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Krabi, Thailand has some absolutely amazing islands and beaches that will satisfy those looking for beautiful tropical scenery and a place to relax and get some sun. But what if you are more of an adventure traveler like we are? Although we had to peel ourselves away from the beautiful sands and exchange bathing suits for outdoorsy gear, we found plenty of things to do in Krabi that are perfect for activity-seekers.
It’s a hard to compete with the gorgeous beaches, but if you are looking for more adventurous activities, here are five things to do in Krabi during your stay.
01 Kayaking Through Mangroves at Than Bok Khorani National Park
There are many kayaking opportunities in Krabi, but this one was an easygoing trip though a local mangrove forest. We kicked it off at the Baan Bor Thor (บ้านบ่อท่อ) Pier with the local tour guide, Mahn, who was knowledgeable and quite entertaining. We kayaked in calm waters through caves, lagoons, and near the limestone cliffs. We also saw birds and monkeys and had the chance to looked at some ancient drawings at Tham Pee Hau Toe or the Big Headed Ghost Cave.
What is Provided: Life Jackets,Water, Snack or Lunch, Hotel Transfer
What to Bring: Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Hat, and a Dry Bag (for your belongings)
Contact: Mahn (English-speaking guide) at (088) 451-4652, Choke Thara Travel
Cost: 1000 baht ($30 USD) per person half day guided tour, 1700 baht ($55 USD) for a full day; 300 baht ($10 USD) for a rower (optional)
02 Cave Exploring at Tham Klang
If you’re into hiking and cave exploration, Tham Klang (ถ้ําคลัง) or Klang Cave is an incredible place to visit. Located about an hour outside of town, this extensive underground formation is home to thousands of stalactites and stalagmites of all different shapes, textures, and colors. What’s great is that this cave offers a break from the heat, has no stinky bats, and looks practically untouched inside.
A trip to Tham Klang is not for the timid! We did a lot of climbing and clambering over and between rocks and walking past steep drop-offs. We got pretty dirty in the process, too. Tennis shoes are a must! It took us almost two hours to visit six of the twelve rooms in the maze-like superstructure, and it’s one of the best, if not most daunting, caves we’ve ever been in.
What is Provided: Large Flashlight and Water, First Aid On-Site
What to Bring: Bug Spray, Tennis Shoes, Clothes that can get dirty
Contact: Nong (English-speaking guide) at (081) 267-5508; Ao Luek Community Based Tourism Network
Cost: 200 baht ($6 USD) per person
03 Rock Climbing at Railay Beach
There are fantastic rock climbing opportunities in Krabi. We were lucky to be in the area during the annual Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest. We witnessed rock climbers tackle the limestone cliffs and compete on the Phra Nang, Railay, and Tonsai Beaches.
Solo rock climbers are welcomed here at Phra Nang, Railay, Tonsai! Need to rent some climbing gear? There is a small store on East Railay Beach called Tex Rocking Climbing that will take care of you.
Otherwise, there are several companies, such as King Climbers, that offer guided tours. They provide gear and can accommodate any experience level.
What is Provided: Gear, Filming/Photographs, Insurance, First Aid, Water, Hotel Transfer
What to Bring: Sunblock, Comfortable Clothes
Contact: (075) 637-125 King Climbers
Cost: 800 baht per person ($23 USD) half day guided tour, 1,600 baht ($45 USD) full day guided tour, 6,000 baht ($170 USD) for a three day guided tour
04 Nature Trails at Tha Pom Klong Song Nam
Usually a nature trail wouldn’t be reason to make a half hour drive outside of town, but this one is well worth the trip. It’s home to a gorgeous waterway appropriately named “Two Water Canal” that features the joining of saltwater with freshwater.
Elevated above the grounds of the Klong Song Nam (คลองสองน้ำ) is a wooden walkway that twists and turns through the mangroves and swamp forest. This was how were we able to access the crystal clear saltwater waterway, which eventually opens up and meets a cloudy freshwater natural pool. Swimming is allowed here, and we wished we had known to bring our bathing suits! We both agree that this is one of the more beautiful things to do in Krabi that isn’t beach related.
Kayaks and inner-tubes can be rented onsite. There are also several Thai restaurants and food stalls at the entrance of the Tha Pom Klong Song Nam that serve snacks, smoothies, and fresh seafood, so it’s perfect for picnicking.
What to Bring: Bathing Suit and Towel, Bug Spray
Cost: 50 baht ($1.50 USD) per adult, 30 baht ($1 USD) per child
05 Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea
If you want to capture some gorgeous pictures of the nearby islands, as well as have the opportunity to snorkel (and even some cases, open water kayak) rent a speed boat for the day and go island hopping. We visited Railay Beach, Tub Island, Poda Island, Chicken Island, and Hong Island. This full day trip includes gear, water, and even a break for lunch. Our only regret was not putting enough sun block on the backs of our legs!
What is Provided: Snorkeling Gear, Life Jacket, Water, Picnic Lunch, Hotel Transfer
What to Bring: Sunscreen, Bathing Suit, Towel
Contact: (075)-637-730 Ao Nang Travel and Tour
Cost: 1,200 baht ($35 USD) for a full day tour
There are More Than Just Five Things to Do in Krabi…
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Ok, ok, so there are actually more than just five things to do in Krabi. We took note of many other activities while we were there, we just didn’t have enough time to do them ourselves. These can be either arranged through a hotel or booked through the tour agencies throughout the area.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Krabi, the Phupha Ao Nang Resort is one of our favorite hotels. We love the bungalow-styled villas nestled among tropical gardens and sky-high limestone cliffs. They offer a free shuttle service down to the beach and complimentary breakfast, too. It doesn’t get much better than that!
On your trip to Krabi would you try any of these activities?