Thailand is one of my favorite places in the world. There is so much natural beauty, delectable food, great weather, and culture – it’s hard not to fall in love with it.
I went to Krabi for two days – there were so many things I wanted to do, but so little time. So here’s my 48 hour guide to Krabi.
Where to stay
Ao-nang is one of the most popular areas in Krabi for tourists. It is a strip packed with a few beaches, plenty of hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, and markets. There is something or the other always going on – it’s busy and constantly moving. If you’re after a busy party town area, Ao Nang is the place to be.
Railay is in the south of Krabi – it’s a small peninsula with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and blue waters. Railay itself is really small with fewer accommodation, restaurants and bar options compared to Ao-nang. It’s catered for vacation goers who want to laze by the beach and not stray too far away from their hotels. Rock climbers – Railay’s cliffs and scenic views make it a great spot to go rock climbing.
If you’re after a quiet, more serene getaway, I highly recommend going to Si Kao in Trang province. We stayed at the Anantara Resort in Si Kao and it was beautiful. While it’s about 75 minutes away from Krabi airport, it is away from the hustle and bustle. Bordering the resort is a beautiful white sand beach with canoes, longtail boats and pristine waters.
What to do
1) Island hopping – Maya Bay, Hong Island, Koh Tup, Koh Mor
Ahoy – sailors (and non-sailors)! If you’re in Krabi, you must snag yourself a new ride which looks a little something like this and go island hopping.
There are hundreds of small islands around Krabi and long tail boats are the only way to get to and around them. We found a local tour company stall and booked a private boat tour until 5pm. The package included private transport to the longtail boat and by that I mean a long, open tuk-tuk (getting a feel of the local experience ya know), water bottles, fresh pineapples to snack on and snorkeling gear. Just a note of caution, some islands charge for docking (mostly due to congestion) – our crew didn’t tell us about the extra cost until we were on the way so make sure you ask about this before you set out.
If you opt for a group boat tour – it leaves early in the morning (between 5-6am), but if you are a group of 3 or more I’d highly recommend getting a private boat. You get to choose where you want to go and you get to set your own schedule for the day.
While we didn’t find nemo we spotted plenty of other fishies and beautiful coral reefs. Krabi’s mainland beaches don’t have great spots for snorkeling, you can easily get on a long tail boat and find some snorkeling spots while island hopping. Places like Maya Bay and Bamboo Island are excellent spots.
3) Rock climbing
Railay and Tonsai are dotted with monumental limestone cliffs and rocks. With options of rock climbing for half a day to three days, there is a package available for novices and advanced climbers alike. The rocks are lined up with routes that range from easy to difficult. With each package you get insurance, instructor, equipment and snacks.
4) Krabi markets
Krabi has a mix of day markets (fresh fruits, vegetables and produce), night markets (food vendors and stalls) and general markets that have a bit of everything – clothes, food, souvenirs etc. These markets are set up around various villages. If you’re in Ao-nang keep your eyes peeled for the market on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Ao Nam Mao will have its market up on Wednesdays and drop by Klong Haeng if you’re looking for a market on Thursday and Saturday.
We ended up shopping for some holiday essentials like SPF, straw hats (we were in Thailand after all), snacks and shorts.
5) Food, food and more food
If there’s one place that does quality spicy, sweet, savory, salty street food – it has to be Thailand. Oh and coconuts! Fresh and quenching, I couldn’t get enough of them. As for street food, the pad thai is a must (obvs), but besides that my favorite picks were the spring rolls, som tum (papaya salad), kaeng khiao wan (green curry) and pineapple khao phat (pineapple fried rice). To wash it all off, you need to get a…you guessed it, a coconut…or a Chang or Tiger beer.