Krabi’s soaring limestone pinnacles and rugged coastline make it an excellent choice for those looking for a bit of adventure on their beach holiday. For it is here among the sheer cliffs and karst peaks of Railay Beach, accessible only by boat, that you can have a go at rock climbing, while Krabi itself is one of the best places in the country for sea kayaking to offshore lagoons and sea caves.
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Krabi is both a town and a province, but as the town, is mainly about the shopping and the restaurants, it’s the province that holds the most appeal. For here, among the towering karst pinnacles and turquoise seas, you’ll find forgotten beaches, tranquil islands, and more outdoor adventure activities than you can shake a stick at. Throw in some waterfalls, mangrove forests and hot springs, and you’ve got yourself one of the most exciting holiday destinations in Thailand.
Did you know?
Krabi is an outdoor adventure playground, with rock climbing, sea kayaking, snorkelling and diving all on offer.
Krabi’s famous Railay Beach is accessible only by boat and is a great place for rock climbing.
Krabi is home to the Emerald Pool, a natural pond of mineral-enriched, green water that you can swim in.
The discovery of a 25,000 year old skeleton in a cave in Krabi confirmed that the region has had the longest continued human settlement of anywhere in Thailand.
How to get around
Take to the seas
It’s easy enough to get around Krabi Town by songthaew (an enclosed pickup truck that follows a set route, picking up passengers on the way), but as the region is mostly made up of coast and islands, you’ll most likely use boats to see the sights. Longtails are the most common, and work like water taxis, but you can also hire motorised boats with drivers, take the ferry or sign up for an island-hopping and scuba diving tour. For Railay Beach you’ll have to take a boat, or join a rock climbing excursion.