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.