Located on the little strip of land that forms southern Thailand, Krabi town is the capital of the province of the same name. Natural beauty abounds here, with lush mangroves, rocky crags and plenty of pristine beaches.
The town of Krabi is a popular starting point for exploring the islands of Krabi province, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Poda, Koh Lanta and Koh Hong (‘koh’ means ‘island’ in Thai). The best way to explore these scenic locales is by taking one of the several boat, kayaking and snorkelling tours available. If a day of island-hopping is not your thing, there’s an abundance of sun-soaked spots in town as well to experience the tropical vibe. The palm-fringed sands of Railay Beach and Ao Nang are overlooked by limestone cliffs that make for great rock climbing. These beaches are well developed, and you can dine at a waterfront restaurant, sample Thai coconut ice cream and even get a massage right on the soft sands.
A few kilometres from Krabi town, the Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave Temple is nestled in a forest and surrounded by mountains. More than a thousand steps will take you to the summit, where you can admire superb views of the landscape and behold the temple’s crowning glory – a golden Buddha statue. If you’re in Krabi on a weekend, you should head to the night market for delicious street food, fresh local produce and souvenir shopping.