Caves in Krabi

Everything you need to know about Krabi's caves

The limestone scenery which dominates the entire region offers a fascinating network of cave systems, both inland and along the coastline. Many contain wonderful crystalline formations, stalagmites and stalactites. A number are said to be the home of spirits and are steeped in local folklore, containing Buddha images and items of spiritual worship.

Many of the coastal caves reveal collapsed caverns also known as karsts or 'hongs' in Thai. Inside the hongs are many interior lagoons open to the sky and accessed only at certain tides through tunnels in the rocks. Local kayaking companies provide excellent tours inside these cave systems giving an unobtrusive view of a unique eco-system.

Many of the caves also contain prehistoric paintings, stone tools and pottery shards, giving a clue to Krabi's rich past.

Klong Thom Museum, southeast of Krabi Town, has a collection of ceramics, stone tools and bronze implements found at various excavations throughout the area.

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Around Krabi Town

Krabi Tiger Cave

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 Read More...

  • 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.
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Khao Khanab Nam

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. 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.
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Tam Sadet

Tam Sadet (Sadet Cave) is located at Ban Nong Kok, Tambon Sai Thai, 7 kilometres from Krabi Town on Highway No. 4034. It is a beautiful cave with stalactites and stalagmites. In 1909 the future King Rama VI visited the cave, earning it the title 'Sadet' indicating the presence of royalty.

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Ao Luk District

Tham Lod

Just northeast of Krabi Town, surrounded by limestone mountains and rich in cave systems, lies the area of Ao Luk. Along the Ao Luk-Laem Sak Road, approximately 2km from the district offices are two caves located in the mangrove of Ta Prang Canal: Tham Lod Neua and Tham Lod Tai. The latter is a long narrow Read More...

  • How to get there: By longtail boat or by canoe from Bor Thor Jetty. Follow the signs displayed on Ao Luk - Laem Sak road to get there.
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Tham Phi Hua To

Tham Phi Hua Toh/Hua Galok is a large cave which used to be a burial site some 3,000 years ago. Some paintings located on the ceiling of the cave are dated from this time. Tham Phi Hua Tho means 'Big-headed Ghost Cave', due to the fact that the cave, viewed from Ta Prang Canal, looks like Read More...

  • How to get there: By longtail boat or by canoe from Bor Thor Jetty. Follow the signs displayed on Ao Luk - Laem Sak road to get there.
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Railay Beach

Diamond Cave

Diamond Cave is also worth a look, the well-signed path begins at the north end of Railay East Beach. It doesn't take long to get there and lights and a wooden walkway have been installed inside.

The cave features bats, a very high roof, stalactites, stalagmites and is a true wonder of nature. Entrance is 40 baht. 

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Tham Phra Nang Nok (Princess Cave)

Take a boat to see this strange cave located on lovely Phra Nang Beach, within 10 minutes' walk of Railay Beach East.

Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok, reveals a more recently discovered inner Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nai, believed by local fishermen to be the home of a mythical sea Read More...

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Phi Phi Islands

Viking Cave (Tham Phraya Nak)

Located about 90 minutes by boat from Krabi Town, Phi Phi Ley contains another large cave Tham Phraya Nak or Viking Cave, contains prehistoric paintings alongside more recent pictures of modern ships.

The cave is also home to vast numbers of swifts. Their nests, an essential ingredient in the Chinese gourmet dish Birds Nest soup, are collected by locals from a series of rickety bamboo ladders. Note: Phi Phi Ley is only accessible during high season (Nov - March).

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Koh Lanta

Tham Mai Kaew

Koh Lanta has a series of caves collectively known as Tham Mai Kaew, that can be reached by a short jungle trek through rubber plantations and entered from a small entrance of rocks.

Local guides can lead you through the caves to a cavern pool, with plenty of bats, stalactites and stalagmites to see along the way.

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