Sitting majestically among the mangrove-laden cliffs is the dazzling province of Krabi.
Over 130 islands make up this spectacular area, and with hot springs, sea caves, coral reefs and a wealth of exotic wildlife on offer, Krabi truly can be classed as a bona fide paradise.One of the main draws of Krabi is its proximity to other Thai attractions. The sleepy capital is charming, owning its riverside location with pride, and the sheer volume of guesthouses crammed along the streets makes it ideal for travellers. Whilst in the town, be sure to visit the evening market next to the river and try some of the delicious authentic cuisine.
Boasting limestone karsts, cliff-sheltered lagoons and hideaway beaches, it’s not hard to see why the fairy-tale landscape of Railay sits atop many travellers’ bucket lists. The otherworldly peninsula that homes Railay beach is accessible from Krabi via long-tail boat. The dramatic cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, and the area suits novice and advanced climbers alike. The absence of roads and vehicles in Railay enhances its tranquillity, with visitors able to completely escape from reality.
Back on the mainland, a trip to Krabi isn’t complete without a journey out to the stunning Crystal Lagoon in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. The virgin rainforest is the home of some spectacular species unseen anywhere else in Thailand, and the trek to the lagoon is a superb way to spot rare animals. Ancient trees and limestone rocks open up onto the unrivalled emerald waters of the freshwater lagoon.
There are a number of temples around Krabi but the highlight must be Wat Tham Seua, or Tiger Cave Temple. Set within a lush forest, the temple is decorated with skulls and skeletons, emphasising the brevity of life. The 1237 stairs up to the mountain-top shrine may be arduous, but the climb is worth it for the panoramic views on offer at the peak.
14 hours 25 minutes
Best Time To Go
December to March
Krabi lies only eight degrees above the equator, and so naturally maintains a tropical climate all year round. The year is split into two seasons - hot and dry, and 'cool' and wet. Generally, the wet season begins in May and lasts until October, but due to the unpredictable nature of the monsoon winds the seasons can shift slightly, so there is a slight chance of rain on the edge of the dry season. The temperature peaks in March and April, when a dry heatwave is almost guaranteed. The Krabi seas maintain a year round temperature of between 28°C and 30°C all year long.