Downtown KrabiKrabi

A charming stopover en route to some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, picturesque Krabi is packed with pretty temples and stunning natural landmarks.

Krabi Town's appeal lies in its temple shrines with enormous Buddha statues, intriguing rock formations and scenic waterways. Come here to enjoy fascinating cultural and outdoor adventures.

Take a long-tail boat ride north to reach the area’s most iconic feature, the colossal twin limestone rocks of Khao Kanab Nam. These peculiar tree-covered hills rise out of the riverbank. Climb the narrow stairwell to the top of the higher rock. The ascent is well worth it for the bird’s-eye view of the water as it winds its way through the lush forest to the sea.

Another way to experience the waterways is to take a stroll along the scenic Krabi Riverside Walk. This is a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) route that is concrete for the most part and follows some of the course of the Krabi River. Listen carefully and you may well hear the occasional cries of monkeys in the mangrove forests.

Head into the center of town for a tour of one of its main temples, Wat Kaew. The long staircase that leads to this large white complex is flanked by lavish dragon-shaped banisters. Once inside, the main attraction is a golden Buddha sitting on an altar.

One of the other religious highlights is Wat Tham Suea, a mountain temple that’s a few miles to the north of Krabi. Along the way you will see limestone caves that hold colorful tributes and statues of Buddha. Those who are feeling fit can ascend the 1,237 steps to the peak of the mountain. At the summit is a giant golden Buddha statue, temple buildings and superb views of the town and coastline far below.

Krabi Town is approximately a 3-hour bus journey from Phuket. In addition to the temples and the river, the beach is also a big draw. Although the town doesn’t have its own beach, you can rent a car or scooter to reach the nearby beaches of Had Yao, Ao Nang and Rai Leh.

Top hotels in Downtown Krabi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tawan Warn Hotel
Tawan Warn Hotel
3 out of 5
187 Utarakit Road, Paknam, Krabi, Krabi

Offering direct access to the beach, this Downtown Krabi guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Crab Sculptures of Krabi and Walking Street. Khao Khanap Nam ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good hotel

"Good"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2017

Tawan Warn Hotel
Doungta Anda Hotel
Doungta Anda Hotel
3 out of 5
24, Nopparat Road, Paknam, Muang, Krabi
The price is AU$29 per night

Located in Downtown Krabi, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Nakharin Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Khao Khanap Nam and Walking Street. Krabi Hospital ...

3.7/5Good! (38 reviews)

"Nice and friendly staff. Breakfast was horrid. Good for one night. Comfy beds, aircon ok, spacious. Good parking outside"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

Doungta Anda Hotel
The Sasi House
The Sasi House
3 out of 5
249/5 Utarakit Road, T. Paknam, A. Muang, Krabi, Krabi
The price is AU$33 per night

Located in Downtown Krabi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Walking Street and Khao Khanap Nam. Wat Kaew Korawaram and Krabi Pier are also within 3 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (52 reviews)

"With a late flight in, I needed a 24 hour desk, which they provided along with reassuring emails."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020

The Sasi House
OYO 800 Orbit Key Hotel
OYO 800 Orbit Key Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Soi Lanthai, Uttarakij Road, Krabi, Krabi
The price is AU$22 per night

Located in Downtown Krabi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Krabi Hospital and Khao Khanap Nam. Walking Street is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (8 reviews)
You can do better

"Hotel is dark and dirty. Staff was friendly enough. The hotel is positioned in front of a gas station. They charged an insane amount of money for a taxi to airport. Even tough it's a cheap hotel, it's not worth it, you can do better."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2017

OYO 800 Orbit Key Hotel
River Front Krabi Hotel
River Front Krabi Hotel
3.5 out of 5
299 Utarakit Road, Paknam, Krabi, Thailand

Located in Downtown Krabi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Krabi Hospital, Khao Khanap Nam and Walking Street. Krabi Pier is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

4.2/5Excellent! (134 reviews)

"Very nice! The property looks like it has been remodeled recently. The room was very comfortable. The pool was very nice with a bar and food service. The only down side was the river view room had a lot of street noise because the hotel is on a major road. Other than the street noise the room and ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

River Front Krabi Hotel
The Chill at Krabi Hotel
The Chill at Krabi Hotel
3.5 out of 5
121 Watchara Rd., Paknam., Muang, Krabi, Krabi
The price is AU$40 per night

Located in Downtown Krabi, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nakharin Hospital, Khao Khanap Nam and Walking Street. Krabi Hospital and Maharaj Food Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (77 reviews)
Good for the price

"Good for the price, about 5 klms from Krabi town so you need a bike or use the baht bus. Made of concrete so was a bit noisy. Staff very good"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2020

The Chill at Krabi Hotel