Here we give some ideas to help you make the most of a 3 – 7 – 14 day stay in Krabi. If you are arriving in Krabi in the afternoon, you may also find our suggestions for how to spend your first day in Krabi useful – there is a list of tours or activities that have late or flexible departures so you don’t waste a minute of your holiday!
3 days in Krabi
If you’re rushing through (why? Look at all the things you’re going to miss below!), you can do no better than follow our action packed itinerary, which takes in the most popular tourist attractions in the province.
DAY ONE: Ao Nang and the 4-island tour. Book this with a tour agent (to get snorkeling equipment and lunch), or do it independently (if you are pushed for time – it can be done in 4 hours – or to get your own schedule) – see Getting Around for details. Dinner in Ao Nang offers everything from pizza to sushi and the friendly nightlife is worth hanging around for.
DAY TWO: Visit the famous forest temple at Tiger Cave and climb the 1237 stairs to the mountain-top shrine – the views are breathtaking. Spend the rest of the day in Krabi Town shopping or trying the excellent local food.
DAY THREE: Day trip to the Phi Phi Islands. Known as ‘the jewels of the Andaman Sea’ or, more recently, as ‘the place where The Beach was filmed’, this group of six islands is exceptionally beautiful and really a “must-see”, even with the crowds. Round off your stay with a seafood dinner.
7 days in Krabi
Staying a little longer? Add these suggestions to your list of things to do:
DAY FOUR: Hot springs and Khao Pra-Bang Khram Nature Reserve. Venture inland and discover Krabi’s green heart. This pristine forest is zig-zagged with easy-to-follow walking trails. Along the way you’ll find a crystal-clear pool for swimming and the perfect natural jacuzzi at the hot springs.
DAY FIVE: Day trip to the Hong Islands, located 25km north west of Ao Nang. Easily the most beautiful islands near the Krabi coast, boasting spectacular beaches, cool wildlife and a hidden lagoon. Snorkel and swim to your heart’s content.
DAY SIX: Kayaking. This is a must-do activity, even for the lazy (guides who paddle for you can be hired at extra cost). Exploring vast and peaceful mangrove-lined canyons and caves in a silent boat gives you the opportunity to see birds, monkeys and lizards up close.
DAY SEVEN: Take time out to do some shopping. As well as trawling the hundreds of souvenir shops, spend an afternoon strolling around a local market (see Krabi practical info for times). For a true flavour of Krabi, sample some of the food on offer – it’s clean and cheap, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
2 weeks in Krabi
Now you have time to slow down and really get a feel for this magical region.
Rent a bike or car and simply drive around (suggested routes can be found in the Your Krabi Guidebook), stopping in the small villages and markets you pass.
Krabi under water is just as fascinating as above ground: beginners’ diving courses take four days to complete, or you can do a taster single day, with two dives to 12m depth (called Discover Scuba Diving). Either way you will witness a rich marine life that takes in everything from tiny seahorses to sharks, turtles and even dolphins.
From the depths to the heights: Krabi is rated as one of the best spots in the world for rock climbing Again, you can try anything from a few hours to several days.
After all this action, spend a day relaxing with a picnic in the cool shade of Had Nopparat Thara National Park. At low tide you can take a walk out to the islands close to the shore. Follow this with a traditional Thai massage and feel all tension melt away.
Daily transfers by minibus and boat leave from Ao Nang and Krabi Town, see Getting Around for details.
– Click on the links provided to book each activity, or find out more about how to book tours and activities in Krabi.
Last updated: July 24, 2014