If they ever tire of making sandcastles on the beach, the majority of activities available in Krabi are suitable for all but the youngest children: snorkeling; rock climbing; kayaking; island hopping, even scuba diving (usually taught from 10 years and up). All equipment is available in junior sizes, although for small children and toddlers you will need to bring your own inflatable rings and armbands for swimming. Very few companies offer small children’s life jackets either, so if this is a concern, you will need to bring your own, or purchase here (around 500 baht).
In terms of which islands to visit, younger children would probably do best at either 4 Islands or Hong Island. Both have relatively short travel times, as well as shallow water near the beach where fish can often be seen – no snorkeling necessary. An even shorter journey, which will leave no child disappointed, is a trip to Railay. With two amazing beaches, and plenty of food options, you can easily spend an afternoon, or whole day over here.
Although there is no zoo in Krabi, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about and meet some of the local wildlife. The government-owned “outdoor aquarium” in Ao Nam Mao is an ongoing project to protect endangered marine species. Visitors can see a variety of (harmless) sharks, turtles and, yes, “Nemos” (anemone fish), in tanks and in sectioned salt water pools where they are bred and then released back into the sea.
A local favourite near Ao Nang, known as “Catfish farm”, is a great place to learn about local plants and trees with their mini botanic garden, replete with tarantulas, butterflies and even some crocodiles, as well as the famous giant catfish that squirm and writhe impressively when food is thrown to them. Note: the farm sustained considerable damage during the 2011 floods and has not yet been fully rebuilt, though it is still open to the public.
And no trip to Thailand would be complete without an encounter with the country’s national symbol, the elephant. Several elephant camps can be found around the province and most adhere to ethical standards in the treatment of the animals.
Aside from lolling on the beach with their gadgets, older children and teenagers may enjoy the challenge of rock climbing in Railay or kayaking, especially in the areas with caves (Bor Thor is a good one). There is also a new go-kart track on the way to Krabi Town (Sai Thai village) that allows over 12s to drive solo (under 12s can “drive” with an adult), and which is conveniently located in front of a jungle paintball park, for those who wish to up the ante in sibling rivalry!
Slightly further afield (tours with complimentary transfers available) you can find white water rafting and a great jungle adventure park, with ziplines and treetop rope bridges (minimum height of 120cm required).
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Last updated: May 26, 2015