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Krabi 4 Islands Tour: Everything You Need to Know!

Posted on Last updated: January 14, 2024

Need help planning your four islands tour in Krabi, Thailand? You’ve come to the right place!

The four island tour is one of the most popular activities in Krabi, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll be taken to deserted islands with pristine beaches, crystal clear water and unique rock formations.

On my last trip to Thailand we booked ourselves a private 4 islands long-tail boat tour, and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Krabi.

In this article I have outlined everything you need to know about this epic boat trip. Including information about the islands you will visit, what to do once there, the best tours, what to pack and more!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in and start planning your perfect Krabi 4 Islands tour!

  • 1 About Krabi and the Four Islands
  • 2.1 Koh Poda
  • 2.2 Koh Tub & Koh Mor
  • 2.3 Chicken Island 
  • 2.4 The Other Side of Chicken Island (and Koh Poda)
  • 2.5 Phra Nang Cave Beach
  • 3 The 7 Island Tour Krabi
  • 4 Best 4 Islands Krabi Tours 
  • 5 Our experience doing a 4 islands tour in Krabi
  • 6 Where to stay for your Krabi Four Islands tour
  • 7 What to pack for your 4 Island tour in Krabi

Enjoying our private four islands longtail boat tour in Krabi, Thailand, with Railay Beach behind me

Enjoying our private four islands longtail boat tour in Krabi, Thailand, with Railay Beach behind me

About Krabi and the Four Islands

Island hopping in Krabi is super fun. One of the best ways to get involved in this adventure is to book yourself onto a tour of the four nearby islands just off the coast — arguably one of the popular tours in the area.

Named Koh Poda, Chicken Island, Koh Tub, and Koh Mor, these four little land masses are pieces of paradise, boasting pristine beaches, snorkelling spots galore and all the beautiful scenery you’d expect.  

We were staying in Railay Beach , one of the most famous beaches in Thailand, but personally we found that the beaches of Four Islands were considerably prettier than Railay Beach.

The sand is whiter, the water is clearer and the surrounding nature is wilder, more untouched. They’re gorgeous islands, just waiting to be discovered!

Discover some of the most popular Krabi 4 Island tours below!

Enjoying the beach at Koh Poda, one of the islands you will on a 4 Islands Boat Tour from Krabi

Enjoying the beach at Koh Poda, one of the islands you will visit on a 4 Islands Boat Tour from Krabi

Four Islands Tour Overview  

There are lots of companies that offer the chance to embark on the famed Krabi Four Islands tour . Most of these tours offer the same sorts of things, but sometimes in different orders and in slight variations.

All tours usually include pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, lunch, drinks on the boat and snorkelling equipment.

They might visit them in different orders, but on any four islands tour in Krabi, you’ll be guaranteed stops at the following spots in the Krabi Archipelago.

This island, known for its stunning beaches and super clear water, lies just off the coast of Krabi. It’s actually the largest of the four islands and is a super dreamy spot to drop anchor and explore for a while.

The white sand beaches lapped by turquoise seas are the main draw here, but you can’t discount the vibrant coral reef teeming with life just offshore — don’t forget your snorkelling gear!

You won’t get high-end bars or development here, it’s just a rustic place to kick back and enjoy the scenery.

The beautiful beach of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

The beautiful beach of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

The crystal clear water of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

The crystal clear water of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

Koh Tub & Koh Mor

The twin islands of Koh Tub (also Koh Tup – or Tup Island and Tub Island in English) and Koh Mor are two tiny slivers of land linked by a sandbar.

Called Talay Waek, this cool sandbar only reveals itself properly at low tide and can actually be walked across by visitors on the four islands tour.

Koh Tub itself is surrounded by typically sparkling waters that brim with tropical fish and colourful corals, attracting tourists from around the world; Koh Mor is equally as stunning, but feels even more remote than its neighbour.

Koh Tub and Koh Mor, connected by a sandbar, in Krabi, Thailand

Koh Tub and Koh Mor connected by a sandbar in Krabi, Thailand

Chicken Island  

Chicken Island (Koh Kai in Thai) may seem like a weird name, but it’s actually because this island boasts a cool rock formation shaped like a chicken.

Lying just south of Koh Poda, it is also connected by a sandbar to Koh Mor and Koh Tub, making these three islands almost like one connected landmass.

When the tide is low, you can walk the Y-shaped sandbar between all three. It’s a unique stop-off on the tour for this reason, but also it’s a chance to snap pics of the rock formation (obviously).

Koh Kai also has a few facilities, like toilets and a beach bar or two, so you can grab a snack to eat if you’re feeling peckish.

The unique rock formation that gives Chicken Island its name

The unique rock formation that gives Chicken Island its name

The Other Side of Chicken Island (and Koh Poda)

On the other side of Chicken Island, opposite to the shore where the sandbar connects, is where you’ll find the eponymous rock formation itself jutting out of the limestone cliffs.

You can also see smaller islets that dot the sea here, like Koh Khom, as well as some colourful marine life offshore.

Likewise, the other side of Koh Poda is a wilder, less crowded portion of the island known for its not-so-hidden but still not very busy Secret Beach.

Some tours will take you to these lesser-visited sides of each island.

The stunning beach and crystal clear water of Koh Kai (Chicken Island) in Krabi, Thailand

The stunning beach and crystal clear water of Koh Kai (Chicken Island) in Krabi, Thailand

Phra Nang Cave Beach

Part of Railay peninsula, right on the southern tip opposite Koh Rang Nok, lies Phra Nang cave beach. This scenic spot is a popular place for the four island tour to end.

It’s not just picturesque: The cave is actually home to a shrine dedicated to the deity Phra Nang, goddess of fertility, which is decorated with stone phalluses of different shapes and sizes.

Since there is now a line of buoys to prevent boats from docking on Phra Nang Cave Beach, I don’t think any of the tours stop at this beach. They just cruise past it to show you the cool rock formations.

Phra Nang Cave Beach as seen from the ocean during our 4 islands boat tour

Phra Nang Cave Beach as seen from the ocean during our 4 islands boat tour

Walking along Phra Nang Cave Beach in Krabi, Thailand

Walking along Phra Nang Cave Beach in Krabi, Thailand

The 7 Island Tour  Krabi

As I mentioned earlier, every Krabi four island tour package varies from the next one, but they all go to the same places.

If you want to do something different, there’s actually a seven islands tour , which obviously includes stops at three extra islands, plus a BBQ dinner at sunset, which is pretty cool.

Beyond the classic Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Tub and Koh Mor, the Seven Islands tour also includes stops at Koh Yawasam, Koh Tan Ming and Koe Raeng.

Here you’ll find slightly less people, as most travellers stick to the four islands tour, which will give you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful beaches and snorkelling spots all to yourself.

It’s a great option if you want an all-day activity. The four island boat tours usually only take up half a day, but if you’re ready to spend a whole day at sea, this is the tour for you!

Click here to book your Seven Islands tour in Krabi , or check out prices & availability in the calendar below!

Enjoying our private four islands longtail boat tour in Krabi, Thailand

Enjoying our private four islands longtail boat tour in Krabi, Thailand

Best 4 Islands Krabi Tours  

With so many different tours on offer it can be tricky to know which one to go for. I’ve selected a handful of the best and most popular ones online, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Just make sure to read reviews of these four island tours in Krabi, so you know exactly what to expect!

Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

This is the classic four island tour takes you to the four main islands by longtail boat. You’ll also stop off at the Phra Nang cave beach at Railay.

It’s a well organised tour that includes a Thai buffet lunch thrown in for the price. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable, plus you get a good amount of time at each location.

Click here to book your classic 4 Islands tour in Krabi by longtail boat ,  or check out prices & availability in the calendar below!

Cruising to Koh Poda on our four islands Krabi boat tour

Cruising to Koh Poda on our four islands Krabi boat tour (look at those corals below us!)

Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

Taking in not just four but seven islands in total, with this 7 islands tour you’ll be able to see the beauty of these tiny islets that scatter the coast around Krabi.

Not only will you get to touch down at these picturesque locales, but also be treated to a BBQ dinner on Koh Poda as the sun sets.

The day ends with a spectacular swim among bioluminescent plankton off the coast of Koh Raeng.

Click here to book your 7 Islands sunset tour in Krabi,  or check out prices & availability for your chosen date below!

Some of the fish and corals you can see when snorkelling on your four island Krabi tour

Some of the fish and corals you can see when snorkelling on your four island Krabi tour (I took this from the boat, look at how good the visibility is!)

Krabi: Phi Phi Sunrise & 4 Islands by Speedboat with Lunch

The Phi Phi Islands may be quite far away, but you can get there thanks to a tour by a zippy speedboat.

This tour may start early (and it’s a long day), but it begins with a trip to Phi Phi for an incredible sunrise, and then whisks you to the famous four islands — via Maya Bay (famous as the location of The Beach ).

It’s pricier than just doing a four islands tour, but that’s because you’re basically getting two trips in the same tour! A day trip to Phi Phi , and your classic 4 Islands tour in Krabi.

It’s a great option for those who have a tight Thailand itinerary , so that you can see more in less time. It also includes lunch in Phi Phi Don, plus pick-up and drop-off from your Krabi hotel.

Click here to book your Krabi 4 Islands + Phi Phi speedboat tour,   or check out prices & availability below!

Discovering the beautiful Maya Bay in Phi Phi Leh, Thailand

Discovering the beautiful Maya Bay in Phi Phi Leh, Thailand

Discovering the beautiful and hidden Nui Beach in Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Discovering the beautiful and hidden Nui Beach in Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat Including Lunch Box

While many of the tours of Krabi’s four islands take place on longtail boats, this tour one speeds things up by allowing you to jump aboard a speedboat.

I included this tour as I wanted to include a speedboat option, but to be entirely honest, I would suggest a long-tail boat tour over a speedboat one.

The four islands aren’t far from Railay Beach, so even with a long-tail boat, it won’t take long to reach them. Plus, you’ll have a more traditional Thai experience.

But if you have your heart set on a speedboat, then this tour is the best choice. You’ll travel in style to the four islands, and it also includes lunch on the beach.

Click here to book your Krabi 4 Islands speedboat tour,   or check out prices & availability below!

The crystal clear water of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

Railay: 4 Islands Sunset & Night Snorkel Boat Tour

This option really adds value to the four island tour.

Beyond the classic four islands, this tour also includes Railay Beach, specifically Ao Nang, with its amazing diving spots to glimpse an array of underwater tropical life.

You’ll get to see a sunset and even do a spot of night snorkelling, to see bioluminescent plankton. An unforgettable experience.

Click here to book your Krabi 4 Islands sunset & night snorkel boat tour, or check out prices & availability in the calendar below!

Enjoying the sunset at Railay Beach West in Krabi, Thailand

Enjoying the sunset at Railay Beach West in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi: Private Long Tail Boat to the 4 Islands

If you want to keep things private, this private long-tail boat is a great option. Since I was travelling to Railay Beach with my family we opted for a private 4 Islands tour, and we couldn’t have made a better choice.

Having a private boat will give you more flexibility, allowing you to change the order of your stops from the classic tour, so as to visit each stop while the crowds are somewhere else.

Plus you’ll be able to spread out on the boat, and not be squished next to strangers. Like all the tours, it includes pick-up and drop-off, lunch and drinks.

Click here to book your private long tail boat tour to four islands!

Cruising towards Railay Beach West in Krabi, Thailand

Cruising towards Railay Beach West in Krabi, Thailand

A beautiful hidden cove on the back side of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

A beautiful hidden cove on the back side of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi: Private 4 Islands & Sunset Dinner Luxury Speedboat

If a private tour isn’t enough, and you really want to splurge, this is the tour for you. You’ll do all the usual four islands stops, but on a luxury speedboat all to yourself.

Plus, add to it dinner with sunset over the ocean, and you have a magical travel bucket list experience ready. It’s perfect for special occasions or groups of friends who can split the cost.

Click here to book your private luxury speedboat to 4 islands with sunset & dinner!

Catamaran tours in Railay Beach, Thailand

Catamaran tours in Railay Beach, Thailand

Our experience doing a 4 islands tour in Krabi

I was in Thailand with my parents and little sister, so we decided to opt for a private tour. It was the best decision we could have made, as it gave us more privacy and flexibility.

We didn’t book it until we arrived in Railay Beach, from one of the many tourist stands located on the main road of Railay Beach.

This was a bit risky, since we were there over New Years, and many of the boats were already booked out. However, since we were there for a week we had quite a lot of flexibility on dates.

If you’re not spending long in Krabi, it might be better if you book your 4 islands tour online beforehand. That way you don’t risk missing out, plus you’ll be able to see reviews from other travellers.

Our four islands tour was super smooth and enjoyable. We were picked up from Railay East Pier, and taken directly to the beautiful four islands.

The crystal clear water of Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand

We started with a long stop in Koh Poda, at a lovely white sandy beach with crystal clear water, before making our way to a snorkelling stop close to the sandbar of Koh Tub and Koh Mor.

In theory there is an entrance fee to the national park of the islands of Krabi, but our skipper was cheeky and told us that if we just snorkelled in the middle of the sea, without going to shore, we wouldn’t have to pay it.

We then sailed past Chicken Island, admiring the rock formations that give it its name. My favourite stop was actually the beach we visited on Koh Kai, as it had crystal clear water and we had it all to ourselves.

Our final stop was once again Koh Poda (or Poda Island), but on the back side in a little cove with only a couple other boats.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day, and one of the highlights of our Thailand itinerary . If you’re planning a Krabi itinerary, I highly suggest adding a four islands tour to it.

Enjoying the beach in Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand, all to ourselves

Enjoying the beach in Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand, all to ourselves

Where to stay for your Krabi Four Islands tour

In my opinion, the best place to stay in Krabi is Railay Beach, and more so if you plan to do the four islands tour. Railay Beach is a super chilled town, with one main street, lots of bars, restaurants and a laid-back vibe.

Plus, most of the tours that set off from Ao Nang or Ao Nam Mao will do a stop in Railay Beach to pick up other travellers, so you get to sleep more and start later if you stay in Railay Beach!

Here are the best places to stay in Railay Beach for every budget.

Budget: Railay Viewpoint Resort   – This budget option is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main road, and it’s a great for those who want spacious rooms and a pool with view for an affordable price. 

Click here to book your stay at Railay Viewpoint Resort!

Mid-range: Railay Princess Resort & Spa   – This is where we stayed for a week and really enjoyed it. The property is clean, the rooms spacious, it offers a lovely breakfast buffet, has a great pool with view and is in an easy position close to East Railay Pier and the main street. 

Click here to book your stay at Railay Princess Resort & Spa!

Luxury: Rayavadee   – If you want to treat yourself, this is the place to do so! Located in Phra Nang Beach (the only hotel there) this luxury property offers gorgeous private villas nestled in nature.

Check out prices & availability at Rayavadee here!

The beautiful pool and view at Railay Princess Resort & Spa in Railay Beach, Krabi

The beautiful pool and view at Railay Princess Resort & Spa in Railay Beach, Krabi

What to pack for your 4 Island tour in Krabi

For a full breakdown of what you should pack for Thailand, check out my Thailand packing list . Here I just included a few essentials that you will need for your four islands boat trip.

Waterproof jacket – If you visit in rainy season, you’ll be glad to have one of these!

Fast drying towel – There’s a lot of swimming and lounging on beaches involved in these boat tours, so make sure to have one of these! I love these because they dry quickly and they don’t take up much space.

Power bank – You don’t want your phone to die on you just as you’re about to snap a gorgeous photo of the crystal clear water of Koh Poda!

Dry bag – To keep your valuables safe and dry from any rogue water splashes during your boat trip.

Enjoying our private four islands longtail boat tour in Krabi, Thailand

Final thoughts on doing a 4 Islands tour Krabi

There you have it, the ultimate guide to doing a Krabi four islands tour! Have you been to Krabi before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve been to Thailand four times, and yet this was my first time visiting Krabi. I can confidently say it was one of my favourite places in Thailand, especially Railay Beach and its surroundings.

We spent a week in Railay Beach, and loved its chilled and laid-back atmosphere. Plus, the fact that from here you can go island hopping to gorgeous beaches is a great addition!

On previous trips to Thailand I visited other pristine beaches like Koh Lipe , the Surin Islands , Phi Phi Islands and Similan Islands , but I find that the four islands in Krabi beat them all.

They might not be as famous for scuba diving , but they’re still pretty beautiful, and the fact that they’re so close to shore (30 minutes by long-tail boat compared to the 2-hour speedboat required to get to the Similan Islands), makes them all the more appealing.

I hope you found this guide on the best four island tours in Krabi useful, and that it helps you choose the perfect tour for you! If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments below.

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Photo collage of a long-tail boat cruising with Railay Beach as backdrop and a blonde girl standing in the beach in Koh Poda in Krabi, Thailand, with text overlay saying

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The PERFECT 3 Days in Krabi Itinerary (2024 Guide)

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  • Last Updated: January 17, 2024

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, be sure to consider this awesome three days in Krabi itinerary. 

Krabi is a coastal town located on the west coast of Thailand that is surrounded by craggy limestone hills and pristine islands. It has a spot on the bucket list of countless travellers. 

Vibrant bustling streets in Ao Nang Beach and the gorgeous view of Railay Beach, dining by the river in Chao Fah Night Market, dipping in Emerald Pool, panoramic view of Krabi city – it’s not exaggerating to say that Krabi truly has something for everyone . 

Did I mention the Krabi island hopping tours? There are plenty of those to go around!

Table of Contents

Hiking in Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint

Shell cemetery (susan hoi), pay a visit to wat kaew korawaram, sunset & nightlife in ao nang beach, walking along the pier, go for an island-hopping tour, have a drink in a bar in krabi town, hiking in wat tham sua or tiger cave temple , ride to emerald pool in krabi, dip into klong thom hot springs in krabi, dinner in chao fah night market, best time to visit krabi, getting to krabi, thailand, getting around in krabi, where to stay in krabi – baan to guesthouse , wrapping up your krabi itinerary, the perfect 3 days in krabi itinerary for every traveller.

If you’re planning a trip to Krabi, Thailand, here is the perfect 3 days in Krabi itinerary to ease up your travel planning!

We’ll include island tours in the Andaman Sea, the famous Railay Beach, Krabi night market, hikes through the jungle, views over the stunning Krabi province, and more. There is so much to do when you visit Krabi town and the surrounding areas!

Ma Tang Ming Island In Krabi

Day 1 – Hikes and Nightlife

Let’s get the first morning of your Krabi itinerary started with some hiking. You’ll end the day exploring Ao Nang, a vibrant town for nightlife.

What’s a better way to start your trip in a new city than enjoying the panoramic view over the surrounding wilderness after an exhausting hike?

Everyone has their way of fighting the fatigue of flying. In my case, I always prefer hiking, which guarantees a good night’s sleep at the end of the day.

The hike to Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint is not a difficult one, but it does take some time – around 2-3 hours for a return trip. 

And the next stop on our Krabi itinerary is on the way back from Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint, so plan for a long day out. 

There are plenty of free motorcycle parking lots at the entrance in front of the luxurious resorts. Don’t ride past the gate, if not, you’ll be charged a parking fee for a distance of 5 minutes’ walk.

There is no entrance fee to this hike, but the ranger at the counter will repeatedly remind you to tip them before and after you do the hike.

The Surreal View Of Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint Over The Vast Rainforest In Krabi.

Like other hikes, there are steep and plain parts on the trail. For some steeper parts, they’ve built staircases to make your hike easier. 

It’s all dirt trail on the hike, and wearing a sandal is no doubt a bad idea. The dense jungle blocks off any winds that could be cooling you off, so make sure you bring plenty of water to hydrate yourself!

When you’re approaching the peak, there are signboards pointing to a waterfall and a lake. You may want to avoid these as they are not all that attractive.

At the peak, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view at a few hundred meters above sea level. Just make sure you don’t stand on the dangerous cliffs barred off from visitors. 

Never risk your life for a photo, just enjoy the view from the vantage point.

If you have the time, stop at Tubkaek Beach , located right just after leaving Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint. This is a very quiet, long beach with amazing views on the limestone hills budding from the sea surface in distance. 

READ MORE: Plan your trip to Thailand with our comprehensive Thailand Travel Guide! Click here to check it out .

The Krabi Shell Cemetery is located 17 kilometres from Krabi town centre, which makes a great detour on your way back from the Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint. That’s if you’re staying in Krabi town. 

The road leading to the entrance of Susan Hoi is intercepted at the main road connecting Ao Nang Beach and Krabi Town. 

With the shell fossils dating back to 25-40 million years, it’s a great place for those who’re interested. But if you’re not into these things, you’ll probably want to pass on this attraction and head straight back into Krabi town. 

The entrance fee to Susan Hoi is 200 Baht per entry.

On your way to the next point, don’t forget to grab some snacks or drinks from the Family Mart or 7-Eleven. They’re spread out across the town like mushrooms, you find them literally everywhere.

Wat Kaew Korawaram is absolutely the most elegant temple in Krabi. Located right inside Krabi town centre, the temple is easily accessible to visitors staying near the pier. 

The staircases leading to the temple from the main road are decorated with naga sculptures, giving it a classic Thailand Buddhist temple appearance. 

Upon reaching the temple, you’ll notice several dozens of information boards depicting the stories of Buddha – the birth of Buddha, how Buddha achieved enlightenment , and more. 

The only downside is that some of the details and explanations are in the Thai language only.

While you’re there, take a moment and appreciate the architecture of the majestic temple. The entrance to Wat Kaew Korawaram is free of charge!

Wat Kaew Korawaram

Now we’re talking about one of the most popular beaches in Thailand – Ao Nang Beach. This well-trodden beach is often the spot to be for sunset views.

And despite the crowds, there’s no reason to miss Ao Nang on your Krabi itinerary.

On your way to Ao Nang Beach, you’ll pass by dozens of vibrant stores before reaching the parking lot.

While the beach is always filled during evening hours, it’s totally possible to find a spot for yourself on the massive stretch of beach.

Head into the bustling streets and alleys of Ao Nang when the sun goes down as this is when the nightlife begins. 

Hundreds of restaurants serve cuisines from all around the world on the wide budget range. Need cheap eats? Head over to the night market. 

Bars, pubs, and souvenir stores are spread throughout Ao Nang, so you’ll surely enjoy your night there!

Ao Nang Beach!

Day 2 – Island Hopping

After a fun night in Ao Nang, get ready for an epic day. Your second day in your Krabi itinerary will be an unforgettable one.

Today, we’re going island-hopping! You’ll get to see some gorgeous islands, and even pay a visit to the infamous Railay Beach.

Walking along the Krabi pier is a great way to start your day. Facing east, you could catch the sunrise from the mangrove forest on the opposite side.

The famous crab sculptures and several decorations were placed along the pier and every morning, it welcomes dozens of morning runners.

On your way back to your hotel, grab a sandwich from the Family Mart nearby or quickly stop at a cafe or restaurant of your choice in the area.

It’s going to be a busy day so load up on coffee and grab that bite to eat and let’s get started!

The Famous Crab Sculptures In Krabi.

A trip to Krabi wouldn’t be complete without an island-hopping tour. This very coast is surrounded by dozens of breathtaking uninhabited islands, crystal-clear waters and limestone hills. 

It’s extremely easy to book a tour in Krabi. The easiest way would be booking with your accommodation manager, who usually has some discounts.

Most tours you will find will either be for 4 islands or 7 islands.

While I was staying in Baan To Guesthouse in Krabi, I went on the 7 Islands Sunset Tour for 900 Baht (discounted from 1,500 Baht).

There are also different tours like the 4 Islands Tour (which is more well-known to visitors), kayaking tours, rainforest discovery tour, and more. 

There is honestly not much difference between the 7 Islands and 4 Islands tours.

