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Exploring Krabi: A Traveler's Paradise

Welcome to the coastal town of Krabi located in the southwest of Thailand and boasting spectacular sunsets and spectacular tropical nature that includes huge limestone cliffs and endless jungles.

The province of Krabi is located in the southwestern region of Thailand on the shores of the Andaman Sea. In the district lies the city of Krabi and a short distance from it you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. The Krabi region is blessed with breathtaking nature: huge green cliffs, breathtaking landscapes, pristine islands with azure water and clean white beaches. Krabi is the place to travel and combine “sunbathing” rest in the hotel.

Krabi as a destination is much less touristy and crowded than Koh Samui and Phuket, but it definitely offers a truly pampering experience combined with stunning cruises.

You will find many options for spectacular trips that are unique to Krabi only, in order to enjoy the destination in the most optimal way it is recommended to travel a lot and experience as much as possible in the sea and on land, in order to experience in the best possible way there are those who will rent a car and travel independently, renting a car as mentioned will give you independence and thus also strengthen your sense of curiosity Yours, lots of hidden corners that you can discover, cool restaurants, waterfalls and much more, renting a car is highly recommended.

The city itself is about a 30-minute drive from the beach areas. The city is mainly used by local residents, and you won’t find many tourists compared to the areas near the coastal strip.

In the city you can find authentic markets and you can see how the locals live, and of course enjoy excellent local food, it is recommended to consider going on a day trip to the city itself.

The night market is also very nice, where you will find a lot of foods that you might come across for the first time in your life, the night market in Krabi is a favorite place of entertainment among the locals, a special experience guaranteed, those of us who love seafood will find a wide variety of seafood.

Krabi - how to get there?

Krabi Airport will be your gateway to the beach town, it’s the easiest and fastest way to get to Krabi, flights from destinations like Bangkok or Koh Samui fly into Krabi Airport (KBV) on a daily basis. The field is located about 40 minutes drive from the tourist area of ​​the town – Ao Nang and the surrounding area. In addition, you can reach Krabi by land trip from neighboring Phuket or Khao Lak or alternatively by ferry from Ko Phi Phi. It is recommended to combine Krabi in your vacation with nearby destinations such as Phuket and Khao Lak and enjoy an easy and relatively short access.

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Weather in Krabi

As befits a tropical country like Thailand, the weather there is unpredictable, but the question always arises: when is it recommended to travel in Krabi? There is no unequivocal answer, we always rely on past predictions even though we cannot know for sure what will happen in the future.
Krabi is a tourist destination all year round, and the weather is tropical, along with many sunny days, there are also rainy days.

November-April

They are the classics for a vacation;  you will hardly encounter rain and the sun will be strong and pampering, at this time of the year the sky is painted a deep blue color which makes the water so clean in the beach town to be crystal clear, the “Enril Blue” color that we are all looking for is very common at this time so you can expect to see my husband The marine life is already from the boat.

May-August

We will already encounter more rain, along with pleasant sunny days, it is still an excellent time for a vacation in Krabi, at this time of the year you can enjoy a unique tropical climate, so even when it rains you can enjoy the pool or the sea, expect beautiful days when the clouds will touch the impressive cliffs of Krabi, a feeling of a place from the legends.

September-October

They are quite rainy months, tropical rain falls almost every day; for a vacation of several days, it should not interfere. Keep in mind that on stormy days, the cruise will be accompanied by quite a few sways, so those who do not have a strong stomach are advised to take an anti-nausea pill.

In any case, it is important to note, Krabi is a tourist destination all year round, it is possible and recommended to come to Krabi all year round. Weather forecasts are a matter of luck and it is not recommended to rely on them when planning a vacation to Thailand.

When should you fly to Krabi?

The best time to visit is between the months of November and May. In these months, you can enjoy some of the best weather that Thailand has to offer. Between May and November, the period is considered a wet period, and you can say with certainty that there will be rain. However, for those of us who love nature, in the rainier period, you can enjoy truly “mystical” views. The clouds will touch the impressive cliffs and give you the feeling of a place from fairy tales. Usually, even when it rains, the rain is strong and concentrated and ends quite quickly.

Railay Beach

Railay Beach is often mistaken for an island but is actually a beautiful peninsula connected to the mainland by a striking mountain range, surrounded by lush greenery. Situated in the southern part of Krabi, it’s close to well-known spots like Koh Phi Phi Island, Koh Lanta Island, and Ao Nang Krabi Beach.

To get to Railay Beach in Thailand, start by reaching the Krabi province, either by a direct flight from Bangkok or Chiang Mai, or by traveling from Phuket. From Krabi, take a private taxi to Ao Nang beach. Boats run regularly from Ao Nang beach to Railay Beach, and you don’t need to buy tickets in advance. The boat ride takes about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the sea conditions, with the last boat departing around 6 in the evening. If you’re unsure about making it on time, it’s a good idea to stay overnight at a hotel in Ao Nang beach, as traveling after dark is not recommended.

