If you are planning a trip to Thailand’s Island destinations, but want to wander a little ways off of Phuket’s beaten path, Krabi is your dream destination. Located along Thailand’s southwestern shore, Krabi offers breathtaking scenery and an abundance of Thai culture. This ultimate guide will take all the hassle out of planning a trip to Krabi.
Best Time to Visit Krabi
There is really no bad time to visit Krabi. It is warm and luscious all year round. The heat starts to die down in June. If you are looking to escape the cold of a U.S. winter or avoid humidity, go between November and March to enjoy the breezes. The hottest seasons are April to May and September to October, with September and October also being the rainiest months. If you can handle heat and do not mind rain, these are the most affordable times to visit.
Best Place to Stay in Krabi
To experienced the ideal combination of tropical views and affordable prices, stay at the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach Hotel. It’s prime location places you with in walking distance of Nopparat Thara beach, Ao Nang center, and Krabi town. The fun does not have to stop before and after excursions, as the hotel features a beautiful pool and the fine Sala Talay Bistro. It is only 30 minutes from the airport and offers a free airport shuttle to and from.
To explore further out, save time, and have fun, utilize the Holiday Inn Express guest bicycles. For just 50 baht (about $1.50) you can also hail the bus (song-taew) from just about anywhere on the main street. Thrill seeker will enjoy zipping around on motorcycle taxis. (Non-thrill seekers, so not worry, there are regular taxis, too!) To do some island hopping, travel by water on the longtail boats. For more information on transportation and pricing, visit Your Krabi for a detailed transportation guide.
Ao Nang Beach
Best Beaches in Krabi
One of the main reasons you are planning a trip to Krabi is for the beaches. You picture laying out on fine white sand, gentle waves lapping on the beach, relaxing dips in crystal clear waters ranging from blue to green and every shade in between, and being surrounded by nothing but thick green tropical flora. You will find all of this at Ao Nang Beach, Nopparat Beach, and Railay beach.
Best Things to Do in Krabi
The top islands to see include Tha-le-Waek (Separated Sea) Island, Phi Phi Island, Poda Island, Hong Island, and Railay Beach Island. Located in the Andaman Sea, these islands feature crystal blue waters and a colorful array of sea life. In addition to the longtail boats, lovers of water sport can also kayak from island to island. For those who enjoy sitting back and taking it all in while someone else does the steering, consider booking a full-day four Island tour.
Railay Beach offers rock climbing for both novices who need but of instruction and avid climbers looking to take in the scenery upside down hanging from jagged cliffs. If snorkeling is on your list, you will love Phi Phi Island. Home to intricate coral reefs, bright anemones and schools of tropical fish, this island is known to locals as “The Kingdom of Flowers Under Water.”
Walking Street in Krabi
Dry off and cool down by exploring Krabi town and Ao Nang center. You will find intimate bars, delicious restaurants, and locally made merchandise. Make time one evening to explore the Night Market. Bring your appetite so you have room to sample treats from each vender!
Krabi is the ideal destination for sun, sand, and gorgeous ocean views. It also offers a town center full of bars, shops, and exquisite Thai cuisine. For the ultimate tropical get away, start planning your trip to Krabi Thailand now!