BONUS –  Booking ahead of time ensures you won’t miss out on the tour, and get the best price too! And just for NOMADasaurus readers, if you use the Klook discount code  “NOMADS10”  on the website when checking out, you’ll get $10 off your first booking!

Both are going to provide you with a full-day tour. The 4 islands tours will allow you to spend more time on each island. But you get to see more on the 7 islands tour. 

It’s all up to you whether you want to spend more time racing around between the different islands or relaxing on the beach!

For the 7 Islands Sunset Tour you can expect an itinerary similar to this: 

The tuk-tuk will pick you up at 12 pm and bring you to Ao Nam Mao Pier. There, you will register yourself and collect the snorkelling mask. 

Snorkeling With The Fish In Chicken Island.

You’ll then be directed onboard the longtail boat to start your day.

Throughout the day you will be visiting Tup Island, Thap Island, Chicken Island, Poda Island, Ma Tang Ming Island, Si Island, Phra Nang Beach, and Railay Beach (which technically isn’t an island).

You will get to walk between Tup Island and Thap Island , which is connected by the shallow beach on foot. You’ll also get to snorkel with the fish near Chicken Island , chill on Poda Island , visit Phra Nang Cave Beach and finally feast on a buffet dinner while watching the sunset in Railay Beach . 

Railay Beach is one of Thailand’s most famous. Framed by limestone cliffs and dense jungle, Railay Beach is popular among rock climbers and photographers.

For some tours on your Krabi itinerary, you may also get to go night snorkelling to see the phytoplankton before heading back for the fire show at the pier at around 8 pm. 

Sounds cool, right!? Book a 4-Island tour here!

An alternative option is booking a day tour to Koh Phi Phi . Koh Phi Phi is a great day trip, as it includes all the highlights like Viking Cave, Monkey Beach, and Maya Bay.

We would recommend spending a few days in Koh Phi Phi and taking your time seeing Maya Bay and the Koh Phi Phi town center.

But if you’re short on time and you’d rather visit Koh Phi Phi as a day trip from Krabi, you can do that. Any Krabi island hopping trip should include Koh Phi Phi for sure!

The View You Get From Tup Island, Surrounded By Nothing But Pristine Beaches And Crystal-Clear Seawater. Well, And Boats And Other Visitors, Of Course.

After returning back to the Krabi province after a busy day exploring the islands you will find the nightlife is starting to pick up. 

Krabi is home to countless bars, swarmed by foreign visitors every night to spend the last few hours of the day. If you’re staying in Ao Nang Beach, then, of course, you should spend the night there.

I never visited all of the bars in Krabi Town, but there’s one particular bar that I highly recommend – Booze Bar . The staff are friendly and they have live music and lovely vibes, all you could ask for in a perfect bar. 

READ MORE: Be sure to spend some time visiting Koh Phi Phi after your Krabi itinerary

Day 3 – Caves and the Emerald Pool

Most of the accommodations in Krabi do include breakfast in your stay, but if they don’t, they probably have a café to fill your morning tummy.

Today, we’re gonna rent a motorcycle to have fun around the outskirts of Krabi. If it’s not your thing, it’s pretty easy to get a tuk-tuk in Krabi to get to wherever you want!

You can also save a bunch of time by booking today’s activities as part of an all-inclusive tour ! Perfect if you’d rather not run the risk of riding a motorcycle without insurance or a license when you visit Krabi.

You might want to know that this is way more physically demanding compared to Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint. 

I’m not trying to scare you. But trust me, you’ll be thanking yourself after reaching the top, enjoying the magnificent view of the temple sitting upon the ragged limestone hill.

At the base, there are several attractions like an artificial waterfall, cafeteria, and temples.

But the main attraction lies on the top connected by the 1,200-step staircases (Note: due to its physical demand this is not for all travellers.)  

Visiting in the morning is a better idea as the weather is usually cooler and the sunlight isn’t as harsh as the scorching tropical sun in the afternoon.

It takes around 20-40 minutes to get to the temple on top.

If you’re worried about dehydration, bring a water bottle with you. But note that there is a water station at the temple on top to refill your bottle. 

You’ll have to take off your shoes to visit around the temple, and you could easily spend 30 minutes up there on the view alone.

Also, be extra careful of the aggressive monkeys. Don’t touch them, and don’t go near a mom with babies. And definitely don’t feed them.

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Over the years, Emerald Pool has become one of the must-visits in Krabi for no other reasons than it’s simply wonderful. Minerals in the water make the colour absolutely spectacular!

Located inside Thung Teao Forest Natural Park , there are several hiking trails surrounding the emerald pool too. But for now, let’s go straight for the pool.

Due to the tourist crowds, it’s wiser to pay this attraction a visit in the morning. So, it’s all up to you if you want to interchange this with Tiger Cave Temple.

With an entrance fee of 200 Baht, you are allowed to soak yourself in the crystal pond for as long as you want. The entrance closes at 4.30 pm.

Next up, Klong Thom Hot Springs is located near Emerald Pool, so I highly recommend you arrange both of these attractions on the same day on your Krabi itinerary.

The hot spring itself is extremely small and difficult to accommodate the number of visitors daily.

So, the authorities have decided to build an artificial pool near the hot spring and drain part of the water there for more people to enjoy.

The artificial pool is located before the authentic hot spring. So, if you’re visiting in the non-peak hours you could possibly enjoy the hot springs surrounded by gigantic tree roots.

It’s advised that you shouldn’t soak yourself in the hot springs for more than 20 minutes at a time.

The entrance fee to Klong Thom Hot Springs is 160 Baht, plus 10 Baht for your motorbike parking.

Chao Fah Night Market is one of the most enjoyable night markets in all of Thailand. Hundreds of tables and chairs are arranged by the pier, fenced by dozens of hawker stalls.

You can go over all the menus of every stall, but you won’t notice much difference other than the design. Choose the one you like, and order whatever you want, and they’ll arrange a seat for you. 

There are milkshake stalls there, which I recommend. (Krabi has much better milkshakes compared to Phi Phi Islands and Phuket, honestly.)

The highlights here are, of course, seafood, since Krabi is a coastal town. And they’re surprisingly affordable here too. You can get a big plate of clams for under 200 Baht!

You could also choose to attend the Blue Dragon Cabaret show , which is one of the more popular and most famous attractions in all of Thailand. 

There are other Ladyboy shows throughout Thailand but this is worth a watch on the last of your 3 days in Krabi itinerary.

READ MORE: Check out these great things to do when you are in nearby Phuket !

Krabi Thailand City Guide

Now that you have a pretty good idea about what you’re going to do with your 3 days in Krabi itinerary, let’s help you travel to and around Krabi and find the best accommodation and food! 

The best time to visit Krabi and the rest of Southern Thailand is generally during the dry season, which spans from November to April.

During these months, Krabi experiences pleasant weather with clear skies, warm temperatures, and lower humidity. Travel guides would recommend these months for exploring the region’s renowned limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life.

While the peak tourist season occurs from December to February, offering optimal conditions for various outdoor activities like rock climbing, island hopping, and snorkeling, visitors can still enjoy nice weather in the shoulder months of November and April.

However, you should always check the local weather and be mindful of potential variations in weather patterns, as occasional brief rain showers can occur even during the dry season.

If Krabi is your first destination in Thailand, then there’s good news – there is an international airport in Krabi.

Inside the Krabi Airport, you’ll have to choose between taking the shared van or private transfer to your accommodation.

In my case, I took the shared van, which is surprisingly comfortable with leather seats and a well-air-conditioned interior.

It took around 30 minutes to reach our hostel, and yes, they drop you right at the doorstep. The price? Only 90 Baht!

In some cases where you’re travelling in Phuket first, then consider taking the shared van from the bus terminals to Krabi. There are two bus terminals in Phuket. 

It takes 3 hours to reach Krabi by bus. The only downside is that the bus terminal is rather far from most accommodations.

You might need a cab to get to your hotel, or you could walk, which I did! The shared van costs 140 Baht.

What if you’re staying in Ao Nang? Well, it’s pretty similar.

From the airport, catch the shared van to Ao Nang, which costs slightly more at 110 Baht. From Phuket, just tell the receptionist that you’re going to Ao Nang. It’s pretty straightforward as Ao Nang and Krabi are so close.

For travellers, the most popular place to stay would be near the Chao Fah Park Pier. There are plenty of shops, marts, hostels, and hotels – and of course, night markets.

Since there are not that many attractions inside Krabi Town, renting a motorcycle is the easiest way to visit the nearest attractions like the Emerald Pool, Ao Nang, Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint, and more.

Renting a motorcycle when you visit Krabi is almost effortless and is reasonably priced at around 200-250 Baht per day.

This price excludes petrol, which is pretty cheap as well. Chances are, you can rent a motorcycle from your hotel or hostel.

If a motorcycle is not your thing, then your options would be either private cabs, tours or GrabCar.

Tours are pretty common when you visit Krabi due to its popularity among Chinese, Russian and Korean tourists. So booking a tour is trouble-free.

Baan To Guesthouse definitely has one of the most strategic locations for those who visit Krabi. Within a 5-minutes’ walk, you’ll get to Chao Fah Night Market, the pier, and plenty of amazing cafes and restaurants, like 89 Café . 

I highly recommend this café, even though it’s a little pricey, the foods are top-notch and will never disappoint you.

They have one of the cheapest prices for double rooms in Krabi, and the on-site restaurant is perfect for breakfast. The host was extremely friendly as well, and we gladly rented her motorcycle for 250 Baht per day.

The rooms were basic, a little bit warm, so I suggest getting an air-conditioned room.

I hope you enjoyed reading this 3 days Krabi itinerary. Krabi Thailand is a wonderland for those who love nightlife. But it’s also perfect for those who enjoy travelling at a slower pace. 

In short, Krabi Thailand has something for everyone. Three days in Krabi are enough for most people to take in the essential attractions.

But if you’re opting to stay longer, Krabi is a great spot to sit back and relax!

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Very useful thank you for this!!

Hi! Is late October (20-30th) a good time for Krabi? or it is going to be rainy?

Is mid June a good time to visit Krabi for our babymoon? Do you recommend? All we need is a calm and cool place to relax and enjoy nature.

Thank for ur recommendation, me n my husband will go to krabi next month for 3 days. Its perfect itinerary for us ❤️

Hi, Thank you for the wonderful Itienary. Is it safe to hire motor bike or scooters in krabi? No frauds with the tourist?

Good day Thank you for the intinerary. Do you have one for Railay and Phiphi as well

Hi Johan, so glad you found the article helpful. We unfortunately do not have itinerary for these places. We have visited them but a long time ago. Both were great destinations.

Have you heard of Tonsai? It is right next door to Railey. We do have an article on that destination. https://www.nomadasaurus.com/taking-easy-ton-sai-bay/

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The Best Krabi Island Tours To Book (5 Stars Only!)

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If you’re traveling to Krabi, Thailand, odds are you’ll be looking to book one or more Krabi island tours while you’re there. And rightfully so – this whole region is just begging to be explored by boat with 200 or so islands around.

There are 3 main types of Krabi island tours:

  • 4 Islands (very close to Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Railay)
  • Phi Phi Islands (halfway between Ao Nang/Krabi Town/Railay and Phuket)
  • James Bond Island / Phang Nga Bay (close to Phuket)

Having visited Krabi twice now and sampled all 3 types of Krabi island tours, I can tell you that they are ALL fantastic and worthwhile. Do all 3 if you can. And if you can’t, then read on and see which appeals to you more :)

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If you’re soon to be Krabi-bound, I have a few very important tips for you:

  • Base yourself in Ao Nang. Is it the nicest place to stay in Krabi, no – but it’s the most convenient if you’re doing boat trips around Krabi. Pretty much all tours pick up and drop off in Ao Nang. If you’re staying in Railay or Krabi Town, you will likely have to make your own way to Ao Nang (whether it’s by bus or taxi from Krabi Town, or long tail boat from Railay). Some Krabi island tours may include pick-up from Railay, but it’s often an additional charge.
  • If your Krabi trip is more than a few days: stay in Ao Nang for the first part of your Krabi trip while you do your boat tours, then stay in Railay for the last part of your trip and chill. This is what I did on my most recent trip to Krabi and it was 1000000% the right move. 
  • Book your Krabi island tours ahead of time online. Sure, you could wing it and just book the cheapest options in town when you get there. But don’t be surprised when you end up in a huge group with guides that hardly speak English and make no efforts to avoid the crowds.

I’m all for being spontaneous and waiting til the last possible minute to commit to a plan, but I feel very strongly that it’s best to book your Krabi island tours before you arrive there. That way you can read the reviews, check the itineraries, and ensure that you’re actually booking a quality tour. 

And lucky for you, I’ve done all the research and testing for you! That’s right, the very best Krabi island tours are highlighted below in this blog post. They are all very highly rated and bound to guarantee you an excellent time out around the islands. 

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Planning a trip to Krabi?

These are the sites I use and recommend for booking travel:

Accommodation in Krabi: Booking.com

Flights to Thailand: Skyscanner

Transport in Thailand: 12Go

Activities in Krabi: GetYourGuide or Viator

Travel insurance for Thailand: Safety Wing or World Nomads

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Krabi 4 Islands Tour

If you can only book one Krabi island tour while visiting Ao Nang, Krabi, or Railay, let it be the 4 Islands Tour.

Why? Because most other Krabi island tours you can do from Phuket, as those islands are closer to it. But the 4 islands are further away from Phuket, and they’re much easier to access from Ao Nang or Railay (all within a 20-30 minute boat ride).

Not to mention, the 4 islands are flippin’ gorgeous!

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The Krabi 4 Islands Tours stop at:

  • Chicken Island (Koh Gai) – An island with a limestone rock formation shaped like a chicken head (it’s easily viewed from the water, so doesn’t necessarily require a dedicated stop)
  • Tup Island (Koh Tup) – An island connected to two others by sandbar at low tide. It’s got beautiful crystal clear water for swimming.
  • Poda Island (Koh Poda) – Has a beautiful and expansive white sand beach with picturesque views of limestone rock formations protruding from the water. The best spot for sunbathing.
  • Railay – Technically not an island, but is only accessible by boat so feels like one :) Typically stops at Phra Nang Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Thailand!) and cave.

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Though all of the 4 Islands Tours from Krabi stop at the same islands in varying order, the most common itinerary has an early afternoon start and finishes up with sunset on Phra Nang Beach in Railay, followed by a swim with the bio luminescence (phosphorescent plankton) nearby once it starts getting dark. A handful of tours may opt to start early to avoid the crowds, and finish earlier without the sunset or plankton swim.

Here are the best 4 Islands Tours from Krabi:

4 Islands Tour with Thalassa

The Thalassa 4 Islands Tour stops at the aforementioned four islands, plus Koh Sii: an island slightly further from the Krabi coast that offers excellent snorkeling. It ends with sunset at Railay and night snorkeling, as many similar tours do.

This is supposedly the only Krabi 4 Islands Tour done by speedboat (most use a traditional longtail boat instead, which is slower and less comfortable). That means less time spent in transit and more time spent on the islands! (And it’s how they’re able to stop at Koh Sii as well, which would be too far away for a longtail boat tour to fit in).

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Thalassa tours are marketed as “semi-private”, which essentially means that they have smaller groups on board and provide a high touch experience to guests which makes it FEEL like a semi-private tour.

It’s also worth noting that Thalassa also offers a different version of this tour with an eco focus (though as of June 2023, it’s not being offered). I’m not sure if or when their 4 Islands Eco Tour will return, but it runs from 9am-5pm, swaps out the sunset and night snorkeling for a beach cleanup instead, and is half the price of the regular 4 Islands Tour.

4 Islands Tour with Thalassa Time: 1pm-7:30pm Price: ฿3100 (~ US$94) TripAdvisor Rating : 5.0 / 435+ reviews Choose this Krabi 4 Islands Tour if: You prefer to travel with a smaller group; great snorkelling is important to you; you’d rather travel by speedboat CLICK TO BOOK THIS TOUR  

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5 Island Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Krabi Sunset Cruises

Yes, you read that right – it’s 5 islands instead of 4!

This sunset cruise skips Koh Tup and stops instead at two small islands just off the coast of Railay (along with Poda Island, Chicken Island, and Railay). Though technically , this tour doesn’t actually stop *at* the islands but rather, close to them – so if being able to step onto each island and take lots of photos there is important to you, this may not be the Krabi 4 Islands tour for you.

Instead, Krabi Sunset Cruises uses an old junk (aka a pirate ship) with huge sails for its tours. This tour centers more around the epic boat than the islands: it’s all about relaxing on the deck with a drink, jumping off the top level, and paddling around the islands with a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (if you feel like it). It’s less of a tour, and more of an experience.

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Like many of the other Krabi 4 Islands Tours, this one ends with sunset at Railay and a bio luminescence swim after dark.

5 Island Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Krabi Sunset Cruises Time: 2pm-8pm Price: ฿2800 (~ US$93) TripAdvisor Rating : 5.0 / 1100+ reviews Choose this Krabi 4 Islands Tour if: You’d rather chill and soak up the vibes than sightsee; you want to try your hand at paddling without it being the main focus of the tour; you want to feel like you’re on a pirate ship CLICK TO BOOK THIS TOUR  

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Phi Phi Island Tour

The Phi Phi islands are an absolute must-do for anyone visiting Phuket… but did you know that you can book Phi Phi island tours from Krabi as well?

Yup it’s true! Koh Phi Phi is actually about halfway between Phuket and Krabi, which means travel time is nearly the same no matter which location you depart from.

So if you’re planning a trip to Krabi, you should definitely consider Phi Phi as one of your Krabi island tours to book!

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The Phi Phi islands need no introduction, because odds are you’ve seen the photos or watched The Beach. Maya Bay is the runaway star of the islands, home to a beach so beautiful that its image will be forever seared in your mind. You’re not allowed to swim here anymore, but you can walk in up to your knees.

And there are several other worthwhile places to see around the islands, from stunning lagoons to epic snorkeling spots to picturesque beaches (where you CAN swim). Just know that no matter when and where you go around Koh Phi Phi, there WILL be other people around – it’s a very popular area, with little that’s off the beaten track – but for good reason!

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Most Phi Phi island tours stop at:

  • Maya Bay – A stunning white sand beach encircled by limestone cliffs, made famous by The Beach.
  • Pi Leh Bay (Lagoon) – A deep blue-colored lagoon often filled with boats. There’s not really anywhere to land in the lagoon, so visitors tend to either party on their boat or swim just off of it.
  • Monkey Beach – If you want to see wild monkeys, this is the place (though they are known to steal things from visitors, and can get aggressive). The beach is a short walk from the bay where your boat will stop, but you can usually spot monkeys climbing the rocks around the bay without having to leave the boat.
  • Viking Cave – A very cool-looking cave you can peek into while passing by on the boat. Around the corner is an excellent snorkeling spot.
  • Bamboo Island – A very popular place where you can hang out on the white sand beach and swim. It’s easy to avoid the crowds just by walking further down the beach, away from where the boats anchor. It’s also a good spot to have lunch (many tour groups do when they stop here).

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Here are the best Phi Phi Islands Tours from Krabi:

Koh Phi Phi Tour with Thalassa

Thalassa also runs a semi-private (small group) tour to the Phi Phi islands (I believe the max is 16 guests?). There’s more of a focus on snorkeling with this particular tour, and depending on conditions, there will be multiple opportunities to snorkel.

The Koh Phi Phi Tour is their most popular tour and it’s extremely highly rated on TripAdvisor, so you really can’t go wrong with this one. Note that there is an extra charge if you’re not staying in Ao Nang and need to be picked up/dropped off at Railay or Krabi town.

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Koh Phi Phi Tour with Thalassa Time: 8am-3pm Price: ฿3250 (~ US$99) TripAdvisor Rating : 5.0 / 576+ reviews Choose this Phi Phi Islands Tour if: You prefer a small group tour; you want to do lots of snorkelling CLICK TO BOOK THIS TOUR  

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Phi Phi + 4 Islands Tour with Krabi Ezy Trails

One excellent reason to book a Phi Phi Island tour from Krabi instead of Phuket is that there are some tours that add on additional island stops on the way there and back, which gives you more bang for your buck.

Krabi Ezy Trails offers a combo Phi Phi + 4 Islands Tour, ideal for anyone who might not have time or money to book the two separate tours, or for those prone to seasickness who want to limit the amount of time they spend on boats. The latter is definitely me, which was my main reason for booking this tour.

I’m very happy with that decision and I absolutely LOVED this experience! Also happy to report that not once did I feel rushed, despite having so many stops to cover on this tour. It felt like just enough time to enjoy each location. And I didn’t get seasick!

It’s also worth mentioning that this is not a small group tour like Thalassa’s. Our group had ~25 people in it, which didn’t feel like too much.

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This Phi Phi island tour is marketed as an “Early Bird – Avoid The Crowds” tour, but it’s important to set appropriate expectations for what exactly this means.

Yes, this tour starts earlier than most (if not all) other tours to Phi Phi islands, but it doesn’t go straight to Maya Bay. The boat stops at another island on the way (Koh Tup) for breakfast, then arrives at Maya Bay just before 9am when plenty of others are already there. But it ended up being fine because the earlier you get there, the more water will be covered in shadows and not looking electric blue like you see in photos. And the later you get there, the more crowded it gets. Maya Bay at 9am seemed to be the best balance between the two variables.

And yes, Krabi Ezy Trails does its best to avoid the crowds… but c’mon, this is Phi Phi, an extremely popular tourist spot. There’s really no *avoiding* the crowds, just minimizing them, which this tour did as much as possible.

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Since there are more stops on this tour vs. a regular Phi Phi island tour from Krabi, be ready for a LONG day of aquatic adventuring! The boat leaves Ao Nang at 7am, which means you’ll get picked up from your hotel even earlier than that. We returned around 5pm (though it says 4pm on their website), making it a solid 10 hours in the Thai heat. If you’re someone who’s sensitive to hot weather and the sun, you may want to opt for a shorter tour instead of this one (though there’s plenty of undercover seating on the boat and shady spots on some of the islands).

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Phi Phi + 4 Islands Tour with Krabi Ezy Trails Time: 7am-4pm Price: ฿2500 (~ US$78) TripAdvisor Rating : 5.0 / 372+ reviews Choose this Phi Phi Islands Tour if: You want to avoid the crowds as much as possible; you want to save time and money by doing Phi Phi and the 4 Islands in one tour; you don’t mind a very long day with lots of stops and time spent in the sun CLICK TO BOOK THIS TOUR  

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Phang Nga Bay / James Bond Island Tour

A boat trip around Phang Nga Bay is an absolute MUST-DO if you’re in Phuket or Krabi.

James Bond Island (Koh Tapu) is the most well known of the many picturesque islands in the bay; it just happens to be the most well known, thanks to appearing in a James Bond movie. Consequently, many Phang Nga Bay tours will be marketed as James Bond Island tours.

On James Bond Island there’s a man-made beach that swarms with tourists, so if massive crowds don’t appeal to you, you might want to look for James Bond Island tours that don’t actually stop at the island. Both of the tours I recommend below don’t stop at James Bond Island, but you’ll be able to see it and take photos as your boat passes by.

Also note that Phang Nga Bay is much further afield, which is why you won’t find too many tours to this area operating out of Krabi. There are many more options for James Bond Island tours from Phuket, which cruise around Phang Nga Bay by speedboat, catamaran, or larger boat, depending on the operator.

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Hong Island is another landmark in Phang Nga Bay. It actually merits its own dedicated tour, that’s how incredible it is – but it’s often an included stop on the James Bond Island tours, so it’s like a 2-for-1 special if you book it.

Hong Island is blessed with a lovely lagoon, one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, and a ridiculously impressive viewpoint some 200+ steps above. It is understandably very busy during the day, and less so early morning or late afternoon. It’s likely that a James Bond Island tour won’t stop at all of these locations around Hong Island, so pay close attention to the tour itinerary and make sure whatever tour you book includes the locations you want to see.

