The town of Krabi is located in the province which interestingly goes by the same name. It is the home of various eco-wonders encompassing all aspects of adventure and picturesque landscapes tourists seek in a trip.
This world-class destination is also considered the starting point in exploring the nearby beaches and islands (which you might’ve seen in films such as The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, The Hangover 2, Mortal Kombat 1995, and James Bond), which features a thriving marine life with one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs and a limestone cliff known to satiate climbers looking for a thrilling challenge.
Some say Krabi has existed as far back as 25,000 – 35,000 BC. There have even been assumptions regarding its origins rooted in the name. The two tales, however, are conflicting.
One tale centers around the existence of an ancient sword, found and extracted from the ground by villagers, which then was already known as Krabi. Subsequently, it had been entrusted and surrendered to the province’s governor. But not long after, another sword was discovered, though much smaller, still they had done the same and handed it over to the governor, who considered these as artifacts. Hence, the decision to store the weapons in a cave known as Kao Kanab Nam for safe-keeping.
The second tale is exponentially different. This time, it focuses on a tree known as Lumphi – which both the Malay and Chinese merchants had a tendency of mispronouncing as Kalubi or Kholobi. The error remained until it bore the Krabi we know today.
The Local Craft Scene in Krabi
The art of Batik is a prominent feature in the identity of many Asian cultures. Originating from the word, Ambatik, which means to mark a piece of fabric with dots, the 2000-year-old idea, to this day remains the foundation of many distinct creations and creative innovations by artists all around the world.
Though multiple countries carry the pride of having their own distinct Batik heritage, not everyone has had the chance to be properly inducted as a Batik admirer, but here, you’ll find it accessible to explore and even witness the process of Thai artists’ creation including the many interpretations the craft can take form in. Plus, if you have enough space for some knick-knacks and souvenirs, this should be on top of the list to purchase. Choose among their many unique and beautiful creations as a way to remember your visit!
Batik Shops to Visit
1) Dahla Batik
If you’re looking for traditional batik patterns, Dahla Batik is the place to visit. Their creations feature different fabric materials, regal to minimalistic pattern styles on various articles of clothing perfect for formal occasions.
Dahla Batik Information
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 09:00 to 17:00
2) Varich Krabi Batik
Looking for a more trendy and modern Batik take? Then, check out Varich Krabi Batik. From tote bags to colorful t-shirts, they have lively designs that are just the perfect addition for adding flavor to your wardrobe.
Varich Krabi Batik Information
- Address: 211 Soi Maharat, Pak Nam, Mueang Krabi District
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 08:00 – 20:00
The Many Things to Do in Krabi
1) Climb the Limestone Cliff
Looking for a thrilling experience? Journey over to Railay Beach and seize the chance for a tropical climb to the towering limestone cliff – a hotspot for rock climbers and curious folks. With over 700 routes with various difficulty levels, expect options fitting for any skill level, whether you’re a beginner looking to be a daredevil for a day or a seasoned climber planning to mark this off the checklist.
2) Take a dip in the Namtok Ron Hot Springs
Enter zen mode when you take a dip in the warm Hot Springs of Krabi (which in Thai translates to Namtok Ron), averaging around 40-50 celsius – enough to unknot those muscles in nature’s jacuzzi after a long day of exploring!
3) Dive down for a glimpse of the Coral Reefs in Koh Phi Phi
For a glimpse at the thriving marine life, head down to Koh Phi Phi for one of the world’s most beautiful Coral Reefs, and the best part? Swim among saltwater natives such as a school of yellow snappers and the crowd favorite, the clownfish – a postcard-perfect scenery ready to feed the ‘gram some high visuals!
4) Go Island-hopping in Krabi
Make the most of your Krabi-venture by visiting neighboring islands and their respective beaches. If you’re in the search for an intriguing natural marvel, drop by Chicken Islands for a peek at its limestone cliffs, which surprisingly resemble a chicken.
If you have time, go on a detour to Poda island, where a rock formation, similar to the one on James Bond island, is situated. The difference? It’s in front of the sandy white beach and the crystal clear water’s shoreline, making for a great photo op backdrop. Plus, it’s a serene destination for gaining an intimate perspective on contemporary Thai beach life!
5) Canoe through Pang Nga Bay, also known as James Bond Island
Ride a canoe through Pang Nga Bay and marvel at the exquisite landscape. For locals, this pointy rock island is known as Koh Tap, which, in English, means “Nail Island.” But these days, it’s more commonly referred to as the James Bond island thanks to the worldwide attention garnered due to its feature in the James Bond film installment, The man with the Golden Gun.
6) Go on a Krabi sunset cruise
Embark on a journey across the waters of Krabi. It’s the most enchanting way to discover varied terrain and where the promises of escapism can be found and fulfilled.
Feel the breeze and the calmness in the air throughout the trip letting the humdrum of fast-paced life wash away. Be engulfed by a 360-view of both inhabited and uninhabited landscapes of sandy shores, rock formations, and mountains. Then, end the day on a high note with a golden hour view of shifting kaleidoscope hues reflected on the waters – a recipe for flattering photos and intimate moments!
The Know-How to Visiting Krabi
1) Best time to visit
The best months to visit Krabi range from December to April for a fine weather to explore.
2) Opening hours and address
The town is open from 09:00 – 21:00. Krabi Town is located in Pak Nam, Mueang Krabi Distric.
3) Entrance fee
The entrance fees vary per activity and island or beach:
- Krabi Hotsprings: 100 Baht per person | parking fee is 10 Baht
- Phi Phi Islands: 400 Baht per adult | 200 baht per child (ages 3 and under are free)
- Hong Islands: 300 Baht per adult | 200 baht per child (ages 3 and under are free)
- Ao Nang: 200 Baht per person
- Pang Nga Bay: 300 baht for an adult | 100 baht for a child
4) How to get there
- Via Train: Ride Surat Thani then a public bus to Krabi
- Via Bus: Ride a night bus from Bangkok
- Via Plane: Fly to Bangkok and then take a connecting flight to Krabi. Choose between a bus or taxi
5) Dress code
- For town visits, casual clothes are a must
- For shrine and temple visits, clothes must not be revealing
Book it, Klook it!
Choose among the package deals suited to your tastes and needs:
- Visit 4 of the magnificent collection of islands in Krabi – the efficient way, all in a day! Led by a trusty expert by your side, explore nooks and crannies of landmarks and learn of hidden gems. Venture off to the tiny islands of Koh Tub and Koh Mar, witness Koh Gai’s distinctly-shaped mountain top, and maybe, go on a stroll along the narrow sandy path of Koh Mor and Koh Tub. The choice is entirely yours to decide while everything from refreshments, grubs, gear, and rides are already taken care of on the tour!
- Unwind for a day on a trip to the four-island archipelago of Hong Islands. Popular for being one of the most beautiful places in Thailand and rightfully so with its verdant landscapes. There you’ll discover a lagoon engulfed by cliffs, providing a sense of isolation and solitude, free from the hustle and bustle of the city. Experience a worry-free trip with the tour’s inclusive package of grubs, refreshments, rides, and gear.