Krabi is a quaint town nestled among the craggy karst rock formations of the Andaman Coast in Southern Thailand. It’s the capital of Krabi province, and one of the most visited destinations on the Andaman Coast.
Krabi is small, only 25,000 residents call the town home, but it’s a busy place due to its proximity to popular destinations like the Phi Phi Islands and Ao Nang City. Ferries and chartered boats launch regularly from here heading towards the 150 islands in the archipelago chain offshore.
Though not off the beaten path, Krabi is still a quaint Thai town with an authentic atmosphere. The local motto “Lively town, friendly people” perfectly defines the perceptions of travelers on luxury tours of Thailand as they stroll down the quiet side streets, and take in the leisurely pace of life here.
Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) is a popular destination just outside of town. The hill and cave temple is a sprawling complex of shrines and Buddha images hidden in limestone enclosures. Diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are popular and readily available activities in Krabi, and it’s not uncommon for travelers on Thailand tours to see climbers scaling Krabi’s famous karst rock formations.
The many waterfalls and caves of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park are also popular destinations for tours in Thailand. The jungle forests of this park team with wildlife and the buzz of insects, and the trails that wind through this 20 square-mile national park are a rare treat for nature enthusiasts.
Best Time to Visit Krabi:
The best time to visit Krabi is during the temperate season running from November to March when the beaches are the most beautiful. The heaviest rain falls from April to October and can cause choppy seas.
How to get to Krabi:
Krabi Town is the capital of Krabi Province in Southern Thailand. It’s best reached by flight from Bangkok.
While Krabi is often used as a stepping stone to reach the hundreds of bleach-blonde beaches in the Andaman archipelago, travelers often modify their Thailand tour itineraries to enjoy this quiet and scenic town longer.
Dress for the beach, or a hike depending on your excursion plans, but travelers visiting any of the temples in the area should wear clothing that covers shoulders to knees while on holy ground.