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There are dozens (hundreds?) of other islands around Phang Nga Bay, some of which you’ll cruise past, swim off of, or land on. There are limestone cliffs and rock formations everywhere you look out here: truly, the journey is the best part of any James Bond Island tour.

Many James Bond Island tours include an option for canoeing or kayaking, and there are a few where paddling is the main focus of the tour. I recommend booking a tour where you at least have the option to try it even if it’s not the focus, because it is an extremely cool experience paddling into the hongs (Thai for “rooms”; in this case, the hongs are more like enclosed pools) around Phang Nga Bay. Hong Island is only one of them!

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James Bond Island / Phang Nga Bay tours often stop at:

  • James Bond Island
  • Hong Island
  • Panak Island
  • Koh Panyi floating village

Here are the best Phang Nga Bay / James Bond Island Tours:

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James Bond Island Tour with Thalassa

The James Bond Island Tour was the tour I elected to do with Thalassa on my recent trip to Krabi. Unlike the 4 Islands Tours and Phi Phi Tours, this one has a completely unique itinerary, visiting locations that no other tours stop at. You’ll be dropped off on islands with completely empty beaches, and avoid the crowds at the more popular stops. It’s Robinson Crusoe vibes to the MAX.

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Very few tours to James Bond Island run from Krabi because it’s quite a distance to cover. Thalassa makes it worth the journey by incorporating several stops along the way, plus they’re able to travel faster with a speedboat. It didn’t feel like too much time in transit at all, so don’t worry about it taking too long to get there.

They stop the boat close to James Bond Island and allow plenty of time for photos (complete with James Bond movie music + photo props!). We also had lunch at a secluded spot on Koh Yao Noi, snorkelled off of a random island with red rock, and swam off of another island with incredible views and gorgeous white sand. Like the other Thalassa tours, this one is also semi-private: our group felt small and personalized with about 15 guests, and we had plenty of room to spread out around the boat.

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Later in the day, once the crowds dissipated, we cruised around Hong Island lagoon, then went around to its stunning beach for one final swim. You can opt to hike up to the Hong Island viewpoint at this time, which I strongly suggest doing even if the humidity + the hundreds of stairs sound like a nightmare. The view of Phang Nga Bay and Hong Island beach from up here is PHENOMENAL.

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James Bond Island Tour with Thalassa Time: 9am-5pm Price: ฿3500 (~ US$106) TripAdvisor Rating : 5.0 / 262+ reviews Choose this James Bond Island Tour if: You want an off-the-beaten-path adventure; you prefer to avoid the crowds and the tourist traps; you want to see some of the lesser-known islands around Phang Nga Bay; you want to snorkel CLICK TO BOOK THIS TOUR  

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Hong by Starlight Tour with John Gray’s Sea Canoe

It may be strange to include a tour that doesn’t run from Krabi, and may or may not include James Bond Island, in this blog post – but I did this Hong by Starlight Tour 8 years ago and it still stands as one of my favorite travel experiences ever, so how could I not?

So yes, John Gray’s Hong by Starlight tour departs from Phuket, not Krabi. It does not stop at James Bond Island, and there is no mention of it in the tour itinerary; however, on my tour we definitely paddled near it (close enough to take pictures), and some recent TripAdvisor reviews mention seeing James Bond Island (though some also mention NOT seeing it). I suspect that depending on conditions, you may or may not get to paddle close to James Bond Island, so it’s not a selling point of this tour.

But trust me when I say that it doesn’t matter! James Bond Island may get all the glory, but it’s just one of many pretty islands in Phang Nga Bay. No matter where you end up going on this tour, you’re gonna see some epic landscapes and enjoy some memorable adventures.

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If you are dead set on seeing James Bond Island, you can book one of John Gray’s James Bond Island tours – they run one in the morning and one later in the day. However, I HIGHLY advise booking the the Hong by Starlight Tour instead.

With this Phang Nga Bay tour, you get a full day of adventuring on a big boat, featuring a few kayaking excursions around the hongs and islands in “sea canoes”, which are essentially inflatable kayaks. You learn just how crucial the inflatable aspect is when you’re paddling through some very tight caves that require you to deflate the kayak a bit, lean back, and get as low as you can. Thankfully for these paddle sessions, you’ll be paired with a guide who will take care of it all for you. It’s a VERY cool and unique experience, something you’re unlikely to experience anywhere else on your travels.

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Then later in the day, you’ll make a “kratong” out of flowers and banana leaves and release it out into the sea after sunset, and paddle through phosphorescent plankton that appear as glowing blue dots underwater.

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Hong by Starlight Tour with John Gray’s Sea Canoe Time: 12-8pm Price: ฿3950 (~ US$114) TripAdvisor Rating : 5.0 / 641+ reviews Choose this James Bond Island Tour if: You aren’t fussed about seeing James Bond Island itself; you want to do lots of paddling; you want to explore caves and hongs; you’re up for an ADVENTURE moreso than a relaxing boat ride CLICK TO BOOK THIS TOUR  

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Plan the BEST 3 Days in Krabi Itinerary for 2024

Are you ready to kick off an unforgettable 3 days Krabi itinerary? With crystal clear waters, lush jungles, elegant temples, and unique rock formations, Krabi is sure to leave a lasting impression.

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Krabi working online, and I now know all the best places around, and I’m here to tell you everything about it.

This itinerary has everything from breathtaking views at the Tiger Cave Temple to relaxing at some remote beaches.

Along the way, you’ll enjoy incredible shopping at Ao Nang Night Market and Ao Nang Beach, cool your feet at Emerald Pool, explore the old-fashioned charm of Krabi Town, witness the natural beauty of Railay Beach, and much more!

Let’s get started, this will be a comprehensive Krabi itinerary, and I can’t wait to tell you everything about it!

View of a beach through a cave. Plan the BEST 3 Days in Krabi Itinerary

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3 Days Krabi Itinerary – Summary

  • Explore stunning beaches, temples, hot springs, and sunsets in 3 days in Krabi.
  • Visit from November to March for the best weather and attractions.
  • Pack lightweight clothes, sunscreen, bug spray and hiking shoes for your trip.

How to Get to Krabi

The quickest way to get to Krabi is by air. Krabi Airport (KBV) offers direct flights from Bangkok and other major cities in Thailand like Chiang Mai .

The airport also offers connections to other parts of Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. If you’re coming from Phuket, the flight only takes about 1.5 hours, making it a convenient and cost-effective option.

The second option for getting to Krabi is by bus.

There are regular public buses that run from Bangkok to Krabi and from Phuket to Krabi . There are also night buses that run from Bangkok and Phuket to Krabi, making it a good option if you’re on a budget.

You can also get to Krabi by ferry, if you come from the islands.

For those coming from Koh Phi Phi, there is an option of taking a ferry to Krabi (Ao Nang). The ferry departs from Tonsai Pier and reaches Nopparat Thara Pier. The ferry ride takes around two hours and there are a few departures each day.

Beachfront with palm trees and a mountain backdrop.

Best Time to Visit Krabi

The best time to visit Krabi is during the dry season, which is from November to March. This is the optimal time for a visit as the weather will be pleasant and sunny.

During this time, the weather is ideal for exploring the area. This is also when many of the attractions like Railay Beach, Phra Nang Cave Beach, and Klong Thom Hot Springs, are at their most beautiful.

How to Get Around Krabi?

The most popular way to get around is by joining organized tours, which are convenient and offer an immersive experience around.

Alternatively, you can also take a taxi, Grab Cars, and a tuk tuk, which you’ll find in the Ao Nang area near the pier.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also rent a motorbike for a more independent journey. You’ll find many rental agencies all around Ao Nang and Krabi Town, and the price is around 250 to 300 THB per day, which is around $10.

This is a great way to explore the area and get to hard-to-reach places like the Tiger Cave Temple, which is a little far from Ao Nang.

Tuk tuk waiting for clients in Ao Nang Krabi

Ultimate 3 Days Krabi Itinerary

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, let’s start this ultimate itinerary to Krabi. I’ll go through each day and offer all the activities that you can’t miss out on, as well as some unmissable day trips I recommend taking.

Day 1: Ao Nang & Railay Beach

Start your 3-day Krabi itinerary by heading to the beautiful coastal town of Ao Nang from the airport .

Ao Nang is the perfect spot to kick off your trip and explore the gorgeous beaches of South Thailand.

Get ready to be astonished by the stunning white sand beaches and limestone cliffs of Railay Beach, and take in the breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. Here’s how to spend this first day of your Krabi itinerary.

Arriving in Ao Nang

Ao Nang is the ideal base for exploring Krabi, and the perfect spot for a night out. To get to Ao Nang from the airport, you can take a taxi, hop on a songthaew, or take a shuttle bus – I recommend the latter.

Once you’re there and checked into your hotel, you can make your way to the famous Railay Beach and its Phra Nang Beach, which is only a short long-tail boat ride away.

Tickets cost 800 THB return per person, but you can lower that by taking a group boat ride, which eventually can cost you 200 THB return.

Separated from the mainland by limestone cliffs and accessible only by boat , Railay Beach is a must-visit on any Krabi itinerary.

Busy intersection in the main tourist area in Krabi Thailand

Visit Railay Beach

One highlight to add to your itinerary is Railay Beach, and coming over is one of the best things to do in Krabi!

You can buy your tickets at the Ao Nang Pier, there are 2 ticket offices, which are on each of the beach, for added convenience. Once you get your tickets, the trip to Railay only takes about 20 minutes by long-tail boat.

You’ll get here at either Railay East or West – In case you arrive at the western part, you can already chill on the beach, work on your tan, and have a drink at one of the cafes nearby. This is the most beautiful, pristine part.

On the other hand, in case you get to Railay East, you can either walk to Railay West and enjoy your time here, or walk to Phra Nang Beach , which is another stunning beach. Either way, make sure to visit both, as they’re within walking distance!

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand at rock climbing in Railay Beach !

When it’s time for lunch, head over to one of the beachfront restaurants, where you’ll find a variety of seafood dishes and refreshing drinks. Hawkeye and Flame Tree Restaurant are very good, and despite the recent reviews, I’ve always had a great meal at both .

After lunch, relax in the sun or take a nap in the shade of a palm tree. And if you still have some energy, wrap up your day with a hike to the Railay Viewpoint, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the beach and the surrounding islands.

A word of caution – Be careful to the monkeys all around Railay Beach as they won’t hesitate to steal your phone and stuff, and wear proper shoes if you plan to climb up the viewpoint!

Once you’ve enjoyed this first day of your Krabi itinerary in Railay, head back to Ao Nang for dinner.

Railay Beach in Krabi Thailand

Spend the Evening in Ao Nang

After spending the day at Railay Beach, head back to Ao Nang for some evening fun. Ao Nang is bustling with a lively atmosphere, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, and the famous Ao Nang Krabi Night Market.

Start by taking in the stunning views of the sunset – the perfect Instagram-worthy moment! Next, head over to the bustling night markets and try some delicious Thai street food while browsing unique souvenirs and trinkets. Make sure to give a try to durian!

End the night sipping cocktails on the shores of the beach or dancing the night away in one of the lively bars.

If you’re not into it, then the next and last activity will blow your mind!

Night street food vendor cooking.

Go to a Muay Thai Match

After witnessing the best sunset you’ve ever seen, it’s time to spice up the night with a little bit of excitement – and what better way than going to a Muay Thai match for it?

The adrenaline-fueled atmosphere in the packed arena will have you on the edge of your seat as fighters expertly execute punches, kicks, elbows, and knees.

You’ll be amazed by their agility and strength as they move through the ring. With each blow, the crowd goes wild, cheering and shouting support for their favorite fighter.

I seriously can’t think of a cooler activity to end the first night on your Krabi itinerary!

Two men kickboxing in a gym.

Day 2: Island Hopping Tour and Sunset

The second of your 3 days Krabi itinerary is all about island hopping and fun!

This island-hopping tour will take you to four stunningly beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea, including Koh Poda, Koh Gai (Chicken Island), Tup Island, and Railay Beach.

Be prepared for incredible views of crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Whether swimming or snorkeling in the turquoise waters or simply relaxing on the beach with a cool drink.

Alternatively, while the 4-island tour is a must-do, I’ll offer another day trip that is equally awesome. Here’s how to spend the second day on your Krabi itinerary.

Limestone cliffs and boats on clear water.

OPTION 1: Join the 7-Island Tour

The  popular 7-island tour  is a must-do when in Krabi and the best way to experience the coastline, and it’s where the only thing more beautiful than the scenery is the possibility of making a ton of memories with other travelers.

First up, you’ll get to Railay Beach in a longtail boat, which is a nice, authentic way to start.

Your adventure starts with a pit stop at Railay Beach, then head straight to the coral paradise of Koh Yawasam. Here, you’ll get to snorkel and see the marine life is, and that is an experience not to be missed.

After that, you’ll stop at a second snorkeling point, Chicken Island, and this is where you can see the island with a chicken shape, and that makes everyone always laugh.

Apart from that, you’ll walk across the sandbar connecting Tub and Mor Islands.

That’s not it: Koh Tan Ming offer a perfect snorkeling spot before you indulge in a sumptuous BBQ dinner on the beach of Koh Poda, against the backdrop of a stunning sunset.

The highlight of the evening is a swim with bioluminescent plankton at Koh Raeng, another unforgettable experience!

By the end of it, you’ll be full, happy, and probably a bit salty. But hey, that’s what adventure is all about, right? Check out the 7-island tour here below, I’m confident you’ll love it!

Woman posing for a photo on a beach with a towering rock formation.

OPTION 2: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

The Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most iconic island  destinations in Southeast Asia  and one of the best places in Krabi province. With this tour, you’ll be able to experience all their beauty while having fun.

Your day will start with a morning speedboat tour departing Krabi around 9 am, taking you straight to the Phi Phi Islands.

First up, you’ll get to Pileh Lagoon, where you can snorkel with all these colorful fish and coral. Then there’s Maya Bay, which you might have seen in “The Beach” movie. It’s a stunning place where you can chill and work on your tan, which is a gorgeous place to!

Your guide will also take you to YKoh Pai, with its postcard-perfect beaches and crystal-clear water. And then there’s Viking Cave and Monkey Beach, where you can see cliffs and, if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot monkeys!

The whole trip is pretty chill. You get to snorkel in beautiful spots, take in some amazing views, and even have a tasty Thai lunch at Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort.

They sort you out with all the gear you need for snorkeling and even offer hotel transfers, so you don’t have to worry about getting to and from the place.

So, if you’re up for an adventure and want to spend a day exploring some of the coolest spots around Krabi, this tour is pretty much a no-brainer. Plus, you get to ride on a speedboat, which is always nice!

Beach on Phi Phi Island Thailand

Watch the Sunset at Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang Beach is the perfect spot to end a 3-day trip to Krabi. The atmosphere of Ao Nang Beach during sunset is absolutely magical. Enjoy the gorgeous beach, watch the sun dip below the horizon, and soak in the last of the rays.

Other than the night market, my personal recommendations for good food at a reasonable price are Noori India , with great service and delicious food, and Pyramids Restaurant , with Arabic and Thai food.

Sunset behind a silhouette of hills.

Day 3: Krabi Town and Viewpoints

On the last day, you’ll get to explore the areas outside of Ao Nang, which are full of cool activities and unique sights. I’m talking about the famous Tiger Cave Temple and its viewpoint , the relaxing Krabi hot springs , and the stunning Emerald Pool.

You can rent a scooter or hire a taxi to get around, but I personally recommend joining a day trip , which I’ll elaborate on further below.

The day tour lasts around 10 hours, so it’ll take the whole day. In case you decide to rent a scooter or travel on your own, it’ll take approximately the same time, so be ready for a day of adventures!

Here’s how to spend the perfect 3rd of 3 days in Krabi Thailand!

Statues of tiger at the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi

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Tiger Cave, Emerald Pool and Hot Springs Tour

  • See the best spots out of Ao Nang
  • Affordable and fun day guaranteed!
  • Get to the Tiger Cave and Hot Springs easily
  • Roundtrip transfers from Ao Nang
  • Entrance fees and free time in all spots
  • Walking tour of each site with your guide

Relax in the Krabi Hot Springs

Klong Thom Hot Springs is a natural hot spring in Krabi, perfect for a relaxing soak, and this is the perfect place to start the day.

A man-made pool has been built nearby to allow more people to enjoy the hot springs. Needless to say, this is exactly what you’re in Krabi for – relax and landscapes!

Enjoy the tranquility of the hot springs surrounded by lush greenery.

When you book a day trip, you’ll get free transportation from Ao Nang and back, which is very convenient.

If not, just drive from Krabi Town or Ao Nang Beach and head east – It’s worth noting that the hot springs are located about 50km from Krabi City, and I wouldn’t recommend driving on your own if you’ve never driven in Thailand before.

Don’t forget to bring 100 Baht per person for the entrance fee and 10 Baht for parking. Also, if you plan to visit the Emerald Pool, it’ll cost you 200 Baht more.

Klong Thom Hot Springs in Krabi

Want more information?

Check out this guide about the Hot Springs in Krabi .

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Take a Dip in Emerald Pool

After chilling at the hot springs, check out the Emerald Pool, which is only 10km away, and you’ll get there easily with a tour.

It’s a stunning natural pool with water that looks like it’s been dyed emerald. The minerals in the water are what give it its amazing color.

It’s located in Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, which is also worth a visit if you have more time available – the entrance fee is 200 Baht, so keep that in mind if you go by yourself.

The morning is the best time to go, when the sun is out, to get the most out of your visit. Take a dip in the pool, explore the jungle walk, and enjoy the tranquility of the area.

Doesn’t it sound like the perfect plan before climbing up the Tiger Cave Temple?

Emerald Pool Krabi

Hike up to Tiger Cave Temple

The Tiger Cave Temple, also called Wat Tham Sua is a must-see for any visitor to Krabi. It’s a temple located 1260 steps up from the base, and legend has it that its name comes from a monk who spotted tigers roaming around the cave while he was meditating. But don’t worry – there aren’t any tigers around anymore!

Take the trek up the steps and check out the golden Buddha and the stunning views of Krabi. And watch out for those pesky monkeys that might try to snatch your snacks – they can get pretty feisty!

Pack a reusable water bottle, and don’t forget to take in the sights at the base of the temple, such as the artificial waterfall, the cool cafeteria, and the beautiful temple.

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Check out this guide about Wat Tham Sua in Krabi .

Trekking up the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi

Take a Boat Along Khao Khanap Nam

While in Krabi town, make sure to go explore the scenic beauty of Khao Khanap Nam, 2 towering cliffs right off the night market. As you cruise down the river, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the limestone cliffs that tower overhead.

You will also stop at an archeological site with a bat cave and even spot some of the local wildlife, including monkeys and birds. And if you time your journey right, you’ll be able to watch the sunset over the river in a truly unforgettable experience.

So why not hop on board a boat today and explore Khao Khanap Nam in style?

The 2-hour boat trip cost me 500 THB, which was very reasonable and I recommend it!

Khao Khanap Nam things to do in Krabi

Explore Krabi Town

Krabi Town is a great spot to explore and get a taste of the local culture, and I highly recommend you come here before ending your itinerary for Krabi.

You can easily book a taxi from Ao Nang or book a shuttle from the agencies all around Ao Nang – the price is 150 Baht per person, or around $5.

Check out the night market, indulge in delicious Thai food, and take some photos for your social media – you have to brag on social media while in Thailand!

Don’t forget to check out the Krabi (Town) Weekend Night Market and the Poo Dam Night Market for some local flavors.

And be sure to pay a visit to Wat Kaew Korawaram. There, you can read up on the stories of Buddha on the info boards, but keep in mind that some of the explanations are only in Thai.

You won’t have to worry about spending money to get in; it’s free!

Krabi town night market

3 Days Krabi Itinerary – FAQ

Now that we’ve discussed everything you should know for the perfect itinerary, let’s answer some questions from first-time visitors.

How Many Days do you Need in Krabi?

To fully experience the beauty and adventure that Krabi has to offer, I recommend staying for at least three days. This will give you enough time to explore the charming town of Ao Nang, relax on the best beaches, and take day trips to nearby islands or visit the Tiger Cave Temple.

With 3 days, you can also indulge in the delicious local cuisine, shop for souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of southern Thailand.

Is Krabi Nicer than Phuket?

Both Krabi and Phuket have their own unique charm and appeal, so it really depends on what you’re looking for.

Krabi is known for its stunning natural beauty, with lush jungles, towering cliffs, and crystal-clear waters. It’s also a bit less crowded than Phuket, making it a great choice for travelers seeking a more laid-back and relaxed atmosphere.

On the other hand, Phuket is known for its vibrant nightlife, lively beaches, and a wider range of dining and entertainment options. So if you’re looking for a more lively atmosphere with plenty of activities to keep you busy, Phuket may be the better choice for you.

However, if you’re seeking a more peaceful and nature-focused experience, Krabi may be the nicer destination.

Is 3 days in Krabi Enough?

While 3 days in Krabi is enough time to see some of the main tourist attractions and get a taste of what the area has to offer, it may not be enough to fully explore all that Krabi has to offer.

With 3 days, you can visit popular attractions like Ao Nang Beach, Railay Beach, and the Tiger Cave Temple, as well as go on day trips to nearby islands.

However, if you have more time available, it’s definitely worth considering extending your stay to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and adventure of Krabi.

With more time, you can experience more off-the-beaten-track destinations, indulge in the delicious local cuisine, and truly relax and unwind.

Is Krabi Worth Visiting?

Definitely, and Krabi is my personal favorite beach destination in Thailand.

Krabi has a unique atmosphere and plenty of attractions to offer, making it worth visiting any time. From the stunning beaches of Railay and Ao Nang to the exciting Chao Fah Night Market and beautiful Emerald Pool, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience in Krabi.

So if you have the chance, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Krabi!

Where to Stay in Krabi?

Last but not least, let’s talk about the best Krabi hotels, whether you travel on a budget or looking for a premium property.

While many people stay in Railay Beach, and I did too, you’ll want to stay near Ao Nang Beach if you have only 3 days in Krabi.

The reason for that is obviously convenience, so you won’t carry your luggage everywhere, but also because you can see most things in Railay on a day out, like I mentioned in this Krabi itinerary.

Luxury: Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa

Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa offers a luxurious stay near Nopparat Thara Beach, featuring a large outdoor pool with a water slide, a day spa, kids’ club, and 24-hour concierge services.

Rooms boast free Wi-Fi, pool views, and modern amenities. Dining options include international buffets at Palm Court and room service, with various services such as laundry. It’s a short drive from Ao Nang Pier and 40 minutes from Krabi Airport.

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Mid-Range: Aonang Viva Resort

Aonang Viva Resort, a short walk from Nopparat Tara Beach, provides comfortable accommodations with free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar.

Rooms are air-conditioned with modern conveniences, and you can enjoy international and Thai cuisine on-site. Additional services include a 24-hour front desk, airport shuttle, and free parking.

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Budget: The Krabi Forest Homestay

The Krabi Forest Homestay offers a serene escape amidst tropical landscapes, close to Nopparat Thara and Ao Nang Beaches. It features rooms and bungalows with traditional Thai décor, free Wi-Fi, and a range of activities including fishing, diving, and horseback riding.

Dining options serve Thai and international dishes, with easy access to Railay Beach and a 45-minute drive to Krabi Airport.

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Final Thoughts – Itinerary for Krabi

With perfect sunny weather, stunning views, and plenty to explore, it’s no wonder why Krabi is such a popular spot for travelers. I hope you found your happiness in this ultimate Krabi travel itinerary!

