Doing up this post because I’ve had several people asking me on what to do in Krabi. So here’s my take on a to-do list, based on my 5 days there. To keep it short and sweet, keeping it to 5 really quick points:
1) Night Market
If you’re in Krabi over the weekend, you’re in luck. Head down to Krabi Town, where there’s a night market. From Ao Nang (assuming you’re staying there), it’ll take quite a while to get there even with a tuk tuk. But hey, the wonderful street food you’ll find at the night market will make that journey well worth it.
The night market is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and you can start heading there early in the evening.
p/s: Here’s the distinctive traffic lights you’ll see in Krabi Town!
2) Island Hopping
There’s really nothing much to do in Krabi (which makes it a good place to just chill and unwind), so island hopping is a must. Two recommended tours are the Four Island Tour – which we went for and Hong Island Tour. The Four Island tour was so much fun, and took about half a day, while the Hong Island one is said to take the full day.
You can make your tour bookings at any of the local tour kiosks which are quite rampant along the sidewalks.
3) Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool is really worth a go, as long as it’s not during the peak seasons (think school holidays/national holidays) because then it’d be really crowded. We went in early January, so there wasn’t really a crowd. Really nice to dip into clear waters
4) Avoid waterfalls/hot springs
Why avoid? Because it’s quite a disappointment of both counts.
This was supposedly the waterfall fueling the hot springs. Perhaps it was a matter of expectations, but I wanted to see a HUGE waterfall.
It was really not much of a hot spring. Too small, and with a lot of people going there, it just wasn’t convenient. I didn’t even step in. We were there just because it was part of a day tour we were part of.
5) Tiger Caves
My tip for the Tiger Cave is that only go for it if you’re really fit and ready to climb hundreds of steps UP. Most of the flights of steps are VERY steep which made it really tiring. FP and I gave up halfway (seriously).
Check out the steps:
Here’s a view from the highest point we got to (before giving up and making our way down). It would have been such a pretty sight at the very, very top but we just couldn’t go on.
So those are my 5 points on what to do in Krabi.
Here’s a bonus tip: when waiting for your flight home at the airport, make sure you’re equipped with books/games/an ipad/whatever because it’s a really small airport and departure area with only a coffee shop, a snack shop and a random jewellery shop. So yes, be prepared to self-entertain! But there’s always something good in everything, and for the Krabi airport, it’s this wonderful view of a mountain – seen from the departure terminal: