Krabi, Thailand (4/21 – 4/25)

4 Days in Krabi, Thailand

Welcome to our four day tour of Krabi, Thailand. We hope you enjoy traveling with us and are inspired to take your own trip. This trip was part of our seven month journey around the world which began in Flores, Guatemala. See a summary of the destinations we traveled to over our seven months here: link.


Why Travel to Krabi, Thailand ?

We chose to travel to Krabi because of the accessibility to some unbelievable rock climbing locations in Railay Beach and as it was also a logical next stop from our previous location of Koh Phi Phi and then onto Koh Tao. There are also many great day trips that made our stay in Krabi well worth it.


How Long to Stay in Krabi, Thailand ?

We think three days is sufficient. You’ll need one full day for rock climbing in the mecca of climbing – Railay. One day should be enough, unless you are a rock climbing expert with calloused hands. If you are going to add another day of rock climbing we would highly recommend splitting them up. You’ll also need another day to visit the Tiger Cave and explore the town by scooter. Then another day for a day trip of your choice. There are several to choose from including a “four island” tour, a day trip to Koh Phi Phi (where we came from), a trip to the “emerald pool and hot springs” or as we did a trip to Hong Island. You can add more days for additional day trips or activities as needed. We took 4 days because we have a credit card that offered us 4th night free on all of our hotel stays and it was certainly nice to take it slow.


Top Things to Do in Krabi, Thailand

1) Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

Distance: 25-30 minutes by ferry from Krabi port

Duration: 8 hours 

Price: 1400 THB (USD $45) per person at time of our travel (currently 2000 THB)

Includes: lunch, water, and several runs at two top rock climbing locations

Landscape view at one of our climbing sites

The southern coast of Krabi is a tropical paradise including the Railay Peninsula, a remote jungle-beach haven with four separate beaches. Railay is a rock climber’s DREAM and must visit for beginning and experienced climbers.

To get to Railay you can purchase a one-way ferry ticket for $200 THB (~ $6 USD) from Krabi to Railay East. You may want to spend one or more nights in Railay to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and/or fit in more rock climbing (if your hands and legs aren’t too sore). 

We did a full day rock climbing tour with King Climbers.

Entrance to King Climbers

This was our first rock climbing experience ever (not including one day on a small artificial indoor wall several years before) and what a way to start. Railay has some epic rock climbing spots consisting of towering limestone cliffs, caves, and unbelievable aerial views of the beaches. 

We snapped this photo while walking to one of our climbing spots
Railay West Beach

The first climb had some challenges but was definitely a relatively easier run. As an FYI, we did feel safe throughout our whole experience, even though our guide was half of Kurts size and we only had one rope holding us up, but those are just things Kurt thought about as he is uneasy with heights.

Kurt climbing the first wall

We did several climbs during the day in two different distinct locations. The last location was our favorite on the “Massage Secret” climbing wall. It was challenging, yet came with remarkable views.

Kurt conquering this beast
Marlena getting close to the top

At the top of this climb, I was rewarded with breathtaking views of stalactites hanging from the limestone cliffs and views of the curving bay. I honestly could have sat there for an hour taking it all in.

Stunning views of the bay from 170 feet in the air while on the “Massage Secret” climbing route
Look how tiny Kurt is
Stalactites hanging off the limestone rock
Panoramic from 170 feet up
The best feeling after you reach the top
Our awesome belayer and instructor
Our instructor showing off
After a long day of climbing, this hammock was perfect
Taking the ferry back to Krabi from Railay

2) Railay Beach Sight-Seeing

You don’t have to go rock climbing to enjoy the views from the beaches. 

Railay West Beach
Each beach is a sight to see

3) Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple) (11 minute drive from downtown Krabi)

Be sure to visit this Buddhist temple complex located within the jungle which is free to enter. The temple gets its name from the nearby Tiger Cave where a monk had discovered tiger prints on the walls of the cave. 

The temple is free to enter, however, we bought some food (peanuts for $1 USD) to feed the horde of monkeys around the temple complex. 

Monkeys surround the grounds, some are friendly (like these) some will make you throw your peanuts and run like hell
Kurt got the chance to feed this baby monkey

While feeding the monkeys is fun, the highlight is the trip to “Wonderland”. To get to the top of “Wonderland” you will have to climb 1,237 steps. Be sure to pace yourself and bring water. Enjoy the views from the top and the temple.

The beginning of the 1,237 steps to Wonderland
The monkeys joined us for the hike
View of the temple during the hike up to Wonderland
You will work up a sweat after the first hundred steps, guaranteed
The Buddha statue at the top
The temple that you worked so hard to get to
Taking it all in after more than a thousand steps
Endless verdant jungle covering the mountains
Tiny Buddha sculptures with a gorgeous backdrop

After climbing to the top, we hiked back down to the entrance. There was still more to explore as we hadn’t yet visited the Tiger Cave or some of the cave temples within the jungle. These sights were much quicker and less strenuous to get to and worth the effort.