With many accommodation options and restaurants, plus plenty of activities and nearby attractions, Krabi is the perfect place for a short escape! Have you made it to Krabi yet? I hope this guide was helpful!

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9 Krabi Island Hopping Tours That Will Make Your Jaw Drop (Thailand)

Thailand is already one of the most internationally recognized laid back countries in the world.

Then you visit Krabi, a coastal province in Thailand, and you realize that life can always get more chill.

Krabi boasts stark limestone mountains to gawk up at, glittering white sand beaches to lie on, cheap and easy food and transportation, and islands. Dozens and dozens of islands rest off the coast of Krabi.

You could spend an entire year simply Krabi island hopping exploring the wide variety of beauty and complexity among these islands.

But, you probably don’t have a whole year, so let me break down the best Krabi island tours you can take with what time you do have.

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Krabi Island Tours:

Tours are literally the only way you’ll get to see the islands around Krabi. Unless you’ve brought your boat over, that is? Below are well-recommended tours to the nearby islands in the Krabi province.

If you want to book things ahead of time, worry less while you’re here, and have everything set and sorted, these are the tours to book.

However, if you’re a bit more adventurous, there is one other option I have to tell you about. You COULD walk up to a longtail boat, hope the boatman speaks OK English, and ask for a private tour of islands.

Using this method may be a bit more expensive if you’re only a couple but if you have a group of friends it would probably only be a few bucks more each.

Krabi islands

You’d need to bring your own lunch and you’d need to make sure your communication was clear from the beginning as to which islands you want to visit.

It’s not necessarily the easiest option, and if you’re on a time crunch I wouldn’t recommend it (you may have to wait until the next day after speaking with him) but it’s an option I had to share nonetheless!

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This is easily the most popular Krabi island tour you will take while in the province.

You get to ride in a speedboat or a long tail boat to visit two iconic islands, Koh Gai (Chicken Island) and Koh Poda, and two lesser-known islands, Koh Mor and Koh Tub, before lunch.

Chicken Island has what closely resembles a giant chicken head rising from one coast.

Here, you can enjoy the white sand beaches, grab a snack at a small restaurant, and you may be able to “walk on water” to Koh Tub.

When the tide is low, the ocean recedes, and a land bridge appears that connects Chicken Island to Koh Tub.

So the first part of your day will be spent snorkeling in clear water and possibly walking across that exposed land bridge. Otherwise, you can arrive safely in any boat.

Krabi Poda island hopping

Then after a lovely lunch provided for you, you’ll explore the Phra Nang Cave Beach in the afternoon.

Krabi snorkeling and cave exploring all in one day.

A day underwater! This tour takes you first to Rok Noi island to snorkel underwater or swim off the white sand beaches. Then you get to gorge yourself on a Thai buffet that comes with the tour, on the beach no less.

Long tail boat at Ko Rok Noi on a Krabi island tour

Finally, you’ll head over to Coral Islands to swim through coral reef and check out the sea life in the reef.

You can pick and choose whether you snorkel or swim, and you can revel in the last of the untouched beaches off the coast of Krabi.

Krabi snorkeling and Krabi island hopping combine for adventure and peace at the same time.

Take a speedboat just twenty minutes from Ao Nang to spend the day in the most beautiful tropical middle of nowhere island you can imagine.

Boat near Hong Island on a Krabi island tour

Koh Hong is actually a series of four connected islands, and you get to head right to the middle of it all to swim in relative seclusion.

A turquoise blue lagoon sits serenely amid cliffs and shores just waiting for you to splash and bask in the sun.

You can get some Krabi snorkeling in while you’re at it if you like. This is the most chill of the Krabi Island Tours you’ll find.

The Phi Phi Islands may be the most famous stop for Krabi Island tours . You’ll visit Maya Beach, which is where Leonardo DiCaprio brooded and adventured in the movie “The Beach.” So if you’ve got a thing for Leo, as most of us do, you have to put Phi Phi on your Krabi island hopping itinerary.

Krabi island sea

And even if you don’t, you’ll still get to spend a day in a few different gorgeous bays, swimming and snorkeling to your heart’s content.

Speaking of movie sets, ever heard of James Bond? Yes. That James Bond.  This Krabi Island tour  will take you on a long tail boat or speedboat to Khao Phing Kan. By canoe you’ll get up close to the 20-meter-tall rock featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun”.

James Bond Island on a Krabi island tour

Then head out to a local floating village for lunch, visit the Raman Waterfalls and finally off to explore what has come to be called the “monkey cave,” the Suwa Kuhan Temple, which has fascinatingly been constructed inside a cave.

Talk about a Krabi island hopping whirlwind of a day.

Did I say whirlwind? How about a sunrise trip out to Maya Beach to pay homage to Leo before anyone else hits this super popular tourist spot? Then you can spend the rest of the day traipsing about among four more islands in a speedboat.

Aerial view of Koh Phi Phi Lee on a Krabi isand tour

On this Krabi island tour , you’ll explore Viking Cave and monkey beach. You’ll also meander around Koh Phi Phi Don, check out Chicken Island, and swim at Poda Island.

Phew, by the time you get back you’ll be ready for an evening at the spa.

ship on a beach in Krabi

Remember I said Hong Island was the ultimate chill experience? Well, if you want to switch it up a bit and add a bit of adrenaline, hop on this Krabi Island tour .

Sea kayak at Koh Hong Island on a Krabi island tour

You’ll take a long tail boat out to Hong Island, off board into a paddle boat, and paddle your way around the island, between giant rock walls and into the secluded lagoon area.

Then you just chill for a bit, maybe take a dip, or fall asleep on the beach, before you get back into the paddle boat to head back to your long tail ride.

Islands, bays, and caves all in one  Krabi island tour . Hard to beat. You’ll take a speedboat from Krabi over to Phang Nga Bay and check out some of the hundreds of islands that make up those 154 square miles of watery territory.

Limestone islands in Phang Nga Bay on a Krabi island tour

You’ll hit up James Bond Island, as well as Thalu Island to explore Lot Noi Cave. Next, it’s off to remote beach for a Thai buffet lunch.

Finally, swim and snorkel in the crystal blue waters before heading back to Krabi and your hotel. Krabi Island hopping at its best.

view of an island in Krabi against cloudy sky

A Krabi Island Tour that doesn’t involve an island? That’s right.

Long tail boat on a lake on a Krabi island tour

This one had to hit the Krabi island hopping itinerary because you’ll actually be driving inland to a stunning lake inside the Khao Sok National Park where you will board a long tail boat and cruise around the lake, take a hike in the lush green jungles and have lunch on floating bungalows.

So it’s an inland adventure that feels like an island adventure.

You see why it had to make the list?

  • Many of the boatmen won’t speak English or will speak very little. It’s unlikely you’ll be doing anything more than island hopping. There won’t really be any commentary. Nothing much beyond the name of the islands, where to snorkel, and when lunch is.
  • Don’t expect some beautiful and well-kept boat. You’ll most likely be riding on a simple long-tail boat. These are small wooden boats with a few benches, maybe a small cover, and that’s it. Yes, you may even see a tiny bit of water seeping in the boats, this is normal and most, if not all long-tail boats are like this.
  • Bring a snack if you’re a picky eater. A simple local lunch is usually provided on these tours, if you don’t like local food, bring something with you.
  • Bring extra water. It’s going to be hotter than you think.
  • DON’T do as the locals do. Being environmentally conscious starts with education and we all know how to behave. Sometimes, people in these lesser develop nations don’t get it because they were never educated about how to treat the envirnoment. Please don’t do as the locals do and bring your trash back with you on the trip. Sometimes they simply throw trash in the ocean, let it fly off the boat, or they leave it on the island, which will likely end up in the ocean later anyway.

Krabi islands

The tourist season in Krabi is traditionally November to mid-March, directly after monsoon season. Temperatures are super mild, and the sea is too. As someone planning multiple excursions to a variety of islands by boat, you want calm seas.

Mid-March to May is not a bad time to visit either. You’ll see a spike in temperatures and a gradual rise in humidity, but you’ll also get fewer tourists. I’m not a huge fan of crowds, so this works for me.

Finally, if you’re looking for super cheap and tourist free, monsoon season is the time to go.

But know that the seas can get unpredictable, violent, and deadly . This is a tourist area, and tourism means money, which also means some boat captains will, unfortunately, put lives at risk to make a livelihood. So just be weary during this time of year.

  • Sunscreen – There are points on this trip where you won’t have shade.
  • A hat – More sun protection!
  • Snorkel – One is provided if it’s a snorkeling tour but in case you like using your own, bring it. They usually only have cheap snorkels to use.
  • Power Charger – Don’t run out of battery! You’ll want all the pictures.
  • GoPro – The only good camera that will get you fun underwater pictures and the only camera you’ll want to bring as bringing your expensive one could be risky.
  • Sarong – I never travel with a towel, they are so bulky. Use your sarong to dry off, as a beach cover-up, and as a beach towel.
  • Flip-flops – Why have I seen people on these tours with regular shoes? Why….?
Transportation Tip for Thailand: While you can simply book at the pier, bus or train station, you may want to book ahead for certain legs of your journey to guarantee that you get a seat on the day you need to travel. 12go.asia is the best way to do this. Book your next trip ahead of time so you have one less thing to worry about. Click here to book a ticket through 12go.asia

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this is extremely helpful thank you. Unfortunately i suffer with travel sickness , i am ok if we are constantly moving and it isn’t to choppy. Are you able to recommend any of the above that wouldn’t be too bad on the old sea sickness ? It would be super helpful 🙂

Glad you found it helpful but I can’t really advise if you’d get sick or not, not sure how anyone could. Sea conditions change all the time, weather effects, the type of boat etc… And how am I supposed to know how sensitive you are? So many factors.

This covers all bases for a great trip!

Happy to hear it helped!

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Krabi 3 island by Express Boat

Full Day Trip

English, Thai

About this tour

KRABI 3 ISLANDS DAY TOUR BY EXPRESS BOAT AND SPEED BOAT

Krabi 3 Islands Day Tour will bring you to see the best of Krabi in less than 7 hours with a fun tour of iconic islands. Explore the lesser-known tiny islands of Koh Tub and Koh Mor when the tide is low, you can walk along the sandy causeway joining the neighboring island. Visit the famous Koh Gai – the Chicken Island a limestone rock in the shape of a chicken’s head and neck.

Operating date: Everyday: Please check before booking

*Program subject to be change depend on water tide and weather conditions. *A female guest who are pregnant is not allowed on this trip.

What to Bring

  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun Block (Reef Save)
  • Spare T-Shirt
  • Beach towel
  • Swimming suite 

Included/Excluded

  • Round trip big boat ticket
  • Tour by speed boat
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruits
  • Tour Insurance
  • Snorkeling Equipment and Life Jacket
  • Transfer service as mentioned zone area
  • All item of a personal expense such as souvenir etc.
  • Any services non-mentioned in the itinerary
  • Marine National Park fee 400 THB per adult / 200 THB per child

Tour Itinerary

07.00 pick-up from hotel to phuket pier, 08.30 departure from phuket pier to nopparat thara beach at krabi, 10.30 arrive at ao nang beach and switch to the speedboat to the tour program..

  • Tub Island - Relaxing the white sandy linkage between Tap Island and Chicken Island at low tide.
  • Poda Island - Relax for sunbathing. It’s a unique in that it has s small island. 

12.30 Chicken Island - Enjoy swimming & snorkeling among coral reef and Fishes and Lunch time.

14.30 arrive at ao nang beach, 15.00 depart from ao nang beach to phuket by big boat, 17.30 arrive at phuket pier and transfer back to hotel., tour's location, private van service (price per van) - roundtrip, maikhao beach (maximum 8 person) (2,200 ฿), join minibus service (price per person) - roundtrip.

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Krabi itinerary 3 days 2 nights — how to spend 3 days to fully explore the island paradise of krabi island, thailand.

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If you are planning to travel Thailand, don’t miss out on Krabi Island. There are so many exciting things you can do when coming here that you don’t want to leave here. From watching the magical natural beauty to conquer the spectacular cliffs. Let’s check it out our Krabi Itinerary 3 days on how to spend 3 days in Krabi and what to do in Krabi for 3 days to fully explore the island paradise of Krabi Island, Thailand below.

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Krabi itinerary 4 days — What to do in Krabi for 4 days?

Traditional Longtail Boat from Krabi

Walking on the beautiful white sandy beaches or exploring the evergreen tropical forest stretching to the mountain’s peak. To help you experience Krabi to the fullest, we have made a Krabi Itinerary 3 days  with fascinating activities for you.

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3 days in Krabi — Day 1: Rock climbing at Railay cliff

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Railay is one of the top rock climbing locations in the world. For those who are interested in mountaineering, Railay is a can’t miss destination in Thailand, thank party to its tough terrain crashing out of the sea or its close proximity to the sea. And if you have not tried rock climbing before, why not making this chance the first time?

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The most popular climbing locations are located on Railay peninsula. West Railay gives you some great and challenge places to climb, right on the white sandy beaches. In the East Railay, the place for climbing just looks like a wall and located in a bay stretching with the mangroves. In summary, the east of Railay is not as stunning as Railay’s West, but there are easier paths in the East to climb over.

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You can rent climbing gears at Railay, and you can register for classes and training courses at local stores. Remember to arrive early to reserve a seat, as Railay get crowded later on the day. If you do not go on a tour, you can rent a boat to go to the sea and to the spot you want to climb. And after conquering the cliffs, go celebrate like a real player – jump straight into the sea!

Cliffs at Railay Beach, Thailand

Krabi itinerary 3 days — Day 2: Wandering on the striking beaches in Krabi

Option 1: relaxing at phra nang beach.

railay phra nang beach

If you chose to go hiking on the 1st day, then the 2nd day will be spent on fewer tension activities. Take a stroll at one of the gorgeous beaches in the world will certainly be the number one choice for you. This place is so stunning long white sandy beach that extremely worth your stroll. Plus, the food and drinks are always ready in the counters right on the coast.

phra nang beach thailand

Go further at West Railay near the climbing wall, you can observe the other travelers “footstep” you, trying to conquer the high mountain peak. Remember to bring a bottle of cold beer, the warm sunshine will make you enjoy the journey to the fullest.

phra nang beach thailand

If you want to visit some points of interest, let head to Phra Nang Cave where there is a temple devoted to the revered Phra Nang Princess. Note that you can not come here when the low tide. If it were the case, then choose the second option – discovering Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi

phra nang cave beach krabi thailand

Option 2: Discovering Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi

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Maya Bay with beautiful arcs is always ready to welcome travelers from around the world. Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful bays in the area and Thailand too. Coming to this bay, you will see the islands of Koh Phi Phi (or Ko Phi Phi).

krabi thailand things to do

Take a boat ride to the preserved part of the archipelago, because this area is much more quiet and unspoiled. Whether you take a boat to explore the island or rent a kayak to paddle on the blue sea, this bay promises to give you excited and fun moments.

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If you are adventurous, then diving here is the best activity you can take part in. This is also the “specialty” of Krabi, you can choose snorkeling (comfort but not go far) or scuba diving to explore the dazzling ocean world beneath the crystal clear water.

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What to do in Krabi in 3 days — Day 3: Take an island hopping tour to explore Krabi

plankton krabi thailand

These plankton glowing at the beach at night is a unique characteristic of Krabi that can’t be found anywhere else. Krabi is definitely a great destination for a real island hopping tour. You can choose the tours to visit such the main island as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Hong, Koh Tao, … These tours are offered at Krabi dock, or you can also take the time to book online in advance.

With you are an active traveler, then kayaking is an interesting way to explore the coastline and many magnificent areas made up of stone.

krabi thailand things to do

What is more, Andaman Sea is quite shallow with a long coastline and still water, all make kayaking is a suitable and exciting mean of transport. You can depart from Ao Nang to Railay peninsula, exploring the strange rocks here and go a little further to explore the mangrove forests.

andaman sea thailand

If you have much time, let spend a night here as you can soak and swim in the sea full of ” glowing schools of fish”. This natural phenomenon is extremely rare in the world. And there is surely no other places in the world as charming as this beach in Krabi where you can comfortably jump into the beach to watch and swim with glowing schools of fish.

plankton krabi thailand

This beach will give a feeling of lost in the brilliant galaxies, especially the night that the sky filled with sparkling stars, like going adventure in the land of a thousand and one nights.

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Finally, a dinner with seafood will certainly be the most wonderful way to end the journey. It will be more special if you come back at dusk, as nothing is more fantastic than the aromatic smoke of food mingles with the smell of the sea breeze and the sunshine at the end of the day.

Further information about Krabi

How to get to krabi.

Nok Air is a domestic airline with cheap flights to Krabi and it offers a lot of flights every day.

airplane krabi thailand how to get

Fly to Krabi Airport (KBV) is the easiest way to get here from other places, especially from Bangkok. Every day, dozens of flights flight to here and all you need to do is just looking for cheap tickets. With only a few minutes flight, you will spoil yourself in the cool water of the beach of Krabi.

If you’re in the nearby area such as Phuket, just take a ferry ride is alright. Or you can take a walk around the beautiful Phang Nga and take a rest at Krabi.

How to getting around in Krabi?

Nothing more convenient than a motorcycle to explore Krabi!

motorcycle krabi thailand how to get

Krabi is a very large district of Thailand. The city center alone is too wide for you to walk. Therefore, the best way to move around in Krabi is to hire a motorcycle. The roads here are also quieter than in other parts of Thailand, you can easily drive yourself to get around.

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If you go in a big group, you can hire a taxi to go everywhere as the price can be shared. Please note that most travelers want to go taxi in comfort (air conditioning, shuttle) so you have to book in advance to reserve a private taxi.

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In some locations such as Ko Phi Phi or Railay, the only way to get is by boat, (Railay is a peninsula that can not be reached through the mainland). The long tail boats often travel from Ao Nang to Railay.

Or you can also rent a kayak go there to explore the beauty of nature on the way. The islands of Phi Phi are located farther, so it requires you to take a boat or a ferry to get there.

beach villa krabi thailand

3 days in Krabi ensure that you have enough time to enjoy to the fullest the essence of this coastal city. If you are planning to travel to Thailand about 1 week, don’t forget to drop by Krabi to visit the fabulous beaches for a few day. Bring your camera to capture amazing and incredible moments in your journey.

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Krabi itinerary: Where to stay in Krabi?

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi

Choose the places near the coastline to enjoy the fresh air is a good idea.

It can be said except the islands in the campus of Koh Phi Phi’s sanctuary, other places “welcome” you to stay overnight. Here are some places that you can stay in Krabi:

Ao Nang north shore : focus most of the elegance and luxury resorts, with the beautiful private beach. However, there are few things to do outside the resort and the price is also expensive.

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Ao Nang center : the most amazing fusion with the choice of accommodation for those who have less budget and luxury travelers. In addition, There are markets, shops, restaurants, and many more services nearby.

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Railay Bay Resort & Spa :

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Railay Bay Resort & Spa is a resort but particularly targeted only climbers. This place is charming and secluded, but there is less infrastructure than in Ao Nang. Krabi town is the focus area of administrative and service but nothing to enjoy, so you should choose this place as a stopover than an accommodation.

You can check rates & availability for this resort on Agoda.com or Booking.com

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Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi (Address: 879 Moo 2, Soi Ao Nang 11, Krabi, 81180, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 607 888), 4-star hotel with room rates from $35/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi

Ban Sainai Resort (Address: 550 Moo 2 Ao Nang, Muang Krabi 81180, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 819 333), 4-star hotel with room rates from $56/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Ban Sainai Resort

Avatar Railay Krabi (Address: 629 Moo 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 818 333), 3-star hotel with room rates from $35/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi (Address: 396-396/1, Krabi, Ao Nang, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81180, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 637 789), 5-star hotel with room rates from $141/night.  (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach (Address: 123 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach A. Muang Ao Nang, 81, Krabi 81180, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 810 888), 4-star hotel with room rates from $71/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach

Aonang Cliff Beach Resort (Address: 328 Moo 2, Tambol Aonang, Amphur Muang, Krabi, 81000, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 626 888), 4-star hotel with room rates from $47/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Aonang Cliff Beach Resort

The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort (Address: Thailand, Mueang Krabi District, 123 Moo. 3 Tubkaak Beach, Tumbol Nongtalay, Amphur / Phone: +66 75 628 456), 5-star hotel with room rates from $142/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa (Address: 182 Moo 3, Tumbol Ao Nang Soi 8, Mueang Krabi, Krabi, 81000, Thailand / Phone: +66 75 626 222), 5-star hotel with room rates from $45/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

Search for a suitable hotel on Booking.com or Agoda.com . There are various types of accommodations from hostels to luxurious hotels. The average rate is about 17 – 23 USD/ night.

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Krabi 4 Island Tour | Full-Day Tour From Ao Nang by Longtail Boat

English, Thai

About this tour

Discover the treasures of Krabi on this full-day excursion of Krabi’s famous four islands by Longtailboat.

Feel the warm waters of the Andaman Sea on this amazing snorkeling & sightseeing adventure to Railay Beach, Tup Island, Chicken Island, and Poda Island.

  • Amazing Snorkeling Spots
  • Unique Sightseeing
  • Coral Reef & Colorful Fish
  • Railay Beach & Phra Nang Cave
  • Tub Island (Koh Tub), Chicken Island (Koh Gai), Poda Island (Koh Poda)

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel Transfer
  • Snorkeling and Sightseeing
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Mask, Snorkel, and Life jacket
  • Fresh Fruits and Drinking Water
  • Accident Insurance
  • National park entrance fee (200 THB)

8:00 - 8:30 AM: Pick-up from your hotel

Meet up at your hotel lobby in the Ao Nang, Klong Mueang, Ao Nam Mao, or Tubkaek area.

9:00 PM: Arrival at the pier

We will have a coffee break, safety instructions, and learn how to use the snorkeling equipment. Then, we will leave by longtail boat to the 4 Islands.

10:00 AM: Tub Island (Koh Tub)

Visit Koh Tub & Koh Mor for some great sightseeing with a beautiful snorkeling spot as well.

11:00 AM: Chicken Island (Koh Gai)

Enjoy the warm waters and beautiful corals by snorkeling in Koh Gai.

12:00 PM: Lunch break at Poda Island (Koh Poda)

Have lunch while enjoying the splendid view Koh Poda has to offer.

01:00 PM: Phra Nang Cave

Arrive at Railay Beach then walk to the world-famous Phra Nang cave.

3:00 PM: Back at the pier

Frequently asked questions, what do i need to bring to the tour.

We recommend you bring the following: - Swimming clothes - Towel - Hat / Cap - Sunglasses - Spare t-shirt - Sunblock / Sun cream - 400 THB in cash for the national park fee

Why this trip?

  The 4 islands are one of the best activities Krabi has to offer! From amazing sightseeing to snorkeling, you will have a unique experience that you will never forget.

How to book?

1 - Select the date and how many people using our form at the top of this page 2 - Click on "Book Now" 3 - Fill in your contact information, pick-up address, and select your payment method. 4 - Click "Submit"

Is there halal option?

Yes, the buffet lunch has halal options for you.

What are the payment methods?

You can pay for your tour using either Paypal (with an account or as a guest to pay by debit/credit card) or Cash On Tour (you book today and pay cash at pick-up).

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Krabi 4 Islands Tour by Big Long-tail Boat

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Explore hidden gems of Thailand with the Krabi 4 Islands Tour by Big Long-tail and create unforgettable memories at 4 major islands of the Andaman Sea.

Enjoy convenient hotel transfers, ensuring a hassle-free and comfortable experience as you start your journey for a wholesome day full of adventures at the beach islands.

Try Snorkelling and witness colourful marine life, explore the unique rock formations and enjoy a traditional long-tail boat ride with views of the Andaman Sea and limestone cliffs.

