Krabi Town is the capital of Krabi Province, which is rightly famous for its stunning coastal scenery with limestone karsts jutting out of the Andaman Sea. It is an area which has seen an influx of visitors since the end of the eighties, but despite this growing fame, it has not brought astonishing changes to the town itself. Located at the mouth of the Krabi River, Krabi Town retained its relaxed atmosphere and most of the charms of a tranquil and pretty small – it counts about 25,000 habitants - provincial city.
In matter of attractions, Krabi Town features some superb religious edifices – Tiger Cave, Wat Kaew Korawaram – a great riverside walk and park, and it offers easy access to outstanding natural attractions such as the Emerald Pond or Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint, and to a multitude of picture-postcard tropical islands of various shapes and sizes. Check out our Top 10 Attractions in and around Krabi Town, you surely will find out something to spice up your holiday.
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Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua offers a genuine spiritual experience in stunning natural surroundings. Located close to Krabi town this is one of Thailand’s finest natural wonders and definitely worth a visit. The temple here is a warren of natural caves formed within a lush jungle and home to monks who worship and live in this beautiful environment.
There are interesting icons and relics in the main temple cave but the real attraction here is the ‘footprint of the Buddha’. To get to this historic site you need to hike 1,272 steps up a limestone tower which is a challenging climb especially in the Thai climate. Those who make it to the top are compensated with panoramic 360 degree views of the amazing Andaman Sea, tropical islands, dramatic limestone cliff formations, verdant rainforests and ‘the Buddha’s footprint’. The incomparable vistas are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset which is also the best time to climb up and avoid the heat and humidity. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All year round
- Location: Tiger cave temple is located about three kilometres south of Krabi town, off the road to Koh Lanta and Trang.
- Price Range: Free entrance
Standing at 100 metres tall the stunning Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are one of Krabi’s most famous landmarks. These majestic natural wonders act as the gateway to Krabi city with the river running between the two limestone cliffs forming a widely photographed beauty spot. Inside, the mountains hide a very spiritual site, caves with collections of stalagmites and stalactites are definitely worth exploring, although the location is more well-known for the large number of human skeletons that have been found here and the theories surrounding their demise.
In addition to discovering these mystical caverns, you can also climb one of the two mountains. Visiting Khao Khanab Nam is certainly worth a trip to discover the inside of these prominent mountains and in addition it can be easily combined with a visit to a nearby mangrove forest and a traditional Thai fishing village. Read More...
- Location: situated directly next to Maritime Park and Spa Resort
- How to get there: Khao Khanab Nam is reached by chartering a long-tail boat from Krabi’s Chao Fa Pier which takes around 15 minutes. Try and include a trip to visit a local mangrove forest and taking a look at Koh Klang fishing village as part of your trip. Boat rental should be around 300 baht per trip including the fishing village and mangrove forest, and there is no admission charge for Khao Kanab Nam. Long tail boats may not always include shade from the sun or drinking water so remember to take sun lotion, a hat and a bottle of water with you.
Krabi is well-known for areas of outstanding natural beauty and one place that should make your must-see list is the Emerald Pond (aka Crystal Lagoon) in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, an unusual lowland forest rich in bio-diversity, complete with a nature trail and a crystal lagoon.
Located in the Khao Pra-Bang Kram area, the nature trek is a superb place to spot rare animals and plant species including the Pitta Gurney bird which was once considered extinct. The forest is lush with age-old trees stretching up to the sky, unusual forest creatures and limestone foothills that open onto a dazzling green pool. Read More...
- Opening Hours: every day during daylight hours
- Location: Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is situated in the Khao Pra-Bang Khram area which is located next to the Bang Teao Village, about 40 minutes drive from Krabi Town.
Therapeutic and soothing, the Krabi Hot Springs are ‘hot tubs’ crafted into smooth rock channelling water from deep rooted thermal springs located in volcanic chambers. The waters average 35-40 degree Celsius and are brimming with natural mineral salts which are claimed to cure all manner of health complaints including rheumatism and sciatica. The sensation is utterly relaxing and the environment is certainly unique, imagine sitting in a bath tub hollowed out from nature’s stone and surrounded by rainforest. These jungle baths feed into a cool stream which is perfect for dipping and diving into.
Located about 70 kilometres from Krabi town, the hot springs are in the heart of a small jungle preserve and close to the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. Situated in the same reserve as the Emerald Pool and Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, it’s worth taking the time to combine all of these wonderful eco-spots in one nature filled day. Read More...
- Opening Hours: from 07:00 - 18:00
- Price Range: Entrance is charged at 90 baht for the springs or you can pay 200 baht and also access the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve and Crystal/Emerald Pool.
- How to get there: To get to Klong Thom Hot Springs you can choose to book a tour, or hire a taxi to take you there direct. Car rental is also an option with the drive taking around 40 minutes. Follow highway no 4 towards Amphur Klong Thom turning onto highway 4038; thereafter follow Sukhanphiban 2 road and the signs for 12 kilometres to the hot springs and the Emerald Pool.
