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On the west coast of southern Thailand, Krabi is a hugely popular holiday destination – mainly because of its typical Thai good looks. The region’s rich interior is filled with jungles, hot springs and waterfalls, while the 150-kilometre coastline features dramatic cliffs, sweeping beaches and limestone islands, which rise out of the sea like giant teeth. If you’re looking to experience classic Thailand, look no further.

Covering an area three times the size of London, this exotic region is a great choice for first-time travellers to Thailand. A holiday to Krabi allows you to discover bustling towns and authentic restaurants, enjoy day trips to hidden beaches, and relax with some sunbathing and snorkelling – all in one place. Ao Nang, in particular, makes a brilliant base for a Krabi holiday, as everything is within easy reach. This small but mighty town is filled with top-notch restaurants and buzzing bars, manned by welcoming locals. But the beach is the main attraction. Stretching for two kilometres, Ao Nang Beach never feels busy and, despite its popularity, the sands remain fairly sun lounger-free. Unroll your towel and watch the colourful long-tail boats bob about in the turquoise sea, or grab a cold beer from one of the beachfront bars and settle in for the stunning sunset. 

But a lot of Krabi’s charm actually lies away from the mainland. For instance, the beautiful Koh Phi Phi Islands – which catapulted to fame after appearing in The Beach – are just a two-hour boat ride away. Day tours zoom to and from the islands every day, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to visit. Although Phi Phi Leh’s famous Maya Bay is currently closed to the public until mid-2021, the smaller isles offer excellent diving and snorkelling.

Or, why not spend a day on Railay Beach? Only accessible by boat, this crescent-shaped bay is bookended by jagged cliffs, and you’ll often see climbers scrambling along the rock face. If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, though, you can always hop between Railay’s laidback bars and al fresco restaurants. Tuck into a traditional massaman curry or nibble on freshly-caught prawns, and take in the view.

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Things to do

Best beaches

Beyond the coast

Best time to go to Krabi

Krabi’s tropical climate means it’s hot here all year round, but it’s best to visit between December and March. During these dry months, daily temperatures hover in the high-twenties and humidity drops to its lowest – ideal weather for sunbathing and sightseeing. Plus, if you’re staying on the coast or visiting one of Krabi’s islands, there’ll often be a refreshing breeze to keep you cool. The sea temperature stays between 28°C and 30°C all year round too, meaning there’s never a bad time for a dip.

April and May are the hottest months, and then the monsoon rains sweep across the region until the end of October. So it’s best to escape to Krabi for some winter sun, rather than a summer holiday. 

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Things to do

No holiday to Krabi would be complete without some well-deserved beach time. This picturesque part of Thailand is famous for its powdery sands and rugged cliffs, so make sure you set a few days aside for exploring the coast. You can go island-hopping in a long-tail boat, or head to Koh Phi Phi on a snorkelling trip. Several beaches in Krabi also offer rock-climbing, if you’re feeling adventurous.

For a very different – but equally impressive – view, head to Wat Tham Suea. Also known as Tiger Cave Temple, this sacred Buddhist site should definitely be on your list of things to do in Krabi. You’ll have to climb 1,237 steep steps to reach it – and you’ll meet curious monkeys along the way – but the effort is worth the prize. From the top, you’ll have panoramic vistas of jungle-clad hills, stretching all the way to the horizon. Just make sure you get up fairly early, so you’re not climbing in the midday heat.

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Best beaches in Krabi

With just under 100 miles of coastline, Krabi has an immense amount of beaches – so it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re looking for a sandy spot with plenty of facilities, Ao Nang Beach is your best bet. This long swathe of sand is backed by a range of restaurants, bars and shops, and several boat tours run to other nearby beaches and islands. Alternatively, if you want to do like the locals do, walk 10 minutes up the coast to Nopparat Thara. Just the other side of Ao Nang’s headland, this three-kilometre beach is much quieter than its sister, but the southern end still has a cluster of al fresco restaurants and beach bars if you fancy a cold drink or a bite to eat. 

And, as anyone will tell you, you can’t go to Krabi without visiting Railay Beach. Just a 15-minute boat ride from Ao Nang, this tucked-away beach looks like something straight off a postcard, with soft sands, limestone cliffs and deep blue waters.