Taste the ethnic Thai lunch buffet served on the island with a box lunch option available for vegetarians and take a walk around the shiny iconic Sand Bridge.

Witness mesmerising sunsets from the deck of your boat and look at the sky transform into a  palette of vibrant hues, creating a perfect backdrop for your photos.

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  • If cancellation are made 1 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation are made 0 days to 1 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • In the event of unforeseen weather conditions, union issues, government restrictions, or any other circumstances beyond human control, certain trips or activities may be cancelled. In such cases, alternate feasible options will be provided. However, a cash refund will not be available.

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Krabi 4 islands tour by big long-tail boat overview.

About Krabi 4 Islands Tour:

The Krabi 4 Islands Tour by a Big Long-tail Boat offers an unforgettable journey through some of Thailand’s most stunning coastal areas. This popular tour takes you to four picturesque islands: Koh Poda Island, Chicken Island, Ko Tup Island, and Phra Nang Cave Beach. Visitors can enjoy activities like snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, sunbathing and exploring the unique limestone formations. The tour includes a delicious Thai lunch on one of the islands with convenient hotel transfers and an experienced guide.

About the Activity:

  • Take the Krabi 4 Islands Tour by Big Long-tail and spend a day amidst the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, as you cruise through 4 picturesque islands on a Big Long-tail Boat.
  • Start your journey with easy round-trip hotel transfers from your accommodation in central locations like Krabi Town, Klong Muang, Tub Kaek Beach, or Ao Nang Beach
  • Enjoy the traditional long-tail boat ride, taking in the breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea and the surrounding limestone cliffs.
  • Reach the Phra Nang Cave Beach, the famous beach with rock formations and the beautiful and sacred Phra Nang Cave Shrine.
  • Snorkel around the coral reefs, and see the vibrant marine life,  especially the Tiger Fish with unique rock formations resembling a chicken’s head.
  • Stroll along the famous Sand Bridge, one of the main attractions of this tour, where a natural sandbar rises from the sea and links three islands: Koh Mor, Koh Tub, and Koh Kai.
  • Explore hidden caves and secret lagoons, venturing into enchanting natural wonders that will leave you in awe of Krabi's untouched beauty.
  • Savour a delicious Thai lunch served on one of the islands, offering a taste of local cuisine with boxed lunch provided for vegetarians amidst stunning blue waters of the Andaman Sea.
  • Take a walk on the white sand beach of Koh Poda and click pictures with the iconic Poda Rock, as you finish the day and travel back to Krabi.

While visiting Krabi, you should surely go Scuba Diving in Koh Lanta and take a Ferry From Krabi To Phi Phi .

Krabi 4 Islands Tour by Big Long-tail Boat faqs

Will we get to experience the coral life during four island tour krabi.

Krabi is well known for its diverse coral life and we take you closer to have a lively experience of the same by inclusion of activities such as snorkeling, beachwalking, sunbathing in the chicken island and Poda Island. You can feel the mesmerizing coral life while swimming as well in some areas of the Islands.

What time will the Krabi 4 Islands Tour start?

The tour starts by 9:00 a.m., however you will be picked from the hotel between 7:30 a.m.- 8.00 a.m., you will be transferred from the hotel for an amazing journey of the Chicken Island, Tub Island, Koh Mor, and Poda Island. Apart from the islands we will let you relive the history in the astonishing Pranang Cave.

What all things do we need to carry?

We believe that light journey is the best one and hence you are only required to keep some basic things like ID proof, swimming suit, light t-shirt, beach towel, sunblock; so that you go back tan free, and a camera to capture the essence and beauty of Krabi Islands and cherish them forever.

Do we get life jackets for the Krabi Island Tour?

Yes high quality life jackets are provided during the tour of the Krabi 4 Islands. The 7-8 hour tour is entirely about islands and experiencing the coral life. You will be provided with the life jacket for all water relevant activities.

Will there be an english speaking guide?

Yes, you will be assisted by a professional guide who speaks English so that you stay comfortable and there is smooth communication process without any hassle.

Which is the best island in the 4 island tour?

The best of the 4 island tour Krabi is the Chicken Island where you can enjoy a plethora of adventure activities, explore exotic coral life, and savor delicious Thai platters. You will also be provided with a professional guide and a life jacket if you go for snorkeling.

What are the other activities in Krabi that I can book via Thrillophilia?

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  • Snorkeling In Railay Beach
  • Krabi Rainforest Discovery Tour with Tiger Cave Temple
  • Krabi to Phi Phi Day Tour by Speedboat
  • Kayaking at Hong Island
  • Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

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By: Charlotte · Last updated 12. June 2024 · In: Thailand , Travel

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Are you ready to book a tour in Krabi, Thailand? Then you’re in for a treat!

Krabi, a town and province in southern Thailand, is where turquoise waters meet towering limestone cliffs and lush jungle. In this guide, I unveil the top guided tours that promise to immerse you in the beauty and adventure of this Thai gem.

From island-hopping escapades to thrilling jungle explorations, Krabi offers an array of unforgettable experiences.

But you don’t have to only take my word for it. I have also asked 4 of my fellow travel bloggers to write about their favorite Krabi tours .

Best guided tours in Krabi Thailand - Longtail boat cruise to Railay Beach

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The first time I went to Krabi years ago, I have to be honest, I was disappointed. Sure the beaches are absolutely stunning and the water crystal clear, but for some reason, I just didn’t enjoy it. Coming from Koh Samet , I don’t know if it was too touristy or if I just didn’t explore well enough.

When I got home I heard people praise the area and talk about all the beautiful places they had visited. I saw so many photos on social media that just didn’t match my experience.

So I decided to do something about it. I went back to Krabi and this time I treated myself to this gorgeous hotel , one of the best places to stay in Krabi . I also spent the first three days on guided tours . And it worked. The second time around I fell in love with the towering cliffs surrounded by fields of palm trees and turquoise water.

The stubborn traveler in me has always liked to explore places on my own at my own pace. However, I’ve found recently that I get so much value from joining guided tours when I first arrive, to get the lay of the land. Then I can go back and explore more thoroughly on my own.

It’s also a great way to meet other travelers that you can spend time with during the rest of your trip. Some of the people I’ve met on guided tours over the years have become good friends.

Don’t have time to read the whole article? Here’s a list of my Krabi favorites.

🏨 Best Krabi hotel: Ban Sainai Resort

🛌🏻 Best Krabi budget accommodation: Baan Bida

🎫 Best guided tour: Private highlights of Krabi tour

🚘 How to get from the airport: Private airport transfer

🛵 How to get around: Walk, tuk-tuk, scooter, taxi or private driver

🍚 Best Krabi restaurants: Red Chilli Thai and Bistro Monaco

10 best tours in Krabi

Here are 5 travel blogger’s take on the best tours Krabi has to offer!

Written by Ryan from  WaylessTravelers

Rock climber high up on a vertical cliff during a climbing tour in Krabi, Thailand.

⏱ DURATION: 8 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 5/5 │ 🚗 Pick up included

When exploring Southern Thailand, we were fascinated by the countless beautiful beaches and the options for island hopping tours. However, if you are interested in an activity that will really get your heart pumping, then definitely check out rock climbing in Railay Beach, Krabi. 

Railay is a small remote peninsula cut off from the mainland by its massive limestone cliffs. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all around the world and we were eager to experience this ourselves. 

By joining this  rock climbing tour , we were picked up from the nearby town of Ao Nang and ferried over to Railay. From there, your guide will determine your rock climbing level and pick the ideal cliff for you to climb. 

These limestone cliffs are perfect for rock climbing since their uneven formation provides an abundance of hand and foot holds. So even if you are an absolute beginner, this tour can be perfect for you! 

We took the half-day tour and at first, were presented with easier routes. Once we got the hang of it, the guide brought us to another cliff face where I went to climb up about 40 feet in the air! The guides were cheering us on as we went higher and higher.

Other than the sheer thrill of scaling these limestone walls, the cherry on top is that you get an incredible view of the surrounding landscape! 

⛰ Check price and availability here >> Rock Climbing at Railay Beach in Krabi

Drone view of the Tiger Cave Temple with a large gold Buddha sitting above the treet tops in the jungle with rolling hills in the background. Seen during a fantastic tour in Krabi.

⏱ DURATION: 7-9 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4.7/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: Private │ 🚗 Pick up included

Normally I wouldn’t book a tour with Instagram in the name. But hear me out, this turned out to be one of my favorite tours I’ve ever done in Thailand.

Dew, my lovely English-speaking guide, picked me up from my hotel bright and early at 7:00 am. We got to the Emerald Pool about an hour later and had it all to ourselves for some time. It was absolutely stunning.

Then the tour continued to the Tiger Temple, a sacred site known for the tiger paw prints in the cave, tall Buddha statues and the strenuous hike up the stairs to reach the summit. I’m not in the best shape, but I still made it to the top. Dew was super patient and encouraged me along the way.

After a delicious lunch, we stopped at one of the most beautiful temples in Krabi, Wat Kaew Korawaram (up there with the temples of Chiang Mai ), before heading out on the water in a longtail boat to Phra Nang Cave and Railay Beach.

It was such an awesome day from start to finish, a must on any Thailand itinerary . Dew isn’t only a knowledgeable guide but also a great photographer.

🌟 Check price and availability here >> Private highlights of Krabi tour

Written by Sean from Travel Thailand Together

View of the white beach in Maya Bay (Phi Phi Islands) lined by greenery and towering cliffs with, during one of the best tours in Krabi.

⏱ DURATION: 7 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4.9/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: 10-15

If you ever find yourself in the tropical paradise of Krabi, then there is one guided tour that you cannot miss – a day tour to the Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay.

The tour started early in the morning, and our mode of transport was a speedboat. The first stop was the famous Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh Island. This place has now become one of the  best things to do in Thailand after the famous movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed here.

No island tour was complete without enjoying some water activities. Our speedboat pulled into Phi Lee Bay, a bay that was surrounded by limestone cliffs. We jumped into the water and went for a swim and snorkel. We saw a ton of different fishes and corals, and our tour guide even said we could see leopard sharks, but we didn’t have any luck that day. 

Around midday, we headed to Koh Phi Phi Don for a buffet lunch. It was a buffet-style lunch with a variety of delicious Thai food and international cuisine. It was much needed after a morning of activities. 

After lunch, we visited Bamboo Island and Monkey Bay. Bamboo Island was perfect for sunbathing and more snorkeling, while Monkey Bay, true to its name, was home to a community of monkeys who seemed as curious about us as we were about them.

And finally, we headed back home on our speedboat, watching the gorgeous sunset dip behind the limestone mountains of the bay.

🐚 Pro tip >> This Phi Phi Islands tour starts at 8:00 am so you arrive at Maya Bay before the majority of other tourists.

Written by Madison from Madison’s Footsteps .

Girl with long dark hair wearing a beige hat, blue bikini and white shirt standing at a viewpoint overlooking turquoise water and islets during a tour to Hong Island from Krabi.

⏱ DURATION: 6-7 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4/5 │ 🚗 Pick up included

Krabi is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations – for good reason! Sparkling turquoise waters and white sand beaches meet affordable cuisine and killer views in this sleepy Thai beach town. Whether you’re searching for culture, eats, or a great spot to sunbathe, a trip to Krabi is a welcome addition to any Thailand bucket list. 

My friend and I visited Krabi in 2022 and we quite simply couldn’t get enough. When we weren’t stuffing our faces at the best Thai restaurants in Ao Nang , we were climbing almost 1,300 steps to the Tiger Cave Temple, sipping freshly made coconut smoothies on Railay Beach and embarking on day trips to the countless beautiful islands around Krabi. 

One of our favorite day trips was this tour from Ao Nang to Hong Island . For only 40 USD/person (+ 300 baht for the national park fee), we got round-trip transportation from our hotel, transportation by longtail boat to multiple nearby islands, the use of snorkeling equipment, and a tasty lunch.

Our stop at Hong Island was the crowd favorite. We spent the most time there, bathing in the sparkling blue waters, climbing to the island’s highest viewpoint, and relaxing on the beautiful beach. 

If you only have a few days in Krabi, I highly recommend taking this tour. The view of the limestone cliffs against the turquoise ocean is something I’ll never forget. 

🌟 Check price and availability here >> Hong Island full-day tour from Krabi

Written by Alice from Adventures of Alice

Kayaking on green water among the cliffs and mangroves, during one of the besr guided tours in Krabi, Thailand.

⏱ DURATION: 4 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4.8/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: 10 │ 🚗 Pick up included

One of the best things we did during our trip to Thailand was to go kayaking through the mangrove forests in Krabi. This was an absolutely incredible experience; the forest was beautiful, we met some amazing people, and our guide was superb. 

We did this as a combo tour with a dirt biking section as well, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the dirt biking part. It just felt like we were driving in circles and seemed a little silly. However, the kayaking was one of the highlights of our trip. 

We booked our tour through a local tour guide in Krabi town, that way you can haggle with the tour guides and often get a better price. The guide then picked us up from our hotel near  Ao Nang , we changed into our life jackets and got into the kayaks.

The tour itself lasted about 2 hours. We sailed past beautiful cliff formations, waterlogged forests, and through a few beautiful lagoons. We even saw some wild monkeys! Our guide was able to explain all about the landscape, how the forest was formed, why the cliff faces were multi-colored, and about the wildlife that lives within the trees.

It was an incredible experience and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Krabi.

🚣‍♀️ Book online >> If you prefer to arrange everything in advance, this is the most popular kayaking tour in Krabi with a 5-star rating and almost 400 reviews.

Best guided tours Krabi Thailand - View of the crystal clear emerald pool with mangrove roots and lush greenery.

⏱ DURATION: 9 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4.6/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: 5/Private │ 🚗 Pick up included

This was another one of my favorite tours I did in Krabi, with a small group (we were only 5) and very knowledgeable guides. I joined this tour before I discovered the private Instagram tour I talked about above. I had never heard about the Emerald Pool and Blue Lagoon so if it wasn’t for this tour I would have missed both again.

I got picked up at my hotel in Ao Nang and headed to our first stop at the stunning Emerald Pool. From there we walked along the path to the next stop of the day, the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy this gorgeous gem surrounded by large, overhanging trees with roots that extend across the water.

We then took a break for lunch at a local restaurant, before we spent some time at the Hot Springs Waterfall. The tour ended with a visit to the majestic Wat Kaew Korawaram.

You’ll get a complimentary bottle of water, however, the lunch and any snacks you have to pay for yourself.

I really enjoyed both tours, even though they both covered the Emerald Pool and the white temple. If I had to choose I would probably go with the private Instagram tour , however, this one is the more affordable choice.

Hand holding a bowl of ingredients with people in red aprons standing in the background during a cooking class in Krabi. One of the best tour.

⏱ DURATION: 3 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4.9/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: Small

Thai is one of my favorite cuisines, so when someone recommended this cooking class with professional chef Ye, I had to book it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

I was picked up from my hotel in Ao Nang along with another couple. Before we started cooking we got an introduction to Thai food and all the rich colors, delicate aromas, and spices that go into making the perfect Thai dish.

Then we got to choose 6 dishes to cook. Pad Thai, Massaman Curry and Mango sticky rice, to name a few. My mouth is watering just from writing this. Learning how to balance flavors and make curry pastes from scratch using classic utensils and techniques was so much fun.

A cooking class is definitely a must on any Krabi itinerary . This class was just as good as the one I did in Bangkok .

🍚 Check price and availability here >> Ya’s Thai Cookery School class

Best guided tours in Krabi Thailand - Poda Island paradise beaches

⏱ DURATION: 6-7 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 4.3/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: 12

This tour is jam-packed with beautiful places I would never have visited on my own. Travel by traditional longtail boat to Koh Poda, Chicken Island, Koh Tub, and Koh Mor, and stop at the beautiful Phra Nang Cave Beach at Railay.

Poda Island was my favorite stop, it is just breathtaking with the white sand and turquoise shallow water.

Bottled water, a Thai-style boxed picnic lunch on the beach, seasonal fruit and snorkeling equipment are included in the price, but you have to pay for the National Park entrance fee (200 THB per adult and 100 THB per child).

The boat was a little crowded, however, I wouldn’t expect anything else for the very reasonable price I paid. And it only meant I got to talk with a lot of lovely people. Our guides kept us entertained, hydrated and well-fed throughout the 6-7 hours.

Drone shot of couple on a green, white and orange kayak in the jungle of Krabi during a guided tour.

⏱ DURATION: 5 hours │ 🌟 RATING: 5/5 │ 👭 GROUP SIZE: Small │ 🚗 Pick up included

This afternoon tour begins with a convenient hotel pick-up in the Krabi area, followed by a journey to the stunning Ao Thalane (Thalane Bay), known for its enchanting mangrove forests.

Upon arrival at the kayak center, the friendly tour guide provided a concise yet thorough briefing on paddle usage, ensuring our safety. Equipped with life jackets and a dry bag for our valuables, we embarked on an unforgettable kayaking journey through the mangrove river.

If you’re a nature lover you will appreciate the opportunity to spot diverse wildlife, including monitor lizards, crab-eating macaques, monkeys, vibrant tropical birds, and mudskippers in the mud during low tide. The tranquility of paddling through the mangrove forests and caves without the usual crowds added to the overall serenity of the experience.

The highlight of the tour was undoubtedly the BBQ dinner on a private beach. We got lucky with the weather. The delicious seafood meal complete with sides, sauces and fresh fruit, was a perfect culmination of the day’s adventures.

🍚 Check price and availability here >> Kayaking and sunset BBQ dinner tour

Traditional Thai wooden boat at the beach in Krabi during a red and yellow sunset on a day trip from Krabi.

This sunset and seafood dinner cruise effortlessly encapsulated the essence of the region, featuring pristine white sand beaches, tropical islands, and awe-inspiring natural wonders.

I was picked up from my hotel in Ao Nang around 1:15 pm and boarded the ship at Ao Nam Mao Pier. We set sail for Pranang Cave, Chicken Island, and the picturesque Pirate Beach.

The crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand beaches provided a stunning backdrop for swimming and snorkeling. It was so much fun to see the vibrant coral reefs and abundance of tropical fish around Poda and Tub Islands.

After building up an appetite from all the time in the water, we enjoyed a Thai dinner consisting of fresh BBQ seafood on the deck with the sun setting over the ocean as the backdrop.

⛵️ Check price and availability here >> Sunset and seafood dinner cruise

Frequently Asked Questions Krabi

Tuk-tuks, a popular choice for short distances, provide a convenient and budget-friendly means of getting around town. Taxis are also readily available and can be hired for day trips or specific destinations.

Just like in Bali , renting a scooter is a popular option for those wanting more independence and flexibility to explore Krabi at their own pace. Be sure to wear a helmet and familiarize yourself with local traffic rules. Also, make sure your travel insurance covers you while driving by yourself.

Additionally, long-tail boats and speedboats are essential for reaching the nearby islands and exploring the stunning coastal scenery.

Walking is an enjoyable way to explore the local markets, vibrant streets, and beachfront areas, offering a chance to soak in the unique atmosphere of Krabi.

With a private driver

If you can’t find a guided tour that covers all the sights you want to see, I highly recommend booking t h is private driver . You have the driver for up to 8 hours and choose your start time from 7:00 am on. Customize the day exactly to your interests, and get suggestions from your driver.

🚘 Check price and availability here >> Private car or van hire with driver

The best time to visit Krabi is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. During this period, the weather is more predictable, ensuring a pleasant experience for outdoor activities. But keep in mind that this is also peak tourist season.

Krabi boasts stunning landscapes, including limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, and lush jungles, making it an ideal setting for diverse guided tours.

All the islands just off the coast are what makes Krabi so special, and they are most easily visited as part of a guided tour. Activities like climbing and kayaking in the Mangroves are also best done accompanied by a local guide.

Best guided tours in Krabi Thailand - Arial view of Maya Beach in the Phi Phi Islands

Krabi offers a variety of guided tours, including island hopping, snorkeling and diving excursions, jungle trekking, temple tours, street food tours and cooking classes , as well as adventure activities like rock climbing and kayaking.

Booking a guided tour in Krabi is easy. You can either book online through my favorite sites, Viator and GetYourGuide , use local tour operators and organizers, or ask you accommodation to arrange it for you.

If you want to save money on travel bookings you can often get a great deal if you contact the tour operator directly while you are in Krabi. However, then you also risk the tours already being full. I prefer to book in advance online, with Viator you can reserve the tour and pay later.

Yes, many guided tours in Krabi are family-friendly. There are options with gentle activities like island-hopping cruises, wildlife discovery tours, and easy nature walks that cater to all age groups.

Most of the tour mentioned in this post, apart from the rock climbing and kayaking, are suitable for families with small children. You might have to carry the little ones up the stairs to the Tiger Temple though.

It all depends on the type of tour you’re doing. But generally, I recommend you bring sunglasses, a hat, reef-safe sunscreen , light and comfortable clothing, swimwear (I love this swimsuit and this bikini ), insect repellent, and a camera. I used my GoPro the most while in Krabi.

For specific activities like trekking or rock climbing, just wear your normal summer hiking attire. Climbing shoes and gear are provided. Ask your tour company if you have any questions.

I also recommend bringing a filtered water bottle on all your travels, so you can fill it up anywhere.

My favorite filtered water bottle for travel, backpacking, hiking. LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle.

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My favorite bottle for travel, backpacking and hiking.

You can fill it up anywhere, LifeStraw filters bacteria, parasites, chemicals and microplastics.

For every LifeStraw product purchased, a child in need receives safe water for an entire school year!

Yes, most guided tours in Krabi include English-speaking guides. In some cases, other languages may be available, depending on the tour operator. It’s always a good idea to check and confirm when booking. I have done five tours in Krabi and all my guides spoke great English.

Absolutely! I did all five tours as a solo traveler. Joining group tours is a great way to meet like-minded individuals, and many activities are designed to accommodate solo adventurers.

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Krabi Travel Itinerary for 3-4 Days in 2024 (Updated)

Hello, adventurous people! Here is the perfect Krabi Travel Itinerary if you only have 4 to 3 days in Krabi. I was lucky enough to spend an entire month here and let me tell you, it is one of my very favorite places I have ever been. The vibe here is laid back and not pushy, the food is delicious and the things to do in Krabi are virtually endless!

You can take this list of what to do in Krabi for 3 days with a grain of salt and change it up to meet your interests, but I have put it together with location and fun in mind.

If you are planning to have a beach-filled trip, check out these amazing beach hotels in Krabi . You can also stay a little further outside of town if you are looking for a budget trip.

One of the very best things about visiting Thailand as a whole is how affordable it is . You can plan for your Krabi trip cost to be around as little as $30 (USD) per person per day . On our trip to Krabi, we spent around $40 a day for 2 people. Use this Krabi travel guide and you are sure to stay within budget.

  • New Years in Krabi is also amazing!!!

The Ultimate Krabi Travel Itinerary For 3 Days

a man looking out at Ao Nang in Krabi Thailand

Day 1: Krabi Travel Itinerary 3 Days

You can easily tour Krabi on your own with this itinerary, but if you want you could always book private tours in Krabi . There are advantages to touring Krabi alone and with groups. If you want to rent a scooter or car to get around you will have no trouble finding all of these attractions in Krabi.

How to Get Around Krabi Town

Ask your accommodation if they have any hookups on scooters , this is how I have found the best prices and most reliable people. If you are not into riding scooters, I suggest you download the app grab. You can easily call for rides, and food delivery, and it is very affordable.

There are also red trucks and tuk tuk’s that ride up and down the streets, you need cash and be sure to check the price before you hop in.

Stop 1: Take a Long Tail to Railay Beach

One of the very best Krabi Thailand things to do is visit Railay Beach . That is why it is the first thing on the list of Krabi things to do blog. This beautiful peninsula is only accessible by boat and has stunning crystal-clear water and the most picturesque backdrop.