The cave is full of stalactites
Within the jungle there are many spots for prayer
Alas, the famous “Tiger Cave”

4)Hong Islands Day Trip

2.5 hours from Krabi by boat

We took a Hong Island Day Tour which brought us by Long-tail Boat to Koh Lao Lading, and Hong Island, a couple tropical island gems.

Enjoying the view of the beaches along the way
Koh Lao Lading
The beach where we ate our prepared lunch (included with tour)
Narrow passage in the Lagoon of Hong Island

While on Hong Island we swam and snorkeled in the emerald green waters of the lagoon and relaxed on the white sand beaches next to the crystal blue water of the sea.

This was a nice area to snorkel and see a variety of fish
And relax at the beach

For those that like to explore a bit, head into the jungle (path is marked), and head to see the unique caves.

Check out this dragon rock

5) Rent a Scooter and Enjoy the Town

Renting a scooter is highly recommended as not only can you visit some of the nearby attractions, but you can also visit the restaurants around town and save time walking. We paid just above $5 USD for the day. 

Scootin’ around town
Enjoy driving by all the tall limestone rock formations around the city
Iconic Fisherman and swordfish statue by Ao Nang beachfront
As you walk around town, you will come across several “ladyboys”(transgender men)

6) Ao Nang Night Market

This is a foodies paradise. Hundreds of food and beverage stands are set up waiting for you. You can sample a variety of foods. We enjoyed some fruit shakes to cool us off, some traditional Thai ice cream rolls, and (our “usual”) spring rolls.


Where  to Stay in Krabi, Thailand

Aonang Goodwill Resort Krabi

This was a very affordable stay, nothing spectacular, but a good location. One memory that stood out was when the city had a power outage and we lost power in our hotel. It was in the dead of a hot night (as they usually are) so not having AC was not fun.

Very close next to our hotel is the Ao Nang Mosque (we would hear prayers in the morning on a daily basis)


Where to Eat in Krabi, Thailand

Lion & Shark

This café is truly a hidden gem in the Ao Nang area. It is tucked away on a side street where you’ll have to take a set of stairs up the side of the building to get in. This is dining with a view. Lion & Shark is THE PLACE to go to for a healthy breakfast.

How neat is this entrance?

Govinda’s Restaurant 

This was a vegan’s paradise serving international cuisines with vegetarian and many vegan options. 

Entrance to this vegan paradise

Café 8.98 (Ao Nang)

While we thoroughly enjoy a delicious Thai meal for breakfast and lunch we also enjoy having the option for a nice light and healthy Western meal like at this café. You can expect anything from an açai bowl, to a salad, to a sandwich (with vegan options available). We would definitely recommend coming here for both breakfast and/or lunch. 

Pirates House Restaurant & Bar

This was under the same name as the location in Koh Phi Phi, where we thoroughly enjoyed the food. Finding this franchised restaurant was a treat as they have a variety of food ranging from Thai to Indian food.

Maharaja Indian Restaurant

There are dozens of Indian restaurants in Krabi, and most of them are quite good.

Rolled Ice Cream

Cool off with some fresh rolled traditional Thai ice cream. At the Ao Nang Night Market there are a handful of ice cream stalls to choose from. I’m sure they are all very similar. At the one we visited, they had a vegan option for me!

The process of rolled ice cream is really interesting and very fun to watch from beginning to end


Other Recommendations of Things to Do

These are all adventures that we unfortunately didn’t have time to do on our own but would have considered if we had more time:

  • Phra Nang Beach (and cave beach in Railay): If you have extra time in Railay, check out this cave, known for its stalactites and stalagmites, and oh yeah, apparently a cave full of phallic shaped statues. 
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park (less than 30 minute drive from Krabi): If you rent a  scooter, head north to this beautiful park, known for waterfalls, caves, and wildlife throughout the rainforest. 
  • Visit Ao Nang Beach (20 minutes drive from Krabi): This beach is one of the busier beaches surrounded by cafés and restaurants. 
Ao Nang Beach
  • Take a load off at Klong Thom Hot Springs (about 50 minutes from Krabi): Check out these natural hot tubs to relax and rejuvenate. The hot spring contains natural mineral salts that have many healing properties.
  • Four Island tour (all day tour departing from Krabi): This is a very popular day trip departing from Krabi, as you’ll see the beautiful islands of Koh Poda, Koh Tub, Chicken Island, and the bay of Railay beach. You can experience this tour via long tail boat (slowest) or speedboat if you want to have extra time at each location. Expect snorkeling and beautiful beaches.


Questions For You

  • Would you try rock climbing in Railay Beach?
  • Where was the most incredible place you have ever rock climbed?


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