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48 Hours in Krabi

by Travelbag on 10 July 2015, 12:07PM

Krabi is situated in Southern Thailand and is the gateway to a number of stunning islands and beaches. Krabi boasts its own airport, which offers direct connections to and from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. So if you wanted a break away from city life in Bangkok – this is a fantastic route to take.

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Krabi Town is a good place to use as a base, as this area features a large number of accommodation options (both budget and luxury) as well as shops, bars and restaurants. So you’ll pretty much be able to find everything you’re after. Here are some great ways to spend 48 hours in Krabi.

Breakfast at the Morning Market

The morning market in Krabi Town is the largest in the whole of South Thailand, which has to be reason enough to pay it a visit. You will need to be quick on the draw to get the most out of this market, as most stalls pack up around 08:00. However, it’s a great place to enjoy traditional Thai breakfast dishes such as rice soup known as Khoa Thom, which features pork or chicken with fresh herbs and vegetables. Get your energy up for the day, so you’re set and ready for the rest of the things we have to recommend.

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Shopping Krabi Town

After eating, it is time to indulge in a spot of shopping. The morning market features stalls that sell everything from souvenir t-shirts to handmade wooden crafts. If you fancy yourself a bit of a nifty bargain hunter, you will get some great deals here, so it’s the ideal place to buy any bits and bobs you’d like to bring home. Shops selling books, antiques, crafts and much more can also be found a short walk away, close to the promenade.

Take a Trip to the Tiger Temple

Known as ‘Wat Tham Suea’ in Thai, this is one of Krabi’s most famous attractions, and one of the main tourist spots. The tiger temple can be found just eight kilometres to the north of Krabi Town and visitors climb 1,237 steps to reach the summit. Awaiting you at the top, are some spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding area, so you’d definitely want to pack your camera. The top of the mountain also features the footprint of a tiger and an enormous Buddha statue.

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Dinner at the Night Market

A market can be found close to the promenade in Krabi Town, which sets up just after dark. A large number of street-food stalls lining the promenade, serving cheap and tasty Thai dishes and snacks. This area is particularly vibrant and is the perfect place to sample local dishes while watching the world go by.

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A Nightcap

Chao Fa Road is lined with an interesting collection of bars to choose from. Many of these bars have very interesting atmospheres and attract travellers from all over the world. Old West Bar is one of the best places in town for cocktail lovers and the list is extensive. You could pick a random flavour from the list – or ask the barman to make you something unique!

Breakfast at Ao Nang

On day two, catch a shuttle bus from Krabi Town to Ao Nang and spend the day exploring this charming seaside spot. If you are craving a taste of home, you can enjoy a full Western breakfast at one of the beachside restaurants to refuel for the day ahead.

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Hanging Out at Nopparat Thara Beach

This beautiful beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun for an hour or two. During low tide it is possible to walk out on the sand to the nearby craggy limestone islands. While these tiny islands are too small for people to live on, visiting them makes for some interesting photo opportunities and feels like a mini adventure. 

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Take a Boat Trip to Railay

From Ao Nang it is possible to take a long tail boat to reach this enchanting tropical island. The journey takes just ten minutes (no time at all!) and offers plenty of stunning photo opportunities along the way. There are no cars allowed on Railay and footpaths lead all the way around the island to enchanting lagoons and mangrove swamps. The main beachfront is also lined with bars where you can enjoy a light lunch and a cool cocktail in between swimming in the crystal clear water.

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Partying at Ao Nang

Take a walk along the beachfront to discover a large selection of brightly coloured bars and nightlife. While bars seem to come and go here faster than the seasons, there is always somewhere interesting to hang out where the music is pumping and the beer is flowing.

 


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