Krabi is often used as an entry and exit point to move on to Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta, but it is worth sticking around here for a few days to see a different side of the Thai islands. Krabi is predominantly Muslim as opposed to most other places in Thailand which means that you shouldn’t skip it if only for the food alone. Aside from some different flavors, Krabi has a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy, particularly kayaking, and there are a range of places to choose from if you want to get out on the water.
Sample the local food
Krabi is a diverse place and the food definitely reflects this, particularly the Muslim cuisine, so look out for curry and biryani as well as a range of street food stalls that sell traditional Indian breads like roti that come with curry dipping sauce. It makes a nice change to the more traditional Thai flavors that you would expect. The best place to search for some tasty food is Maharaj Market that is home to a range of food stands that sell various curries with chicken, seafood, or beef, or sometimes other local delicacies in them.
Than Bok Khorani National Park
In the north of Krabi you will find Than Bok Khorani National Park, an area of protected land that extends over 100 square kilometers. The park is home to waterfalls, pools, and caves, and one of the main attractions here is to rent a kayak and paddle through one of the caves where you can observe rock paintings that are said to date back over 3,000 years. The park is a hit with locals who come here to swim in the pools during the hotter months but it is one of Krabi’s best attractions so don’t be put off by making the journey north to come here.
Ao Tha Len
Kayaking really is much of the reason to come to Krabi and no more so than at its most popular kayaking spot Ao Tha Len. The area basically consists of a bay that then leads onto canals that wind through swamps, past cliffs, and into caves, and many travelers say this is one of the best independent adventures you can have in Thailand. Many people come here as part of a tour but it is easy enough to do it yourself if you hire a motorbike and ride out to Ao Tha Len yourself where you can just rent a kayak and set off exploring.
Although Krabi is not that different than the nearby islands, it does have some famous beaches where you can enjoy some well deserved relaxation. Check out Railay, a small peninsula near Ao Nang, which is your perfect destination if you are looking for a great beach. Another welcome addition to Railway is the it also offers adventurous climbing activities. This dreamy peninsula is only accessible by boat because of it’s prestigious limestone cliffs that are isolating the location. If you feel like achieving something and you consider yourself as an advanced climber, then go ahead and climb up onto those cliffs. However, if you feel a bit more lazy or a need to relax, you can just do that at Phra Nang Beach which is also considered as one of the nicest beaches in the world.
Krabi is much more of a rounded destination than many other tourist centers in Thailand, and you can find good food, interesting landscapes, and outdoor activities here as well as an established backpacker scene that is less wild than in other places.