Krabi, the capital of Krabi Province, is located a little upstream from the Krabi River’s mouth and is typically visited on way to the adjacent beaches of Had Yao, Ao Nang, or Rai Leh (aka Railay). By road, Krabi is 784 kilometers south of Bangkok.
Krabi Town is really two settlements. There’s a dirty strip-mall town that straddles Rte 4. Then there’s Krabi itself, which is pretty welcoming and nice. The town’s 50,000+ residents see very few of the throngs of visitors passing through on their way to the beaches. This is sad, since many that remain find it to be a relaxing spot worth visiting for a day or two, where they may experience “the real Thailand” more than in beach resorts.
Tourism in Krabi
A large portion of the province has been set aside for national parks. Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Ao Nang, Railay, and Ko Phi Phi are popular attractions. Over 80 smaller islands, like as Ko Lanta and Phi Phi, are popular with explorers, yachtsmen, scuba divers, snorkelers, and day-trippers from Phuket. The beaches in Krabi are popular with both Thais and tourists.
Ko Lanta National Park, situated in Krabi Province, has a number of coral-fringed islands with well-known diving spots. The main island, Ko Lanta Yai, serves as the park’s headquarters and is also home to “Chao Le,” or sea gypsies, who rely mostly on fishing for a living. The islands are best visited from October to April, when the weather is dry.
Kayaking, sailing, bird viewing, and snorkeling are among popular activities. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park and Than Bokkhorani National Park, both on the mainland, provide inland scenic features like as waterfalls and caves, as well as hiking, bird viewing, and eco-tours.
The granite walls at Railay Beach in Ao Nang have drawn climbers from all over the globe and are the site of the Rock and Fire Festival each year. Railay Beach has a number of rock climbing schools. The rock is limestone with distinctive pockets, overhangs, and faces. Railay boasts a plethora of multi-pitch locations, the majority of which begin along the shore. “Humanity” is a well-known example. Deep water soloing is also popular on the neighboring rocky islands, which may be reached by long-tail boat.
Climate of Krabi
Krabi, like Phuket, has a six-month rainy season between May and November, with severe rains lasting for days at a time during the monsoons. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Krabi was 39.1° C on March 26, 1998. Its lowest temperature was 15.3° C on January 11, 2009.