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Top ten rainy day activities

Clouds gather over the summit of Wat Tham Seua
Time to get the umbrellas out at Tiger Cave temple
So many of Krabi’s attractions are outdoors, it can make doing things a little difficult when the weather is bad. Below is a list of our top ten rainy day activities: most are short trips that can be done during a break in the weather, or things that will not be spoiled by the odd shower.

1. Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) with its mountain top shrine makes an excellent afternoon excursion. A shower will even seem welcome during the gruelling hike to the summit. Non slip shoes required.

2. Kayaking in Bor Thor – experience a magical atmosphere with the mist in the mangroves and the call of the birds.

3. Check out Krabi’s excellent seafood restaurants – there’s always plenty of fresh fish in the rainy season – and a beachside location will at least give you a good view, even if you can’t go out on a boat.

4. Aim high: the overhangs of Railay’s towering cliffs provide sheltered spots for rock climbing even in the rain – courses at all levels are available.

5. Scuba diving is an (almost) all-weather activity: while visibility does go down in the monsoon months, your chance of seeing rarer fish increases dramatically with the lack of boat traffic. In periods of high waves, diving will be restricted to local islands only.

6. Hire a car and head out into the countryside, stopping in the villages to explore the local markets. Suggested routes can be found in the Your Krabi Guidebook.

7. Treat yourself to a spa package: the perfect rainy day activity. Krabi’s many spas are usually part of a hotel complex, but are all open to outside guests; many massage parlours also offer beauty treatments. Book yourself in for a massage, facial or scrub at a fraction of western prices.

8. Shop till you drop: while Ao Nang and Krabi Town are not retail Meccas, there are still plenty of bargains to be had, especially on (silk) fabric and handicrafts. Or head to one of the out of town malls, for cheap clothing and household goods.

9. Try your hand at Thai cookery. Half and one day classes are available to teach you how to reproduce the fabulous flavours of Thai cuisine back home.

10. Can’t go out to sea? Visit the “outdoor aquarium” at Ao Nam Mao. This government conservation centre breeds all kinds of tropical fish, from tiny clownfish (think Nemo) and seahorses to rays and turtles. Admission is free.

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Last updated: October 24, 2016