How to Spend 1 Day in Krabi
Located in southern Thailand, Krabi is known for its laid-back vibes and scenery that’s characterized by limestone cliffs, jungles, and white-sand beaches. Many attractions are close to the town centre, making it easy to see and do plenty even in a short amount of time. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Krabi.
Morning: Get to Know Krabi
Join a guided tour to maximize your time and avoid the hassle of car hire; tours typically cover highlights in and around Krabi, such as Khlong Thom National Park—where you can go for a swim in the Emerald Pools and soak in a hot spring—and Tiger Cave Temple. Here, you can climb more than 1,000 steps to the top to enjoy Buddhist shrines and panoramic views.
For the ultimate Krabi experience, combine Tiger Cave Temple with a cruise on the Krabi River and a visit to a local market.
Afternoon: Island Tour and Sunset
With more than 150 islands just off its coast, an island or beach visit is a must in Krabi. Popular options include Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi, and the Khai Islands, but why settle for just one when you can visit a few: island-hopping tours transport you between several islands, such as Koh Poda, Koh Gai, or Koh Mor, and take you to secluded caves and coves that are only accessible by boat. Enjoy the passing scenery, and then swim, snorkel, or just lay on the beach. Plus, tours generally include a sunset BBQ on the beach.
Night: Experience Local Culture
Get a taste of local culture at a traditional Thai performance or a cabaret show—evening packages sometimes include dinner and round-trip transfers from your Krabi hotel. Those in need of rest and relaxation can go for a traditional Thai massage, and then relax over drinks and live music at a number of bars.
Nightlife enthusiasts should head to Soi RCA or to Ao Nang Center Point, or join a pub-crawl for tailored nightlife recommendations. On the weekends, be sure to check out the Walking Street Night Market, home to stalls selling street food and souvenirs.