The best way to get to Railay is to head to Ao Nang Beach and find the stand on the very end of the beachfront. You cannot miss it there is usually a big crowd out front. I waited no more than 10 minutes after paying and was on my way to Railay.

Ask for a one-way ticket instead of a round trip. This is because when you do the round trip they give you time to get back on the boat. You want time to relax and take in the views. When you are ready to leave head to the middle of the beach and find the guy selling tickets back.

You will not have to wait long and expect to pay 100 baht per person each way.

Once you are there you can take a rock climbing tour , enjoy swimming in the ocean, or layout in the sand!

a man and women on a boat tour during their krabi travel itinerary

Stop 2: Phra Nang Cave Beach

Phra nang beach krabi thailand travel guide

Stop 3: Diamond Cave

While you are on Railay head over to the Diamond Cave . It is located on the east side of the beach and is only about a 10-15 minute walk away from where they drop you off. Diamond Cave gets its name from the pretty glittery crystals that you can see shining on the walls and ceiling. It is estimated to be over 10,000 years old!

When I visited in 2023 it was 40 baht per person (less than a dollar) to enter. You will want to wear your shoes and be ready to be amazed. And if you are wondering if is krabi safe? It is super safe and I never encountered thefts, it is also best to go ahead and bring all of your belongings with you.

The Diamond Cave hours are 8:30 to 4:30 so plan accordingly.

Stop 3: Visit the Grotto Restaurant For Lunch

Now that you have spent a few hours exploring it is time for lunch. There are plenty of places to enjoy lunch on Railay, but the very best is the Grotto Restaurant . Walk to the west side from the Diamond Cave to the Ravadaee Resort .

You do not have to stay there to dine you are more than welcome. But it is best to make a reservation on the day you are planning to go.

Now on to the good stuff. The Grotto is on a limestone cliff with a romantic vibe with a view of the Andaman Sea. I ordered the shrimp appetizer and mussels pasta and it was done perfectly. It is more expensive than other places, but it is your first day in Krabi, treat yourself!

Also, check out the best restaurants in Krabi Town for other dining options.

Stop 4: Head Back to Ao Nang For Shopping

Next up on our travel guide to Krabi is to take the long tail boat back to Ao Nang. While you are here it is the perfect excuse to do a little shopping. There are all types of shops from local vendors on the street to high-class shopping.

We got the famous elephant shirts for 100 Baht ($3), and the cutest flip-flops I’ve ever had for $7 and if I had room in my travel bookbag I would have bought more. But being a digital nomad comes with its ups and downs like that.

Did you know that weed in Thailand is legal? Check out my high guide for weed in Krabi!

sunset with a palm tree in krabi

Stop 5: Krabi Night Market in Ao Nang Beach

After you are done shopping till you drop, it is time on our itinerary to Krabi to grab some street food at the night market. You cannot miss the market, it is right along the beachfront. It opens up around 5 p.m. and stays open until 10 .

You will find any and every type of food here. I started my meal off with chicken skewers, cheese french fries, and Massaman curry . There is a big restaurant-type stand where you can order fresh curries and ice cream as well.

Since I spent a month in Krabi, I went back here many times. I can also recommend the salted pressed fish cooked over an open flame . You may want to share this with a friend or come super hungry. There are also amazing sushi rolls, silly corndogs with fun toppings, and a whole section of Halal food.

Take a few minutes to do a lap before you order anything you do not want to fill up before you get a chance to check it all out. Do not leave this off of your itinerary for Krabi it is one of the very best things to do.

  • Find out the best time to visit Krabi!

Krabi Best Tours Not Included on this Krabi Travel Itinerary

  • Half-Day Tour of the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Visit Phi Phi Island
  • Half-Day Rocking Climbing Tour
  • Traditional Thai Cooking Course

Day 2: Krabi Island Hopping Tour

When it comes to Krabi day trips you have to go island hopping . There are a few different ways to go about island hopping. I was lucky enough to have friends in town that I met through a co-working group in Turkey. So we booked a private boat and the tour guide took care of everything for us.

We got lunch, water, and a day full of fun. We all brought snacks and pitched in with drinks and a few joints on the boat. Weed is legal in Thailand if you don’t already know.

We paid about $30 USD each, but there were 8 of us. You can also head down to the beach in Ao Nang and ask for a long-tail boat for the day! But the island of Thailand Krabi guide you have to check out are the following:

Stop 1: Poda Island is one of the Most Popular Islands in Krabi

The first stop on your Krabi travel Itinerary island tour is Poda Island . This is one of the prettiest islands with a white sandy beach and beautiful clear water for snorkeling .

This is the island you will see on the postcards and the most popular photos of Krabi. Be sure to bring your phone and have it charged you will not want to miss your Instagram-worthy photos!

You can click here to book a speed boat tour if you are not into long tails!

long tail boats on the water in krabi travel guide

Stop 2: Chicken Island for Fun Photos and the Sandbar

Next up is Chicken Island. This is a great stop for snorkeling with colorful fish and relaxing on the scheduled beach. This island gets its name because the top of it looks like a chicken’s head and neck. This is also all over insta and you will want to grab a few photos here.

Most tour guides will give you about 30 minutes here before heading on to the next stop on the Krabi island tour.

Click here to book the tour!

me with a drink in my hand at an island in krabi

Stop 3: Tup Island is right next to Chicken Island

After Chicken Island ask your captain to take you to Tup Island . This is a tiny island with no accommodations or places to eat. But that is what makes it one of the best day trips from Krabi. During low tide, there is a sandbar that connects Tup to Chicken Island that you can easily cross.

Ask your captain to plan your stops accordingly so you will be able to walk across the islands. You will feel like a luxurious Tom Hanks on Castaway.

Be sure to bring a cover-up, swimming shirt, hat, and sunnies on your boat tour . A whole day in the sun can be daunting and you will for sure want to cover up. This is also a great spot to stop for lunch it is about halfway through your day out on the water.

boats on the Krabi travel Itinerary in the clear waters

Stop 4: Hong Island is one of the Very best Islands off Krabi

Take a short ride over from Tup Island and check out Hong Island. This is a part of the Than Bok Khorani National Park. There is a small entrance fee of 300 baht ($8) to get in.

The beach is separated into two sections by a big rock in the middle. The sand is extra soft and white here and it is an amazing last top on your island day of the Krabi travel Itinerary.

Ask your boat captain to take you back to the pier and head back to your accommodation. Take a power nap, shower, and change your clothes. Grab a coffee or beer and you are ready to get back out there.

If you are looking for another island in Thailand, off the beaten path Ko Yao Yai island is an amazing one to check out!

Stop 5: Back to the Ao Nang Krabi Nightlife

Since you explored Ao Nang the night before, tonight you may be ready to party. I have put together my favorite Krabi Nightlife spots!

The best places to grab a drink or joint are on the strip in Ao Nang. One of my favorite krabi hidden gems to visit while I was here was the Joy Beach Cafe .

It has a laid-back vibe and it is right on the beach. Try to get there in time for sunset, it is the perfect way to end your beach day. It is about 15-20 minutes outside of Ao Nang Mueang Krabi district.

If you are looking for more of a party vibe you can check out K-Hostel on the strip , or the Jamaican Bar right down the way. The Hostel always has the hippest DJs and they have bar crawls three times a week (It is a great way to make friends).

The Jamaican bar has amazing live music every night. Take your pick between these three places to have the perfect night out on your Krabi travel Itinerary.

Sidenote: There is also a 7-island tour with a BBQ dinner at sunset if you want to spend the entire day on the water.

two pretty rocks in krabi

Day 3: in Krabi Travel Guide Out in the Jungle, Hiking & Krabi Town

Your last day on your 3 days 2 nights Krabi itinerary is a chill day out in nature. Although Krabi is an amazing city with so much to do, the real treasure is outside of the city. Sleep in or get up early to beat the crowds.

Stop 1: Krabi Klong Thom Hot Springs to Recover

If you stayed out too late the night before you are going to need to head to the Krabi Klong Thom Hot Springs first . It is out in the jungle and is known for its special healing powers . This is due to the minerals in the water.

The water at the Klong Thom Hot Springs is warm because the water runs through the thermal chambers of the volcanic chambers.

Sit in the hot springs and relax. There are different-sized pools that will leave your skin feeling soft and heal any sunburn you may have gotten the day before. The springs are open all year long and there is a small fee (of 200 baht $5 per person) to enter.

a girl walking along the beaches with a green bathing suite and cute hat

Stop 2: Emerald Pool or Kra Morakot is a must-visit

One of the best things on your 3 days itinerary in Krabi is the Emerald Pool . This is also located in the Thung Teao Forrest. It is one of the most famous attractions in Krabi for the beautiful clear but green water.

It is surrounded by a dense forest and you have to walk the nature trails to get there. You may run into a large variety of birds, monkeys, and plenty of butterflies.

You can only swim in the designated areas, but trust me it is enough. If you do anything on this Thailand krabi guide please make it the Emerald Pool, it was one of my very favorite things.

Stop 3: Floating Restaurant at Klong Prasong for Lunch

The Floating Restaurant at Klong Prasong is one of the best places to stop after visiting the Emerald Pools. It is close by and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The restaurant is on a floating raft-like structure and boasts beautiful views of the Andaman.

The food was very fresh and they used local ingredients. They have yummy Thai food, and a few international dishes to pick from. If you have time before your next stop you could book a canal tour of the Klong Prasong canal here as well.

rice and veggies on a white plate with cucumbers

Stop 4: Tiger Cave Temple Hike Day Itinerary

If you are not too tired after your day of relaxation in the jungle, the Tiger Cave Temple hike or the Wat Tham is an amazing and heart-pounding adventure. When I arrived they wanted to sign in and asked if could donate any money. I gave a few baht, but it’s free and you do not have to pay anything.

I say my was heart pounding because you have to walk up 1260 steps to get to the top. It is almost straight up the whole time and does not be afraid to take breaks. I probably took 5.

Once you reach the top you will be greeted by an amazingly huge large golden Buddha . You have to take your shoes off to walk around the temple grounds and be careful because the resident monkey almost stole mine. And on that note, wear comfy shoes , you can do it in flops but you will regret it.

There are so many different things to check out once you get there. Including the spectacular view of the Krabi mountain ranges. I was there at sunset and it did not disappoint. If you are planning on going around sunset as I did, bring a headlap or make sure your phone is charged because walking down at night is very dark and full of monkeys.

big Buddha at the tiger cave in krabi

Stop 5: Head to the Krabi Night Market

Since the other two nights you will be chilling in Ao Nang, you should go to Krabi Town for your last night . For the perfect last night out on your Krabi Thailand travel guide head to the Krabi night market, also known as the walking street, if you are in town on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Here you will find the very best traditional Thai street food. My favorite dish was green curry, although you can get that anywhere. Plus, the market is right on the main Marhaht Road, and the entire area is closed down.

Enjoy walking around listening to the live street performances. There are also so many more vendors to grab all your souvenirs, freshly squeezed juices, and flavorful iced teas. One of my favorite things about my time in Thailand was how seriously they took their drinks.

If you are not visiting on the weekend you could head to one of the many rooftop restaurants for dinner. My favorite restaurant was the Gecko Cabane Restaurant . It is very cozy and you can get a large variety of seafood here and it is right in the middle of town.

I ordered the shrimp Pad Thai and it was fresh and filling. Mix this Krabi travel Itinerary up to ensure you visit the night market if you can, it is a special experience that you will surely love.

4 Days in Krabi Trip Itinerary

I have updated this article for 4 days 3 nights Krabi itinerary. I feel like taking a tour to Phi Phi is to important to leave out! And even though I made this list for 4 days, you never know how many days to spend in Krabi!

4 days itinerary in krabi

Wat Kaew Korawaram

Since this could be the last day of your Krabi 4 days trip, you should check out Krabis biggest wat, the Wat Kaew Korawaram.

Visiting Wat Kaew Korawaram in Krabi Town, Thailand, this is a serene and enriching cultural experience that cannot be missed! It’s perched on a hill above Krabi, this largest Buddhist temple offers panoramic views of downtown Krabi.

The temple’s architecture, while simpler than most Thai temples, exudes a unique charm. Inside, you’ll find a peaceful atmosphere that’s perfect for reflection and relaxation. This Wat dates back to 1887, and provides not just a visual treat, but also a glimpse into the region’s past. Remember, you must dress in respectful clothing is necessary for entry.

  • Krabi trip package to the wat with a city tour and massage at the end.

the beautiful wat in Krabi with big steps and two golden dragons on the side

Koh Phi Phi Island

Starting your journey from Krabi to Phi Phi Island by boat is nothing short of magical. As you sail off, feel the wind whips through your hair and the breathtaking beauty of water unfolds all around you.

When you arrive at the Phi Phi Islands, you will be immediately greeted by crystal-clear waters and sea cliffs that seem to kiss the sky. Your tour includes stops at several islands. My favorite was the Pileh Lagoon. Here you will want to take a dip and snorkel with the colorful fish and coral, creating a magical underwater experience. Meanwhile, ‘The Beach’ area offers the perfect spot to sit in the sun.

When it’s time for lunch, your boat will provide a buffet with Thai food and fruit right on the beach.

The highlight of the tour is the visit to Maya Bay. This spot, made famous by the film ‘The Beach’, is a sight to behold.

phi phi island overlook with a sign that says I love Phi Phi islands in colorful letters

Best Restaurants in Krabi

So I didn’t give you spots for all your meals, but I have put together a list of the best restaurants in Krabi .

  • Jenna’s Bistro & Wine : is highly recommended for its Western food offerings with a touch of Asian flavors.
  • Lae Lay Grill : Known for its exceptional seafood, Lae Lay Grill also offers stunning views, particularly at sunset. And it is tucked away from the crowds.
  • Ruen Mai Restaurant : Located in Klong Chilat, Ruen Mai offers a taste of authentic Thai cuisine.

Best Time to Visit Krabi Guide Blog

The very best time to go to krabi thailand for weather is between November to March. But to beat the crowds you will want to visit from April to October. Read more about the best time to visit Krabi .

Nightlife in Krabi Town and Ao Nang

Krabi n ightlife can be both laid-back and wild. Enjoy live music at hotspots like Booze Bar and Joy Bar. For craft beer lovers, Hobby Hops Craft Beer Bar and Restaurant is a great spot, and Fubar 2 provides a fun night out experience.

In Ao Nang, the nightlife is more wild. Popular spots include Bamboo Bar, Boogie Bar, and Ao Nang Center Point. Amy’s Bar in Soi RCA, Tribe Beach Bar, and Bang Bang Bar are also hotspots. For a different kind of night experience, try Krabi Pub Crawl and Local Market Krabi. This is the area where people who backpack to Krabi hang out.

Which Tourist SIM Card is Best for Krabi Travel

Airalo.com is my favorite e-sim to use when traveling. It is so simple to use, all you have to do it download the app and install it on your phone, and as soon as you enter the Thai phone lines it automatically connects.

If your phone is not compatible with E-sims, then I suggest that you find a store and grab a Dtac sim card . I have done this at the airport, 7-11’s, malls, and local shops. They all helped me insert my SIM card and set it up.

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What to Pack for Krabi

  • Lightweight Clothing : The weather in Krabi is generally hot and humid, so lightweight, breathable clothing is a must. This includes shorts, t-shirts, and lightweight dresses.
  • Swimwear : You’ll likely spend a lot of time at the beach, so don’t forget your swimwear! I usually pack at least 3 bathing suits.
  • Sun Protection : Bring a hat, sunglasses, and a high-SPF sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Finding sunscreen there may be a bit cheaper, but you never know!
  • Comfortable Footwear : If you plan on hiking or a lot of walking, bring comfortable shoes. Flip flops or sandals are also a must for the beach.
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho : If you’re visiting during the rainy season, it’s a good idea to bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho.
  • Mosquito Repellent : To protect against mosquito bites, especially at night.
  • Travel Adapter : Thailand uses type A, B, C, and O plugs, so you will need an adapter.
  • Beach Towel : Some hotels provide these, but not all do, so it’s a good idea to pack one just in case. I really like the lightweight ones that roll up very small.
  • Toiletries : Including travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, and any other personal hygiene items you may need. I like buying my stuff once I get to Thailand, its cheap and you don’t have to worry about bringing it along with you.

Where is Krabi in Thailand?

Krabi is located in Southern Thailand on the western side of the country. It has an airport and port making it an easy location to get to on your trip through Thailand. I easily got here from Chiang Mai on an easy 2-hour domestic flight. The flight from Bangkok to Krabi is even shorter coming in around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

It is right on the Andaman Sea and is a perfect location for island hopping, and soaking in the sun on the beaches , and has plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from. Krabi is close to the popular island of Phuket but is quieter and more relaxing.

the beautiful view of one of the best beaches on the  Krabi Travel itinerary

How Many Days Do You Need in Krabi Thailand?

phi phi island overlook with a sign that says I love Phi Phi islands in colorful letters

Three days in Krabi should be enough to knock out all the best things to do. Although you could spend 1 week in Krabi here if you are a slow traveler. how many days in krabi you spend is totally up to you!

Is Krabi worth Visiting?

drone photo of Krabi thailand

es! Krabi is by far one of the best places to visit in Thailand. There are cultural experiences, a fun nightlife scene, and plenty of places to escape the city life on the beach. It is more relaxed than some of the islands in Thailand and very affordable.

Do not hesitate to book your trip to Krabi and you will love it just as much as I did. A few more of my favorite places in Thailand or the Koh Samui beaches, and Chiang Mai is my favorite for the community.

Is Krabi or Phuket Nicer?

abbey sitting in a tree on the beach in krabi thailand

Both Krabi and Phuket are nice and offer beautiful beaches and attractions. Phuket is larger, more developed, and offers a vibrant nightlife, making it popular with partygoers. Krabi, on the other hand, is quieter and less crowded, offering a more relaxed atmosphere and stunning natural beauty. Your choice depends on your personal preference for either a lively or tranquil beach holiday.

Is Krabi Worth Going to?

boats on the Krabi travel Itinerary in the clear waters

Yes! Absolutely, Krabi is worth going to. Krabi has stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, clear waters for snorkeling and diving, and a very relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, it’s close to famous Thai islands like Phi Phi and James Bond Island.

Where to Stay in Krabi Town

I stayed in the center of Ao Nang and I it is the best part of town to be in. It is also the best place to be if you are going to follow this Krabi travel itinerary. There is so much to do and you are right by the best docks to see the local islands and best beaches.

You can check out this list of the best beach hotels in Krabi, or try finding your own guest house on Airbnb. The prices are so reasonable and you are going to love them.

a beautiful view from a hotel room in krabi thailand

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Krabi Island Tour Packages

Escape to Krabi with Krabi tour packages , Thailand's hidden paradise, only a short flight from India. Towering limestone cliffs, pure white sand beaches, and crystal-clear waters may all be found at this enchanted location. Krabi is the perfect destination for families, solo travellers, and anyone seeking a mix of adventure, leisure, and cultural discovery. Imagine visiting luscious rainforests, getting a traditional Thai massage, or island hopping to the well-known Phi Phi Islands on your Krabi Island tour packages. Adventurers can kayak through undiscovered lagoons or scale the famous cliffs at Railay Beach; history buffs can visit historic temples and bustling night markets. Savour delectable Thai food, which ranges from street food to upscale dining, while taking in breathtaking scenery. Krabi offers a memorable getaway from the rush of India with its welcoming hospitality and alluring beauty. So choose Pickyourtrail for your next Krabi vacation!

Krabi Tour Packages from India

Why krabi is an ideal destination for travel.

Well, we all know that Krabi has a rich tapestry of stunning views and thrilling adventures that truly make it an ideal destination for your next international exploration. Get to know why below -

  • Relaxation and wellness - indulge in the globally renowned Thai massage to unwind and de-stress in the peaceful environment. Relax and rejuvenate by booking your session at any of their spas and wellness centers.
  • Scenic natural beauty - offering splendid treat for the eyes, from pristine beaches to iconic limestone cliffs and dense forests, come and be a part of something truly special.
  • Accessibility - with well-connected flights, Krabi offers routes to major Thai cities and other countries for a convenient and enjoyable vacation.
  • Gastronomical paradise - experience a rich blend of sweet, spicy, and salty flavors of the popular Thai cuisine. For food-lovers enjoy the fresh seafood, local specialties, and traditional Thai delicacies that will burst your taste buds with aromatic and rich flavors.
  • Exciting activities - this hub of adrenaline pumping activities is popular among tourists for enticing things such as kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, rock climbing, trekking, and island hopping.

Tourist Attractions to Add To Your Krabi Tour Packages

Offering tons of unique experiences and iconic attractions, a Krabi tour package will give you a wholesome experience covering all the major tourist spots, such as -

  • Krabi Town - Visit thriving marketplaces such as Krabi Town Walking Street to immerse yourself in the local customs, cuisine, and crafts. Explore the museums and temples of Krabi to learn about its past and culture.
  • Klong Thom Hot Springs - These natural hot springs, nestled in the jungle and close to the Emerald Pool, offer a distinctive and soothing bathing experience. Unwind in naturally occurring thermal springs surrounded by a lush rainforest, where warm water flows to create natural hot baths.
  • Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) - explore the Tiger Cave Temple , which is a revered spiritual location in Krabi. It is widely known for the strenuous 1,237-step climb required to reach the peak, where staggering views of Krabi's lush surroundings await.
  • Railay Beach - which is only reachable by boat, is notable for its gorgeous limestone cliffs and immaculate beaches. Rock climbers will find a haven here with routes to suit every ability level. Climbers travel from all over the world to the well-known cliffs of Railay and Ton Sai.
  • Ao Thalane Mangrove Kayaking - Paddle across Ao Thalane's tranquil mangrove forests and limestone canyons. This environmentally friendly trip provides an up-close view of the peculiar wildlife and coastal ecosystem of Krabi.

Top Experiences to Add To Your Krabi Tour Packages

Krabi is a treasure trove of the top must-see attractions from around the world and things to do that you can’t afford to miss during your Krabi tour package -

  • Thai Cooking Class - go on an amazing culinary adventure by learning how to cook authentic Thai dishes from the local chefs for a truly unique experience.
  • Four Island Tour - explore a bunch of popular islands, including Phra Nang Cave Beach, Tup Island, Chicken Island, and Poda Island, with a Krabi island tour package .
  • Thung Teao Forest Natural Park - perfect for nature-enthusiasts, visit this popular natural park to spot exotic flora and fauna and plunge into the mesmerizing Blue Pool, known for it’s relaxing and healing properties.
  • Krabi Night Market - if you love the bustling sounds of markets, then explore this lively night market where you can grab some local delicacies and crafts and get entertained.
  • Phi Phi Islands - take a Krabi island tour to Phi Phi Island to discover the vibrant coral reefs and aquatic life by snorkeling and diving. If you’ve watched ‘The Beach’ then visit the iconic Maya Bay to experience it in real life.

Best Time to Visit Krabi

For a balanced experience, embark on your Krabi trip during the months of April to June or September to October. In these months, you can expect decent weather conditions, fewer crowds than usual, and affordable prices during your stay here. But here is an explanation of the different seasons in Krabi -

  • Peak Season (November to March) - as the weather is pleasant and dry, it is a popular time for tourists to visit. You can expect huge crowds and skyrocketing prices, making your experience challenging. However, due to the favorable climatic conditions, outdoor activities such as island hopping, beach lounging, or exhilarating water sports can be 2/2 continue ChatGPT html Copy code perfectly experienced.
  • Shoulder Season (April to June, September to October) - in these transitional months, you can go through a hot and humid climate, along with occasional showers in the latter months. But it is suitable for exploring Krabi without crowded areas and indulging in fun things to do outdoors. Due to fewer crowds and shoulder season, you can take advantage of lower prices for accommodation and activities.
  • Low Season (July to October) - this monsoon season in Krabi brings thunderstorms and heavy downpours with unpredictable weather. Least crowds and super cheap rates can be found in these months. Though outdoor activities are limited, you can always explore the city’s soothing spas and cultural tours indoors.

