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WHAT TO DO IN KRABI TOWN?
Krabi Town is the capital of the province of Krabi. The airport of Krabi is 15 kilometers away. Because of this it can happen that you end up here in transit. Most people don’t visit Thailand especially for Krabi Town, the city has a lot of competition from the special environment that Krabi has. In the city you almost stumble over the travel agencies that offer tours to various beautiful destinations in the province of Krabi. Yet it is certainly not a punishment to end up in Krabi Town because there are plenty of fun things to do, you just need to know! Therefore we give you a couple of tips about what to do when in Krabi Tow. Maybe you’ll stay much longer than you planned!
1. Walk along the Pak Nam river
What everyone in Krabi Town seems to be doing is an evening walk along the Pak Nam River. Along the river there is a footpath and at this footpath is the figurehead of Krabi, the Mud Crab sculpture! Across the river you can see mangrove forests and in the distance you can see the two famous protruding rocks (Khao Khanab Nam). Along the boulevard you see many people picnicking and chatting. If you look closely you see the arrow on the picture above a light, there is the golden Buddha of the Tiger Cave Temple!
2. The Krabi (Town) Weekend Night Market
The Krabi Weekend Night Market is surprisingly fun! The market doesn’t have that typical tourist market feeling yet and it probably just isn’t. At the night market there are many delicious snacks for sale such as satay, Thai pancakes, sushi and much much more! Also for clothing, sunglasses and gadgets you are in the right place. In the middle of the market is a square with a kind of (cocktail) bar and a number of restaurants. On the square is a stage where every night there are a few performances. When we were there there was for example a cool fire dance show. Throughout the market there are also all kinds of performances of school children raising money for charity. The market can be found in the streets around Soi 8 also called Krabi Walking Street.
Open: Friday to Sunday from 5 – 10 PM.
3. Poo Dam Night Market
Not on weekends in Krabi Town? Luckily there’s also the equally fun Poo Dam Night Market! Also here you can buy the famous tasty Thai snacks and clothing. There are regular live performances here as well. You can find the market near the Mud Crab sculpture on the river. Take the Vicer Road and the market will be on your left after a few minutes.
Open: Monday to Wednesday from 5 – 10 PM.
4. Mangrove boat trip
You can make a 1 or 2 hour boat trip for 500 / 800 baht. You sail over the river and through the mangrove where you go looking for monkeys. You will also visit the impressive Kanab Nam Cave (30 baht) where old rock paintings can be seen. If you book the long trip you will pass a fishing village with a fish farm and a fish restaurant where you can eat fresh fish. Part of this trip can also be done by kayak. You can book the mangrove trip on the spot on the promenade near the Mud Crab sculpture, you will be addressed!
5. Forest walk to the Khao Khanap Nam Cave
You can also visit the Khao Khanap Nam Cave without a tour or guide. For this you make a nice short walk of 1.5 km through the mangrove forests over a raised path (kind of walkway). In the area live several birds and you have the chance to meet monkeys. At the end of the path is a small pier where you can take the ferry to the other side if you want to visit the cave. The ferry to the other side costs 100 baht return, the entrance of the cave is 30 baht. The forest walk starts all the way on the north side of the promenade along the river.
6. Tiger Cave Temple
Our favorite! Although the Tiger Cave Temple is not directly in Krabi Town, this trip is very easy to make from Krabi Town. You can get there in less than half an hour by taxi, songthaew or scooter. The Tiger Cave Temple is a beautiful temple complex with a large golden Buddha on top of a mountain. To be able to see the Buddha up close, you first have to climb 1,237 steps, but then you have a 360 degree view over the surroundings of Krabi! Definitely worth it! The Tiger Cave Temple is also called the Wat Tham Sua.
Want to know more about the Tiger Cave Temple? Read our article about this beautiful temple near Krabi Town.
Half an hour by boat from Krabi Town is one of the most beautiful beaches of Thailand! Railay in the province of Krabi is a beautiful peninsula which consists of a total of four beaches; Railay West, Railay East, Ton Sai Bay and Ao Phra Nang Beach (our favorite). All these beaches are surrounded by enormous limestone rocks. And especially the last one, Ao Phra Nang Beach, is really beautiful! You can visit Railay as a day trip or stay overnight (recommended!).
Want to know more about Railay? Read our article about this great area. Or about the best restaurants or best accommodation in that area.
8. Emerald Pool & Blue Pool
The last tip is a bit further from Krabi Town, but you’re too close to miss it; The popular Emerald Pool and the bluer than blue, Blue Pool! The Emerald Pool is a lovely place where you can swim in a natural pool with beautiful blue/green water. The “pool” is surrounded by lush jungle. The water seems to contain minerals that are good for your health, so that’s a bonus!
From the Emerald Pool it is about 15 minutes walk to the Blue Pool, here you are not allowed to swim, but nature is beautiful and you can take beautiful pictures! From Krabi Town you are about an hour and a half by scooter. Organized with a tour visit from Krabi Town is of course also possible, often there are combinations (possible) with for example the Tiger Cave Temple. Attention! Blue Pool is closed to the public between May and October.
Would you like to know more about these two insanely beautiful springs? Read our article about the Emerald Pool & Blue Pool.
Sleeping in Krabi Town – Which hotel?
There are quite a few accommodations in Krabi Town. When booking a place to stay, make sure it’s near the river or the weekend market. It’s not nice if you’re always dependent on a taxi. Sleeping in Krabi Town is nice if you’re passing through or if you’re looking for a city instead of a beach. The city can then be an excellent base for the many excursions that you can easily book on site. Also the Weekend Market, the Tiger Cave Temple, the Emerald Pool & Blue Pool are for many people a reason to spend the night in the city of Krabi.
River View Hotel
The River View Hotel is located directly on the Pak Nam River and a few minutes walk from the Krabi Weekend Night Market and Poo Dam Night Market. That’s why it’s ideally located. The neat rooms have balconies with seating and direct or partial views of the river. The rooms are spacious and clean. Underneath the hotel is a restaurant and near the hotel is a pick-up point for the songthaew (minibus).
Krabi Pitta House
Krabi Pitta House is a super nice hotel just a few minutes walk from the Pak Nam River and in fifteen minutes you are at the two night markets of Krabi Town. For 30 baht you can use a washing machine including detergent. The rooms are clean and have air conditioning, a refrigerator and a small balcony. There are also beds in a dormitory. In the morning there is free coffee/tea including snacks (patongo, a kind of Chinese doughnut, super tasty!).
Scooter Rentals in Krabi Town
With a scooter you are free to go wherever you want, you can get to places you wouldn’t otherwise get to so quickly. Only rent a scooter if you have enough scooter experience, because it can be quite busy on the main roads there is a lot of driving. Price: 250 – 300 baht per day.
Taxi in Krabi Town
Krabi Town, like every city in Thailand, has more than enough taxis. Most taxi drivers will try to agree a fixed price with you, this is always more expensive than the price if you would drive on the meter. It is also possible to rent a taxi for a whole day or part of a day to visit self chosen attractions. In that case you will have to agree on a price with the driver in advance. More information about the use of taxis in Thailand can be found in this article.
Songthaew in Krabi Town
The songthaew drives a fixed route between Krabi Town and Ao Nang (Beach). There are fixed pick-up places but you can also keep them on the street. On the songthaew there is an indication what the destinations are. A fixed pick-up point in Krabi Town is on the Utara Kit Road on the river, just past the corner of the River View Hotel. Price: 50 – 100 baht per person.