Krabi is a great place for those who wish to go island-hopping. Imagine yourself chilling on a hammock with the sea as your view, sipping on coconut juice, aah
, we wish we were there now too. There are definitely other things that you can enjoy other than the beach! Let's take a look at some of them here!
If you need more reasons to visit Krabi, we have 6 reasons why you should already be on a flight to Krabi
1. Planning out your tours at Ao Nang town
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On your first day in Krabi, head to Ao Nang beach and enjoy a nice stroll around town. This town is pretty small and many travel agencies are available for you to plan out fun activities throughout your visit. Ao Nang is where the tourists flock, which is also where you can get good rates on group tours (way cheaper than private tours of course) and since there are many travel agencies around town, their prices are quite competitive.
If you are planning to rent a bike, try asking your hotel for help! The hotel’s rates are sometimes better than others offered in town. Bike rental is approximately USD10/day
2. Visit the local noon markets for cheap and good food
The local market is held in different villages every day, usually from early afternoon until early evening. I would highly recommend that you visit Klong Haeng market, held just across the road from the big yellow mosque (this would make an easy landmark if you need to ask the locals ?)
What can you find here? Expect lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and delicious authentic Thai delicacies from curries, tom yam, Pad Thai, sticky rice and everything in between. Forget the fancy restaurants in town, here is where you should go for cheap and awesome food!
Klong Muang Market:
Not far from Baan Klong Muang School and Klong Muang Beach. Open every Friday from early afternoon till early evening.
Ao Nang Market:
Near Lai Thai Resort, Ao Nang. Open every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 15:00 – 19:30.
Ao Num Mao Market:
Located at Ao Num Mao three-way junction. Open every Wednesday and Friday from early afternoon.
Klong Muang market is mainly run by the local Muslim population so it is not uncommon to see ladies with headscarves.
3. Island hoppingCredit: i-nomad
There are four groups of islands accessible from the mainland coast in Krabi: Phi Phi Islands, Hong Islands, 4 Islands and James Bond Island. The tour would take one day, starting from around 8 am till around 4 to 5 pm. Snorkelling equipment is available for free but just remember not to lose them or you can say bye bye to USD50 (penalty for losing the equipment). Learnt it the hard way when I lost my goggles during the sudden downpour while snorkelling ?
If swimming is just not your thing, the scenery... My oh my, the scenery is just breathtaking! Words will not do justice.
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Price: USD30 but you can easily negotiate the price to around USD25 or less depending on how many people are going on the tour.
Hats, caps and sunglasses are highly recommended along with sunscreen. Be prepared for highly unpredictable weather - sun could be scorching hot for a minute and heavy rain could hit you minutes later.
4. Hot Springs & Crystal PoolCredit: big deal krabi
Discover the beauty that lies in the south of Krabi province in Klong Thom district (around 70km from town and near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve) and get some aqua-therapy from nature’s own jacuzzis.
A visit to the hot springs would not be complete without a trip to the nearby ‘Crystal Pool’ and the other must-see site in the reserve is the brightly coloured ‘Blue Pool’, located some 600m further upstream from the Emerald Pool.
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Price: USD30 to USD40 depending on the package
5. Krabi Night MarketsCredit: theflyingbeans
No holiday is complete without getting a little something for those back home. Don’t be fooled by the rows of nicely lit shops by the beach to do your shopping. The secret is to visit Krabi night markets for your souvenir shopping!
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Keychains, t-shirts, handicrafts and all sorts of knick knacks can be found here. Quality wise, it's practically the same as anywhere in the country, it is where you buy them that makes the difference!
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You can also experience local delicacies while enjoying the traditional music/art performance by the students from local music schools.
Krabi town at Maharat Soi 8 (behind the Vogue Department Store), Maharat Rd., Mueang, Krabi
Fri - Sun from 05.00 pm. - 10.00 pm
How to get there:
- From Manutboraan intersection: On Maharat Road, head to Krabi Town passing left along Vouge Department Store, where you'll find "Walking Street". On the first Soi (Maharat Soi 8) to the end of Soi, you'll find several souvenir shops along the road with activities area, dining tables and onstage shows.
- From Ao Nang: Flag down a taxi or songthaew along the main street in Ao Nang, it costs 50baht per person during the day time and when going back to Ao Nang, catch the taxi/songthaew infront of 7-Eleven or the main entrance of the market, which costs 60baht at night. Watch out for the overpriced tuk-tuk service in front of Vogue Department Store.
There is also a tour option available where you can arrange for a mini van pick-up and drop-off service from your hotel. You can easily arrange with tour operators available in Ao Nang or at your hotel.
6. Skip the fancy restaurants, go local!
Look for the many local halal restaurants around town and skip the fancy restaurants serving western or Middle Eastern fares!
What you need to try is real home-cooked meals by Krabi’s mommas and aunties or maybe uncles? Don't forget to ask for the “sambal belacan” (sweet and sour shrimp paste with lots of bird’s eye chillies)! *drools*.
Price: Around USD5 for a decent meal for 1 pax
A visit to any foreign land is incomplete without trying out the street food. Be it sweet, savoury or something you may not be able to define, you just have to try them out!
Khanom BuengCredit: eatophilia
Made fresh just like a French crepe but thinner. The white center filling tastes like meringue and is topped off with sweet grated coconut. Crispy, sweet and bite-sized, this is my all time favourite Thai sweet and the best thing is that it is so cheap and sold by the dozen!
Price: 1 box of 10 pieces or more is approximately USD 1
Say what? Pancake? Looks more like a prata but these are not the traditional ones you'll find in Singapore/Malaysia which are paired with curries and dhal. You can get them in different flavours like Nutella with bananas, plain with condensed milk or cheese and many more.
Price: Approximately USD1.40
The size is quite decent and can be shared between 2 people.
The Andaman offers an array of seafood and you will find them everywhere! Want them grilled, tempura style or BBQ? Just name it and you’ll find it here. You won’t go hungry in Krabi!
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7. Indulge in a cheap massage
The moment you land in Thailand, one of the first things you'll notice is the spa & massage parlours everywhere! Whether you're on a budget or not, a Thai massage is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The secret is to stay away from those by the beach and in town. Where should you look for then? Along the interconnecting towns in Krabi, where you'll spot many massage houses by the road side.
Pick any one that seems to have little or no customers at all. And no, I am not kidding ;) But do make sure that you talk to the masseuse regarding the type of massage you want and agree on the price beforehand.
Price: Depending on the service you request, price can start as low as USD10
These massage houses are sometimes an extension of their own houses, so rates are cheaper and haggling is possible unlike those at tourist spots! If you play the cards right, you might just get away with free manicures and pedicures too!
There's definitely a lot of things to do in Krabi! If you've been there and found interesting things that are not listed here, do let us know in the comments! We may just add up to this list! :)