Krabi Trip Cost from India

Your Krabi trip cost from India for about 5 days can be anywhere from ₹34,000 to ₹1,17,500, which can vary depending on your style of travel. This involves several elements and you can find the breakdown of those expenses below -

  • Roundtrip airfare ₹15,000 to ₹35,000 per person
  • Accommodation ₹1,000 to ₹15,000 a night
  • Food and dining ₹300 to ₹1,500 each meal
  • Transportation ₹300 to ₹4,000 daily
  • Activities ₹200 to ₹5,000
  • Miscellaneous ₹1,000 to ₹5,000

Here’s what you can expect to spend for different type of 5-day Krabi tours , including your flights and other expenses -

  • Budget trip - ₹34,000 to ₹74,000 per person
  • Mid-range trip - ₹58,000 to ₹1,23,500 per person
  • Luxury trip - ₹1,30,000+ per person

How to Move Around in Krabi?

If you made the best decision of booking a Krabi Thailand tour package , then your transport for the trip is sorted. Apart from that, if you are looking for other modes of transportation, here are different ways you can move around in Krabi -

  • Tuk-tuks - These three-wheeled vehicles are an enjoyable and reasonable way to get around short distances. If there is a meter available, make sure the driver uses it, or you can negotiate the fare up front.
  • Taxis - Both Krabi Town and well-known tourist areas have taxis available. Either ask your stay to reserve one for you, or you can hail one on the street.
  • Rental scooters and Motorbikes - Scooter and motorcycle rentals are a common way to explore Krabi independently. Numerous rental stores give daily or weekly prices; however, make sure you always wear a helmet and have an international driver's license.
  • Songthaews (Shared Taxis) - Songthaews are pickup trucks with their backs modified into seats. They are an inexpensive way to get between towns and tourist destinations and run on predetermined routes. You can locate them in transit hubs like bus stops or flag one down on the street.
  • Boat Transfers - Being surrounded by water, in Krabi you can visit nearby places with convenient boat transfers. You can either hire a private longtail boat, speedboat, or sail along with one included in your package.
  • Renting Cars - while it is not as popular among tourists, you can always rent a car to get in and around the town for a more comfortable journey. It is suitable for those traveling with their families or large groups.

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  • October 10, 2023

We’ve been running our Krabi Island Tours for over 10 years now, so we’d like to think we know a thing or two about the area and what makes a great boat tour here in the southwest of Thailand!

Every day, we meet Krabi travellers looking to set out on the waters and spend a day exploring the islands that have come to make the province so appealing. In this blog, we’ll be highlighting (what we believe) are the best things to see on a Krabi island tour, as well as addressing some of the questions about the boat tours we hear most frequently …

A 4 Island Tour or a 7 Island Tour in Krabi?

Krabi island hopping packages: morning or afternoon.

  • Island tour cost in Krabi: How much for the four-island experience?

Krabi Island Tour itinerary: Highlights and must-visit destinations

  • A journey through Krabi’s National Parks – Exciting sea life sightings

A 7-island tour in Krabi is technically not an island-only tour. There are 5 key islands near the shores of Krabi and Ao Nang in particular: Koh Poda, Koh Tup, Chicken Island, Koh Si, and Ta Ming. Alongside those 5, there are a few smaller ones, Koh Daeng for example, that tend to be visited less frequently on account of their size. So what’s the key difference between the trips? Let’s break it down …

4-island Krabi tour

A 4-island Krabi tour will usually stop by Koh Poda, Koh Tup, Chicken Island, Koh Si, and Ta Ming – we often find that Koh Poda and Koh Tup are interchangeable. Koh Tup is owned by Thailand’s National Park Service and, as a result, there is a fee to land on it; this varies according to the season. While Koh Tup is a desirable stop point, on account of if dreamy tropical sandbar, it’s worth noting that it can get quite busy in high season. You should also check to see whether the national park fee is included in the price of your tour, as this often catches new visitors to the area out.

7-island Krabi tour

A 7-island Krabi tour often makes up island numbers by including the likes of Railay’s Phra Nang Beach and a final nighttime offshore stop to see the fluorescent plankton . While Railay should definitely be on your Krabi bucket list, we need to be clear that it’s technically not an island. Railay is a small peninsula between the Krabi Town and Ao Nang, only accessible by boat due to high limestone cliffs that cut off mainland access.

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The answer to this question really depends on what you want to see. Let’s take a look at the details …

Krabi island morning tour

A Krabi island morning tour will often feel a lot quieter, with less chance of running into other tour groups. This is because a lot of them go out in the afternoon to finish with a sunset dinner. They’re a great way to enjoy Krabi’s best snorkelling spots with no one else around. Our 4 Island Champagne Breakfast Morning Cruise includes a full gourmet breakfast along with coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, water, fruit, and snacks.

Krabi island afternoon sunset tour

A Krabi island afternoon sunset tour usually starts at convenient pickup point in Krabi, Ao Nang, or Ao Na Mao, or from your hotel at around 1-2pm. The islands you visit will tend to be the same as the tour operator’s morning tour option – visiting some of the islands listed above. Many promise dinner while the sun goes down across the Andaman Sea, on one of the named islands or on their boat (when/if they have space). The cheaper beach dinner options tend to consist of a simple BBQ meal: skewers, a curry or two, rice, and sometimes fruit.

A number of tours will keep you out past sundown, bringing you back to the dark cliffs around Railay for a chance to hop into the dark waters and swim alongside the bioluminescent plankton. This is especially exciting on cloudy, moonless nights, when the darker skies lend themselves to the bright light omitted from the tiny organisms.

Our Krabi Sunset Cruise sets sail with a two-floor wooden Siamese junk boat. We also have snorkelling equipment, a 2-person kayak, and 4 stand-up paddle boards for guest to use throughout the trip (prescription masks are also available). While many are limited to what smaller boats can carry to the beach, our Thai buffet dinner provides multiple options for all diets and you can enjoy the sunset from either the top or main decks.

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Island tour costs in Krabi: How much for the four-island experience?

The cost of a 4-island tour in Krabi will differ quite significantly depending on the style of transport you choose. When it comes to boat options, you’ll find a trio of choices:

  • Longtail boats
  • Speed boats
  • Larger boats

Each offers a unique experience. Longtail boats exude charm with their traditional Thai design and slower pace, ideal for those who savour the journey and who might be on a budget. Speed boats, as the name suggests, get you to the islands quickly, making them perfect for those who want to maximise their island-hopping time. Larger boats cater to larger groups, providing spacious comfort for family or group outings, and have the ability to bring extras such a paddle boards, more luxurious refreshments, and (if required) host special events.

So, how much should you budget? On average:

A four-Island tour with a longtail boat in krabi might cost around 500 and 800 Thai Baht per person.

Opting for a speed boat will typically set you back a bit more, with prices ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 Thai Baht per person. Bear in mind that both this option and the longtail boat tours very rarely include the National Park fee that everyone has to pay. This fee is 400 Baht per adult, and 200 Baht for children.

If you prefer a more spacious experience on a larger boat , expect to pay around 2000 to 5000 Thai Baht. Remember, these costs can vary depending on the season, tour operator, inclusions, and any special offers.

Touring the waters of Krabi is like stepping into a postcard-worthy paradise. Each island has its unique charm and offers us different things to see, making it a challenge to pick a favourite. Here’s a snapshot of the more well-known, must-visit destinations and their highlights:

Tup Island – Crystal clear waters and the “sandbar miracle”

During low tide, a narrow sandbar emerges, connecting Tup Island and Koh Mor. Ever taken a leisurely stroll in the middle of the sea? Well here’s your chance! As previously noted, this is a Thai national park space, and so ‘landing’ fees apply. With this being one of the larger islands surrounding Krabi, the locals have set up a number of small eateries for you to pick up snacks. The waters here are fairly rocky, so it’s not the best of the islands to go snorkelling/swimming.

Chicken Island – Iconic rock formation

One of our favourite photo spots of the tour! Chicken Island gets its name from a unique rock formation that resembles a chicken’s head and neck. Due to the rocks here, there is no getting on to this island, but many tours do a short stop at the base of the cliff to snorkel.

Poda Island – Powdery white sands and serene beach vibes

If you land on Poda while the tours are out in force, we recommend you use your beach time to immediately head further down the beach, away from the boats and the crowds. At the quieter side you’ll find clear turquoise waters, and paradise jungle in which you can take shade beneath the trees. If you swim out to the snorkelling spots of Koh Poda, you’re likely to see sea urchins, coral, angel fish, crabs, and barracuda (to name a few).

Phra Nang Beach – Bioluminescent plankton

One of the most unique things to see and do in Krabi, these tiny organisms produce a magical phenomenon in the ocean, reacting with the light and creating a starry experience in the water. While the best views come from getting in the water with a snorkel and mask alongside them, you can still see them glowing from your boat.

Tup Island krabi sandbar at lowtide

A journey through Krabi’s National Parks – Exciting sea life sightings

While it’s true that the island stunning landscapes are an important part of the Krabi boat tour experience, for us, it’s the area’s thriving marine life that makes the day out truly unforgettable. To give you a taste of what to expect, below we’ve showcased some of the incredible fish and mesmerising creatures our guests have had the privilege to encounter during their journey with us.

From the endearing clownfish, known for their unique personalities, to the awe-inspiring, colossal sea urchins that dwell beneath the waves, Krabi’s marine life is a true testament to the wonders of nature.

Our commitment to providing informative resources, such as our onboard identification books complete with vivid photos, ensures that every guest can truly appreciate and understand the fascinating aquatic life they encounter on our tours.

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Want to hang out with our guides and see them for yourself? Join one of our Sunset Cruises or Morning Krabi Tours .

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INSIDER KRABI ITINERARY (2024)

This Krabi itinerary will explore the insurmountable serenity and beauty of Krabi, Thailand, has captured many hearts worldwide, and it’s easy to see why! Everyone who visits this enchanting part of the world leaves with unforgettable memories, a relaxed spirit, and a big smile on their face.

Craggy seaside cliffs draped with lush green vegetation, fresh salty air, turquoise ocean water, exquisite marine life, and exotic palm trees- Krabi is a true island paradise! To top off the magic, Krabi is also a spiritual and rejuvenating place where one can let go and breathe, offering more than just aesthetic value.

With our complete Krabi Itinerary, you will have a trip that will stay with you for a lifetime, with every moment overflowing with fun, adventure, island vibes, and thrilling new encounters that will be reminisced about for years to come.

We’ve compiled everything that you need to know, so sit back, relax and leave the planning to us!

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When planning a trip to Krabi (or any trip to Thailand ), the weather plays a huge factor. Krabi’s weather is typically hot days and cool breezy evenings, and the island doesn’t have many months of heavy rainfall. Winter is from January to March and during that time the temperatures still maintain a pleasant sunny warmth, making it a surprisingly great time to visit!

The best time to visit Krabi is between November and March. This is when the weather is ideal, rainfall is low, and the sun out! You can enjoy fun watersports and laze on the beach without the threat of heavy rainfall and winds.

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Monsoon season is during Krabi’s summer,  between July to October. Be cautious of the ocean during this time, and be sure to book your flights with the heavy wind and rainfall in mind!

If you want to visit when there aren’t as many tourists as there are during peak season, then April to June would be the best time. You may encounter more rainy days, but the blissful days of ideal island sunshine are sure to make up for it! It also seems like a small price to pay to have a more private experience.

So, if you want to know when to visit Krabi, keep all of this in mind, and choose the time that suits you and your individual travel needs best!

Finding where to stay in Krabi  has never been easier – there’s heaps of accommodation available! In this Krabi itinerary, we share our top picks for the best neighborhoods.

Ao Nang is Krabi’s tourist mecca, known mostly for owning astounding Andaman sea beachscapes and white-sand shores. This resort town is also the main docking point for boats heading out to the surrounding islands of Krabi, namely – Koh Poda, Ko Hong and Ko Gai (Chicken Island). This area offers beauty and convenience! It’s also a prime spot to catch a famous Krabi island hopping adventure tour!

Where To Stay In Krabi

Railay Beach is a popular spot for rock climbers. It’s entirely surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful cliffs that provide amazing ocean views from the top. The craggy cliffs are not only great for climbers but also allow this part of Krabi to be more private. It’s only accessible via boat, and although you will be sacrificing convenience, you will be gaining seclusion and privacy.

To indulge in Krabi’s diverse culture and history, a stay in Krabi Town is a must. The town is Krabi’s original market town and provides quite a contrast to the lazy surrounding beach towns. There is no better place to truly experience the authenticity of Thai culture and hospitality!

The main river is a hub for fishers, and is a great spot to catch a water taxi! Not only is it an idyllic Thai city, but it’s also incredibly beautiful boasting amazing architecture and a lot of Krabi’s top tourist attractions. You can also catch the elaborate Illumanorah Show at Paka Show Park.

For a more off-the-beaten-track approach, Ton Sai Bay is the place to be! Here, there are no roads or pavement, but rather footpaths and hidden pathways. This charming part of Krabi is the main arrival port for the Phi Phi islands, and during the day there is always a lot going on! At night, you can find upbeat clubs and enjoy a thriving party scene.

If you’re looking for a more memorable and environmentally-friendly place to stay, consider checking out an Eco-resort in Krabi .

Best Hostel in Krabi – Reset Hostel

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Reset hostel in Krabi is an awesome spot where you can feel at home and settle in at the end of a day of adventure! The suites are clean, have en-suites, and the beds are comfortable. Reset Hostel is run by locals who care deeply for those who stay with them, and you can easily feel it in the way you are treated like family. Enjoy laid back beachside accommodation with comfort, style, and friendliness thrown in.

For more of Krabi’s best hostels, check out our epic backpacker accommodation guide!

Best Airbnb in Krabi – Cosy & Comfortable Furnished Nature House

Cosy and Comfortable Furnished Nature House

This resort-style furnished house is ideal for nature lovers looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle. Located in the middle of Thai herb gardens, enjoy a peaceful and safe stay in Ao Nang just a ten minutes ride away from all the shops, restaurants and nightlife. The amenities provided are as good as hotels and include WiFi, a kitchen and free parking.

Best Budget Hotel in Krabi – Aonang Third Place

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Enjoy a peaceful and scenic environment, complete with modern rooms and a private balcony. Lounge in the Aonang Third Place Garden or mingle in the lounge. This hotel is a sleek and sophisticated establishment that won’t break your bank. Close to the Nopparat Thara Beach and Krabi Airport, this spot is prime! You will also be a short distance from incredible restaurants.

Best Luxury Hotel in Krabi – Rawi Warin Resort & Spa

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For a 5-star getaway, Rawi Warin Resort & Spa will blow you away with chic design and sheer elegance. The beachside resort boasts incredible Thai-style rooms complete with fine wood furnishings and flooring. You will find everything your heart could desire! With a world-class spa at your fingertips, restaurants serving the best cuisine, and a classy on-site bar- you are bound to have the time of your life!

Krabi’s public transport system consists of tuk-tuk (motorcycle taxi) drivers, local buses (known as song-taew ), and regular taxis. The tuk-tuks are the most traditional way of getting around, although you will often have to bargain with your driver to get a reasonable price. As for the local taxis and buses, they can be easily waved down just like a US taxi, and provide a great way to get around at a good price.

Renting either a car or a motorcycle during your Krabi trip are ideal options, as you won’t ever have to worry about finding a ride. You will also have the freedom to explore! You will then also have the option to hire a driver or guide for the day to show you some of the hidden gems of Krabi.

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Of course, traveling by sea is also a must-do travel experience whilst in Krabi. You can find long-tail boats, speed boats, and ferris at most docks within the province. This is an excellent way to feel the wind, take in the beachscapes, and get from A to B quickly.

Walking in Krabi is also a lovely way to experience the authentic atmosphere and environment of the villages and towns. It may not be the best way to get to each place, as a lot of Krabi’s attractions are quite far apart, but it is a marvelous way to see the nature of the province. You will come across everything from street food,  to artwork, and inspiring local businesses.

  Wat Tham Sua | Ao Luk Mangroves | Khao Khanab Nam Mountains | Klong Thom Hot Springs | Emerald Pool

Whether you are spending one day in Krabi or more, we have the best way to enjoy your vacation in Krabi! Enjoy natural splendor and spiritual bliss in our itinerary!

Day 1/Stop 1 – Wat Tham Sua

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s where monks come together to live and worship, deep within the jungle in a maze of natural caves.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Food recommendation: Tiger Cafe offers authentic Thai food at a reasonable price. You can enjoy a plethora of tasty meals, and we suggest that you try one of their shakes!

To begin your time in Krabi, we have a cultural landmark remarkable history. Also known as Tiger Cave Temple , Wat Tham Sua is situated near the charming and welcoming Krabi Town. Surrounding this mesmerizing temple is a dense forest of ancient trees, most older than 100 years. These lovely trees sprout from the mountainscape, where a vast amount of unusual caves can be found and admired.

Wat Tham Sua

The site is known for being a meditation centre, as well as the home to stone tools, pottery remains, and the mold for making Buddha footprints. In the main temple cave, you will come across photos of internal organs and split caverns- which is very bizarre, but they are there as a way for the monks to remember the temporary nature of the body.

The biggest feature of  Wat Tham Sua temple complex is the 1,272 step climb up a scenic limestone tower. Once at the top, you will see the awe-inspiring “Footprint of the Buddha”. This is a stone carving said to be from Guatama Buddha himself. The site is not only an iconically spiritual one but also offers breathtaking panoramic views of Krabi’s countryside and the Andaman sea.

Insider Tip: The hike can be quite strenuous if you aren’t much of a hiker, so pack water and a backpack full of refreshments, as well as comfortable shoes.

Day 1/Stop 2 – Ao Luk Mangroves

  • Why it’s awesome: You will see roots that only grow in this area, and they grow above the ground!
  • Cost: Free- excluding tours and boat rides.
  • Food recommendation: Three Good Kitchen Restaurant offers excellent food! Sit back and relax in the wonderful surroundings, and be sure to try their many delicious chicken dishes!

The mysterious Ao Luk Mangroves provides a secluded adventure into the rainforest. Gain insight into the world of Krabi’s wildlife and enjoy the stunning vibrancy of the vegetation and thriving habitats. The Ao Luk Mangroves has three charming caves, Tham Phi Hua To, Tham Lod Neua, and Tham Lod Tai. Each of these magical caves offers a truly remarkable experience!

The cave of Tham Lod Tai is a jaw-dropping gorgeous limestone tunnel The tunnel itself is long and narrow, and the walls are filled with stalactites and stalagmites! You can even hire a long-tail boat ride through the mesmerizing tunnel to enjoy its fascinating features.

Day 1 Stop 2 Ao Luk Mangroves

The Tham Phi Hua To Cave, meaning  ‘ Big-headed Ghost Cave ’, is spooky and interesting. This large cave once served as burial site 3000 years ago. You will not only get goosebumps from the mere thrill of visiting an ancient burial site, but you will also find beautiful cave paintings and rock formations. See if you can spot the formation that looks like a dragon’s head!

Cave Thom Lad Neua is also magnificent and massive, offering spectacular cave murals and a look into the ancient history of Krabi’s old natives.

Along with the mystical caves, the mangrove itself is overflowing with varying kinds of wildlife, and you are bound to come across a lot of incredible creatures who call this tropical paradise thier home.

Day 1/Stop 3 – Khao Khanab Nam Mountains

  • Why it’s awesome: Features two amazing rock formations on water!
  • Cost: 300 ($9,41)
  • Food recommendation: For a taste of spicy goodness, Taj Palace Indian Restaurant provides mouth-watering Indian food! The tandoori chicken is notoriously delicious.

Experiencing the beauty of nature never ceases to amaze, and the Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are no exception. These mountains stand 100 meters tall and are some of the most famous Krabi points of interest! Once you have experienced this magic for yourself, you will understand how this particular mountain range has gained such massive popularity.

Day 1 Stop 3 Khao Khanab Nam Mountains

Three gorgeous mountains stand as gatekeeper the entrance to Krabi. You will want your camera with you to shoot the mesmerizing view of river water flowing between two majestic limestone cliffs. Although the site is beautiful, it is also home to a storied past!

Expect to see ancient human skeletons and debate over how they could have died- it is a mystery in Krabi! The mystical mountains harbor has caves with collections of stalagmites, stalactites, and truly magnificent landscapes. Visiting Khao Khanab Nam Mountains is well worth the journey and will fill your time in Krabi with magic!

Day 1/Stop 4 – Klong Thom Hot Springs

  • Why it’s awesome: Natural volcanic hot spring water!
  • Cost: 90 ($2,82) for the hot springs, 200 ($6,27) for the nature reserve.
  • Food recommendation: The Reun Morakot Restaurant serves magnificent Thai food with a smile! Every dish is tasty!

Ever dreamt of an organic paradise set completely away from cityscapes and the sound of cars driving? We have that lined up for you on our two-day Krabi Itinerary! The Klong Thom Hot Springs is a kind of heaven on earth, offering you the chance to soak in a pristine forest and relax whilst bathing in volcanic hot spring water! Can it get any better?

The water originates from deep within an ancient Krabi volcano, and this volcano is surrounded by naturally smooth and hollowed-out “bathtubs”. The spring water overflows and fills each of the gorgeous stone tubs, creating the world’s most incredible jungle bath!

Klong Thom Hot Springs, Krabi

The water is a very pleasantly warm temperature, between 35°C-42°C (95°F – 108°F).  After you’ve breathed in the steamy hot air and invigorated yourself, admired the canopies of dense forest vegetation, and bathed in spring water- you can cool off in a beautiful cool river found flowing just under the hot spring!

Other than being one of the most remarkable ways to relax, hot springs have incredible amounts of healing benefits. The fresh natural water will do wonders for your skin and all the steamy air will help to remove toxins from your body. This is fun and healing all in a gorgeous rainforest setting, and it’s a great way to relax when backpacking through Thailand!

Insider Tip: Be sure to keep your eyes out for some rare birds that can be spotted in Krabi: Gurneys, Finfoots, Big Winged Brown Kingfishers, Bitterns, Herons and more!

Day 1/Stop 5 – The Emerald Pool

  • Why it’s awesome: Natural crystal-clear turquoise water.
  • Cost: 200 ($6,27)
  • Food recommendation: The Madcha Narcare Restaurant offers flavorsome Thai cuisine in a relaxed setting! The staff is friendly and the prices are great.

Cap off the first of your two days in Krabi with a refreshing dip in another one of the best Krabi attractions! The Emerald Pool has fascinated and captivated travelers ever since it was discovered in the Klong Thom Nature Reserve! Also known as Sa Morakot, the Emerald pool is a vibrant turquoise lake just waiting to be enjoyed by you.

The Emerald Pool, Krabi

The waters are fresh and clean, steaming down from the natural pools coming from the surrounding mountains. In the midst of the mystifying and wild jungle, there are two beautiful and crystal-clear lakes! One of these is the Emerald Pool, the more popular of the two. The other is the Blue Pool.

You will be touched by the ambiance of this jungle sanctuary and enchanted by the rich colors of both lakes! Experience one of the most blissful natural environments that Krabi has to offer, and melt into the water as the sun goes down.

The Pop In Hostel Ao Nang is located a convenient ten minute walk away from the beach in Ao Nang. It offers private rooms with either a shared or ensuite bathroom, as well as bunk beds in mixed or female-only dormitory rooms.

There are heaps of amazing hostels in Thailand , so do your research before your trip starts!

