably already spied Khao Kanab Nam, two 100 metre-high limestone outcrops that rise from the sides of the Krabi river. A boat trip to explore the caves and mangroves here is also worth your time.

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Start your exploring at Than Bok Khorani National Park (50 kilometres north of Krabi town) by taking a dip in the pools of the park’s eponymous waterfall—the waters are believed to have therapeutic properties—or make your way to Tham Phi Hua To, or “Ghost Head Cave” where human remains more than 3,000 years old were found here in the 1950s. If you need a further taste of old-growth jungle, Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, named for a 1,350 metre-high peak, is your place.

Tie in a visit on the same day to Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, or “Two Water Canal”, another refreshing dose of natural beauty. Though it’s not home to a waterfall, the area is arguably even more beautiful, and interesting, than Than Bok Khorani.

Last but not least, the most popular spot for kayaking in Krabi province is Ao Tha Len (or Thalane), a small bay that puts you within paddling distance of canals snaking through mangroves, sea caves and limestone cliffs.

More on Krabi

We have 10 sights and attractions listed for Krabi.

A day in Krabi town
A day in Krabi town

Enjoy the town

Day trips from Krabi town
Day trips from Krabi town

No shortage of choices

Ko Klang
Ko Klang

Rural life and rare birds

Khao Kanab Nam
Khao Kanab Nam

Worth the boat trip

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

Krabi’s chief mountain and waterfall

Than Bok Khorani National Park
Than Bok Khorani National Park

Ancient cave paintings and more

Kayaking Ao Tha Len
Kayaking Ao Tha Len

Yes it can be done independently

Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam
Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam

A crystal stream