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Beyond the coast

Explore Krabi’s tropical interior with a day trip to Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. This lowland forest is filled with waterfalls, exotic trees and colourful birdlife. You can hike the three-kilometre nature trail in search of wildlife, or walk along a shorter trail towards the stunning Emerald Pool. As the name suggests, this lagoon is an unbelievable shade of aquamarine, and the water itself is crystal-clear. It’s an idyllic spot for a cooling dip on a hot day – there’s even a ladder to help you climb in and out.

If you’d prefer a therapeutic spa-like experience, head to Klong Thom Hot Springs. These natural thermal pools are around 35 degrees, as the mineral-filled water flows from underground volcanic chambers. Sink into the warm waters and listen to the sounds of the rainforest. There’s also a cold stream nearby, if you’re brave enough to take the plunge.

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Best time to go

Best time to go to Krabi

Krabi’s tropical climate means it’s hot here all year round, but it’s best to visit between December and March. During these dry months, daily temperatures hover in the high-twenties and humidity drops to its lowest – ideal weather for sunbathing and sightseeing. Plus, if you’re staying on the coast or visiting one of Krabi’s islands, there’ll often be a refreshing breeze to keep you cool. The sea temperature stays between 28°C and 30°C all year round too, meaning there’s never a bad time for a dip.

April and May are the hottest months, and then the monsoon rains sweep across the region until the end of October. So it’s best to escape to Krabi for some winter sun, rather than a summer holiday. 

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do

No holiday to Krabi would be complete without some well-deserved beach time. This picturesque part of Thailand is famous for its powdery sands and rugged cliffs, so make sure you set a few days aside for exploring the coast. You can go island-hopping in a long-tail boat, or head to Koh Phi Phi on a snorkelling trip. Several beaches in Krabi also offer rock-climbing, if you’re feeling adventurous.

For a very different – but equally impressive – view, head to Wat Tham Suea. Also known as Tiger Cave Temple, this sacred Buddhist site should definitely be on your list of things to do in Krabi. You’ll have to climb 1,237 steep steps to reach it – and you’ll meet curious monkeys along the way – but the effort is worth the prize. From the top, you’ll have panoramic vistas of jungle-clad hills, stretching all the way to the horizon. Just make sure you get up fairly early, so you’re not climbing in the midday heat.

Show More
Show Less

Best beaches

Best beaches in Krabi

With just under 100 miles of coastline, Krabi has an immense amount of beaches – so it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re looking for a sandy spot with plenty of facilities, Ao Nang Beach is your best bet. This long swathe of sand is backed by a range of restaurants, bars and shops, and several boat tours run to other nearby beaches and islands. Alternatively, if you want to do like the locals do, walk 10 minutes up the coast to Nopparat Thara. Just the other side of Ao Nang’s headland, this three-kilometre beach is much quieter than its sister, but the southern end still has a cluster of al fresco restaurants and beach bars if you fancy a cold drink or a bite to eat. 

And, as anyone will tell you, you can’t go to Krabi without visiting Railay Beach. Just a 15-minute boat ride from Ao Nang, this tucked-away beach looks like something straight off a postcard, with soft sands, limestone cliffs and deep blue waters.

Show More
Show Less

Beyond the coast

Beyond the coast

Explore Krabi’s tropical interior with a day trip to Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. This lowland forest is filled with waterfalls, exotic trees and colourful birdlife. You can hike the three-kilometre nature trail in search of wildlife, or walk along a shorter trail towards the stunning Emerald Pool. As the name suggests, this lagoon is an unbelievable shade of aquamarine, and the water itself is crystal-clear. It’s an idyllic spot for a cooling dip on a hot day – there’s even a ladder to help you climb in and out.

If you’d prefer a therapeutic spa-like experience, head to Klong Thom Hot Springs. These natural thermal pools are around 35 degrees, as the mineral-filled water flows from underground volcanic chambers. Sink into the warm waters and listen to the sounds of the rainforest. There’s also a cold stream nearby, if you’re brave enough to take the plunge.

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