Enjoy stunning sunsets and the tropical vibe of Railay Beach for a day trip from Ao Nang Krabi or a more extended stay. On the east side of Railay Beach, you’ll find the renowned Rayavadee Hotel, considered one of Thailand’s best, offering a remarkable and unforgettable experience.

Krabi Beach

Beaches in Krabi

Krabi Resort

Ao Nang Beach

The most famous beach in Krabi, Ao Nang Beach, is also the main tourist area. This is a kilometer long beach strip that offers a wide variety of restaurants, massage stations, bars and various shopping centers. In addition, Krabi’s famous long-tail boats are scattered along the coast that will take you on day trips to the many islands scattered in the area and the famous Railay Beach. This is also the area where you will find the largest concentration of hotels. The beach in Ao Nang area is less suitable for bathing, but from there you can go on a cruise to some of the most beautiful islands in the area.

Krabi Trees

Klong Muang

The second central beach is called Klong Muang, it is a long stretch of beach with white sand, just like you see in the pictures. Compared to the beach in Ao Nang, which is more crowded, and the beach there is not the most suitable for bathing, the beach in Klong Muang is a pampering beach, with clear water (in season). Those who get up early, and go for a walk on the beach, will meet the local fishermen, who have just returned from the sea with their catch. The beach is very suitable for couples and families who like to stay in luxurious hotels on the beach, and are looking for peace, away from the crowd and noise. In the coastal area you will also find several resorts for a family vacation.

railay beach

Railay Beach

Railay Beach, nestled in the southern region of Krabi, is a stunning coastal stretch surrounded by towering cliffs, accessible only by long-tail boats from places like Ao Nang. Departing from Ao Nang Beach, a 15-minute boat ride (costing 100 to 200 baht per person) leads you to Railay Beach.

Railay features two main beaches: the bustling Railay West with hotels and vibrant restaurants, and the quieter Railay East, offering a serene experience and breathtaking views. This tranquil destination is perfect for honeymooners seeking seclusion, with pristine beaches, majestic cliffs, and romantic beachfront accommodations.

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Maya Bay

How is it possible without one of the most famous beaches in the world. The beach became popular in the early 2000s thanks to the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. At the time of the Corona the beach was closed and thanks to this it recovered in an amazing way, marine animals that had not been seen in the bay for many years began to return to the beach and claimed ownership of what belonged to them, the Thais now understand the importance of preserving the island and therefore sometimes the beach is closed in order to give it time to recover, Also, the number of daily visitors was limited so that today a visit to the bay will be much more pleasant compared to the period before the corona virus. The beach strip is geographically closer to Koh Phi Phi, but even from Krabi you can go on a day trip to Maya Bay beach.

 

Attractions in Krabi

The attractions of Krabi are impressive, all without exception related to the nature, the geographical area of Krabi Thailand is simply winning, and some of the most beautiful nature reserves in the world can be found there.

A winning vacation with children is a combination of nature trips and choosing a good hotel, the beaches surrounding the island are a must, so it is recommended to travel. 

Railay Beach

Visit at Railay Beach

Railay Beach is located about 10 minutes by boat from the center of Ao Nang Krabi, access to the magical beach is by boat only. You can see the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand there, the area is characterized by a pastoral atmosphere as if on a desert island, with minimalist touches that preserve the charm of the place. A daily visit to Railay Beach will definitely upgrade your experience during your stay in Krabi. The area is also famous for the many rock climbing opportunities that can be found in the area. Do not hesitate and come to Railay Beach for a day visit, and you will understand the true magic of Thailand.

Emerald pool and hot springs​

Emerald pool and hot springs

It is a nature reserve that contains several natural pools with transparent turquoise water, green nature around combined with hot springs. The pool is a perfect place where you can swim and enjoy a perfect day in nature. The nature reserve is located about an hour’s drive from the center of Ao Nang Krabi. At the entrance to the reserve you will be asked for the entrance fee to the national park in Thailand.

hotels in krabi

Excursions by boat between the islands

The Krabi region is blessed with the most beautiful sailing trips in Thailand, around the Phang Nga reserve you can enjoy some of the most beautiful islands combined with a view of huge limestone rocks that emerge from the water and characterize the Krabi region. Among others, you can visit the islands: Koh Puda, Koh Ngai, Koh Hong, Bambu Island, Rooster Island and many other amazing islands around. For trips you can go on one of the long tail boats scattered along the Krabi beaches. Remember, to enjoy Krabi you will have to travel to the extraordinary islands in its surroundings that will leave you with a memory of an unforgettable experience in Thailand.

Krabi | Tiger Temple

Visit the Tiger Temple

Considered one of the most special places in Thailand, to reach the top of the temple, you will have to climb 1,237 steps, at the end of which a breathtaking view will be revealed to you. On the way to the top you will meet a lot of cute but a bit cheeky monkeys, it is recommended to keep bottles of water and food in your bags and generally less to come into contact with them. On the way to the top you will meet a lot of travelers who want to come and enjoy the amazing view from the top. The climb is suitable for walkers only.