Krabi Riverside walk is a large manmade footpath starting at Chao Fah Park – where the Chao Fah Night Market is held every evening – and finishing at the southern end of Thara Park and sports complex. Thara Park itself is a cool place where you can meander through a maze of walking trails, relax by a pond, run laps, play tennis or football, watch the boat traffic drift by, or test your mastery of the Thai alphabet in the children's statue park.
The promenade is best visited at the end of afternoon when the temperatures cool down a bit as it offers a nice and tranquil stroll along the river caressed by the Andaman Sea breezes into which the Krabi River (‘Pak Nam Krabi’ – Krabi Estuary) flows. Read More...
- Location: Starting at Chao Fah Park – where the Chao Fah Night Market is held every evening – and finishing at the southern end of Thara Park and sports complex
Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a large Buddhist temple located on a hill overlooking Krabi downtown. Its origins date back to 1887, when 200 families settled at Baan Paknam (‘Estuary Village’ was the name of Krabi Town at that time). Monks and novices who coincidently arrived first established a dwelling which would become Wat Kaew Korawaram later on. The original ordination centre of Wat Kaew is right opposite the actual temple, and nowadays hosts The Krabi Contemporary Art Museum. The main access to the temple is off Maharaj Road, right opposite Soi 6.
A majestic staircase lined by golden Naga sculptures leads up to the 2,500sqm terrace on which the temple stands. Featuring different colours - white walls and dark blue tiled-roof - than standard Thai Buddhist temples (usually coloured in red and gold) Wat Kaew Korawaram’s ordination room features splendid wall paintings, a large Buddha statue, and some precious Buddha relics. On the temple terrace, visitors can find Wat Kaew Holy Amulets & Souvenir Shop, as well as food and drink stalls.
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sun from 10.00 -17.00
- Location: opposite Soi 6 off Maharaj Road in Krabi downtown
- Tel: 075-611252
Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint is a perfect playground for hikers and tropical adventure seekers. Located in Nong Thale, some 30km northwest of Krabi Town, the departure point of the trail is five kilometres behind the Four Seasons Resort in Tubkaak, but not that easy to find, therefore it is recommended to hire a driver or guide to get there for people unfamiliar with south Thailand’s roads and signage (some organized tours are also available at tour desks).
The trail to the summit of the Dragon Crest Mountain (Khao Ngon Nak in Thai) is approximately four kilometres long and allows hikers to feel like Indiana Jones in search of hidden treasure. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the highest viewpoint situated 565m above sea level. The climb is not that difficult but requires being at least in a decent physical condition; along the way, hikers encounter a stream, two viewpoints, a waterfall, and last but not least the panoramic summit.
- Opening Hours: all year round
- Location: Baan Nong Thale
Krabi Kart Speedway
Krabi Kart Speedway and Krabi Paintball Park are two exciting activities to spice up your holiday in Krabi. Located on the road to Ao Nang approximately seven kilometres from downtown Krabi, Krabi Kart Speedway is set in a typical and superb Krabi landscape with tall limestone cliffs around, and in between, the track lanes. Four kart-types are available here: single-seat go-kart 270cc (for beginners) and 420cc, double-seat go-kart 270cc (for kids and family), and Special Racing go-kart 125cc/two strokes (for experienced drivers only). A two-storey open-sided building hosts a bar and a terrace overlooking the track so people who do not want to drive can still have fun watching the racing.
Krabi Paintball Park is located right behind the go-kart track and is set in a lightly forested battlefield featuring specially designed shelters behind which players can take cover. This is one adrenaline-packed action game!
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: right next to Wat Sai Thai on Krabi 4034 Road, between Krabi Town and Ao Nang
- Tel: 075-700522
Ao Luk mangrove and caves is a suitable field for exploration and soft-adventure experiences in Krabi Province. Ao Luk District is located approximately 40km north of Krabi Town on the road to Phang Nga Town and enjoys an outstandingly preserved natural environment. This area is rural and hosts two parks: Than Bok Khorani and Khao Phanom Bencha National Parks.
Tall limestone cliffs similar to those found in Phang Nga Bay dot the hilly lush landscape, and along the coast, mangrove forest and limestone cliffs offer sea kayakers an exciting tropical playground. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06.00 - 18.00 daily
The Krabi Contemporary Art Museum
The Krabi Contemporary Art Museum is hosted in the original ordination centre of Wat Kaew (right opposite the actual temple), a wooden dwelling built in 1924 on Isara Road downtown krabi. Thai and international artists’ exhibitions are held on a monthly basis, and on every weekends painting classes are organized for developing children’s art.
The person in charge of the museum, Khun Daa, is a charming and gentle personality who can speak enough English to assist and answer visitors’ questions. The entrance is free and all paintings exhibited can be purchased.
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sun from 10.00 -17.00 (closed from 13-00-14:00)
- Location: Isara Road, right opposite Wat Kaew Korawaram secondary entrance
- Tel: 075-630061