The best things to do in Krabi take full advantage of the miles and miles of spectacular coastline, lush hinterland, and lots of leisure activities at hand. Thanks to its rugged terrain, Krabi is a little like a giant adventure playground, with a wide range of extreme sports available. And, of course, there's always the beach, if the word "extreme" doesn't enter into your vacation plans.

    There are remarkably few noteworthy manmade attractions to see in Krabi. The emphasis is really on its natural landscapes, be they cliffs, caves, beaches, or hot springs.

    What are the best things to do in Krabi?

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    Railay beaches and caves

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    Railay is one of Thailand's most sought-after beach neighborhoods. Located just south of Ao Nang and accessible only by boat, Railay presents a timeless serene world. 

    In just a single small peninsula, you'll find 4 gorgeous white-sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs. It's no wonder that Railay is one of the most visited places in Krabi.

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    Koh Poda

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    Koh Poda is one of the most popular islands in the Krabi archipelago. Located just 6 km off Ao Nang Beach, it takes about 25 minutes to get there by long-tail boat. 

    Covered with palm and pine trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white-sand beach, it is every inch the stunning tropical getaway. A coral reef lies about 20 meters from the beach, where you can encounter a variety of sea life.

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    Emerald Pool

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    The Emerald Pool is a famously vibrant natural pond in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. The park is a lowland forest rich in biodiversity, complete with a nature trail. 

    Alongside the stunningly beautiful Emerald Pool is the Blue Pool, also noted for its vivid and distinctive color. Both get their namesake colors by reflecting the sun and surrounding jungle.

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    Koh Hong

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    Koh Hong, off the Krabi coastline, is where you can get away from it all. On these islands, you can spend your day doing nothing but lazing on virgin sands. 

    This wonderful group of tiny islands offers breathtaking scenery, soft white-sand beaches, coral reefs and a beautiful lagoon. It’s where you can enjoy bathing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sunbathing, hiking, and picnicking.

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    Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave)

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    Wat Tham Sua or 'Tiger Cave' is one of the most famous caves in the area, located near Krabi Town. It's part of a temple complex where monks live and worship within a maze of natural caves surrounded by lush jungle. 

    Inside one of the caves is what appears to be tiger paw prints embedded in the stone. The main tourist attraction, however, is the 1,272-step climb up a limestone tower to see the 'footprint of the Buddha'.

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    Phi Phi Islands

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    The Phi Phi Islands are some of the loveliest in Thailand. Located just a 90-minute ferryboat ride from Krabi Town, you’ll find all that’s required for a fantastic tropical vacation here. 

    The main things to do in the Phi Phi Islands range from snorkeling to rock climbing, and from scuba diving to hiking. Phi Phi Don is also famous for its festive atmosphere, and it hosts an excellent dining scene.

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    Koh Tup and Koh Mor

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    Koh Tup (also spelt Ko Tup, Koh Tub or Koh Thap) and Koh Mor are islands within the Krabi archipelago. They are linked by a sandbar that also leads to Koh Kai, a third island, at low tide. 

    Apart from this unique walk and the excellent snorkeling opportunities, there’s not much to do here beyond relaxing in a tropical paradise. There’s also a short hike to Koh Tup's summit, which offers a cool viewpoint to the other islands around.

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    Klong Thom Hot Springs

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    The Klong Thom Hot Springs, also referred to as the Khlong Thom Saline Hot Spring, are located in the jungle near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. Ancient volcanic chambers are the origin of these thermal springs. 

    The waters from the hot springs are believed to ease a number of ailments such as rheumatism, sciatica and other skin problems. They offer a pleasant time, bathing in the warm water surrounded by a pristine lush environment.

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    Krabi Town

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    Krabi Town is a charming, laid-back, and very provincial Thai town. Tourism has arrived, but Krabi Town doesn't jump through hoops to bring in overseas guests. As the main commercial and transit point for the province, it doesn't need to. 

    The unique personality of Krabi Town is a welcome contrast to the surrounding beach neighborhoods. For those interested in a dose of genuine Thai culture and hospitality, sticking around Krabi Town for a bit is a rewarding experience.

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    Ao Luk Mangroves

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    The Ao Luk mangrove forest and caves are a great field for exploration and soft-adventure experiences in Krabi Province. Tall limestone cliffs similar to those found in Phang Nga Bay dot the hilly lush landscape, and along the coast, mangrove forest and limestone cliffs offer sea kayakers an exciting tropical playground. 

    The small town of Ao Luk is a genuine southern Thailand village that has been cut in two by the Krabi-Phang Nga highway. It is a charming place to have a short rest for people driving from Phuket to Krabi Town. Ao Luk District is located some 40 km north of Krabi Town, on the road to Phang Nga Town.

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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