Krabi Town Night Market

Krabi Town Night Market

The recommended and fun market of Krabi, also called “Krabi Walking Street”, is located in the center of Krabi town, about half an hour’s drive from the center of Ao Nang. The evening market is open on weekends (Friday-Sunday) and is one of the most fun markets in Thailand and a must-see for visitors to the Krabi area.

Krabi | Ao Nang Krabi

A tour of bars and restaurants in Ao Nang Krabi

Ao Nang Krabi is considered the central area of ​​Krabi Town, most tourist services will be located there. In the Ao Nang area you can enjoy bars in a relaxed but fun atmosphere, local and western restaurants, shops and a local promenade. This is the action center of Krabi and it is recommended to visit there in the evening to connect with the atmosphere of the place.

Nightlife in Krabi

Honeymoon couples can discover numerous romantic spots along the beach, where the enchanting nature of Krabi enhances the intensity of their love. The town exudes a pleasant energy that adds to the romantic atmosphere. Don’t miss a visit to the Krabi Town market, a delightful night market boasting a variety of unique restaurants.

For the younger crowd, they offers a different scene. While you won’t find massive clubs or overly lively bars, you’ll have the chance to connect with many young tourists from various parts of the world. Most young tourists tend to conserve their energy for the upcoming day, which is bound to be filled with exciting excursions.

Recommended entertainment places in Krabi

Roots Rock Reggae bar
One of the nicer places in Krabi, excellent local bands play in the bar, a nice place to spend a nice and relaxed time.
Get Rads
In this place you will find excellent cocktails, the best cocktail bar in Krabi, note the ceiling is decorated in a very unique and cool way, a young bar with an excellent atmosphere, with an emphasis on excellent cocktails and excellent music.
Fu Bar 11
A very nice bar where you can play billiards and target shooting until the wee hours of the night, this bar closes very late, so those of you who want a long night will be fine..

Recommended restaurants in Krabi

crazy gringos restaurant
cafe 8.98 khlong hang rd
la vineria winehouse & italian restaurant
kodam kitchen
bang bang bar
johnny's pizza italian restaurant

Hotels in Krabi

On the central promenade “Ao Nang” you will find most of the hotels in the town, most of the hotels in “Ao Nang” will be of 4 star level.

On the northernmost beaches, you can enjoy luxurious resorts close to the beach for a pampering vacation and enjoy a breathtaking view of huge limestone cliffs and the entire Phang Nga reserve.

Below are some of the recommended hotels in Krabi

PANAN KRABI RESORT

BANYAN TREE KRABI

Krabi, what did you want to know?

The months of November-December excellent weather, few rainy days, along with many sunny days, the beginning of the season in Krabi, an excellent time for a vacation on the magical island along with attractive prices, during this period you will encounter very few rainy days.

Between 3-5 nights will be an excellent time to make the most of the magical town of Krabi.

Ao Nang is considered the center of the town, where you will find lots of travel agencies, restaurants, bars, hotels. For those who want to be in the center of things, it is recommended to stay in Ao Nang, however the best hotels in Krabi are on other beaches.

Unequivocally yes, families who love nature trips and landscapes must mark Krabi as a must destination on the itinerary, hotels in Krabi are slowly becoming more accessible and comfortable for families, so in this aspect you will also be very comfortable. A family vacation in Krabi will be full of amazing experiences, the views in Krabi are really amazing and will be engraved in the memory of all of you for many years.

Don’t miss a day trip to “Ko Hong” on the way to this amazing island, you will witness simply maddening natural phenomena, mark this day trip as a must-see.

Certainly yes, in Krabi you will find very prestigious international chains, Banyan Tree Ritz Carlton where by the way part of the movie “On the way to the wedding stops in Bangkok” was filmed, the prestigious hotels are not cheap at all but they are at the top of the world.

The desired destination is Phuket, the closest to it geographically, a combination of these two destinations is a recipe for a winning vacation. Other relative neighbors are Khao Lak, which can be reached by a two-hour drive, the other destination is Koh Phi Phi from Krabi’s central pier there is a daily ferry to Koh Phi Phi, so you can definitely combine the two destinations.

One of the significant advantages of Krabi are the ways to get there, Krabi has an international airport where flights arrive from all over Thailand, the airport is comfortable and very easy to find your way around, in addition you can reach Krabi by car from anywhere in the southwestern region of Thailand.

The transition between the two stretches of beach is carried out by a cruise of about 10-15 minutes using long tail boats that can be taken along the beach of Ao Nang at a cost of about 150 baht per person.

Krabi map

Krabi in conclusion

Krabi is a magical destination, its charm is the views, the beaches and the vibe in it. Everyone who visits immediately knows that it is one of the most beautiful places has ever visited, from the moment you land in the town you can be impressed by the cliffs that rise to a great height, these cliffs hint at the view that is revealed to you during a trip to the marine and terrestrial nature reserves. Arriving in Krabi is a must for those who love nature and landscapes, some of the sights you will see in Krabi are unique to this destination only, so it is important for those who are in doubt to know this.
Moon Holidays highly recommend coming to Krabi, and we would be very happy for you to get to know Thailand and connect with this wonderful kingdom through destinations like Krabi.