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Wat Kaew Temple | Elephant Sanctuary | Thung Teao Forest Natural Park | Phra Ae Beach| Tonsai Bay

Enjoy the last of your stay in Krabi while falling even more in love with this enthralling island! Venture to sacred sites, meet huge four legged friends, and so much more!

Day 2/Stop 1 –  Wat Kaew Temple

  • Why it’s awesome: A Bhuddist temple that is also a significant spiritual landmark!
  • Cost: 500 ($15,67)
  • Food recommendation: Cafe 8.98 is an amazing place to enjoy freshly brewed coffee! Have a magnificent breakfast, and give the cafe’s vegan and vegetarian options a try.

Right off the bat, the Wat Kaew Temple will thrill and inspire you! Waiting to greet you at the entrance are two legendary and golden dragons. Walk up the grand staircase adorned with the symbolic gold dragons and be blessed with luck! The dragon in Thailand is an auspicious symbol of good fortune.

The Wat Kaew Temple is considered to be the most sacred temple in Krabi and stands as an embodiment of peace and prosperity for the ‘Land of Smiles’. The relaxed and cheerful interior of the temple is overflowing with colorful pictures and stories from the life of Buddha.

Wat Kaew Temple

The temple is home to the famous Emerald Buddha, a highly revered and worshipped image of Buddha that has been carved meticulously from one single piece of Jade. It is a stunning monument dating back to the 15th-century.

Soak in the atmosphere, bliss, and spiritual significance of this site! The gardens are also well kept and provide a lovely place to both admire the temple and catch some early morning sun rays.

Day 2/Stop 2 – Elephant Sanctuary

  • Why it’s awesome: It is the best elephant experience in Krabi!
  • Cost: 2500 ($78,35)
  • Food recommendation: Gecko cabane Restaurant is a laid-back and charming place to grab a tasty Thai meal! Each of the meals is cooked to perfection.

The Krabi Elephant Sanctuary is a noble establishment dedicated to bettering the lives of elephants in Krabi  and providing a safe place for the old and injured elephants of the province. This is the only ethical elephant sanctuary in Krabi, meaning that you won’t find elephant rides and wild animals on chains here! Just the opposite, actually. However, you will meet some rather large and four legged friends at the Elephant Sanctuary!

Day 2 Stop 2 Elephant Sanctuary

These sentient and beautiful creatures call the sanctuary home and are treated with love and care by the owners and workers of the establishment. You will get the chance to enjoy personal interactions with these renownedly wise and mighty creatures!

This ethical elephant sanctuary prides itself on providing a natural habitat for the elephants. You will get a once in a lifetime chance to be in nature with these incredible creatures! No cages or enclosures. Humbly walk about and try to spot, feed,  and befriend these lovable ellies.

The sanctuary experience is combined with ecotourism, so you can also learn about the habitats and learn about the lives of elephants in Asia as a whole.

Day 2/Stop 3 – Thung Teao Forest Natural Park

  • Why it’s awesome: You can enjoy the innate natural beauty of Krabi forests!
  • Cost: 90 ($2,82)

Escape into the wondrous canopies of vegetation and wild plantations of Krabi’s forests at Thung Teao Forest Natural Park! Embark on a journey away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, islands, and beaches and step into a wonderland of animals, insects, and exciting indigenous vegetation.

Be enchanted by the many colors and sounds that the forest provides, and get lost in the harmony and magic of the wilderness. The park preserves pristine and untouched habitats and plants that have been around for many years longer than most of us! Explore the lush rainforest and find hidden gems, caves, and pools.

Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, Krabi

Find limestone cliffs and jump from each one to the next! Embrace your inner animal, and let loose in the glorious environment of the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. Off you go to lose your mind and find your soul.

Insider Tip: If you enjoy climbing cliffs and trees, be sure to bring suitable shoes ! Try not to wear your best clothes for this adventure, as you can expect to get a bit messy.

Day 2/Stop 4 – Phra Ae Beach

  • Why it’s awesome: It is an idyllic Thai beach paradise!
  • Food recommendation: Patty’s Secret Garden is a marvelous place for flavorsome Thai food! Experience some of the most tasty cooking on the island whilst enjoying a laid-back environment.

Situated in Koh Lanta, Phra Ae Beach (also known as Long Beach) is a whimsical island paradise come true! Walk along the white sand shores, embracing the fresh salty air and taking in the endless horizons of the turquoise ocean. Feel your stress melt away and the good vibes booming as you relax under a swaying palm tree to take it all in!

Phra Ae Beach, Krabi

Phra Ae Beach is not as packed as most beaches, providing you with a place to enjoy some peaceful breaths and a chance to let your experiences of Krabi really integrate! Watch as the sun begins to set, and enjoy a delicious cocktail while you’re at it.

You can also enjoy some fun watersports like snorkeling, diving, and swimming while reminiscing in the exquisite beauty of the island. There is a reason Krabi is known for having astounding beaches and you will understand why. A beach getaway simply has to be apart of your trip to Krabi!

Day 2/Stop 5 – Tonsai Bay

  • Why it’s awesome: A famously lively and fun part of Krabi!
  • Food recommendation: Tonsai Seafood is a wonderful gig that provides excellent ocean cuisine cooked with a touch of Thai mastery!

What would a Vacation in Krabi be without a little partying and letting loose? End your itinerary in Krabi with a festive celebration in the legendary Tonsai Bay on the beautiful Phi Phi island. Get ready for a late night before you leave, and have a chance to experience the world-renowned Tonsai Bay party scene.

Tonsai Bay, Krabi

The entire village of Tonsai Bay is home to a crazy amount of fun bars, clubs, and entertainment. Spend the night bar hopping and living it up in Tonsai Bay! Meet locals, fellow travelers, and create memories that will last a lifetime

Tonsai Bay will offer you a night that will go down in your record books of great times! Dance, drink, laugh, and let yourself be taken for a wild ride.

  Insider Tip: Be sure to check out the awesome Reggae Bar to the Banana Rooftop Bar!

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Susan Hoi | Krabi Night Market | Phra Nang Cave Beach | Koh Klang | Mu Ko Lanta National Park

Do you want to know what to do in Krabi? Or are you planning on spending more than three days in Krabi, Thailand? You won’t need to stress about planning, our complete itinerary has everything you need to have a trip filled to the brim with fun and unforgettable memories.

  • An ancient beach full of unbelievable natural wonders!
  • The tourists don’t often come here, so you’ll miss the crowds.
  • Entrance fee is 400 ($12,54)

Susan Hoi is not only a fascinating beach, but is the home to an incredible amount of  SEA crustacean shells and fossils. Due to the unusual landscape of the beach, it has been dubbed the Fossil Beach. Be prepared to have your mind blown by the ancient remains of the ocean’s creatures and the now dried up plates of what used to be a swamp.

The Susan Hoi site is found within the Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and captivates people worldwide who know about its existence. There are said to be only two other places like it in the whole world! The fossils date back to forty million years ago, making this one of the most outstanding places to add onto our three-day itinerary in Krabi.

Susan Hoi, Krabi

Susan Hoi once used to be a thriving large freshwater swamp, hosting an immense amount of creatures and critters within its banks and surrounding vegetation. Once the swamp dried out, the layers of shells that were left behind created huge rock slabs. These rock slabs are now humorously called “shelly limestone,” and they rest on layers of lignite .

The unique beauty of one of the most gorgeous Krabi landmarks is unforgetable and will surely have you thinking about what life on earth could have been like 40 million years ago.

Krabi Night Market

  • The entrance to the market is free!
  • No Krabi trip itinerary would be complete without the famous Krabi night market!
  • This is a must-see place if you are spending the Weekend in Krabi, as it is hosted on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

The world-famous Krabi Night Market is an incredible mass of color, textures, smell, and contagious energy all laid out under an open night sky! The stalls are set for as far as the eye can see and can all be found along Krabi’s Walking Street (Otherwise known in Thai to be Thanon Khon Dern ).

Krabi Night Market, Krabi

The Krabi Nightmarket is by far the most important shopping experiences to have during your Krabi vacation! Over 50 stalls get put up, and you will find everything from street food and clothing to culinary items and home decor. The store holders are friendly and very well organized, so you won’t have to deal with bad service. Just be prepared for the noise, as this is a place that truly showcases the confident and boisterous nature of the Thai people.

You will be surprised by what you may come across, and you are sure to be somewhat charmed by the way that the locals put together this event.

Phra Nang Cave Beach

  • This beautiful beach is found in Ao Nang.
  • You can easily find resorts and hostels nearby that would make for the best place to stay in Krabi.
  • Entrance onto the beach is free!

Soak up the warm sunshine and laze on the white sands of Phra Nang beach! Not only is the beach a blissful paradise, surrounded by swaying palm trees and wild vegetation, but it is also home to a fascinating cave. Enjoy one of the most gorgeous beaches on our Krabi Itinerary!

Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi

Whilst on the beach, be sure to enjoy water sports and catch yourself a killer tan, as this beach is one of a kind and has everything you can imagine! The waters are still and smooth, providing a perfect place to simply float on the water, or dive deep, and meet some colorful scally sea creatures.

When planning a trip to Krabi, it is important to make a note of the best beaches, and this is certainly one of them! You can escape into the eerie and yet curious cave of the sea princess in Krabi and witness the way that the locals pray and worship her. There is a shrine where you will find countless incense sticks, photos and spiritual paraphernalia that has all been placed in her honor!

If you’d like to visit Phra Nang Cave Beach by boat, check out this speedboat tour .

  • An incredible island found near Krabi and accessible by ferry.
  • A place that has well preserved the old ways of Krabi, Thailand.
  • Entrance into the village is free!

Embark on a journey and humbly explore the old village of Koh Klang. The village is a mere 26 square-meters, and it is entirely made up of indigenous plant life, rivers, canals, mangrove forests, and peaceful beaches. The inhabitants of this island are natives, and they live in a way that has not been tainted by the west, maintaining their roots and keeping to the ways of the old.

The name Koh Klang means “middle island,” and it has been given this name because it is between two wide estuaries. On the east, you will find the Krabi River, where it will take you a short five-minute ferry ride to get back to Krabi.

Koh Klang, Krabi

Most tourists don’t go to Koh Klang. This is because it is native land and does not offer a lot in the way of mainstream tourism with no major attractions or must-see sites. The only exciting sightseeing wise will be of some amazing rural landscapes. However, it does offer something that other places in Krabi may not- an authentic looking glass into the ways of the ancient Thai natives.

The people of Koh Lang live simply as a way of life, and they enjoy the harmony and simplicity of it all. This is a wonderful way to appreciate other lifestyles, and broaden our understanding of cultures and people.

Mu Ko Lanta National Park

  • The Mu Ko Lanta National Park is a huge part of Krabi’s nature conservation!
  • The park was established in 1990, so it is relatively new.
  • Entrance fee is 200 ($6,26) for adults and 100 ($3,13) for children

Mu Ko Lanta National Park consists of several gorgeous Thai islands! The park boasts rugged hills that roll over the Andaman sea, covered in thriving plant life and providing spellbinding views.

You can venture into the dense rainforests and discover the neverending bliss of Krabi’s vegetation, breathing in air that is thick with life and an earthy scent. You can even find massive mangrove forests, as the Mai Ngam, South Mai Ngam, and Ngu islands are absolutely covered in them!

Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi

Taking a turn for the unusual, you may also come across nomadic sea gypsies called the Chao Le that live in the forests and islands of the national park. They are said to set boats adrift during the full moon of June and November, as it is a tradition of theirs to draw in good luck.

Mainly what you’ll find during your great adventure at Mu Ko Lanta National Park is outstanding and private white sand beaches, jaw-dropping viewpoints, hidden walking trails, and some incredibly impressive ancient caves.

Insider Tip: Like at the National Mosque, dress conservatively to skip the queues for robes.

The province of Krabi is renowned for being a safe place for both extensive and short visits. The locals are incredibly friendly, and most travelers don’t experience any kind of threats or mishap during their stay. With this in mind, we would still love to cover some safety tips in our Krabi itinerary to make sure that everything goes smoothly during your island adventure!

Pickpockets are all over the world, and Krabi is no exception. Be sure to watch your belongings and don’t let strangers get too friendly with you out of the blue. This should not be a major issue, but it is something to remember and stay cautious of.

Of course, behave sensibly when partying and when walking about at night. Keep friends and travel companions close when going places on foot at night, and stay away from suspicious alleyways.

Although crime happens everywhere, the main danger in Krabi doesn’t come from the people, but more from mother nature herself. Beach safety is something to be aware of, as the ocean can become rough during the monsoon season from May to October.

Otherwise, rip tides aren’t lethal but are better to be avoided. Remember to also be careful of mooring boats! Thankfully, Krabi’s marine life species aren’t poisonous, so there are no threats from the creatures of the sea.

To learn more about the safety of areas near Krabi, read our recommendations and report on staying safe in Thailand .

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Wanting to know what to do in Krabi during the day to add to your itinerary in Krabi? Are you looking for a magical evening of oceanic fun? We have all the best day trips from Krabi in our Krabi itinerary for you to take your pick from and enjoy an endless amount of beauty, wonderment and new adventures!

We will help ensure that you enjoy every moment of touring Krabi.

From Phuket: Deluxe Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

Deluxe Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

The notoriously stunning Phi Phi island is calling your name! Discover the enchanting beauty of these one-of-a-kind islands during an beach tour. Have your breath taken away as you saunter the islands, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime!

Start your day with a speedboat trip across the Andaman sea and then spend the rest of your day engrossed in snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the white sand beaches of the Phi Phi Islands. Sightsee, spot the famous surrounding sites, and cool off in the turquoise water. Be sure to bring your camera! You will want to capture the moment.

Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

A trip to Krabi would simply not be complete without indulging in the exquisite beaches! Spend your day exploring and soaking in the stunning shores and nature of the Hong islands. Stroll leisurely along the white sand beaches, dip in the inviting turquoise waters, and breathe in the rejuvenating salty air.

Not only will you have the opportunity to bask in the magic of Hong island’s beautiful beaches, but you will also be able to venture into the wild and adventure the forests and natural landscapes. This seven-hour tour will be overflowing with relaxing swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking experiences that will add a whole heap of loveliness to your travels!

Krabi: ATV Adventure

Krabi ATV Adventure

Jump on an ATV and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! Accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide, you will get taken for exhilarating getaway through the lush vegetation. Drive through a beautiful tropical rainforest that will showcase the expansive glory of Krabi’s durian plantations. See majestic rambutan fruits, swaying palm trees, and mysterious craggy mountains.

You will get a chance to see Krabi’s natural landscape in a way most tourists don’t along with the personal touch of having free rein to explore and enjoy each site. Become spellbound by the birds, plants, and wildlife in the forests of this immense island.

For more of our onwards travel adventures, take a look at our report on the weirdest coolest, and best places to visit in Thailand!

Krabi Sunset Tour With Bioluminescent Plankton & BBQ Dinner

Krabi Sunset Tour With Bioluminescent Plankton & BBQ Dinner

Nobody can deny the mystifying ambiance of a brightly colored sunset, especially when setting over the famously beautiful Andaman sea. On this tour, you will have have the chance to enjoy the magic of the sun setting whilst lazing on the white sands of Phranang Beach. Then, as you soak in the magic, you will dine on a delicious and well-prepared BBQ dinner!

Once the sun has finally set past the horizon of the endless sea, you will then be taken on an unforgettable adventure. Swim, dive, and snorkel amongst magnificent fluorescent plankton during a nighttime excursion of the ocean! Who says fairytales aren’t real?

Krabi: Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

Half-Day Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

Whether you are a seasoned rock-star or new to climbing, this experience will blow you away and give you memories that will last a lifetime! Climb the superb and gorgeous limestone cliffs of Railay Beach with an experienced professional guide. Is there a better way to spend the afternoon?

Your expert instructor will lead the way, taking you on a journey to the top of Railay’s best cliffs and providing a wonderful Krabi walking tour. This thrilling experience will give you jaw-dropping views of the sea. Enjoy a variety of fantastic climbing routes, each with unique character and prime viewing spots. Spend your hours climbing the famous cliffs of Railay and mark it off your bucket list! (This activity may not be perfect for absolute beginners. Call ahead to be sure of the skill level required).

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Krabi itinerary.

What are some things to do in Krabi for couples?

Take a refreshing and romantic dip in the incredible Emerald Pool.

Are there any unique things to do in Krabi?

Take in the unique rock formations, fascinating caves and dense jungle at the Phra Nang Cave Beach.

What are some awesome things to do in Krabi with family?

The kids will love searching for crustation shells and ancient fossils on Susan Hoi whilst the adults soak in the sun!

Where is the best place to stay in Krabi?

Check out Aonang Third Place, a stunning budget hotel close to Nopparat Thara Beach.

Krabi is an incredible treasure trove of memorable adventures that will stay in your heart and soul forever! The stories of your time there will be told again and again, and you might feel a constant pull to return once you have been. Expect to fall in love!

We know that our Krabi itinerary will make for the perfect travel companion and that your days and nights will be made just that much more special. Each and every travel story begins with planning the trip, and we are glad to be a part of your journey!

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Krabi Starts Here

It comes as a surprise to some people, but not all places in this Krabi travel guide are beaches. Some of the best ones, in fact, are nowhere near the sea—well, not really. (Although I’ll be honest: The question of how many days in Railay Beach you need will figure heavily into what I’m about to say.)

Which is not to say Krabi’s beaches aren’t amazing. Generally speaking, I find them to be the best of any “mainstream” destination in Southern Thailand, and certainly better than Phuket ‘s.

It’s just that Krabi is so much more than a beautiful beach. Let’s start the discussion of where to go in Krabi on this premise, whether that sees you spend 1 week in Krabi, or simply sketching out an Ao Nang itinerary.

Where to Stay in Krabi

Before I dig deeper into this Krabi travel guide, allow me to recommend a couple of hotels. If you’re on the higher end of travelers, you won’t want to miss Railay Beach’s Rayavadee , which some people consider to be the best hotel in all of Thailand. A more reasonably priced property, meanwhile is Sunrise Tropical Resort , which is also in Railay but is more, shall we say, accessible.

Beyond the best beach hotels in Krabi, there are other places in this province to make your home. I’m not going to recommend any hotels in Koh Phi Phi or Ao Nang, for reasons I’ll explain in just a moment, but I am a fan of the cozy and comfortable Sasi House in Krabi town. This laid-back yet stylish hotel is built inside an old Thai house, and has a charming feel you won’t find at any place where waves lap nearby.

My Favorite Places to Visit in Krabi

Railay beach.

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When it comes to the best beach in Krabi (at least those that are easily accessible), Railay Beach takes the cake, no question. As far as actual swimming is concerned, Railay West is where you’ll want to head, while many of my favorite hotels and restaurants are located at Railay East . I also like to include Phra Nang Cave Beach , the Railay Viewpoint and Tonsai Beach , where you can see bioluminescent plankton, within the topic of Railay. When it comes to the question of “how many days in Railay Beach,” my answer is usually “as many as you can possibly spend”!

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Among places to visit in Krabi that require a bit more effort, meanwhile, I think that Koh Poda is probably the best beach you’ll find in the province. This is usually visited on a day trip from Railay, during which you visit several other islands (like Koh Gai , or “Chicken Island”), and which also gives you the opportunity to do some snorkeling. TIP: Book a private tour so you can visit Koh Poda early, before the crowds arrive.

Koh Phi Phi

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Ferries leave from Railay to Koh Phi Phi often enough that you don’t need to think too much about the time you devote to the Phi Phi Islands, which is for the better. To be sure, while the beautiful of Koh Phi Phi is hard to over-estimate, where at the Phi Phi Viewpoint or at iconic Maya Bay , it’s also difficult to underestimate how obnoxious the crowds can be, even if they’re likely to be lighter in the wake of coronavirus .

Wat Tham Suea Temple

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The first destination within this Krabi travel guide that doesn’t involve a beach is Wat Tham Suea , aka the Tiger Temple. Visiting this temple isn’t easy—after getting a taxi, you’ll need to climb up about 1,200 steps, which is a chore even if you’re fit, given how hot it’s likely to be. The view from the top, however, is just stunning, to say nothing of how the breeze hundreds of meters up will cool your sweaty body.

Sa Morakot (The Emerald Pool)

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When it comes to day trips from Krabi (assuming you stay in Railay), I like to combine several into one, if I can. To be sure, you can visit the Sa Morakot “Emerald Pool” using the same taxi you book to take you to the Tiger Temple. Additionally, you can add a third attraction—the so-called Hot Springs Waterfall —if you want, but beware. Although this place is cool, figuratively speaking, it is literally scalding!

The Truth About Ao Nang

The good news? Many of the cheap hotels in Krabi (at least the ones on the beach) are in Ao Nang, which is the closest thing to a “main” beach Krabi has. The bad news? Ao Nang’s accessibility (you don’t need to take a boat to get here, as you need to do with Railay) means that anyone and everyone goes here, which gives the area a crowded, claustrophobic feel that just isn’t very pleasant to me.

To be sure, while Ao Nang isn’t near the top of places to visit in Krabi as far as I’m concerned, it isn’t horrible. If you’ve already booked a refundable night (or three!) there by the time you read this, I wouldn’t recommend taking the loss. I just think that when you dive deeper into Krabi, both its beaches and some of its inland treasures, you will see what I mean about Ao Nang, and why it’s not a place I’m rushing to return.

Krabi vs. Phuket

The topic of the best islands in Thailand , more generally, is one I’ve left to another post. What I will say, when simple comparing Krabi and Phuket, is that it’s not really close for me. While Phuket island does have some merits, which include both charming places inland and great beaches, Krabi generally has scenery that is more iconic of Thailand, even if it isn’t as culturally interesting.

This takes into account the fact that some things to do in Krabi (such as excursions to Koh Phi Phi, the Koh Yao islands and James Bond Island) are also accessible from Phuket. Click here to visit Leave Your Daily Hell and read more about my thoughts comparing Phuket vs. Krabi , which I hope will give you insights to make your own decision to this end.

Other FAQ About Travel to Krabi

How many days do you need in krabi.

Krabi province is huge, so I recommend spending at least 3-5 days here. This will afford you a night or two either in Railay or Ao Nang (including the potential for a 4-island day trip), two nights in Koh Phi Phi and at least a full day exploring the attractions of inland Krabi province.

What part of Krabi is best to stay?

Personally, I find that Railay Beach is the “sweet spot” of Krabi. Although it’s not an island, it is only accessible via a (short) boat trip from the mainland, which gives it a castaway feel and a less busy atmosphere than Ao Nang. The scenery is gorgeous, featuring towering limestone karsts and calm, clear waters; islands deeper in the Andaman are either a day trip (Koh Poda, Koh Gai) or a weekend excursion (Phi Phi) away.

How much is the 4 island tour in Krabi?

Depending on how many people you have, whether you choose a private tour and your preference (speed boat or longtail), the 4-island day trip from Krabi starts from 500 Baht per person. As of January 2023, you can hire a private long-tail and driver for a half day for around 3,000 Baht. However, if you’re a solo travel or on a budget, you might want to join a group tour. In either case, any travel agent on the main street between Railay West beach can hook you up, presuming you aren’t afraid to haggle.

The Bottom Line

Should you visit Koh Phi Phi or Railay Beach? The breadth and depth this Krabi travel guide embodies precisely why this is one of my favorite Thailand destinations , even if it is a rather “mainstream” one. There’s simply very few sights in the Kingdom as iconic as the towering limestone karsts of Railay Bay, let alone with dozens of long-tail boats splayed out beneath them. I hope you’ll follow in my footsteps to this paradisiacal part of Thailand. And I hope, if you aren’t able to mold the advice I’ve laid out about Krabi vacations here into an itinerary, you’ll consider hiring me to create one for you .

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