What to Do in Krabi
Nowhere near as commercialised as neighbouring Phuket, Krabi Province nevertheless offers a lot to visitors who like to stay active.
A water sports fan's dream, the coastal area offers world-class scuba diving, kayaking exploration tours, good snorkeling opportunities, sailing, island-hopping and any number of tour options. Inland, there are hundreds of world-famous rock-climbing routes with impressive views from the top. The region is so naturally attractive that simply hiring a car and touring around is in itself an unforgettable experience. Finally, this being Thailand, trying out local southern Thai cuisine is a very worthwhile and educational activity.
Situated five kilometres south of Krabi Town, Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) is a small temple built inside a long limestone cave. The temple and its compound, one of the south's most famous meditation centres, houses about 250 monks and nuns. Two staircases wind up the cliffs; the first has 1,237 steps, offering a superb 360-degree view from the summit. Pillars on the staircase indicate hows many steps you have climbed. There is an impressive view, a huge sitting Buddha, a golden pagoda and several smaller constructions. The second stairway leads to a valley where monks live in simple huts. (Read more...)
Half-day tours to Chicken Island, Tap Island, Poda Island and Phra Nang Beach operate daily in high season and frequently in low season. The tour includes a picnic lunch and snacks along the way. One of the highlights of this tour is snorkelling off an island cliff face where sea anemones waft in the current, accompanied by clown fish and hosts of exotic species over a bed of beautiful and untouched coral.
Phra Nang Beach is also a fascinating place, home to the Princess Cave, a shrine to a legendary princess that features phallic symbols or lingams of every shape and size. (Read more...)
Scuba diving off Krabi's coast makes for a spectacular outing. The area off Ao Nang Beach consists of seven main islands dotted around Koh Poda - Koh Ha, Koh Si, Koh Yawabon, Koh Dor, Koh Talu, G.K. Island and Koh Yawasam. Local marine life is rich with over 200 species of fish and 80 species of coral to marvel at.
Scuba diving in Krabi runs all year round, but the best diving conditions exist from November to April. Day trips off Krabi take divers to Anemone Reef, Kingcruiser Wreck, Shark Point and of course the gorgeous Phi Phi islands. (Read more...)
Rock climbing at and around Railay Beach is world renowned and a huge draw for rock enthusiasts. With over 700 climbing routes there is simply no way to get burnt out by the paucity of choice. No experience necessary.
With its thousands of sheer limestone cliff faces, overhangs, and caves to explore, there is a route or cliff face to challenge everyone, from the professional solo climber to groups of complete beginners. Not only is the climbing challenging but the views from on high down to the pristine beaches and tropical greenery are absolutely breathtaking. (Read more...)