Dramatic limestone cliffs. Check. Glorious palm-fringed beaches and shallow, crystal clear waters. Check. Peat swamp forests. Check. Tropical paradise islands. Check. Interesting caves and culturally significant temples. Check. We love holidays in Krabi for their absolute diversity. Take a long-tail boat to the uninhabited offshore islands and see strange rock formations. Or explore the Walking Street Market in Krabi for handicrafts, sumptuous Thai food, and nightly entertainment.
These peculiar limestone rocks are the symbol of Krabi, jutting out from the water at interesting angles. Take the 15-minute long-tail boat journey from Old Chaofa Pier to Khao Kanab Nam and climb the stairs to the top for a spectacular view of the town and surrounding area.
Krabi is surrounded by numerous limestone islands, jutting out from the water like breaching whales. Cham Island and Poo Island are easily reached from Jao Fah Pier in Krabi town and offer an insight into the regional culture, with locals cultivating rubber wood, weaving cloth, and fishing. Phra Nang Cave, Chicken Island, and Poda Island are excellent places for swimming and sunbathing on the coconut-lined, powdery sand beaches, and snorkelling amidst the colourful coral and tropical fish.
Krabi is well known for rock climbing, challenging climbers from all levels to test their limits on the soaring cliffs. The spectacular limestone crags of Thailand's Phra Nang Peninsula protect the coastline, forming a striking contrast to the golden sandy shores towering over Krabi River. Climb magnificent coastal cliffs dripping in stalactite karst cathedrals and explore the beautiful peninsulas of Railay or Tonsai.
Situated in Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island is more of a landmark than an island. It became popular after starring in the James Bond Movie The Man with the Golden Gun due to its distinctive features: narrow and thin at the bottom and wide at the top. View the island by boat or from the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan.
Named for the plethora of monkeys hanging around outside, these caves are situated in Phang Nga Bay and accessible by boat. Inside the main cave is the dominant figure of a large reclining Buddha. A number of steps are situated behind it, leading to a couple of small shrines where you can light incense and pray.