Krabi town is for those people who just want to relax, enjoy time at the beach and eat some good food.
I had a wonderful time there, it is beautiful and peaceful. I feel 3 days are sufficient for the visit because Krabi has only 2 markets and a few attractions, rest it all depends on what you want from your trip.
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Things you will learn about Krabi Town:
Krabi Town Weather and time
Where to stay in Krabi Town
Hotels in Krabi Town
Top Things to do in Krabi Town
Markets in Krabi Town
Restaurants in Krabi Town
Transport in Krabi Town
Krabi Town to Phuket
Krabi Town Weather and time
There are only two types of seasons in Krabi, Dry and Rainy. It is hot all around the year. The tourist season is the dry season, from November to April. Book your tickets early to get cheap flights and accommodation under good rates.
You will get cheap flights in rainy season but then you will end up spending your time in the hotel.
Krabi is GMT+7 (like it is 1 hour 30 minutes ahead of India(GMT+5:30))
Where to stay in Krabi Town?
This is the answer because this area is full of all the thing you will need. You will find the following things to do in Krabi Ao Nang:
++ I stayed at ‘The small‘ hotel and I found it better than advertised. Most importantly, the restaurant was great. There is only one restaurant in the hotel. They managed to fulfill all my food requirements.
I had veg pasta, veg pad thai noodles, veg Thai curry and all the items were superb! The staff was very friendly, the room was pretty and spacious, so was the restroom. The hotel is on the main road near the Ao Nang beach, Ao Nang market and many restaurants. The location is really good.
++ Holiday inn resortwas nearby the above hotel and seemed wonderful. Loved its ambiance. Would love to try it next time.
Top Things to do in Krabi Town
++ 4 islands tour
This tour will cover 4 islands, some tour guides also take tourists to Railay beach apart from the 4 islands. Transfers are made by a speedboat to 4 different beaches, all are beautiful and you get to do SNORKELING. You will get free drinks on the boat. Apart from the speedboat, there are Long tail boats that can be used but it is slow as compared to the speedboat.
The 4 islands are:
Every island has something different to offer. Snorkeling is possible on almost all the islands.
At Tup Island, you will get to practice snorkeling as the depth is not that much, then near Chicken Island you get a chance to snorkel properly and enjoy ocean life. You will also be able to see Nemo(the fish)! Exciting isn’t it. Chicken Island is named so due to the Chickenhead shaped mountain. Look at the picture again.
Stop Poda Island will be your last stop where you will get your lunch. There are rocks in the water, while you walk or snorkel just stay away from it as these are really sharp. I got many cuts.
This tour will be over by 4pm then you have the half day left for the market or a massage.
Nature’s way of relaxing your body. It is a Hot Spring near Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. There are stone cups filled with hot water from the waterfalls. You can sit inside the so-called Jacuzzis and let your hair down. Since the demand is so high there are also man-made tubs in addition to the natural ones.
I have read that whoever takes bath in that water, gets rid of all the skin diseases. I couldn`t try it unfortunately but you definitely should..You can book your tickets here.Charges are around 900 Baht/ person if you buy the package from Krabi.
There is a Crystal/Emerald Pool near the Hot Springs which is really beautiful and worth visiting. A complete day can be spent in this area as there are many such pools and waterfalls which should not be missed.
This tour is already on my to-do list for my next visit to Krabi.
++ Railay Beach
If you love beaches then you MUST visit this place, and if you are only in Krabi because of beaches then there is a resort at this beach. Go ahead and book it because you can`t find a better beach in Krabi. This beach has caves, rocks for rock climbing etc etc..
All these beautiful caves are at this beach, you can also enjoy rock climbing here.
++ Watch the sunset at Ao Nang beach
It is beautiful, just grab a seat infront of the Ao Nang Walking street and enjoy the view.
Above was the list of Best Things to do in Krabi Town, Read the next section to read about Shopping in Krabi.
Krabi Town Shopping
– Weekend market/Krabi Night Market
It is approx 30 mins from Ao Nang, almost every hotel gives the facility of pick up n drop to that market @ 200 baht/person.
It is organized every Fri, sat n sun. The market has all kind of stalls, food, plants, souvenirs, clothes, and accessories. There are more shops n complexes nearby.
Swensen’s is also there, yum! Chewy chocolate flavour is yum from Swensen`s.
Even if somebody didn’t know about the market, one would get to know definitely as they advertise about the market on loudspeakers. As it is one of the major attraction of the island.
– Ao Nang walking street
It is 10mins walking from the small hotel, has my fav ice cream parlour – moven pick, McD, Watson and a few souvenir shops.
Shopping is the only thing to do in Krabi at night apart from massages and cafes.
Restaurants in Krabi
– The Small hotel restaurant
Do try the noodles or the pasta.
– I forgot the name :/ (Indian restaurant)
But no worries, I can explain.
There is only one Indian restaurant near Holiday inn resort (remember resort, not express. B`coz both are there) which is in the yellow hut. The food is delicious, nearly the same taste like you will find in India.
The place is surrounded by water and a lot of fishess…
Transport in Krabi
There are 2 types of tuk-tuks, one a tempo kind and second a carriage attached with a scooty and that`s one of it`s kind..I enjoyed the ride.
You will be transferred by tempos to n from ferry and to other places where groups are going.Enjoy that!
Krabi to Phuket
Krabi to Phuket is around 2 hrs by ferry and you must choose ferry it is fun. You can also opt for a car but that will be expensive.
You can travel to more places from Krabi like Pattaya or Bangkok. You can also check my posts on the above-mentioned places to plan your trip in a better way.
And, before I say bye I would like to help you further through the following blog. You are welcome!
Railay beach, if you just want to relax at the beach and do nothing
Ao Nang beach, if you want to explore the island
How many days to spend in Krabi?
3 – 4 days should be more than sufficient. There are not many activities in Krabi. You will need more days if you plan to visit Phi-Phi island/ James Bond island or Coral island. If we only talk about Krabi then 4 days should be enough.