Krabi Town Attractions
What to See in Krabi Town
Krabi Town may be a tranquil provincial city, but it hosts enough attractions to satisfy its short- or long-term visitors. The riverside offers the possibility of relaxing morning or late afternoon strolls, while the downtown area features one large temple (Wat Kaew Korawaram), a small contemporary art museum, and two daily fresh markets that allow visitors to get a glimpse on southern Thailand daily life.
The main Krabi Town attractions are located in the city’s vicinity, reachable within a few minutes by car/motorbike. Krabi Tiger Cave and Khao Khanab Nam are the two main landmarks that offer pleasant excursions which can occupy you for a full day. Further away (about a one-hour drive) from the city, you can enjoy a grand day out by visiting Klong Thom Hot Springs and the Emerald Pool in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park.
Attractions in Krabi Town
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. 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 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
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. Read More...
- Remarks: Dress respectfully and remember to take a bottle of water with you and to remove any jewellery, sunglasses or valuable items which may be taken by the playful monkeys. A visit is best scheduled early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday sun.
- How to get there: Tiger cave temple is located about three kilometres from Krabi town and easiest reached by mini-bus, taxi or tuk-tuk (arrange a fare with the tuk-tuk driver in advance). Alternatively you can take a traditional Thai public bus also known as a songthaew from either Krabi town or from Ao Nang. The public bus makes for a really cheap and interesting option where you’ll see plenty of Thai sights and sounds along the way in addition to meeting some locals. The bus stops at the road next to Wat Tham Sua and from there it takes about 20 minutes on foot.
Get your fill of curiosities and tasty food wandering down streets and through markets in Krabi Town, then head for the river walk.
A wide footpath extends south from the Chao Fa Pier to Thara Park, where you can meander through a maze of walking trails, read 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. Read More...
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
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