Although Krabi is not as busy and full of things to do as Patong or Bangkok, it’s certainly not dull, and there are a variety of activities that just have to be added to the “to do” list during your time here. Day and night, it’s easy to keep yourself busy in Krabi.
Krabi is particularly charming and full of fun, with lots of like-minded foreigners to share the good times with. Although Krabi has no beach of its own, during the daytime the beaches at Had Yao, Ao Nan, and Rai Leh, between 20 and 30 minutes away, are the main attraction. Here you can laze the day away on the famous powdery beaches or, get active with a whole range of activities. Snorkelling and scuba diving are great pastimes and there are several dive schools to help out with the finer details. Swimming in the warm ocean is a must and a sunset cruise on a kayak followed by a barbeque on the beach are sublime to say the least. It’s easy enough to get around in Krabi by hopping onto a songthaew or taxi, which are reasonably priced.
To get your bearings in Krabi take a tourists tour of all the sights in the area. The main tourist attractions in Krabi are Tiger Temple, Wat Kaew Temple and the Contemporary Art Museum. The Khao Kanab Nam, two majestic mountains mark the gateway to the city and shroud a spiritual site of caves with stalagmites, stalactites and skeletons! Easily accessed by a stairway, the unique views at the top are well worth the short climb. The shrines at Phra Nang and Narakeering cave are interesting enough, and another unusual attraction is the giant catfish park just outside Ao Nan. Krabi has the largest Muay Thai boxing arena in Southern Thailand, and these matches are quite the event.
A fear of heights has to be conquered in Thailand. A breath-taking elephant-back ride at the Huay Toh Waterfall is a good kick-off to building up the courage for an exhilarating zip-lining adventure at Tree Top Adventure Park. After adrenaline comes the hunger, where better to feed it than at a tasting session of your own culinary skills at an afternoon Thai cookery course. Aching muscles after your exertions? Everyone knows that you can get the best massages in Thailand, and Krabi is no exception.
Evening activities in Krabi and surrounds are much like nightlife anywhere with a host of bars and restaurants to choose from. A favourite is the Old West Bar in Krabi Town, which is a great way to meet up with fellow travellers. On the weekends, amble around the Walking Street Market for a great selection of fresh local produce and delicious street food to nibble on.
You might be living and working in Krabi but the great laid-back vibe of this somewhat sleepy province, makes every day feel like a holiday.
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