1. Island Hopping
There are around 200 islands dotted along the Krabi coastline and of varying sizes, from small rocky outcrops that rise precipitously out of the sea to larger, beach island paradises good for sunbaking, snorkeling and exploring. Jump on a boat tour, hire a longtail boat or hop in a kayak to cruise the Andaman Sea and visit some of the most popular spots such as Chicken Island and Koh Poda.
2. Railay Beaches & Caves
Just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a rocky headland and accessible only by boat you’ll find Railay beach, known for its imposing limestone cliff peaks, with various viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs. Railay boasts some of the best rock-climbing in the world making it an ideal spot for both amateurs and professionals to get a taste of this fun and adrenalin-pumping sport.
3. Klong Thom Hot Springs
Around 70km from Krabi town near the tropical forest of Khao Pra Bang Khram Nature Reserve are a series of natural thermal springs set within a jungle environment. Naturally worn basins in the rock-bed form “nature’s own jacuzzi” perfect for a lazy soak in warm mineral waters whilst watching the waters cascade into the cool water pools below.
4. Sa Morakot Emerald Pool
Further inland into the Khao Pra Bang Khram Nature Reserve you’ll find a natural spring-fed pool of a glistening turquoise color known as the Emerald Pool or Crystal Pool. Access to the pool is by hiking through the reserve’s network of nature trails ranging from 10 minutes to 3 hours depending on the route taken, and offers a glimpse into the area’s rich aquatic ecosystem. After your hike, reward yourself with a dip in the large hot spring pool and relax your muscles in the pleasantly warm waters.
5. Tiger Cave Temple
For a genuine spiritual experience set amongst stunning natural surroundings, head outside Krabi Town to Wat Tham Sua, or Tiger Cave Temple. This warren of natural caves is surrounded by tropical jungle, and is a magical place to explore. Duck in and out of the limestone caves and admire the altars, Buddha images and statues tucked away inside. Legend has it that a tiger once made the main cave its home. The energetic should tackle the steep climb up 1,237 steps to the top of a karst peak for some jaw-dropping views of Krabi and the islands beyond.