Krabi is famous for its stunning scenery, diving and cruising destinations, and beautiful blue sea. Besides these obvious charms, though, the province has plenty more to offer visitors who get off the beaches and take the time to explore inland.
1. Muang Krabi Walking Street
On week days, the large area near Manus Boran intersection on Maharaj Road is the site for the town’s main fresh market. On Friday evening, however, it transforms into a weekend walking street. Shops selling all sorts of merchandise and various staged entertainment draw throngs of shoppers and strollers to this evening market. Krabi’s walking street differs from the usual walking streets found elsewhere because of the broad range of goods on offer. Each weekend the area is lively and packed with locals and foreigners who come to browse and enjoy the local savoury and sweet delicacies, handicrafts, youth street performances and artwork. (5pm – 10pm)
2. Tha Pom Klong Song Nam
This mangrove swamp is near the foot of a limestone mountain in Tambon Khao Kram. The swamp has a mysterious and unearthly, though not sinister, air and nobody dares to spoil this pristine environment .The area is abundant with salt water plants; chompoo nam (Syzygium siamense), tall-stilt mangrove (Rhizophora apiculate), black mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza), toey nam (Pandanaceae), banyan and a variety of palms. Being well protected, the vegetation is dense and lush.
The roots intertwine to form amazing shapes and the crystal clear water reflects the dappled sunlight, sending indigo-green spots dancing over the tree trunks. The area is easy to visit, thanks to the 700 metres of elevated walkways.
3. Noppharat Thara - Ao Nang
Noppharat Thara and Ao Nang are the two most popular bays along Krabi’s coast. Noppharat Thara is popular among local families due to its safe, gently sloping beach and picturesque limestone cliffs that are accessible at low tide, while Ao Nang Bay is only a few kilometres away and is a preferred destination among foreign visitors. Its beach road is lined with shops, restaurants and many types of accommodation, making it very lively both during the day and at night.
4. Fish Farm, Koh Klang
The waterfront of the village on Klang Island is lined with restaurants and fish farms, allowing visitors to view the fish closely. Rare fish species such as rock bass, black kingfish, and threadfin are raised in net pens, some of them kept especially for tourism purposes. It is a nice spot to enjoy seafood on the seafront and soak up the rustic atmosphere of a fishing village.
5. Wat Tham Sua Meditation Centre
Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple) stands on top of Khao Kaew, 600 meters above sea level, making it a superb viewpoint for a panoramic view of Krabi city. There are 1,237 steps leading up to the temple, where Phra Thaat Chedi Yod Khao Kaew is located. Visitors with limited time can visit the Guanyin Shrine, enjoy the forest park with its many caves and native plant species and see the world’s tallest bell, at 90 meters high, around the grounds of the temple.
6. Susan Hoi (Shell Cemetry)
At first glance, the area appears unimpressive, resembling cracked old concrete, but if you look a bit closer, you can see that the rock is in fact a giant fossil. Millions of tiny snail shells have gradually become compressed and cemented together over millions of years. The site is scientifically important and renowned among paleontologists, due to its well-preserved condition. This makes it very rare and well worth visiting.
A direct flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi to Krabi International Airport takes one and a quarter hours.